Selfies might have taken over from autographs, but there are times when only a good old fashioned signature will do.
Naturally, I don’t want to spoil the magic, but I reckon it must be quite hard to write if you happen to be a mouse, duck or dog – particularly if you have to sign your name over and over again. However, for the young and young at heart it seems that a signed memento sprinkles an extra bit of fairy dust onboard Disney Cruise Line.
It began, once upon a time, with Disney characters signing pillowcases for cruisers to take home. Now passengers are embarking with a pack of Sharpie marker pens and a host of items to be autographed. Cruise Critic member monkll took to the forums to ask for more suitable suggestions for signatures.
“So we had pillowcases, shirts and books autographed,” says monkll. “Any other unique ideas? In case anyone doesn’t know, if you bring Sharpies to the front desk on the cruise, they will have whomever you want autograph your items and it will be returned to your stateroom the night before the cruise is done.”
Member nene0182 bought a Disney plate online and took that along, phtktz3 suggests one of the big white Mickey Mouse hands you can get in the theme parks and other suggestions include baseball caps, shirts, shoes and entire photo albums so corresponding snaps can be placed opposite the signatures.
Meanwhile, some members point out that the characters sign items in their spare time as a goodwill gesture, and the writing could be on the wall if too many autograph-hunters try and track them down.
“There is a limit of two items per cabin regardless of number of people in the cabin.” Points out moki’smommy. “If you bring your own markers they will use what you bring. If you do not supply markers, the items will be signed in black Sharpie.”
Ex techie warns that cruisers should not expect gift signing as a given and if it gets out of hand, so to speak, the line might start charging for it.
“This once ‘perk’ will soon become overloaded to the point DCL will either start charging a fee for it, or pull it completely due to lack of personnel able to fulfill their duties within their allocated work hours. And all because they probably did something great for someone that got spread on the Internet.”
So is it ‘taking the mickey’ to expect autographs on all kinds of items or should it be part of the magic? Let us know what you think.