Monday, August 1, 2011

Disney on a Dime #4

#4: Personalized Autographed Photos

In one of my mother-in-law's Disney travel books, I found the address where you could write in and request autographed photographs from Disney characters. So, on a whim, I sent in requests for photos of all the characters I knew my kids would love. In addition to the photo above we also have: Tinkerbelle, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Belle, and Cinderella. (As I look back, I should have asked for Ariel and Pocahontis, too, but oh well.) As we toured the parks it was nice to know that I had those photos tucked away back at the room. That way if we missed a character, or if the line had been closed, (or in the case of Tinkerbelle the line was an hour and a half long!) the kids would still have an autograph.

I was glad I had given myself a lot of lead time because it did take four of five weeks for the photos to come back in the mail. If you decide to send away for a few yourself, make sure that each request is sent in a separate envelope. (I just typed up a general letter and then went back in and changed the character's name each time I printed it.) And don't worry that the signatures won't match! The staff must get some kind of training because the autographs we got at Walt Disney World were pretty darn close to the ones on the pictures that came through the mail. Close enough where I was quite impressed. My son likes them so much, he has decided he wants a few of them framed to put up in his bedroom. So, for us, the pictures were well worth the cost of the stamps...

Send your requests to:

Walt Disney Company
Attn: Fan Mail Department
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


Anonymous said...

I really miss your posts about life on Mackinac Island.

Mum-me said...

They say you learn something new every day, and I have. I didn't know you could get autographed photos of Disney Characters. (I went back in 1980, and we just had to wait in line to get a photo with them.) Sounds like a nice souvenir for your son's bedroom wall.

Liz said...

Thank you, Anonymous, for taking the time to leave a comment. I've been thinking about that a lot lately. I wasn't posting about the island much this summer because most of what the kids and I have been doing on the island, I've posted about in the past. I'll work on getting some island posts up soon.

Anonymous said...

That's a really good idea - how organised are you?! And the autograph books are a brilliant touch.

Denice (inkstitch) said...

Wow, this one's cool tip. The new princess line at Disneyland is TORTURE - very long and the princesses are hidden so you don't get to know which princess you're waiting for. We didn't like that system at all! This would have been a great fill-in idea for the princesses we missed (i.e., the all-important Cinderella, who was never there after THREE two-hour waits on three different days!! Agh!).