Automated Photopass Cameras Hit Disney World and Guests Are Not Happy

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Disney PhotoPass to a family at Main Street

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New automated PhotoPass cameras have hit several popular character meet-and-greet locations at Walt Disney World, and so far, Guests aren’t happy about it.

Part of what makes Disney stand out from other companies is the magic they create for families worldwide. One of the many reasons I love visiting Walt Disney World is to capture the laughs and the memories I make while in The Most Magical Place On Earth, which is done through photography.

I think the PhotoPass photographers at Walt Disney World are trained with such a great eye that a machine won’t be able to capture. The number of photos of my family and me sharing laughs, the hugs I receive from the characters, and the conversations and interactions told through a candid photo are the memories that keep bringing me back to visit Walt Disney World. I know a lot of Guests feel the same way.
Several Guests have reached out to Walt Disney Guest Relations, but that didn’t change their minds as recent reports show automated cameras now in place at the Mickey and Minnie meet and greet and Tinkerbell’s meet and greet in Magic Kingdom. We even heard about some showing up at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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In the Tweet below, you’ll see exactly how these photos come out using the automated cameras compared to a professional PhotoPass photographer.

And to say Guests are upset is an understatement. It didn’t take long before Disney fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter.

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So how exactly does this new automated camera process work? When you walk into the room, a character attendant will guide you through the experience. The flash on the camera will go off every 3-5 seconds to capture multiple photos. The good news is that the character attendants will still take pictures with their phones if you want some extra memories captured.

Once you finish meeting your favorite Disney character, proceed to the exit and scan your MagicBand at a kiosk to link the photos to your MyDisneyExperience account.

I hate to see the PhotoPass photographers leave because I don’t think automated cameras will be able to capture the magic like professionals can.

What do you think of the new automated PhotoPass cameras?

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