PHOTOS: Automated PhotoPass Cameras Installed at Town Square Theater

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As we previously reported, automated PhotoPass cameras are being introduced at select meet and greet locations. These automated cameras will take your picture, instead of PhotoPass photographers. The camera will be positioned in the room to take photos throughout the duration of the interaction with the characters.

Lets take a look at the automated cameras at the Town Square Theater meet and greet with Tinker Bell in “Pixie Hollow”.

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automated photopass box town square theater

automated photopass box town square theater

What are your thoughts on the new automated PhotoPass cameras?

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Wayne
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Wayne

Is this in addition to or in replacement of the human photographer?
The last picture shows both.

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

It will replace when turned on.

Janet
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Janet

TERRIBLE IDEA!!

George
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George

Hate it with a burning passion. A fixed automatic camera can not come close to replicating what a human can do- the angles, the timing, capturing certain moments, choosing focus points, knowing when people are ready to take a photo and when they aren’t, getting them to smile or look at the camera, etc.

Chris Johnson
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Chris Johnson

This is a neat idea, it will make the interaction more magical for the kids. I hope this is just for indoor meet and greets, can’t wait to check this out next year

May
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May

This is a bad idea! Some things shouldn’t be automated! It feels really cheap and insincere

HAL
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HAL

I’m going to be the one who stands in front of it with my tripod. They should had used toll cameras on a high pole like Universal. Who is going to keep people from blocking them and will these be in my hotel room if I buy a memory maker package?

Dave
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Dave

Please stand clear of the pod bay door camera Hal.

Por favor, manténgase alejado de la cámara de la puerta de la bahía de pod Hal.

Lyle
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Lyle

I think people should reserve judgement until they see how they work, how the photos turn out and whether or not they are efficient. Until then it is all speculation.

Kim N.
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Kim N.

Just sad. I love interaction with cast members. What happened to personal interaction experience and Services. :(

Anonomouse
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Anonomouse

If your concern is interacting with the photographer and not Mickey than you’re doing it wrong.

Devin Benoit
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Devin Benoit

Is this at WDW?

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

Yes

Gary
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Gary

I still think that only rides should have automatic cameras all other areas should still have CM’s. This from a former Photopass Castmember back in 06.

Johnny
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Johnny

Lets see if new set up cost around $5000 , old set up cost camera cost around $1200 cast member photographer cost $15 per hr takes 333 hrs or 8.5 ,40 hr days to buy one new camera set up . Disney is going to save a ton of money in a short time . Of course the $5000 is just a guess.

Paul
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Paul

This is interesting since unless they install an array of cameras in multiple vantage points around the room, the stationary camera system will be unable to move left and right to capture the moment effectively the way a human photographer would be able to do. I know when my two year old interacts with characters, she is pretty much constantly looking at the characters, so the good photographers move in the direction of the character to better capture her face. Hopefully they have enough sense to realize this shortcoming of a fixed camera and use the single robotic camera system… Read more »