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  • On Apr 21, 2022
    Allison from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have my autograph book ready for my first trip to Disney World. I was going to bring a BiC Marker, yet I knew the ink will bleed through. What types of ink pens are suggested for autograph books--the retractable ones?

    Hello, Allison! 

    Welcome to planDisney. Your question made me smile, Allison. I am so happy that character interactions have returned. I have a trip planned soon and I can't wait to dust off the autograph book as well! 

    You are welcome to use almost any pen that you would like and you'll see people use a plethora of different ones. I do like how a marker looks with its nice thick brushstrokes but oftentimes they do bleed through the paper and that can be unsightly.  What I recommend using is any ink pen that you like that has a thick barrel and is retractable. A thick barrel is going to make it so much easier for characters with thicker hands to grab on to and the retractable feature is nice for the characters to be able to click up and down when they are using it so as not to get ink on themselves. This style of pen can be found a lot of places but you'll also see these all-over merchandise stores while you are at Walt Disney World. This is typically where I'll pick mine up because I know it's the preferred pen. Plus, it's a fun little souvenir to take home when the trip is over that is practical. 

    If you do decide to go with a marker-style pen that bleeds through, consider putting a piece of paper between each page. That way, it only bleeds onto the back of each individual page. Then, you can glue a picture on that particular page to cover it up. I've done this before and it's worked out nicely because then the autograph book turns into more of a scrapbook keepsake that you'll want to look at for years to come. 

    I hope this helps with your decision, Allison. If you have any other questions before your trip, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help. 

    Have fun!
    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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