Since our first family trip to Disney World, I have wanted to find the perfect souvenir that my kids could keep and look at as they grew. After much searching, I found our Favorite Souvenirs: Disney World Autograph Books! This also is very helpful for Disneyland visitors.
Disney World Autograph Books
Character autographs are one of the neatest ways to remember your visits with your favorite characters, their signature is there for you to keep, and I like to add the picture of the meet and greet in so that the kids will be able to look back and see the details for themselves! One of the best things about autograph books? They are a FREE souvenir, and will probably be your child’s (or your) very favorite!
Getting Autographs At Disney World And Disneyland
Disney World and Disneyland both offer opportunities for you to meet your favorite characters and get their autographs! Both parks offer character dining where you can snag a signature when your favorite characters come to your table and take a picture too. Character meals are a great way to have interactions with your favorite characters that you won’t forget! Find out more about Disney World Character Dining here!
Meet and Greets are available at all Disney parks but they work a little differently at Disneyland than they do at Disney World. Characters at Disneyland are free roaming much of the time with no set ‘location’ where they do their Meet and Greets. Characters at Disney World Parks typically have a Meet and Greet location that remains the same from day today. Animal Kingdom has more free roaming characters than the other parks, but typically you can plan on where to see your favorite characters to get some autographs!
Personalize Your Autographs!
The best thing about gathering autographs as a souvenir is that you can make it your own! My family prefers a photo book for each kid so that we can customize it to be just them and their favorite characters. I make them myself using blank (unlined) 5 X 8 index cards and covers made from laminated card-stock. I take them to a place like FedEx Kinkos or another office supply store to bind them for me since I don’t have a binding machine. Once they’re bound, they’re ready for autographs!
Some people prefer to get signatures on one set of blank index cards and then scan them so that they can make a giant photo book that includes the pictures of their family and their favorite character autographs. I’ve also seen lots of families who take a blank photo frame like this one and have all of their autographs collected there. That way they can put their favorite family photo from their trip in the middle. Check out this article from Walt Express for more Creative Autographs ideas!
What Else Should I Know?
It is important that you have the right type of pen/marker for the characters to write with. Disney World and Disneyland both sells autograph pens that fit in characters hands really well so that they can sign. We normally buy one for each of our kids when we get to the parks so they can have the characters use them for their books. I also like to take a large retractable Sharpie marker just in case something happens to the pens.
Always remember to have your autograph books ready and open to where you want the signed. You don’t want to waste valuable character interaction time on trying to flip through your autograph book! And be sure to get autographs for kiddos who have fallen asleep. My middle daughter fell asleep right before our Meet and Greet with Rapunzel and Tiana on our last trip, and Tiana made a point to sign her book and include her in our picture even though she wasn’t awake for it. It’s a great memory and we all love to look back at those pictures!
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