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Old 11-15-2010, 09:37 AM   #76
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So, just back from our trip and the Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters worked out great! We saw a few other people with the book too, but without the binding modification that I had done.

The book is heavy, which made for transferring between DS (5) and DD (6) to the characters awkward at times. It's just hard from someone their age to handle the size and weight of that book and a marker at the same time. Typically, the kids would take the book to the character, they would sign, give back to the kids, and the kids would hand over the marker and book to either me or my spouse before they posed for photos. Fortunately, I had pre-paid for the Photopass cd, so for any character to which a photographer was assigned, I did not have to worry about taking my own photograph. I'd say there was a photographer for about 60% of the characters we met.

We met about 50 characters, and the only ones that didn't have their own page in the book were:
Princess Tiana
Prince Naveen
Little Einsteins
Handy Manny
(For the four above, I had made pages for them and inserted at the end of the book before I had the book rebound.)
Terk (Tarzan)
Lotso (Toy Story 3)
Mary Poppins
(These three signed blank pages.)
Rafiki (had him sign on Simba's page, where there is a picture of Rafiki and Simba)
We did not get to meet the stars from Tangled, and of course, they are not in the book either.

We used a Bic "Mark-It" permanent market, which was selling at Staples for $0.99 and comes in a variety of colors. There was no bleeding through the pages.
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:47 PM   #77
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Looking forward to adding sigs to our book again in August!

Need to have the cover re-laminated though as the edges are coming apart.

Our hope is to keep the book going for years to come and collect all of the sigs we possibly can.
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Old 01-06-2011, 03:51 PM   #78
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Forgot to mention, I just saw this book today on Lakeside.com on sale for $3.95 from $5.95!
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:06 AM   #79
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We ordered the Encyclopedia books from Amazon, I took them to Kinkos and had the binding changed and the front and back covers laminated. The books are a bit heavy for carrying around all day but my DW came up with a great solution. She wanted to get the girls a little Welcome To WDW gift so she got them both monogramed black draw string backpacks, and guess what; the books fit in it perfectly. The girls had NO problem carrying the books in the back packs and had other things with them as well.

She ordered the back packs from http://www.disneyflorist.com and they put them in the room for us while we were at DTD.

When the characters saw themselves in the books they went nuts. Pooh saw it and jumped for joy and tried to show it to Tigger. Tigger ignored him and Pooh showed signs of crying to the crowd and they got after Tigger for it. It was great fun and it made the character meetings that much more special. Alice [Alice In Wonderland} spent 10 minutes with us just looking through the book and even brought all the characters in the restaurant over to look as well. It was so much fun.
Here is a picture of the girls with the back packs:
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:30 PM   #80
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Great idea!!
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:27 PM   #81
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We are doing a pillowcase, too. I ordered 2 from ebay with Jessie and Buzz on them, the child's name, and "Disneyworld 2011." I know that they will use the pillowcases for years, even after they fade. We are using fabric markers, though, and then I'll bring it home and heatset it. I am really looking forward to it!
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:40 AM   #82
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Off to Staples today to refurb our book for our upcoming trip. Replacing the laminating on the cover (coming apart) and adding some new character pages (Rapunzel, Jake & The Neverland Pirates, etc.)

My DD8 and I spent Sunday morning going through the character lists for each park on Allears and made pages for all of those that were not in the book.

She is so psyched to be able to add siggies to her book again this year. Hopefully, though, she won't complain about standing in line!

The 2 must haves this trip Mickey (yes, we went all the way to WDW and didn't see the mouse) and Rapunzel!
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She is so psyched to be able to add siggies to her book again this year. Hopefully, though, she won't complain about standing in line!
OH MY NO!!! Don't do it! Standing in line for a photo op or autographs is not the way to do it. Character Meals. Do Character Meals and they come right to your table many times and you sit and let the kiddies get the autographs and you take the pictures. Standing in line for autographs is the one single waste of time at any Disney venue. Our Opinion… Actually mileage may vary.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:12 AM   #84
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The only downside to character meals is you won't meet ALL the characters- this coming from someone who has a cm booked for every sit down dining credit except one. Little ones love it it's part of the magic for me too. for my kids 8and3 it's the main reason they're going I think!

Thanks so much for this thread so excited for my books. Awesome idea! Even if they are bulky! So worth it.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:47 AM   #85
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OH MY NO!!! Don't do it! Standing in line for a photo op or autographs is not the way to do it. Character Meals. Do Character Meals and they come right to your table many times and you sit and let the kiddies get the autographs and you take the pictures. Standing in line for autographs is the one single waste of time at any Disney venue. Our Opinion… Actually mileage may vary.
Absolutlely! We do need to wait online for the Tangled M&G experience and intend to use Fast Passes for Mickey and the Princesses. We have been to several character meals and have autographs from most of those characters, just trying to catch the rest as we can. We are going to Akershus for Princess breakfast this trip so between that and the FP line, we should be able to get most, if not all, the VIPrincess's.
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The only downside to character meals is you won't meet ALL the characters- this coming from someone who has a cm booked for every sit down dining credit except one. Little ones love it it's part of the magic for me too. for my kids 8and3 it's the main reason they're going I think!

Thanks so much for this thread so excited for my books. Awesome idea! Even if they are bulky! So worth it.
These books are great and the characters love them too. Mr & Mr Incredible were enjoying reading about themselves when my daughter presented it to them last year. The other people in line weren't so happy as they were taking longer than usual.

As for the bulkiness, we have a stroller still so just throw it underneath.

One day I plan to climb into the attic and dig out old autograph books from past trips and try to recreate signatures into this book so that we can continue to strive for completeness and have them all in one place/collector's item.

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The only downside to character meals is you won't meet ALL the characters- this coming from someone who has a cm booked for every sit down dining credit except one. Little ones love it it's part of the magic for me too. for my kids 8and3 it's the main reason they're going I think!

Thanks so much for this thread so excited for my books. Awesome idea! Even if they are bulky! So worth it.
Yup... they are a bit bulky but they are a LOAD of fun. We take them on the cruises too and the characters just love them. Check out this video of an autograph & photo op with the books.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:45 AM   #88
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Off to Staples today to refurb our book for our upcoming trip. Replacing the laminating on the cover (coming apart) and adding some new character pages (Rapunzel, Jake & The Neverland Pirates, etc.)
Great idea! I hadn't thought about just adding pages and having it rebound. THANK YOU!!
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Great~

It sounds great~
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GREAT IDEA!!! Thanks for posting! I have 5 kids, so I *think* I'll do one for each of them. I like the tote bag idea too and so the older ones can take care of their own book. They can also keep it in the stroller if they don't want to carry it around.

I'm not 100% sure if I should get autographs for the baby. Should I just order her a book, but leave it at home this time and she can start getting the autographs during our next visit when she's older? Will she feel like we left her out later when she notices that the other kids have all the autographs from this trip and she doesn't? I'm thinking that she'll want to get the autographs herself when she can remember it a bit better. Hmmmm, what would everyone else do in this situation. We're hoping to visit WDW every 3 years or so.
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