I got the kids these autograph books from Etsy.
They each came with their own pen and a personalized carrying case.
The boys still have their autograph books from their last Disney trips. It's a good souvenir and it gives the kids something to do when they meet a character. And it gives us more time to snap a picture of them with the character before they head off to the next group.
A great way to meet characters and get autographs is to go to a character meal. They have them at all 4 of the Disney World parks and at several of the hotel resorts. The characters come around to your table while you are eating, so you don't have to stand in line like you do out in the parks.
The cruise we are going on does not have a character meal, but supposedly the ship is crawling with characters, so we will see what the kids feel like doing.
Before the cruise, we have a breakfast reservation at the Crystal Palace inside the Magic Kingdom to see all of the Pooh family characters (which are not on the cruise ships due to licensing restrictions). We have an 8 a.m. reservation, the park doesn't open until 9 a.m., so I am looking forward to walking down a deserted Main Street U.S.A. in the morning. (What, 8 a.m. is crazy early, you say? Not if your kids are up at the crack of dawn every day like ours are!)
Do you take an autograph book with you to Disney World? Do your kids like to get autographs and meet the characters, or not so much?