It’s Disneyland Time!
I’m heading to Disneyland TOMORROW! It will be my daughter’s first time at Disneyland. I know, I know she’s only 18-months-old. She won’t remember anything. BUT we are going with my parents and siblings and their families. SO that means my husband and I will have plenty opportunities to ride on the adult rides. Win win. It has been 4 + years since I have been to Disneyland so this time round will be different with a kid. I have been training her by watching the Disney movies so she at least will know who Mickey Mouse is. I am most excited to watch her get excited on the rides and be awed by the magic of Disneyland. At least she will have pictures and autographs that she can look at when she’s older. The problem is the autograph books in Disney cost some $$. So I decided to make my own (cuter ones too!) and it saves me $$$. Let me show you how I created the DIY autograph book. (Scroll down to the bottom to read more about the other ways to save money by taking a trip to the Dollar Tree).
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Supplies You Need
- 4 x 6 or 5×7 sketchbook >> Here’s an example: Daler-Rowney Simply Sketchbook – 65lb 110 Sheet Hardbound Book – Extra White – 4″x6″
- Yellow or your choice of color scrapbook paper
- Black Scrapbook Paper
- Red or your choice of color ribbon
- Straight Cutter or scissors & rulers
- glue, preferably hot glue gun
- Black fine-point sharpie
- Red marker
- Cups or any circular tool for the mickey mouse shape
Instruction on Making DIY Disney Autograph Book
- With a pencil, cover the yellow paper on the book to mark the edges. Then cut the paper with the straight cutter.
- Hot glue the yellow paper onto the book
- Measure the red ribbon across the book and then cut.
- Write “Disneyland” in cursives with a red marker.; then outline it with the black fine-point sharpie
- Cut the “Disneyland” into rectangle with the straight cutter
- Glue “Disneyland” on the black paper and then cut the edges with the straight cutter
- Repeat steps 4-6 for the Year you’re going on the trip
- For the Mickey Mouse head, I used a cup. For the ears, I used a seasoning cup.
- Trace one big circle and two smaller circles on the black paper
- Cut out the circles
- Layout the writings, red ribbon, and the Mickey Mouse BEFORE gluing. To see exactly where you want to place them.
- Finally, glue all the loose items onto the book
Give the autograph book to your kids before or at Disneyland to surprise them! They will be excited to meet the characters and get their autographs. Also, make sure you take pictures so you can add the photo of your kids with the characters in the book next to the autograph. 🙂
Other Things You Should Take With You To Disneyland to Save $$
I got these miniature coloring pencils. They are so great because the kids can use them to color in the book while waiting in the line. The characters can use them to sign in your book. Plus, it’s a PERFECT size for traveling. I got it from here >> Tombow Mini Colored Pencil Set in Metal Tin, 12-Pack
These are great coloring books- less than $10 dollars each and the website usually has a deal like 10% the entire purchase. >> Coloring Books (Set of 6)
Or get a mini coloring book, which is great for traveling >>
Stickers from the Dollar Store is another great activity for kids to do in the line. Have them decorate the stickers in the book!
Other things to buy from Dollar Tree
- Glow sticks- whenever your kids beg you to get one of of those cool expensive glow-in-the-dark sticks, magically pull out the glow sticks you already purchased from the dollar store.
- Treats- enough said
- Disney sandwich bags- organize your things by using these bags. Like crayons, treats, hair bows, and many more!
- Tons of Disney themed toys- keep them busy in lines
- Pop-up hamper- they lay flat in your suitcase and pop up when you take it out. Great way to collect dirty clothes
Dollar Tree has more Disney stuff online. They ship pretty cheap, but you can pick them up from the store for free.
What other fun things do you take with you for your kids? Remember, you can design the book any way you want it to look like. Be creative and have fun!! 😀