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Disney, Here We Come!!

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Tomorrow we are just TWENTY FIVE days away from our FIRST FAMILY DISNEY vacation experience!!!!

This is a big deal, people.  If not solely for the fact that we are dropping a LOT of dough on this.  I still can NOT get over how much they get away with charging!  $85 a day?  Each adult?  And only a bit cheaper for kids at $80 a day!

Disney really knows what they are doing too since every additional day you go the ticket prices drop SIGNIFICANTLY!

Price Options for a family of FOUR {including tax} through Mousesavers… Price in parentheses is the OLD price before it was raised.  :(

1 day = {$333} $350

3-4 days = {$908} $946  {same price for four days as it is for three days…}

5-6 days = {$926} $988  {same price for five days as it is for six days…}

7 days = {$950} $1048

I am SO SAD that we will be paying the NEW… just raised ticket prices!!  Boo to the double Hoo.   The prices just went up the middle of June…  :(

To get those price options, you have to sign up for Mousesavers newsletter and wait for the next issue to come out. {It’s only sent once a month.}  Then you have to order them online and have them mailed to you.  You’re really not saving a whole lot, but every little bit helps!  Four seven day passes on the Disney site with tax is $1097… so at most we’ll be saving about $50.

Anyway, since we were going to spending so much, I really wanted to help the kids see what a big deal this really is!

I don’t remember where I first heard of the idea of doing a Disney Countdown, {I’m pretty sure it was Pinterest.} but I have since searched the whole wide internet looking for ideas.

I loved the idea of an Activity Countdown with something for the kids to take down every day showing them a fun Disney related activity to do that day.  I found this Disney Countdown that used Home Depot Mickey Head paint samples and this  one using red and yellow chains … both of which were pretty cool.  :)

I also ran across this poster… How many more days to Disney?? which would be a veeeery simple way to do a Disney Countdown.   Just print, laminate, and use a dry erase marker to keep track of the days.

Because I can’t do anything “simply,” I decided to do the Countdown using the Mickey Heads!

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Chris and I went into Home Depot for our mission.  I honestly did feel bad taking that many paint samples, but I thought of nine hundred plus reasons to justify it.


We both started grabbing heads and then stopped to do a count.  In the time it took for me to get around TWENTY, he had managed to grab SIX. 


The Mickey Heads actually peeled off from their square background, but they were soooo thin they curled up a LOT!  I fixed the issue by making sure to peel up some of the backing too {that you’re not really supposed to peel} which gave it a sturdier back.

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I used my cricut to make all the numbers for the countdown using a variety of scrapbook paper.  I ended up writing down all the numbers I needed and then crossed off each number as I cut it so I could keep up with what numbers I was cutting.

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After my numbers were cut I debated how to lay out the Mickey Heads…

I considered putting them in the shape of… well, a Mickey Head.

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But in the end thought that may take away from the fact that all the numbers are in the shape of the Mickey Head too, and I thought that was pretty cool.  :)

After laying out all the heads in random-but-evenly-spaced colors, I had to divvy out the letters using the “random” method again so I wouldn’t end up with two colors or patterns too close together.  :)  I like to LOOK spontaneous… not BE spontaneous, OK??

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My Little Gems shared her countdown activities to go on the back of the Mickey Heads, and I adapted it to make MY OWN VERSION of Disney Countdown Activities… added what I wanted and included some sources of where to get the printables I used.   {You can click the link above to get your own…}


And like I said earlier, I can’t do anything simply. I just can’t resist making stuff look cute.  It’s some sort of sickness, really.

Here’s some of the activities I found… a Disney Word Search for Haylee and Disney Coloring Pages for Wade.  The actual Disney site linked to all these Disney Crafts that were pretty amazing… a lot of them were things you could print and make fairly easily!

Things like a Rapunzel Crown, a Tangled Activity Kit, a Toy Story Character Set, Mickey Bookmarks, Mickey Airplanes and much, MUCH more.   I also found this printable Free Kid’s ID and I made these printable luggage tags. There are even more Disney Countdown Activity ideas here.

For the Disney Gift Day, we bought some Disney things at Walmart that we’ll give them, and the rest we’ll pack in the suitcase to be their “souvenirs” during the week we’re there!   Ha!  Walmart is much cheaper than WDW gift shops!  :)

I printed the page of activities, cut them out, and glued them on the backs of the Mickey Heads.  I decided to laminate them too so it would be something I could reuse if we ever rob a bank er… save up to go again.  :)


I masking taped them all to a poster board for easy removal and even made a nifty title for the project…

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This really was a SIMPLE project, though I worked my “magic” and made it much more complicated, ha ha!  :)

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Though now that I’ve done all the work, maybe it won’t be so difficult for YOU!

Feel free to to download a copy of all that hard work for your very own Disney Countdown!!

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Disney Countdown Activities

MickeyHeadSwirlBlack-1Here are some fun Walt Disney Quotes for you…

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”
Walt Disney

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.”
Walt Disney

The Countdown BEGINS TOMORROW!!!!

{Linking to Hooking up with House of Hepworths & Thrifty Décor Chick…}


You can also check out these posts to see what a grand time we really did have…

1 Week to Disney

Our Countdown Culmination

Disney Debut Part 1

Mickey Mania Part 2

Disney Wrap Up Part 3


22 Responses to Disney, Here We Come!!
  1. Bette
    August 10, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    This is FANTASTIC!!! I wanna steal your idea and we're not even going to Disney World. Love, love, love it! Such a awesome idea to use to stretch the adventure even more. It looks amazing!!!

