Getting characters autographs is one of the highlights for my younger kids. It a big part of the theme parks and something some kids don’t want to miss out on. So, you will need to get an autograph book for each child. I am going to share with you some of your options when it comes to autograph books.
You can go with the official Disney autograph book, these can be found at the theme parks, or online at the Disney Store. There are different versions of the autograph books and they will run you between $7 – $11. $7.00 doesn’t seem like alot, but when you have 3 kids that want to get autographs that can add up quickly.
Cheaper and more inexpensive alternatives to the official autograph books can be found any Walmart or Target that is located near the Theme Parks. The above small autograph book ran $1.99.
For an even cheaper and more personalized version, you can actually make your own autograph books. I have made my kids autograph books both years we went. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack them last year, which is why we ended up with the 1.99 Walmart version. Making your own autograph book is relatively easy, and inexpensive.
Here are the items you will need (I used items I already had on hand):
- Copy or printer paper
- Letter stickers or markers
- Extra cardstock to decorate the cover
- Sewing Machine
First, I cut down 10 sheets of copy paper to 10 x 7, and then folded them in half, so the measurements folded were 5 x 7. I like to make this size, because this way I can include a signature on one side and then a 4 x 6 photo on the other side if I want.
After the papers are folded, I used my sewing machine to sew all the pieces together, so they will not fall apart.
I then cut down a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock, so it was 10.5 x 7.5, and folded it in half. This will act as the cover for all of the autograph pages.
I then adhered the pages to the back of the book.
Lastly, you can decorate the cover anyway you want. You can also have your kids decorate it on their own with markers or crayons. If you daughter loves Tinkerbell, you can go with a Tinkerbell theme. My son loved Buzz Lightyear, so I will probably go with that for him. Have fun with it!
Now you have some options to choose from when it comes to the autograph books. Here is the cost breakdown of what it would have cost me if I bought all of the above books for 3 of my 5 kids (not sure why, but the teens didn’t want autograph books).
Official book $7 x 3 = $21.00
Walmart version 1.99 x 3 = 5.97
Homemade version = FREE to about $1 each = $0 – $3.00