Remember the good old days, pre-smartphone, when everyone who wanted to remember their experiences at Disney World simply purchased photos? Suffice to say, a lot has certainly changed over the years!
This is most evident with PhotoPass, as cell phones have long enabled visitors to simply snap photos of their on-ride images at the post-ride kiosks, rather than purchasing copies of them. Now, Disney is working to prevent this with a new PhotoPass update!
It’s a common sight throughout Disney World: as flocks of guests exit an attraction, they snap pics of their on-ride photos with their phones, eliminating the need to purchase them.
That seems to be coming to an end, as we spotted PhotoPass watermarks on display screens today in Magic Kingdom, making it impossible for guests to score a freebie without a bunch of images covering up their photo!
We saw this on display while leaving Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Gone are the days when you can simply snap a photo without the word, “PhotoPass,” plastered over your face! Now, to score these photos without the watermark, you’ll have to dole out some extra cash.
On the heels of the recently launched MagicMobile, this is yet another incentive from Disney for purchasing and using a Memory Maker, which stores and saves photos directly to your phone’s My Disney Experience app.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the technology updates being rolled out in Disney World!
What do you think of these PhotoPass watermarks? Let us know in the comments!