Monday, February 4, 2013

100 Days of Disney Activities Before Our WDW Vacation!

Starting on August 5, 2012, we began our 100 day countdown until our Walt Disney World vacation! I thought it would add more excitement and anticipation if we had a Disney-themed activity to do each day as we count down. So, I bought ping pong balls (8 to a pack) at Dollar Tree and I used one of my blog posts "200 Days of Disney-Themed Activities To Prepare Your Young Kids For Their Disney World Vacation" to get 100 ideas. I wrote those ideas on the ping pong balls and bought a huge glass jar (Wal-Mart) to store them in. I cut out a piece of black cardstock for the Mickey head and used red and white polka dot scrapbook paper for Minnie's bow. The yellow letter stickers are from Hobby Lobby. We placed the jar in the kitchen next to our favorite Mickey picture frame. Each day, my four year old daughter, Emily, chooses one ping pong ball out of the jar and we complete the activity.

  

  

Here are the 100 activities and I will update this post as we complete each day's activity:

Day 1:  Make a 100 Day Countdown Calendar






To make the countdown calendar, I used pink wrapping paper (Dollar General), black card stock (Wal-Mart), pink and white polka dot scrapbook paper (Hobby Lobby), pink construction paper (Hobby Lobby), a corner rounder punch (Hobby Lobby), paper cutter, doublestick tape and a big Mickey head punch (Hobby Lobby). I printed the title letters on black cardstock using a Mickey font and cut each letter out and I printed numbers 1-100 using a Mickey font onto pink construction paper (make sure you cut the paper to 8-1/2 X11 size to fit the printer). Each day my daughter places a glitter Minnie head (made out of pink glitter scrapbook paper and using doublestick tape to secure) over the numbered Minnie head.



Day 2:  Write a letter to a Disney villain and mail to: 
            Walt Disney World Guest Communications
PO Box 10375
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830





Day 3:  Look at the Hollywood Studios park 
map and choose your top 5 favorite rides and attractions


Day 4:  Listen to Disney cds all day long


Day 5:  Write down ways to earn Disney 
Dollars to use to buy souvenirs on your vacation


Day 6:  E-mail WDW guest communications and 
tell them how excited you about your upcoming vacation
The link to contact them via e-mail: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/contact/

About a week after Emily e-mailed WDW, we got this in the mail!


Day 7:  Assemble a Disney puzzle

Emily and her daddy working a puzzle together


Day 8:  Eat a Mickey-shaped 
sandwich and Mickey-shaped cheese



Day 9:  Decorate a container to store pennies 
to use at the penny press in the theme parks


We used an empty mini M&M container and decorated the container with stickers. At all of the parks and other WDW locations, you can insert 2 quarters and a penny and it will transform the penny into a picture of a Disney icon. We can't wait to see the different coins she comes home with after our vacation!


Day 10: Choose 2 Disney-themed 
snacks to take on the vacation
She chose Cinderella gummies and a Yummy Tummy Ariel juice drink. 
We'll be getting many more snacks as the vacation nears!


Day 11: Watch "Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it"  
parade at Magic Kingdom on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02tZKO1zEhE&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos


Day 12: Watch "Celebrate a Dream Come True" 
afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom on YouTube 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVYc9DI7UpY&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 13: Watch "Spectromagic" nighttime 
parade at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc3Tj942aZA&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 14: Watch "Mickey's Jungle Jammin Parade" 
at Animal Kingdom on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDrESehxhWk&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 15: Watch "Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun" 
afternoon parade at Hollywood Studios on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmXl5Lk8PQU&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 16: Watch the "Dumbo's Storybook Circus" 
attraction at Magic Kingdom on YouTube 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxrLR5Qa5xo&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos


Day 17: Watch "Splash Mountain" at 
Magic Kingdom on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTMp93efMLo&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 18: Watch "it's a small world" 
attraction at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ni7FRenk2A&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 19: Watch "Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet" 
at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--PjkJBIcOs&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos


Day 20: Watch a tour of the resort you'll be staying 
at on your vacation (Pop Century) on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgtvn688G18&feature=g-like

*Our family was out of town this day and staying in a hotel for a conference, so I brought along several ping pong balls for her to choose from that involved looking at Disney park YouTube videos

Day 21: Make Mickey-shaped brownies




Day 22: Eat a Disney-themed cupcake
We found this cupcake at Wal-Mart for 88 cents. It had a Jasmine ring on top.


