Disney PhotoPass Using Automated Cameras at Some Locations Instead of Photographers

Updated 11/16/18

From Disney:

Disney PhotoPass Photographers Remain an Important Part of Capturing Special Vacation Memories.

The most special part of a Disney vacation is the treasured memories our Guests take home, which is why our Disney PhotoPass photographers play a key role throughout our parks. Whether it’s capturing the moment when a family sees Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park or when Grandma, Grandpa and the grandkids pose behind animal print frames at the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park or when a
young girl asks for a picture with Sebastian and he magically appears online when she views the photos in the My Disney Experience app, Disney PhotoPass photographers use their creativity to capture customized photos of our Guests every day.

Walt Disney World Resort continues to have more than 100 locations where Disney PhotoPass photographers will personally capture these moments, and we know our Guests enjoy the interaction with our Cast photographers and characters to create those magical, one-of-a-kind memories. We will be installing automated cameras at nine character greeting locations with the first location in use beginning in early 2019. Multiple cameras will capture numerous memorable moments during a character interaction, allowing guests to choose from a wider variety of character photos.  While Disney PhotoPass Cast Members will no longer capture photography at these nine locations, photographers will continue to support the more than 100 other Disney PhotoPass locations across our parks so that they can use their creativity to take personalized photos for our Guests.


Walt Disney World Resort is replacing some of their human photographers with automated cameras at select meet-and-greet locations throughout the resort.

According to Disney, the switch will happen early next year at 9 locations and guests will need to scan their MagicBand to get their photo.

After the photo is taken at an automated camera location, guests will be able to view it at a nearby kiosk.  They will then be able to scan their MagicBand to capture the photo, just like at ride photo locations.

Locations receiving the automated cameras include Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom and Adventurers Outpost at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  PhotoPass photographers will still remain at other locations throughout Walt Disney world Resort.