7 Disney Autograph Book Alternatives

Autographs are a fun past time at the Disney Parks and Resorts, as well as a great way for shy fans to break the ice with their favorite character. While autographs books are plentiful, convenient and seem to reign supreme, they are often relegated to a shelf where they collect dust once you get home. Here are a few Disney autograph ideas to keep your signatures front and center (or at least off that hidden shelf) once the vacation comes to a close.

 

Disney Autograph Ideas

 

Disney Autograph Ideas

1. Wall Hangings

We haven’t done this for Disney, but this has been a great option for Stitchy’s birthday party “guestbooks.” Grab a piece of Disney wall art, a pennant or even a blank wooden letter (a letter would be super cute for a classroom, too, my fellow Disney teachers!) that’s small enough to stuff in your park bag. Remember, if your item isn’t rigid, bring something to use as a hard surface for signing.

2. Bags

This is another we haven’t tried personally, but I always thought it would be cute. Chances are you’re going to be toting some type of bag with you around the parks. Why not make it a souvenir?! Make sure your bag is light colored (or opt for metallic markers), and have the characters sign on the side you won’t  have against your body (no one wants a smeared and sweaty permanent ink mess). For Castaway Club members, I always thought the tote bag (depending on the material) you probably have duplicates of would be great for this!

Side brag: I got this hat, tags attached, for $1 at a yard sale!

3. Hats

Perfectly portable, double duty and a built in hard surface, ball caps are a great option for snagging character autographs. No need to tote this around like some of the other options, as it site perfectly atop your noggin while roaming the parks. In addition to a fun souvenir, this choice will also protect you from the sun while you search for your next meet and greet. Characters may or may not have an aversion to your sweat while signing. 😉 While characters will sign any part of the hat, the bill already has a built in hard surface to make signing easier. We only had one character, Tiana, (who was, shall we say, getting her feet wet) who signed somewhat awkwardly on my nephew’s hat choosing to sign her name in the inside of the hat rather than in a visible location. You can always specify the autograph spot if you prefer.

Bonus Tip: Classic black Mickey ear hats are a nice, clean option for autographs, too! Just be sure you grab a marker that will show up on black.

4. Greeting Cards and Post Cards

Are you or is someone at home celebrating a special event? Grab a (Disney?!) themed greeting card to throw in your bag. Or pick up a post card and send an extra special “Wish you were here!” with greetings from their favorite characters. These are super cute tacked up on your office bulletin board or your family command center for a little bit of magic in your every day.

Bonus Tip: If you’re celebrating a milestone at a Disney character dining restaurant, inquire about an autographed card. We’ve typically received these when noting birthdays and anniversaries on our dining reservations without asking, but if you don’t, don’t be shy about looking into it. They may or may not have them on hand, but there’s no harm in checking. You can then use this card to collect more autographs after your meal.

5. Picture Frames and Photo Mats

I absolutely love the frames that usually surface around graduation season (or in my case…on clearance right after)! If you don’t grab one then, you can also usually find them with wedding supplies, craft store framing departments and occasionally party stores. There is a spot for an photo, of course, but the actual frame part is much wider to accommodate the autographs of your guests and well-wishers. These, of course, are also perfect for character autographs, too! I added some scrapbook paper to this one and printed out a logo, as I wanted to use it specifically for breakfast at Crystal Palace. Photo mats offer the same look, but it looks like these are a bit more delicate than the frames.

6. Photo Albums

I saved my personal favorite for last, but if you’re a newbie headed out on your first trip, you might give this one a go in lieu of #7. I happened to stumble upon a couple of these awesome Mickey albums at the Disney Store after Independence Day one year and snagged them at a super low price (I think they were, like, $1.49 each). These were great because they had a journaling page next to each photo sleeve. The kids got autographs on the journal page, then we’d slip the picture from the meet into the sleeve facing the autograph. If you can’t find an album like this, any album will work, just slip in card stock cut (or bought) to size in the opposite sleeve. Disney Parks photo albums, like to 2010 one pictured, also tend to have branded paper in the picture sleeves that are great for autographs. If you don’t want to tote around a photo album, throw your card stock or papers into a zip top bag (hello, water proof), and assemble the album post-trip. You can also purchase official Disney autograph books that follow this same idea, but you definitely have more creativity (and probably a little more green in your wallet) if you opt to grab your own album off property.

7. Photo Books

This is my absolute favorite method of autograph keeping! I started doing these with the kidlets on their second trip to Walt Disney World, and it was a huuuge hit with every character we’ve ever come in contact with since then. Even as they get older, the kids still enjoy these. I pull favorite character photos from past trips and place them into a photo book from Shutterfly. I designate a page or spread for each movie or character. For example, Mickey gets his own page, but the Cinderella page includes Cindy, Charming, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine, Suzy, Perla and the Fairy Godmother. I’m slightly (or heavily) OCD, so I arrange the pictures in chronological order because I like seeing how the littles changed from trip to trip.

