Over my 5 holidays in Disneyland Paris, I have met a few characters, not as many as some of course, but with those visits spanning from 1996 - 2017 there is a range of characters included within the pages of my autograph books, some which I think don't regularly meet anymore.
I don't actually go for signings every visit, only 'special occasions' like Mickey's Magical Party in 2010 and the 25th Anniversary in 2017 and after a recent conversation with Stephen, I thought it may be nice to share the autographs I do have currently to perhaps compare how Mickey's handwriting has changed throughout the years or something? ;)
This is my one and only autograph book from my first ever visit to Disneyland Paris, my only visit as a child, for my 6th birthday in October 1996!
For some reason I decided to muck about with this book and add the photos in a few years back, hence them being in a bit of a weird format with the corresponding signature on the page after the photo.
Seasoned DLP pros that visit multiple times a year may be able to correct me on this but in my experience the likes of Sherriff, Big Al and Basil do not meet anymore (or at least not often at all) at DLP so I like the fact I have those from my childhood :) From our home video I know that Sherriff's friend was super good at trying to make the kids stay polite by cupping his ear with his paw until they said 'Please'. That was pretty cool.
Another difference with these older meets is that they were hec-tic, hectic! No queues, minimal attendants, just pure pandemonium with people shoving each other out of the way, pushing their books in front of the character and teasing the character - pulling at tails and ears and stuff, so, apart from the Mickey meet where he was up some steps and guarded by a few cast members, most of the character photos from that trip have multiple strangers in them haha. I'm SO glad that has changed. Although, I did experience something similar during Halloween 2014 with the Villians at Castle Courtyard - major flashbacks.
Overall I must say this is a book I treasure and although I don't think there is a photo of Mam, Dad and I with Mickey, I cannot wait for us to be able to get a family shot with the boss mouse in 146 days!!! :O
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my autograph 'collection' so to say. I have 3 more books to share with you from 2 other trips and would love to see yours too!! If you do decide to share them in a blog post pleaaase tag me so I can see - I'll be looking forward to it.