Before our most recent Disney Vacation, I wasn’t sure if my tiny humans would be into getting autographs. They’re only 4 and 2 years old, so they’re pretty fickle about what they’re into these days. But I wanted to be prepared, just in case they wanted to get autographs from their favorite characters in Disney World.
My friend Kristin went to Disney World a couple months before we did, and I totally copied her idea of brining a mat to have the characters sign, and then later frame with a picture of the favorite character. I loved the thought that the autographs would be displayed in her room, instead of only in a book.
I brought each of them a mat from an 8×10 frame that I already had, and stored it in a gallon ziplock bag with a sharpie or two. It remarkably stayed dry, and only got bent because Emmy tried to fold it in half while we were waiting for Snow White.
They were the perfect size to carry in our Disney Park Backpack. I put a pink sharpie with a skinny tip and a black one in Emaline’s baggie, because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t a color that didn’t go with her room at all. Eli didn’t want any of the characters to sign his mat.
Emaline was completely obsessed with meeting the princesses and getting their autographs. Unless it was nap time and hot out…she had a little fit in Epcot when we met Belle.
So we collected almost all of the princesses autographs, and then I just finally got around to printing some of our Memory Maker photos. (If you’re on the fence about paying for the Memory Maker for your next Disney Vacation, I blogged about why it was awesome to have, read it here.) I picked this sweet picture of Emmy and Cinderella. Mostly because it reminds me of how sweet she was walking up to Cinderella, in her Cinderella dress, showing it to her and then being so shy when Cinderella told her how beautiful she looked.
The only autograph we didn’t get for her was Aurora. So I guess we need to go back soon to complete it…
We had the other, non-princess characters, sign an autograph book. Except Alice. Emmy insisted that Alice was a princess, and who am I to argue with the princess expert!? Both the kids liked flipping through that book for a good month after our trip.
I knew I wanted a pretty and feminine frame to put it in. I finally found this one, at Hobby Lobby. It sort of cuts off the edges of the mat, but it was $5 and works until I find a different one.
Do you do anything creative with the autographs from Disney World? Let me know of any great ideas in the comments, that way I can save them for collecting autographs on our next Disney World vacation!