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Automated cameras to replace human Photopass at indoor character meets

Automated cameras to replace human Photopass at indoor character meets

File this under, “It’s so crazy, I can’t make this up” category.  Walt Disney World will soon begin eliminating live Photopass photographers at indoor meet and greets in favor of a camera in a box taking automatic photos.  Here’s the details:

Beginning November 26 at the Tinker Bell meet, an automated camera will capture your treasured memory instead of a human Photopass person.

After you complete the meet and greet the kiosk will demonstrate your photo image (s) and you’ll tap your MagicBand like you would at a ride photo.

This system was tested at Tinker Bell’s meet last year, but most guests rated it moderate to poor as an inexperience at the time.

Look for this technology to be phased into every indoor meet and greet, unless you feel it is a poor experience and let Disney know. If you like the experience, then share that feedback as well.

What are your thoughts on automated character meet photos?

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Monette Lockstedt Gardner

Monday 14th of January 2019

This story LITERALLY MADE ME CRY! I have a grandson due any day now and our BEST memories over the past 4 years at Disney have been with Characters and the beyond amazing Photographers! There were 26 photos taken with Merida and my granddaughter in November because they wouldn’t let go of each other! They kept saying MY TWIN! Omg! My heart is broken. The Tinker bell photos with her after she just learned to walk were ALL amazing! I look at my Mickey stickers on my guitar case from 40 years ago and wonder if I would have had the love for Disney if born recently. So sad.


Sunday 18th of November 2018

Disney is loosing all the magic and fun with all the negative changes. I love Disney but I will rethink about going back there.


Friday 16th of November 2018

I emailed Disney, and this was the response I received.

The Walt Disney World Resort will continue to have more than 100 locations where Disney PhotoPass photographers will be there to capture personalized and customized photos for our Guests. We know our Guests enjoy the interaction with our Cast Photographers and Characters and we will continue to create those magical, one-of-a-kind memories. We will be installing automated cameras at nine locations that will capture moments of the experience from start to finish to allow guests to receive a wider variety of photos from which to choose. All photographers will continue to support other Disney PhotoPass locations across our parks so they can use their creativity to capture personalized photos for our Guests.

Vivian Hudson

Saturday 17th of November 2018

This stinks! There is absolutely no way a box can capture images and know when to be ready much less create a pose for a family!! Disney needs to get back to the way Walt created it. Technology is a great thing, but when it does not work, it is HORRIBLE. How many times will not working happen??? And, technology cannot just take over the world! Humans are needed for some things.


Friday 16th of November 2018

Also consider the photographers in the summer (and November) sun and heat; now with fewer indoor locations to go to.

Annie Wolford

Friday 16th of November 2018

Thats all well and good, but you can't tell me that capturing the interaction from a box is the same as interacting with a human. The Photopass photographers not only interact and provide cute ideas for pictures, but can get multiple angles. A remote box can't do any of that. So very disappointing that they are bent on following through with this. :(


Friday 16th of November 2018

Wow! With all the money Disney charges, they could afford to keep paying a person to take pictures. Super sad :(

Lois Thelma Garciadequevedo

Friday 16th of November 2018

I agree with you,Melissa!!! They also capture the moments that a box will not!


Thursday 15th of November 2018

If they do this across the parks, I will no longer pay 169.00 for a photo pass. Its getting ridicules the short cuts they are taking just to make a buck and in the mean time, charging for onsite hotel parking at there resorts…keep taking those small perks away from your loyal customers and they will not longer be loyal.

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