Disney plans to replace all of its PhotoPass photographers with automated cameras. The changes are already taking place at character meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World and guests are not happy. Many claim the shift to lifeless cameras from enthusiastic cast member photographers takes away from the magic they’ve come to expect for Disney parks. Others are let down by the poor quality of the photos they received.
A Change.org petition asking Disney to reconsider their decision and keep the PhotoPass photographers has gained over 90,000 signatures in a month.
The petition cites the following:
A Disney Photographer can capture more than just a picture. They are there to give you the best experience possible. They bring out the best of you in each and every snap of the lens. It’s an added magical touch that can’t be replaced.
Victoria Anderson, a former PhotoPass photographer commented:
“Being a former WDW photopass photographer I know how magical it is to physically capture those moments. Being able to be apart of those moments and capturing every tear, every hug, every run up to the character, is so important. Physical people capture more than a machine ever will be able to.”
Vikki Tripp, a recent visitor added:
“I’ve had pics from “the box” and they were horrible. Just one pose. I’ve seen cast members get on the floor, run from side to side and grab the attention of the little ones all for the perfect shot. A box could never do that!”
The petition with real-time signature count and comments can be found here: https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-keep-the-disney-photopass-photographers