Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 22, 2009
    James from OK Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    One more Erin. Love the video on meeting Charaters. My ? is for Mickey and those in costume, how big of pen is needed so they can hold it well? A fat tip Sharpie maybe? or will a regular sharpie work? something else??

    I'm glad you liked the video. My girls had a great time transforming our basement playroom into a mock Magic Kingdom. It was almost as much entertaining as being at WDW. (Well, not really, but it was still fun to pretend.)

    The pen-size thing is more of a suggestion that a rule. The characters will use whatever writing tool you happen to have available. A standard Bic ballpoint or even a pencil or crayon will work. However, those characters, like Mickey, that wear bulky gloves or other hand-covering, often appreciate having a thicker instrument with which to write. This allows them to get a better grip and have more control over their penmanship. (Though I must say that I've always thought Mickey has enviable handwriting no matter what the situation. I wish my own chicken scratch looked half as good as his fluid swirls.)

    There are ballpoint pens sold at the parks that are about the diameter of a Crayola marker. (The elementary-school kind that comes in the ten-pack.) These pens are usually displayed near the autograph books in the gift shops. These marker-sized pens are great for the characters. Either diameter of Sharpie would work too.

    I do have one not of caution about markers and Sharpies with autographs. If you're having a character sign fabric (a hat or t-shirt) or a heavy-weight paper or card stock (like a post card), then Sharpies are perfect. If you're having the character sign regular paper (like in an autograph book), you're going to want to make sure that the signature does not bleed through to the next page. You can do this by simply using a regular pen or by putting an extra piece of paper in between the leaves of the autograph book. You wouldn't want to see Goofy's signature soaking through to Minnie's on the reverse side.

    Have a great time collecting autographs at WDW!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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