Countdown to Disney!

posted on November 8, 2011 by  |  posted under Boys, Family, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Traditions  |  26 Comments

Countdown To Disney

Is it POSSIBLE to create even more anticipation for your next Disney Vacation?

I dare say, YES!

Countdown To Disney

Countdown to Disney!

Something so easy and inexpensive really shouldn’t be allowed. :)

1. Raid the dollar store and target dollar section to find little Disney trinkets.

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2. Don’t forget to start it all off with some magic PIXIE dust,

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and the traditional but never boring, paper chain countdown…

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I searched high and low

for ideas on Disney countdowns,

but nothing beat

the good old classic.

I did jazz it up a bit by writing

some fun Disney facts

on each chain.

Here is another cute one

with activities instead of facts.

3. NOW go find your best, or most available little helper and start making some number tags.

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I used my circle punch in two sizes, some polka-dot stickers and some fun twine to tie them to the package. Why is it that twine always makes something simple look so adorable?

(I LOVE all the fun colors the Twinery offers!)

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Wrap your trinkets, add your tags, and feel the anticipation EXPLODE!!!

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Then have fun unwrapping one little gift each day until you leave for your Disney Vacation! Or if you are driving, you could pull these out at certain landmarks along the way until you get there.

These ideas could be used for any vacation, my next one just happens to be Disneyland.




YES, this countdown is mostly for me. :)

Some other fun little trinket ideas:

travel toothbrush, matching disney t-shirts (not so trinket-ish, but fun), glow sticks for the night parades, flavor packets for your bottled water, plastic rain poncho (for the water rides or just in case), little book and a pen to collect character autographs, map to find all the hidden mickeys

What else?

What are your favorite tips, tricks or trinkets for your Disney Vacation???

Also, if you’re looking to save some money on a trip to Disneyland, you have to try Getaway Today!!! They seriously have the BEST prices on packages and discount tickets to Disneyland (among other parks).

Countdown To Disney

    1. November 8th, 2011 at 11:10 am
      Nesleirbag says:
      SOOO Cute! Love the polka-dotted, bright- colored pics! As we all know, half the fun (maybe more) is in the anticipation! Super idea, Missy!
    2. November 8th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
      Donna O'Neil says:
      This is so cool! We are going to Disneyland the day after Christmas and I am thinking of doing this. Maybe I can do a 12 days of Mickey countdown. On another note, there is a cute shop that I got cutest Mickey Shaped earrings from. It is called the Hokey Donut.
    3. November 8th, 2011 at 1:36 pm
      Emily says:
      A helpful tip for shirts is to purchase them at Walmart. They have cheap Disney shirts, usually no more than 10 or 12 dollars (I have found them for as cheap as $4). I buy them before the trip, but save them for the park. That way, the kids have a fun, new Disney shirt that I didn't have to pay $25 or more for at the park.
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:02 am
        Missy says:
        We found some cute ones there ($7.00) - great tip! Plus we didn't have to waste Disney time to shop!
    4. November 8th, 2011 at 1:40 pm
      Megan says:
      We make a paper chain with our kids that goes all around our kitchen -- every night the kids take turns cutting off a link. We usually start at 100, it's so much fun to see the chain dwindle down to nothing (and it's a really cute decoration too!)
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:03 am
        Missy says:
        I didn't think to decorate with the chain - I will have to try that next time...I hope there is a next time soon!
    5. November 8th, 2011 at 1:49 pm
      Stacy says:
      Hi! This is my first time finding your blog....I look forward to browsing deeper! But the timing is perfect because we are taking our three kids, ages 8, 8 & 6, to Disney World for the first time in just over three weeks! Love the countdown ideas! I am not sure who is more excited...the kids, the parents....or the grandparents.!
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:04 am
        Missy says:
        Your kids are the perfect ages - you will have so much fun!! Who am I kidding - any age is perfect. :)
    6. November 8th, 2011 at 2:05 pm
      Tiffany says:
      Yeah! We are surprising the kids for Thanksgiving and I'm going to use these ideas as we drive! Thanks so much!
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:06 am
        Missy says:
        Hopefully it will make some fun to the car ride. :)
    7. November 8th, 2011 at 2:10 pm
      Sarah welsh says:
      This is do creative! I have to know where you got the polka dot wrapping paper... Love it!
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:08 am
        Missy says:
        I got it at Tai Pan Trading in Boise (just opened). I know they are in Utah also, but I am not sure where else. I am a sucker for polka-dots.
    8. November 8th, 2011 at 3:45 pm
      Jenette says:
      Super cute! Love the pixie dust idea! We just got back from Disneyland Sunday. I made my own countdown using Disney images which was super fun for the kids. Our family goes each year the first week of November and have a tradition of when we arrive at the hotel, our 2 kids each have a present wrapped up waiting on the bed from Mickey and Minnie (in Disney Christmas paper of course) and they get new Disney jammies to wear the whole trip. The extra little things make it special!
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:10 am
        Missy says:
        love it! I will have to see what I can do about making this trip annual. What a fun tradition!
    9. November 8th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
      LouAnn says:
      This is one of the things I made for our kids to see when we were going to Disney. The loved changing the date! It was so cheap, scrap wood, paint, hooks were from the garage supplies, and disney paint chips from HD!
    10. November 8th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
      Vicki says:
      We do Disney every year (yes I know we're lucky) and I have NEVER told my kids we are going (ages 8 and 4). Eight years running now (we go a different time each year) and they've never caught on. It makes it soooo much more fun to wake them up in the morning and say "oh yeah, you're not going to school today" or picking them up from school and heading straight to the airport. The looks on their faces are priceless.
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:15 am
        Missy says:
        What an awesome surprise! I wonder if I could keep it a secret???
    11. November 9th, 2011 at 12:26 pm
      Karen says:
      When we went to Disney with our girls we bought one of the autograph books once we got there. When we met a character for an autograph, they signed the right page of the book so that we could take a picture with the character and put it on the left side of the two page spread. My kids love reliving their Disney memories with the easily made memory/autograph book! Make sure your last name and address is in fanny packs etc. One daughter left hers on one of the Disney buses. We tried tracking it down without success, but 3 months later it mailed to our home with all treasures still intact.
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:17 am
        Missy says:
        Don't you love it when people go out of their way to be nice. That is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing.
    12. November 9th, 2011 at 6:26 pm
      Tiffany H says:
      Cute! We'll have to do this next time! We bought picture frame mats from Hobby Lobby and a set of colorful thin point sharpies and the kiddos had each character sign the picture frame mats in different colors. I put them in frames but we have to print a picture of each kid still haha
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:18 am
        Missy says:
        The curse of digital. It is SO wonderful, but actually printing anything is almost a chore now. :). Thanks for the idea!
    13. November 11th, 2011 at 6:03 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      We are saving up for Disney World- I can't wait to hear about your trip!! (You will share, right??)
      • November 15th, 2011 at 1:23 am
        Missy says:
        Oh Yes! - can't wait to share. You will probably hear more than you ever wanted to know. ;) Disney WORLD - how exciting!
    14. May 7th, 2012 at 10:56 pm
      Rosemary says:
      Hope you had a wonderful time at DIsney! Thank you so much for linking us! Your friends at :)
    15. August 10th, 2012 at 11:39 am
      Mommy2Twincesses says:
      I love your countdown ideas! I've come up with my own plan for our upcoming Disney Cruise and just posted about it with a link back to this post :o)
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