Getting character signatures is sure to be a highlight for your kids so I’m sharing a collection of tips to help you get the most out of your time spent with Disney’s costumed celebrities.
Think Outside the Book: You might spend a lot of time gathering those precious signatures, so don’t put them in an autograph book that will be forgotten a month after your trip! Get creative and put them on display so you can talk about all the fun you had! Some ideas:
- Use a picture frame mat and get signatures using different color Sharpies. When you get home, pick your favorite photograph from the trip and put it in a frame with the mat. To keep the mat from being damaged while you tour the parks, place it between two pieces of foam board and then put it inside a padded envelope.
- Buy a 9-inch Create-Your-Own Vinylmation character from the Disney Parks Merchandise app or eBay. These make for great display pieces.
- Take several quilting squares and get one signature on each. Have them made into a quilt.
- Get signatures on Mickey ears, a t-shirt or pillowcase.
Think ahead: At character meals, seat your children on the outsides of the tables so they can easily get up and down to get autographs and pictures with their favorite characters. The characters make a loop around the restaurant, stopping briefly at each table. They only have a few minutes before they have to move on to the next table, so be ready when they get there.
Unexpected surprise: Your kids might not react to the characters the way you think they will. Let your child be in control and don’t force them to take a picture. You might try holding him for a few pictures or standing between him and the character – you still get the shot but without the tears. Before you know it, he may be fine with characters and wanting to meet them all!
Use the app: Looking for a certain character? Use the character locator button in the My Disney Experience app on your phone. This will tell you what characters are where, and more importantly, when to expect them to be there.
Do your homework: Some characters can’t be seen at a character meal or at random places in the parks. Want to see Anna and Elsa? You can only meet them in the Norway pavilion at Epcot. There isn’t a FastPass for this opportunity, so plan ahead and get to the park at least 45 minutes prior to opening and head straight there to be at the front of the line.
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