This is a guest post written by one of my fantasic readers, Edith.
Growing up in Georgia, it is almost a rite of passage to make the trip south into the deeps of the Florida peninsula to Orlando and visit the famous Mouse. In fact, my earliest memory takes place outside Cinderella’s castle. Perhaps that is why our family migrates to the mouse at least once a year.
One of the most popular things to do now at Disney World is Character autographs. From Cinderella to Winnie the Pooh and the Mouse himself, everyone is ready and waiting to pose for a picture with you and your family and sign autographs that your children will treasure for years to come.
My son loves his autograph books, he treasures them all. We have used many different styles and types. There are plenty of options out there.
• Disney official autograph book. These are readily available at the park and throughout the Orlando area. You can also pre-buy them at places like Amazon.com or eBay.
• Unofficial books. Our personal favorites come from Guide to the Magic. We have used their autograph book and their Kid’s “Guide to the Magic” book and LOVED them both.
• Disney (or generic) notebooks, they often have these at the Dollar store or Micheal’s.
• Scrapbook paper. I know many people who buy scrapbook paper, have the character sign it and later include it as a scrapbook page with their photos, etc.
• Create your own (for little or no cost).
First, if you haven’t yet, visit The Dis boards (if you have never been there, you will be amazed, you will find a ton of resources for all things Disney). Once there check our the Creative DISigns forum. There are graphic artists who are willing to create and share artworks for free, including many of the pieces you can use to create an autograph book. One of my favorite DISigners has a photobucket album with pages for every character imaginable. You can find the ones you are hoping to see (especially if you have a character meal), or just download some generic ones.
Once you have selected your cards you can print them at home on card stock and bind then together, use them in a scrap book, or you can upload them to your artscow (or other photo center) account and create a one of a kind autograph book.
I use a site called artscow. They have a free promotion running with the code EIGHTBKS for six 20-paged 8″ x 8″ hardcover photo book credits and an extra two 39-paged editions. You will only have to pay for shipping!
Here are some examples of finished products
I hope this helps you all make a wonderful, on-of-a-kind keepsake for your future trips to visit the Disney resort.
Thank you so much Edith for your posting!