You might say that Disney is in our blood.
Could that be an exaggeration? Possibly.
Ask my friends. Ha!
Some of my favorite childhood memories are of visiting Walt Disney World with my family. Seeing Cinderella's Castle for the first time. Hiding behind my parents as I met the infamous Characters for the first time. Crying when it was time to go.
Visits to Walt Disney World are magical.
While the magical memories are always going to remain, it's also nice to have a tangible keepsake to keep those memories alive.
If Character Meet and Greets are part of the itinerary of your Walt Disney World vacation, you may be looking for something other than the traditional autograph book that the Parks have to offer.
Luckily there are several fun options that you can use to commemorate your visit and meeting all your favorite Disney Characters. Affiliate links have been used in this post.
Great Alternatives to Autograph Books when Meeting Characters at Walt Disney World
You can grab any plain tee shirt and a sharpie marker to take or wear but you can easily add a little more Disney style to it. This DIY Mickey Autograph shirt tutorial will show you how.
Don’t forget to take along a couple of Sharpie permanent markers for your autographs. The retractable ones work best.
Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters
This is by far one of our favorite autograph book alternatives. But don't get it confused with “Disney Junior”, because it's so much more!
There is enough space on the character pages to include an autograph from your favorite characters. While this does add a bit of weight to your bag, it’s a really fun option for gathering autographs.
Even at home, we go through it, reading the stories and seeing who we still need to get autographs from. The Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters is an awesome keepsake.
Mini Photo Albums
Grab an inexpensive 4×6 brag book style album from the local dollar store and remove the paper inserts from every other page. Have the characters sign the blank white inserts, or cute scrapbook paper, and then on the opposite empty page you can insert a photograph of you and your favorite characters.
This makes a great keepsake that serves more than one purpose and will be enjoyed for years to come.
A small scrapbook, similar to a photo album, gives you a bit more room for pictures and autographs. Tuck in your tickets, pictures, smashed pennies, and more among the autographs. Remember an archival pen for keeping your autographs intact for the long run. I even found this Pixar themed scrapbook that is super cute!
Did you know that they make 9″ Disney Vinylmation Figures? They make the perfect autograph book alternative!
The kids sometimes play with it so some of the autographs are a little smudgy, but it's still pretty awesome.
This is especially good if your child has a Disney themed room, it adds a really fun and special touch. It's light and takes up very little room in your bag. This is a bonus on long days at the park. Take a permanent marker as well as a medium sized embroidery hoop to stretch small sections of pillowcase tightly across. This will make it much easier for characters to sign the pillowcase.
You can get creative and embroider the pillowcase by hand, stencil a picture using the process in the Autograph T-shirt above, or head to Etsy and purchase your favorite pillowcase for the trip.
If you are setting out to meet a favorite character or two, pick up small story books like Little Golden Books for your favorite character to sign! They are lightweight and a great idea if you are looking for only a few themed signatures.
You can meet Belle and the Beast at the France Pavilion in Epcot. Alice in Wonderland can be found outside the English Garden by the cottage in the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot. Ariel is in Ariel's Grotto inside Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
Which is your favorite alternative?
Enjoy your visit and good luck capturing all those character signatures!