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  • On Feb 16, 2013
    Amanda Asked

    Wondering about buying a new camera for the trip. I'd like a fancy DSLR camera, but worried about lugging it around the parks, safe on rides, theft, etc. Will my compact digital camera suffice? Tell me about the Disney photographers and how that works/$.

    Hi, Amanda!

    You would be just fine with either your old, sturdy compact digital camera or the new one you're thinking of purchasing as well. In Walt Disney World, every attraction has some sort of compartment where you can stow your gear, even that larger camera. You won't have to worry about it at all as you enjoy the attractions.

    Should you wish to lighten your load for a bit, there are lockers available for a nominal fee in each  park, near the entrances. You might want to keep your compact digital camera with you and leave that heavier camera in the locker until you're ready to focus (no pun intended...) on photos.

    Disney's professional photographers are available throughout the parks as well, ready and willing to take your photo either with your camera or with their own high-quality equipment. You'll be handed a PhotoPass card which can then be scanned each time a PhotoPass photographer takes your picture, adding these photos to your account. Once you set up your account online, you can view and edit your pics for 30 days. If you plan on purchasing several of those photos, I suggest you take advantage of the PhotoPass+ preorder discount. You'll save $50 by preordering PhotoPass +, a service which will entitle you to unlimited PhotoPass photos as well as photos from many attractions and dining locations as well.

    Send more questions as you think of them, Amanda; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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