Disney adds automatic surcharge to previously free amusement park service and customers says it’s ‘sad to see’

DISNEY has begun charging customers at its amusement parks an additional $25 for a service that was previously free.

Customers said the fee was “sad to see” – but there are other ways to save money on your visit.

Photos are no longer free at Disney parks and resorts, with fees starting at $25 per day


Photos are no longer free at Disney parks and resorts, with fees starting at $25 per dayCredit: Alamy

Disney theme park visitors used to be able to enjoy free photo downloads with their annual passes, which can cost up to $1,399.

These images include digital snaps taken during surprise rides and images of character meet-and-greets.

But in 2021, Disney began charging a premium for the images.

Guests must now purchase the Disney Genie+ service to receive free digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos.

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Prices for this service start at $25 per day but vary by date.

Purchasing the Genie+ app brings additional benefits including faster access to the ride.

However, many customers are unhappy with the extra expense that their visit entails just to take home fond memories.

“Sad to see that PhotoPass is becoming more expensive for Disney World’s most exclusive guests and families,” someone wrote on Twitter.

Another wrote: “Wish Disney tickets included PhotoPass but at least it’s not super expensive.

“There’s no way I’m going to take my girlfriend to Disney for the first time without buying PhotoPass.”

The US Sun has reached out to Disney for comment.


However, you don’t have to pay for photos at every Disney park.

In January 2023, the company announced a few changes, including the decision to offer free ride photo downloads to all ticketed guests at Disneyland, California.

Additionally, guests at Disney resort hotels can now self-park for free.

Meanwhile, there are changes to the on-site dining experience at Disneyland.


The Catal Restaurant and adjacent Uva Bar at the Orange County Theme Park closed permanently on April 14.

The restaurant, which has existed for 22 years, is being replaced by Mexican eatery Paseo and its sister courtyard bar, Céntrico, which offer a menu by Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytán.

Disneyland is also planning $5.4 million in renovations.

When complete, the park will feature a new 8,300 square foot retail building with five new stores and two new restaurants.

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Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ailaslisco@dailynationtoday.com.

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