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Capturing Your Disney Memories

For years, my wife and I have purchased the rights to our Disney photo pass pictures. Previously known as PhotoPass+, you can now purchase the Memory Maker in advance of your trip for $169 ($30 discount). Click here for more info. If your family is the type who spends a lot of time at Meet and Greets or purchases every photo from thrill rides, it’s probably worth your investment.

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One of my favorite PhotoPass memories

The MouseBoss cherishes his Disney Photos. We have thousands of photos and they’re in all of the place (prints, cd, videos, digital files, thumb drives). Trying to organize them is an undertaking I will NEVER complete. I intend to, but the daunting task is impossible.

Moving forward, I have a solution. MouseBoss.com reader, Tom Ryan, sent me the link to a custom video he created to capture the highlights of his recent trip. I was floored by the quality and storytelling of the short. Not only does Tom create the videos for himself, but he also will produce them for others as well. Check out this amazing clip:

Tom Ryan’s Family Video

For more information on how to turn your disney photos and home videos into a video like this, contact Tom, tom@tomryanmedia.com.

I want to hear from you. What types of memories do you create from your trips. Send me some shots, scrapbook pages, videos or other personal memories.

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The Most Overlooked Opportunity at Walt Disney World

Lori shared with us her first experience at park opening. We usually refer to this as “Rope Drop” (see touring plans for more info). Literally, we wait for Cast Members to drop a rope and allow us access to the Magic Kingdom. If you are serious about seeing as much of the park in one day, you must get there before “Rope Drop.”

When the train pulls out of the station and the Magic Kingdom is yours to explore, guests go running for their favorite attractions! Rascal Scooters, double-triple strollers and flailing sprinters look to take out sheep in the herd not moving fast enough! When this happens the SINGLE MOST OVERLOOKED OPPORTUNITY at Walt Disney World occurs. Let the bolters flash in every direction, and casually walk to the end of Main St. DON’T stop for the Photopass Photographers! You have your own photo session to get to.

You have three minutes of Cinderella Castle all to yourself. Every trip I make the girls stop for a quick photo shoot. As soon as some Main Street stragglers figure out my trick, they are quick to follow suit. It’s early in the day, so the lighting is just right. Only very few are around and they respect your opportunity to snap a picture like this:

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It’s my favorite WDW picture of all time.

We get a good one every visit, but I love this one the most. I’ve made it into canvases, iphone cases, and other photo products. I promise, you will cherish yours too.

What are your favorite Disney photo spots and tips for great shots?

You might also like my list of the most under-appreciated attractions at Walt Disney World.

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