Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Jul 14, 2010
    Christina from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're going to bring a photo mat that fits a 8x10 frame & holds 5x7 photo for autographs. What's the best way to do this? Do we hold mat while the character signs? Do we take kids picture then have them sign autographs or do they like autographs first?

    Hi Christina,

    LOVE your idea!  It will look terrific and I'm sure you'll treasure it for years to come. 

    I'd suggest temporarily mounting the mat on something a little more sturdy so that it doesn't get bent or creased as easily - perhaps a heavy piece of cardboard or foamboard cut to the size (or maybe slightly bigger than the mat).  Make sure you choose a pen or Sharpie that won't smudge easily.  Some of the fur characters (i.e., Mickey, Stitch, Goofy, etc.) have an easier time with a with a bigger/thicker pen/marker. It can be tricky to hold thin pens with those big gloves on. Some characters use a stamp instead of signing their names (i.e, Buzz) so it may be helpful to him if you help hold the mat.

    Have the mat and pens (tops off) ready for the characters to sign when you first walk up to them. That saves time instead of you having to get everything ready after a picture - this is especially true for Guests wishing to have their autograph books signed - have it opened to the page you would like them to sign.  You may have to help hold the mat. You can ask the characters if that would make it easier for them if you assist - while they can't all speak, they can nod their heads to indicate their preferences. Each character also has a Cast Member that always stands near them - you can ask them as well.

    Once you've gotten your autographs, they will then pose for pictures. Make sure you've got your cameras and/or video cameras ready for action when you walk up to the characters. Also make sure to replace any weak batteries before you get up to them - you may miss the cutest pictures while you're changing your batteries.

    I'd also put your mat in a big ziploc to protect it in case it rains or from any spills that might occur during the day.  Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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