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  • On Mar 15, 2011
    Matt Asked

    I'm a scrapbooker & was going to make my kids personal autograph books. I made them 4 1/2" by 3 1/2" is that an ok size or will it be hard for the characters to hold? How many pages should I include? What kind of pen works best?

    Hi! I'm a scrapbooker too, so I love the idea of a custom-made autograph book! If you haven't already gone to a lot of trouble making your books, I'd recommend you make them a little larger. My children have the standard-size ones that are sold at Disney World, and they measure approximately 6 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches tall. The characters' signatures are often very elaborate and  usually take up the whole page in the standard book, so I worry that it will be difficult for them to sign a smaller-size book. Another benefit of a slightly larger autograph book is that you'd have more room to decorate the pages with cute Disney-themed embellishments, and you could place a 4x6 photo of your child with the character on the page facing the autograph.

    The number of pages you'll need depends on how many character meals or meet-and-greets you plan on attending and whether you'll want to leave spaces for photos next to each autograph. The standard autograph books sold at Disney have quite a few pages, but we often come home with half-empty books, so I think 30 pages would be adequate. If you want space for photos, you may want to add more pages. It's always better to have too many pages and remove the blank ones later, than to not have enough pages.

    As to what kind of pen you should bring: the fatter, the better. The characters can have trouble holding small, skinny pens. Disney sells ballpoint pens that are longer and wider than average ones. (I'd say they have a diameter about the size of a nickel.) If you prefer to bring a scrapbooking pen instead of purchasing one of the Disney ones, bring one that is long and fat. And since we're talking pens, here's a little tip to make the characters happy: be sure to have the top off so that it's ready to write when it's your turn with the character.

    Hope your kids get lots of autographs!  
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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