Day 23: Buy Disney-themed panties for the trip
She's going to be so embarrassed when she gets older and sees this, 
but she was so proud to get new Minnie Mouse panties for the vacation!



Day 24: Make Mickey-shaped cookies



Day 25: Watch "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" 
at Magic Kingdom on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uiy1aQJAKJY&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw



video
This is a video of my daughter on June 15, 2012 on her first time riding "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" at Magic Kingdom! I smile every time I watch this.

Day 26: Figure Out the Difference Between Chip and Dale


Day 27: Choose Your Favorite Doll 
or Plush Character to Take on Vacation
She chose her Jasmine doll.


Day 28: Make a List of Friends and Family 
to Buy Souvenirs for on our Vacation
This could get really expensive, so a postcard may be have to count as a "souvenir"!


Day 29: Eat Breakfast and Lunch on Disney 
Paper Plates, Cups and Napkins All Week Long


Day 30: Look at the Magic Kingdom Map 
and Choose Your Top 5 Rides and Attractions


Day 31: Buy your Favorite Single Packet Drink Mixes to Take to the Parks for your Water Bottle


Day 32: Buy 5 New Disney Songs on ITunes 
for the Car Ride to Florida
Emily chose: 
*I Won't Say (I'm in Love) from Hercules
*I'm Wishing from Snow White
*Mickey Mouse March from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
*Part of your World from The Little Mermaid
*Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty


Day 33: Make a Mickey Ribbon Wreath










This was actually a very easy project! I bought a styrofoam wreath from Walmart (around $5) and wrapped it in red ribbon to cover the white. Then, I used 7 different ribbons in red, black and red colors and cut 2 inch strips. I looped the ribbon and pinned it into the styrofoam so it made a circular shape. It took about 90 minutes to complete and around $25 to make. This was definitely one of the most fun activities we did together!


Day 34: Watch "Cinderella's Royal Table" Character Dining at Cinderella's Castle on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6AQRhxH3Pc&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07KDL4pU-kI&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw 

Day 35: Buy Glow-In-The-Dark Toys, Necklaces 
and Bracelets to Wear at Night for the Parades


Day 36: Throw a Disney Frisbee and 
Blow Disney Bubbles

Day 37: Look at Pictures from Past WDW Vacations

Day 38: Buy and Decorate a Disney Travel 
Box for the Car Ride to and from Florida


 We bought the container at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook storage section. A future blog post will be about what to include in the travel box.


Day 39: Play Disney Old Maid


Day 40: Paint a Disney Poster




Day 41: Make a Mickey-Shaped Pizza
 

 
We started with 3 small pizza crusts. We used a circle cookie cutter to make the ears and used the original sized crust for the face.
 


 Before....


 After...


This was a very easy and fun project! Emily ate all of it!



Day 42: Play "Name That Disney Movie" with Disney CDs

The picture isn't very clear, but she's pushing the "play" button on the cd player.




She knows her Disney movies! 


Day 43: Wear a Disney Tattoo

Day 44: Watch Videos on YouTube of the Christmas Decorations, Parades, Shows and Festivities at WDW

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs9Lq2PB9QU&feature=colike

Highlights of Christmas Festivities at WDW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KScNVnxmf24&feature=colike

The Castle Lit Up with "Icicles"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnMMVFArhK0&feature=colike



Day 45: Learn Pirate Jokes and Pirate Lingo
In honor of National "Talk Like A Pirate Day",
 we learned some new pirate jokes and slang (the clean version).


Day 46: Search for Hidden Mickeys in the House


I hid 100 Mickey heads (using a Mickey punch I bought at Hobby Lobby) around the house. She never found them all, so it's been exciting for her to find them days later, too!

Day 47: Draw Disney Pictures with Sidewalk Chalk



Day 48: Make a Minnie Mouse Head with Tissue Paper



Day 49: Make Mickey Rice Krispie Treats









Yummy! This has been her favorite Disney food to make so far!

Day 50: Play Online Disney Computer Games


Day 51: Eat a Tiara-Shaped Sandwich

Day 52: Eat a Mickey-Shaped Waffle for Breakfast


Day 53: Check out Disney Books at the Library

Our library has a bathtub for kids to sit in and read their books!


