There are almost as many different ways to collect character autographs as there are actual characters you can meet during your Disney vacation. Below are some character autograph collection ideas that we’ve personally done as well as some new ones we haven’t tried yet. Be sure to have a large pen to use while collecting autographs. If you loose or forget yours, you can purchase one at just about any merchandise location on property. Another item to add to your park bag is something hard to write on if you’re using a soft cover book or just paper to write on.
Disney Autograph Books
Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and resorts sell a couple different varieties of autograph books. The most basic book has plain white pages for characters to sign on. Another version of the books include a place for the autograph as well as a picture of you to add once you’ve returned home.
Custom Autograph Books
From simple scrapbook paper to a hardcover book full of pictures of characters from previous visits, this is all about how creative you want to be when creating your book. Mary at Capturing Magical Memories has lots of adorable digital scrapbooking options you could use while creating pages for a book to be printed from places like Shutterfly or Walmart. This option has always gotten the most attention from characters (we even met the very same Aladdin and Jasmine two years in a row!).
Bring along your child’s (or your) favorite story book and have the characters sign it. Story time will be much more fun at home when they see the character’s autograph while reading their bedtime story. Character encyclopedias are another popular option for collecting autographs. While you likely won’t meet all the characters included in the book, it’s fun to see how many you can get. Guide to the Magic for Kids also has a really fun autograph book to use during your vacation.
Characters cannot sign anything you’re physically wearing on your body but you can bring a shirt or hat to have signed. Make sure you have something hard for the characters to sign on. Another thing to consider is something to hold the item tight while they character signs to make it as easy as possible for them. Binder clips or clothespins could work well for this.
Other Fabric Items
Pillow cases, quilt squares, backpacks, bandannas, scarves… The list goes on and on. So long as you remember you can’t be wearing what the characters are signing, they’re usually happy to sign. Remember to bring something hard for them to sign on and something to hold the item tight so the signature comes out clear without hassle or frustration for the character.
This is a favorite of mine to take, especially when we’re going to an event or party. Collect all the princess signatures on a photo mat and put it in a frame with your own little princess in front of Cinderella Castle or with her favorite princess she met on vacation once you’re back home. Consider keeping the photo mat in a zip top bag when you’re not using it to keep it clean and from getting the corners bent up.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to collect autographs (and many more we haven’t even listed here). It doesn’t matter which method you choose so long as you’re having a good time! What’s your favorite way to collect autographs? Leave a comment below to let us know.