Difficult to imagine a box getting into a better position to capture the perfect shot of your child.
I also disagree. Having different angles and candid shots can really change the entire aspect of getting photos.
Of all the places to target for cost reduction, this is a weird one. “Taking pictures is making memories.”
The only reason for Disney to do so is saving money, so let’s do a simple math. All the numbers are in average, assuming all the 4 parks open 12 hours/day, the minimum hour rate for a live photographer is $15/h, I don’t know how many in door M&G in total, but assume there are 30, so the money Disney really saves is $15*12*30=$5,400. I am positive that lots of people will no longer purchase Memory maker if the M&G picture are taken by a box, $180*30=$5,400, which means Disney will be at a total loss if more than 30 guests stop buying memory maker/day, which is going to happen for sure! Who ever made this decision needs to go back to business 101, kind remind me the last famous Disney dumb business decision, tomorrow land tent, for $3,000/day, they put up that ugly tent in the middle of the park! Glad that didn’t last very long, hopefully Disney will realize how stupid this is, and either bring back the live photographer or even better, drop this idea completely now!
The CM who is always there is my guess.
The fact that they're calling them automated cameras would suggest maybe nobody.
I know the Memory maker is lasting the whole trip, however, there are thousands of new guests arriving at Disney every day, like I mentioned, if 30 out of thousands new guest changing their mind not buying the Memory maker because of this, Disney is at loss. So, the question is, will 30 out of thousands new guest/ day change their mind about Memory maker, I am positively sure it will!The problem with your calculation is that, they'll save $5400 per day.
Memory Maker isn't purchased per day, it's purchased per trip.
So... it's really hard to say if it will be a loss or not. It's very likely they'll still come out ahead.