Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the first park that we visited when we arrived in Florida. We were new to PhotoPass and perhaps didn’t take enough advantage of it at Animal Kingdom. If you haven’t got tickets that include PhotoPass, otherwise known as Memory Maker, I can 100% recommend that you pay the extra for it.
It is included with all Disney ultimate packages. We bought our park tickets from the Disney World website and they included PhotoPass. If you buy it separately online or at the gate, it is currently $199. Which if you are going for the day it won’t be worth it. However, for a week or more it is completely worth it.
I’m going to write a post for each park with our Memory Maker photos in so that you can see what you can find at each park. We didn’t have time for all meet and greets and photo opportunities, however, we did have more than enough. I will share hints, tips and advice on where to find the photographers etc.
It is also incredibly easy to use. Every time you have your photo taken by a Disney photographer you simply scan your magic band and the photos will appear on your My Disney Experience App or online. You then have a few weeks in which to download your photos. Simples.
The best thing about it was that we could all be in a photograph together and I could also film Jamie meeting the characters knowing I’d be getting some great photos as well. Perfect.
Characters you can Meet and Greet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Donald Duck in his Safari outfit
We found Donald Duck in DinoLand USA in the woods on the way to the Dinosaur ride. He was the very first character that Jamie met and it was a fabulous first meet…see video below. Thanks, Donald. Goofy and Pluto can sometimes be found in DinoLand USA, however, we didn’t spot them.
We ended up with about 10 photos to choose from. This was very common from a Disney Memory Maker photographer.
Other Characters you can meet at Animal Kingdom
As mentioned in my post about the suitability of the rides at Animal Kingdom for families, the queue to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their safari gear can often be up to an hour long. You can get a Fast Pass for this and if it’s something you want to do then I recommend you get a FP. We sadly couldn’t and didn’t have enough time to stand in line for an hour. They are at the top right of Discovery Island.
Baloo and King Louise are at the far left of Asia.
Flik from It’s a Bug’s life is near the Tree of Life on Discovery Island.
Timon from the Lion King is in the mid left on Discovery Island.
Russell is to the right of the Tree of Life on Discovery Island – The queue was never too long and I’m sorry but I have no clue who he is.
Pocahontas is on the right just after you walk over the bridge onto Discovery Island.
PhotoPass Memory Maker Photographers at Animal Kingdom
The Disney photographers are in a grand total of 20 locations (including meet and greets) in Animal Kingdom. You can have a family photo in front of the Tree of Life, however, expect other people in the photo with you.
In DinoLand USA you can have a photo in front of the massive dinosaur. Again expect other people in the shot. Jamie had a magic shot here. See below. We struggled to find magic shots elsewhere. The queues for PhotoPass in this park were also amongst the largest we came across all holiday.
PhotoPass on Rides at Animal Kingdom
There are two rides where you will get a Memory Maker photo taken of yourselves (clever technology). These are Dinosaur and Expedition Everest.
That was just a day and a half of Memory Maker photos with our PhotoPass with little time to spare. I think we did well.
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