The characters go NUTS seeing themselves, especially when we run into the same characters on multiple trips (if you catch my drift). The characters (and even attendants!) spend an above average amount of time with the kids thumbing through the books and asking questions. This has been the single best boost of character interaction throughout our Disney trips, and I don’t see it too often, so it still seems to be a bit of a novelty with the characters. And although it’s still technically a book, these aren’t relegated to the back of a shelf. They’re pulled out often to enjoy pictures and memories. <3

Some fun from one of our early trips with the autograph books. Excuse the grainy video! That was back before I invested in better gear. 😉 And pardon me while I ugly cry about how sweet and little they were…

Bonus Tips:

  1. Retractable Sharpies (affiliate link) are perfect for autograph collecting. No lids to lose, a variety of colors and larger than the average pen so characters with bulkier hands can grasp them easily.
  2. If you’re opting for a fabric autograph item that will be washed, consider fabric markers instead.
  3. Bear in mind that characters are not supposed to sign anything you are currently wearing, so make sure your hair is combed under that hat. 🙂
  4. Character attendants tend to have markers and/or pens on them, so don’t fret (or go buy new ones) if you lose or forget yours.
  5. Have fun! For us, autographs aren’t the mission but an opening act. Enjoy the interactions, play along and don’t forget to snap a few shots or roll that video!

We’d love to see your autograph alternatives! Please comment with pictures, ideas or tried and true methods, and let us know if we can share your ideas on the blog or via social media (with credit, of course!). It’s so much fun to spread pixie-dusted ideas! Happy autograph seeking!

Disney’s Salute to the Armed Forces 2017

Once again, Disney is honoring active and retired U.S. military members in 2017! Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland are offering two lengths of discounted tickets, room promotions and a discount on Disney’s PhotoPass products! Read on for more details.

Walt Disney World

Specially Priced Tickets

Choose between a Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Ticket. The Park Hopper Option is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket!
Purchase now through December 15, 2017 and receive admission for 5 days, for just $224 plus tax, during the periods of January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017. Or purchase now through December 16, 2017 and receive admission for 4 days, for just $209 plus tax, during the same period. And if you’re looking for a little extra magic, add the Water Park Fun & More Option for just $37 more plus tax.In addition, you can purchase the Memory Maker for a discounted price of $84 from January 1, 2017 through December 19, 2017.The Fine Print:Specially Priced Tickets

  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets outlets only by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members.
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Subject to certain exceptions, Disney 4-Day/5-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Services Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.
  • Tickets and options expire and may not be used after December 19, 2017. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

Memory Maker

  • The discounted Memory Maker product can only be purchased at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Valid military identification required for purchase. Spouses of military service members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of military personnel.
  • No more than two (2) Memory Maker products may be purchased by an Eligible Service Member family at the discounted price.

Specially Priced Resort Rooms

Enjoy great rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when you book by December 19, 2017 for stays most nights from January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. This offer is for active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)). Spouses of Military Service Members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps members.
The Fine Print:
  • Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Additional per-adult charges may apply if there are more than two adults per room.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Disneyland

Specially Priced Tickets

Disneyland Resort is saluting active and retired U.S. military personnel by offering Military Promotional 3-Day and 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets. You can visit both theme parks each day of your ticket!

Purchase from November 1, 2016 through December 16, 2017, and receive admission for 3 days for just $156 or 4 days for $181 from January 1 through April 8 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.Plus, you can purchase the new Disney PhotoPass Collection product for a discounted price of $49 plus tax from January 1, 2017 – December 19, 2017.The Disney PhotoPass Collection product includes:

  • Digital downloads of all Disney PhotoPass photos in your account at time of redemption
  • A voucher for a Dining Print Package (Voucher may not be redeemed online. See voucher for restrictions.)
  • A Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc, featuring more than 350 high-resolution professional photos from around Disneyland Resort
The Fine Print:Specially Priced Tickets
  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets only by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of military service members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of military personnel.
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Tickets expire and may not be used after December 19, 2017. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six(6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.
  • Tickets are not valid for Magic Morning early entry admission.
  • May not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions.
  • Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Disney PhotoPass Collection

  • The Disney PhotoPass Collection product can only be purchased at the following Disneyland Resort merchandise locations by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses: Main Street Photo Supply Co. at Disneyland Park and Kingswell Camera Shop at Disney California Adventure Park.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Valid military identification required for purchase. Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of Military Personnel.
  • No more than two (2) Disney PhotoPass+ Collection products may be purchased by an Eligible Service Member family at the discounted price.

Specially Priced Resort Rooms

Enjoy great rates on select rooms at the Disneyland Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights from January 1 through April 8, 2017 and April 24 through December 19, 2017.

The Fine Print:

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • May not be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • This offer is valid for active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of military service members and PHS and NOAA Commissioned Corps members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of active military personnel or Commissioned Corps members.
  • Offer excludes suites.
  • Not valid on previously booked rooms.
  • Excludes applicable taxes and fees.
  • Offer is nontransferable.
  • Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room.
  • Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
  • Separate theme park admission required to enjoy the parks
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Valid military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room.