As we reported months back, automated cameras are replacing photographers in some character meet and greet spots throughout the Disney Parks. The latest is at the Mickey and Minnie character spot in the Town Square Theater on Main Street USA in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Let’s take a look at the setup:
You enter the Mickey and Minnie character spot just as usual and are in a queue leading up to your character moment with them:
Like this everything looks normal still with Mickey and Minnie posing with guests:
What’s different is that when you look on the wall facing the characters and the guests, there is a bookshelf with cameras built into it which take your picture:
There is still a cast member that directs your attention to the bookshelf and tells you to watch there, but there isn’t a photographer anywhere in sight:
A flash appears when taking the photo and about 3 to 4 photos are done:
I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. It seems pretty efficient, probably the same as before as the cast member still tells you to line up and where to look as if there were a photographer there taking your picture.
But I just feel like there is something missing and it’s difficult for a box to be able to capture some of those special moments in the same way or change angles the way a photographer can.
I’ll need to have a bit more experience with it to form a better opinion, so we’ll keep testing it out and get back to you with our thoughts.
Once you are done with your pictures, you go to this box on your way out to scan you MagicBand so the photos will be dropped into your My Disney Experience.
That’s it so far, we’ll keep you updated when these machines are rolled out to more locations across Disney World. Please let us know your thoughts below…
I want to know what you think about the change to using automatic cameras at the character meet and greets…
- Do you like the change?
- What type of cameras or shots should be available for character meet and greets?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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