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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Attraction Photos Make Great Souvenirs

We buy the ride photos.  Yep, we are some of those people you see standing in line at the photo counter in the shops at the exit to attractions.  This was brought to my attention by the husband’s sister over the holiday break.  She was admiring all of our Splash Mountain photos. . . there are many!  But none from our last trip to Walt Disney World, as we didn’t ride Splash Mountain that trip.  It is however on our list of attractions for our next trip.

Why?  Well, they make a great souvenir!  The boy rode Expedition Everest for the first time on our trip in July and capturing his expression was priceless.  The girl in the photo was riding by herself in the single rider line and ended up with us on the ride, and in the photo.

I would also like to mention that while all of the photo counters have the technology to zoom and edit, only the Cast Member at Expedition Everest took the time to do that and make our photo even better.  We thank him!

The cost is less than other souvenirs.  The least expensive photo is the 8 X 10—counter intuitive, I know.  Price is typically $18.95 or so and sometimes there are photo and frame purchase specials.  Be sure to ask about those.  This price is less expensive than some of the other souvenirs that you might be tempted to purchase.  And, it doesn’t take up much space in the luggage on the way home!

On our November 2010 trip, we rode Splash Mountain twice in a row—using Fastpass of course.  Oh, the dilemma of having two ride photos to choose from.  But, Disney had thought of everything and had a way of putting both photos in the 5 X 7 size on one photo sheet.  Voila!  Problem solved.  We brought both photos home with us.  I’ll I had to do was ask.

There are many other attractions that have the ride photo imbedded:  Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, Rock’n’Roller Coaster (I think as I don’t know for sure!), and Test Track.  I’m also not sure about Haunted Mansion. . .

Test Track has the option of adding your ride photo to your PhotoPass account just by scanning your Photopass card with the appropriate picture.  We love that!  (Click here to read more about Disney’s PhotoPass service.)

We wish other rides would have photos—Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, and if Haunted Mansion doesn’t have it already, we think it would be appropriate.  The trick for us would be to get the whole family in one shot, as can be done with the attractions already incorporating a ride photo.

If you do decide to purchase an attraction photo, know that you don’t have to carry it with you all day in the parks.  You can have the photo, and frame if you desire, delivered to the front of the park to pick up when you exit, or if you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can have it delivered to your resort—it will go to the resort gift shop—and pick it up the next day.  Easy and convenient.

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