Most of the non-ride places where there used to be park photographers, there aren’t anymore. I think because people aren’t as interested in photos because of the masks. They allow you to remove the masks for photos now, but it will probably take time for the photographers to come back. Even then, probably only if people say they aren’t buying the pass because of lack of photographers. Now people are just using their cell phones.
I can’t tell you about activating it, since I wasn’t the one that did that. But, using it has been super easy to use. Get the app on your phone. You can always add extra photo cards to your account using the app.
The ride photos are mostly self-serve machines now. I think Hagrid’s has a person, probably because it is in the gift shop. It seems to be quicker now than Before because they have many machines and people are quicker to recognize themselves.
You mentioned three parks. At VB, sometime during each visit everyone using the photopass needs to go to the photobooth to make sure that each person’s taputapu is linked to the photopass. Our experience is that about 50% of the time there is a problem and the person has to do some stuff on the computer. For example, yesterday morning DH’s was already linked. But, DD’s and mine weren’t even linked to our annual pass. But, but we had all raced on the pungo racing slide. So, she found when DH was on it, and then found DD and then me on it, then tied those records to our photopass. I think the best ride photos are Hagrid’s and Kraka-whatever.