Star Wars fans rejoice! Walt Disney World recently announced an exciting new private photoshoot experience coming soon to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This immersive 20-minute photo session, called “Capture Your Moment”, allows guests to document their Star Wars mission across the planet of Batuu with a professional photographer by their side.
Capture Your Moment Session Details
The Capture Your Moment Star Wars photoshoot experience will be offered by the Disney PhotoPass Service starting on January 24th, 2024. Guests can book sessions up to 60 days in advance, with a limited number of same-day bookings also available in the My Disney Experience app. During the 20-minute session, the “Image Specialist” (aka Disney PhotoPass photographer) will guide up to 8 guests through various iconic photo locations around Galaxy’s Edge using their “enhanced holoscanning droids” (cameras).
Locations include in front of the Millennium Falcon, a First Order Shuttle, the Black Spire Outpost marketplace, as well as the lush forests and mountains of Batuu. To add an extra layer of theming and excitement, the photographer can also provide various Star Wars “artifacts” as props, like an assortment of lightsabers. This allows guests to truly customize their photoshoot adventure. The session itself costs $99 regardless of the number of guests (up to 8). However, the photos are not included in that price. Guests must purchase digital downloads or prints separately, or have an existing Disney PhotoPass entitlement like Memory Maker.
Comparison to Other Disney Photo Experiences
This new Star Wars photoshoot experience is similar to the existing Capture Your Moment sessions also offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land, as well as the other Walt Disney World theme parks. However, the Star Wars version is the only one with such an immersive theme and props. It is also comparable to the private photoshoots previously offered exclusively on the now closed Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience.
Those cost more at $399 per 20-minute session, but did include digital downloads of the photos. So while more expensive than the standard Capture Your Moment shoots around Disney World, this new Star Wars photoshoot offers an unparalleled level of theming and immersion for fans at a lower cost point than the discontinued hotel version.
Photo Session Booking Details
Bookings for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Capture Your Moment photoshoot experience will open on January 17th, 2024. Guests can reserve sessions up to 60 days in advance on the Disney World website or via the My Disney Experience app. Sessions run daily during normal Disney’s Hollywood Studios operating hours, starting January 24th. A limited number of same-day bookings may also open up daily, pending availability. Guests are encouraged to book early, though, as sessions are likely to be popular given the theming and inclusion of props.
Making the Most of Your Star Wars Photoshoot
To make the most of the 20-minute session, guests may want to book two back-to-back time slots. That would double the experience to 40 minutes for $198 total. This allows more time to visit multiple iconic photo locations around Galaxy’s Edge. Another way to maximize value is by purchasing the Disney Memory Maker package separately.
This includes unlimited digital downloads from your session, alongside downloads from all PhotoPass photographers in the parks during your trip. Guests should also plan ahead on specific photo poses and locations within Galaxy’s Edge they want to capture. That way, the photographer can coordinate the session to get all the best shots in the limited time available.
Disney PhotoPass allows free professional photos during your vacation, which you can then purchase later in convenient packages. For avid photo takers, it provides great value and memories. Details:
Disney PhotoPass is a professional photography service offered at Disney theme parks and resorts. Photographers are stationed at iconic locations to take photos, which are then linked to your MagicBand or park ticket.
There is no cost to have your photos taken. However, you need to purchase a PhotoPass package if you want to download or print the photos. The main packages are One Day Memory Maker ($75) or Memory Maker ($185-$210) which allows downloading of all your vacation photos.
Annual Passholders can add on PhotoPass for $99/year, which allows them to download all PhotoPass photos. This used to be included with certain higher level Annual Passes.
Photos are accessed through your My Disney Experience account, which must be linked to your park tickets or MagicBand. You can also view PhotoPass locations in the My Disney Experience app.
In addition to photos with Disney photographers, PhotoPass also includes select on-ride attraction photos and character dining photos.
Special PhotoPass studios are available in certain locations that have themed backdrops and props for photos.
PhotoPass opportunities expand during special events and holidays with additional photographers and themed magic shots.
This new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Capture Your Moment photoshoot experience looks to be an incredibly immersive option for fans to document their mission on Batuu. Between the iconic locations, inclusion of themed props, and a professional photographer guiding the entire session, it should result in stellar photos full of adventure.
While an added cost on top of park admission, the $99 price tag is justifiable for 20 minutes of personalized photography attention in an elaborately themed land like Galaxy’s Edge. For fans who want to fully capture the essence of their Star Wars story through professional photos, this new photoshoot experience is the perfect souvenir.