One of the things we love about Disney is all the fun characters. Everywhere you look, you see someone who just walked right out of a storybook or movie. Of course, you’re going to want their autograph so you’d better be sure to bring along your autograph book!
No matter what Disney park you’re in (or even on which ship for that matter), you’re going to run into characters. And, you’re little people are going to want to get their autographs. We seem to have grown out of this need at the House of Hills, but that’s only after filling about six years worth of autograph books.
I like to have a different autograph book for each trip. I’m OCD like that. We typically pick up this simple blue one when we check into our hotel. In fact, it is a VERY IMPORTANT first purchase.
This blue one is small and fits nicely into our Disney Backpack. It even has a handy ring to hold the pen they sell to go with it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting the big chunky pen too. It’s much easier for the characters to hold.
Now, if you don’t want the blue one, they have a myriad of other choices, many of which also contain a place for photos. We ended up getting a Princess one with room for pictures about four years ago. I’ve yet to print the pictures that need to be placed inside. Maybe you’re better at actually getting pictures printed than I am. In that case, the picture one might be for you. You can check out some the different types they sell at the parks here. You could even order it to have before you head out on your trip. There’s no better way to say “Guess what? You’re going to Disney!” than give a child a gift of an autograph book and pen. We sorta did that once.
Once you’ve got your kiddos autograph book, you’ve got to find places to get autographs. . Sometimes they’re outside hanging out at their favorite spot. You can look at your times guide or the My Disney Experience App to see where they’ll be hanging out that day.
You can also find them at specific restaurants during what is called Character Meals. You’re going to want to have reservations for those meals for sure. In fact, you can get reservations up to 180 days out from the date you want to eat. To make reservations, visit the Disney Website or use the My Disney Experience App.
No matter where you find them, be sure to have fun with the characters when you’re getting their autograph.
Have them sign the autograph book first.
Then get the kids’ picture with the character.
Even have dad jump in and be all crazy with them.
The character REALLY ENJOY interacting with the guests and your kids (and you) will love interacting with them. If you are there during a slow period, be sure to take the time to have fun with them. When we went to the new Storybook Circus character tent last year, there was NOBODY in there. We had the best time just goofing off with the whole gang!