Disney with Little Ones: The Countdown is On

Friends, we are less than 50 days away from enjoying our next adventure at our favorite vacation destination – the Walt Disney World Resort! I get too excited myself to ever keep Disney trips a secret from my kids (although this is a Disney bucket list goal that I have…someday) so we just enjoy counting down the days. At the 180 day mark, we make our dining reservations and that’s when things start to get serious for us. By 60 days, we know which park we will be in on which day and make our FastPass+ reservations online bright and early at 7 am.  This time, I got everything we wanted. We are really excited to check out everything new at Animal Kingdom and feeling a little sad that The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios will be closed by the time we arrive.

We don’t do much more than look forward to those planning milestones and keep track of how many days are left on the calendar, but I am thinking about implementing some other fun way to count down the days to make it even more exciting. Here are a few that I found that I thought everyone in the family might enjoy.

  1. One of the most popular countdowns I’ve seen is to make construction paper links with the number of days remaining and tear off one link each day. These can be decorated a variety of ways with drawings of favorite characters or even favorite Disney World related items (like Dole Whips!). I like the simple Mickey and Minnie color and theme designs.
  2. Use a picture frame with a favorite Disney photo inside and in a blank area of the picture, use a dry erase marker to write the number of days. It would be fun to erase it and write a smaller number each day!
  3. If you’re a big fan of Up, here’s a cute idea. Print or draw a picture of the house from the movie Up and affix it to the wall. Blow up the number of balloons that matches the number of days you have left and use a black permanent marker to write the numbers on the balloons. Each day, you pop one balloon with that day’s corresponding number until there are no balloons left to pop.
  4. A quick Pinterest search will return a variety free printable calendars that you can use to cross off the days.

All of these ideas were found on Pinterest or by doing Google searches. Feel free to search for them to get a better visual! What other cute ideas have you used?

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Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history.  In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot.  Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall.  They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys.  The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return.  Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.

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