  2. Christina @ Centsible Savings
    August 10, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    and add to that ridiculous price – $15 EACH day for parking (unless you are staying in a Disney resort and have free shuttle). So excited for you!! Even though it cost a lot, we haven't regretted spending that money, in fact, we have already said we want to go again sometime!

    Remember bring a cooler/backpack/something and bring in as much food and drinks as you can tote.

    and your countdown that you made is super cool too!

  3. Renee
    August 10, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Thanks Mom!! I can always count on you to think what I do is cool! :) I am definitely hoping to stretch the adventure out as much as possible!
    Thanks, Christina… We're not at a Disney resort, but our place is really close and does offer a free shuttle… though from what I've read on tripadviser the wait on the shuttle can be really long. :( So we definitely won't be trying to swing back to our place for lunch or anything. :) Thanks for the tips… Hoping it will be a trip to remember!

  4. Alicia
    August 10, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    So cute and slightly jelous. OK, I'll tell the truth, really jelous! But thankful that you get to go. We hope to go in a couple years when all four kids can enjoy it and were not working around naps. But then we will be buying for 6. Yikes! We will have to rob a bank I think!!!=)

  5. Jen Swaringen
    August 10, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    I always think your ideas are cool, too!!! I didn't realize you were going for 7 days, that's awesome! The times we've gone it was just for the day. Jacob really slowed us down last year because of his short stride and CONSTANT potty breaks. I wish we would have had a stroller for him. I am sure you have already thought of this and am also echoing Christina-bring snacks, beverages, small fans, ice packs or booboo buddies (to cool down with)and a stroller for Wade.

  6. Laine
    August 10, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    I went to Disney when I was 7 and I'll never forget it! =) Hope ya'll have an awesome time!! And thanks for the great idea for the countdown…think I will use this for when we go on vacation in September.

  7. Ellen
    August 11, 2011 | 2:33 am

    This is AWESOME. Love it! I hope you have a wonderful time.

  8. Leslie
    August 11, 2011 | 7:12 pm

    Wow! That countdown is the cutest!! Thanks for posting all the other info too because are actually going to Disney the same time! We will probably be going to Magic Kingdom on Labor Day or the next day (we are only going to Disney one day but will be in Orlando for three days). We are also not staying in a resort but at a hotel close by with a shuttle! And it is also our first family trip to Disney!! We are super excited! I hope you have a great time!

  9. Theresa
    August 12, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    Great, Great, Great ideas!!

    yay for you guys going to Disney world! I actually mentioned Disney in my Three Thinking Mothers post today!! I have a love/hate relationship with Disney–I LOVE it, but I am so tired when we get home and need another vacation AFTER the vacation!

    Your kids are sooo cute!! Have a great time in Disney!!

    I am going to go check out more of your blog–but I saw the linkwithin for your DUH Pinning post and thought: this is someone I have GOT to follow! love it!!

  10. Kim
    September 3, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    We love going to Disney every few years. Our last trip there was 6 of us, we stayed on property, and had the meal plan and managed to do it for under $2700. I was very happy. I paid for it with reselling so that it didn't have to come out our family savings.

  11. Amanda @ Serenity Now
    October 4, 2011 | 2:53 am

    Hi, Renee! I love your countdown idea…fun for mom and kids. :) I am dying to take our kids to Disney, but hubs isn't loving the idea. I can't believe they'd raise prices in this economy! Regardless, I hope you have a great trip. Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick. Hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

  12. Carrie@ My Favorite Finds
    February 22, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    I came over here to read about making a blog button and other things in your DIY Beautify Your Blog Series {which I refer to A LOT}, and got distracted by this post :). I just pinned it. Each year, I make a Disney countdown for our vacation {gearing up for trip number 4 in June :)}, and this is AWESOME! I am so going to work on this soon. Love the paint chips idea :)

  13. Renee C.
    March 10, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    I was hoping to share this great Disney Countdown idea on my FB page
    Let me know!!

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  17. Chelsea
    October 1, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Okay, I am totally loving this idea. We leave in 57 days for our trip to Disneyworld!!! My just turned 3 yr old has been asking me everyday “is it time to go to Disney now” and every time we get in the car she asks “are we going now???” (She just asked me, for the fourth time this morning, as I am typing this!!) Poor girl gets crushed every single time I have to tell her not yet :( I have been meaning to make a countdown calender for her so she can see it and to help put it in perspective for her. I am going to make a few changes though. I think I will use velcro on the back of the Mickey heads and on the back of the title so that I can use it for other countdown adventures as well (you know Christmas, Grandparents houses, the zoo, you get the point)!! If I am going to put that much work into it I might as well make it versatile, right?!?! I will also be doing a castle or something other than the Mickey head to help her understand. Thank you for the wonderful idea, I just hope mine turns out half as pretty as yours did!!

    • Chelsea
      October 1, 2012 | 10:41 am

      Just realized it wasn’t very clear when talking about the castle instead of Mickey. I meant a big castle at the end to show her this is the day we leave. I will still be using the Mickeys the countdown!!

  18. Kelly
    March 19, 2013 | 11:59 am

    We’re going to DisneyLand this summer and I’ll definitely be using some of the great ideas. I love the calendar. We have 4 kids, the odler two are 11 &13 but the younger ones are 1 & 3. SO the calendar will help them out so much. Thanks for sharing.

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