Disney is currently testing the use of installed, stationary cameras activated by guests at non-attraction locations around the Magic Kingdom. What does that mean? Well, it means guests are able to stand in front of a stationary camera, activate the camera to take their photo, and then link it to their MyDisneyExperience/PhotoPass account just as they would when interacting with a PhotoPass photographer in the parks.
The test is currently taking place in front of Rapunzel’s Tower at the Magic Kingdom, but will move to the Sword in the Stone in Fantasyland in a few days. Cast members will be helping guests test the new system during this period, and all participating guests will receive a free photo download as a thank you for helping with the test.
The use of such a system would eliminate the need for a PhotoPass photographer at these locations, but would be helpful for times when a PhotoPass photographer would not be staffed at such a location anyway. The system would require the permanant infrastructure of an installed, stationary camera which would remain in place at all times.