• On Jun 6, 2020
    Michele from NM Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Our extended family of nine will be going on a Fantasy cruise in September and the kids want to get autographs on travel size pillowcases. Many of the characters have "paws". What is the best type of marker for different characters to handle?

    Ahoy Michele!

    I'm so happy to hear that you are planning an extended family vacation on the Disney Fantasy. Get ready for all that’s included on a Disney cruise: fabulous food, exceptional service, Broadway-caliber shows, and special memory-making moments with favorite Disney characters!

    How thoughtful you are for wanting to make it easier for all the characters to sign a souvenir! Have you noticed how all the Disney furry friends have been well trained at handling a pen for autographs? They are doggone awesome at this trick! In fact, they sometimes have their own stamp at the ready with their signature so they get more time to interact with guests! As far as best markers to use, I like to bring chunky pens that are easy to grasp for the characters. Since you are planning on having pillowcases signed, be sure that you choose fabric markers so these cherished autographs are sure to “STAY” instead of wash away. 

    I love how special moments with our favorite Disney characters can be enhanced with autograph books and signed items; we can relive those interactions when we look at our special souvenirs later. We still laugh about our conversations with Captain Jack after our day ashore on Castaway Cay and found it to be a great way to kick off our Pirate Night festivities. Not to mention greeting Captain Mickey and my son asking him who was steering the ship since he was meeting with us! 

    Be aware that some Character Greetings  are designated as photo locations only and autographs are not allowed due to time constraints. Ask a Cast Member to find out if this is the case ahead of time to avoid surprises. While I haven’t seen this happen often, I can totally understand why they might have to put this into practice at times. 

    Check out the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App once onboard for times and locations to meet the characters. You can even set reminders so you won’t miss a single one! Some characters are so popular that they have ticketed events for their greetings like the Princess Gathering and the Frozen Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa. To book those, log onto Disney Cruise Line website and access “My Cruise Activities” during your advance booking window. If you are not successful reserving them ahead of time, check with Guest Services (Deck 3, Midship) once you board the ship. 

    Since you are keen to capture all the character meet and greets on souvenirs, my recommendation is that you order a photo package because these adorable moments will also be captured thanks to the team of photographers onboard. Here’s a money-saving tip: pre-purchase the Photo Package and you'll save some Disney dollars. To get the discount, the package must be ordered at least 2 days before the start of your sailing. We have loved looking back at old cruise photos together and reminiscing about our favorite moments. 

    Say "cheese" and pose us another question here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel as your cruise planning comes into focus. Wishing you a fabulous sailing with Captain Mickey and his pals!

    SEA ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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