Day 54: Decorate a Memory Keeper 
Folder to Store Vacation Keepsakes

  
We bought the memory keeper at Hobby Lobby and plan to keep our park maps and other keepsakes in this during our trip.


Day 55: List Your Top 5 
Animal Kingdom Rides and Attractions


Day 56: Watch Fantasmic! from 
Hollywood Studios on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS34u1xk9gU&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw&index=5&feature=plpp_video


Day 57: Decorate a Disney 
Notebook To Use for the Car Ride




Day 58: Watch Wishes Fireworks 
from Magic Kingdom on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdilScQRoYQ&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw&index=4&feature=plpp_video


Day 59: Shop at Disneystore.com and Choose 
Your Top 10 Favorite Things You'd Like to Buy

She added to her wish list:

Mother Gothel 12 inch doll
Rapunzel braid
Fairy Godmother 12 inch doll
Flounder bowl
Ariel fins utensils
Belle nightgown
Pocahontas costume
Jasmine shoes
Jasmine costume
Tiana crown



www.disneystore.com


Day 60: Eat Mickey-Shaped Ice Cream





I shaped the ice cream into a ball and added Oreos for the ears. It was very easy!


Day 61: Watch Kilimanjaro Safaris 
from Animal Kingdom on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB4akgF3lR4&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw&index=3&feature=plpp_video

Day 62: Make Cinderella Cookies
Thanks to the release of the Cinderella DVD in stores on October 2, we were able to get some of these Cinderella cookies at Wal-Mart!


Day 63: Have a Princess Tea Party


Day 64: Watch Former WDW Vacation Home Videos
We watched the home video of the first time Emily went to Magic Kingdom on November 13, 2009 (the day before she turned 2). I was crying! Time sure has flown!


Day 65: Make a List of Your Top 5 Characters 
You Want to Meet on your Vacation

Day 66: Make Cinderella Castle Suckers

Supplies needed to make 6 castle chocolate suckers:
1 bag Wilton blue chocolate melt chips
1 castle sucker mold (Michael's)
6 sucker sticks (Wal-Mart, Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
Sucker plastic covers (Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
Ribbon to tie wrapper

Day 67: Write a Letter to a Princess




She chose Ariel since that was her favorite princess to meet on our last vacation. She sang "Part of that World" to Ariel and Ariel gave her a "lipstick kiss" on the cheek. 

Send letters to:
Walt Disney Travel Co., Inc.
PO Box 10375
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Day 68: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Night










 
We hosted a "Cinderella Movie Night" for the little girls at our church on Day 68! The older girls painted nails, put on make-up and fixed their hair. They also painted pumpkins to look like Cinderella's royal carriage and we watched Cinderella, the movie. The glitter spray and face glitter was a hit!

Day 69: Paint a Pumpkin 
To Resemble Cinderella's Carriage


This was really easy! You need one medium sized pumpkin and 2 little ones. I hot glued the "wheels", but they kept falling off. She painted the pumpkin with blue craft paint. When it dried, I spray painted the pumpkin coach with a clear glitter spray.


Day 70: Make Mickey Cupcakes
  

 

 








Day 71: Find 10 Disney Jokes to Text at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Factory at Magic Kingdom on your Vacation
My favorite joke from the list:
What did Snow White say while she was waiting on her photos to get developed?
Some day my prints will come!

Day 72: Watch Downtown Disney on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCiS96-XMa0&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw&index=2&feature=plpp_video

Day 73: Eat a Mickey-Shaped Donut




Day 74: Look at Quick Service Restaurant 
Menus and Pick Some of your Favorite Meals
http://allears.net/menu/men_cr.htm


Day 75: Watch Winter Summerland 
Miniature Golf on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60H9wiZzsuc&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw&index=1&feature=plpp_video


Day 76: Have a Princess Fashion Show and Model Disney Princess Dresses




She wanted me to act out a character greeting and take my picture with the "princess" and she signed my "autograph book". 

Day 77: Watch "American Idol Experience" from Hollywood Studios on YouTube and Perform a Song


She chose "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" from Cinderella


Day 78: Watch All Character Dining Meals on YouTube
I made a separate blog post about the character dining meals. 


Day 79: Make Magic Kingdom's "Cinderella's Castle" 



She loved this activity! We just used a cardboard box, acrylic paint, a few pieces of scrapbook paper and some Disney princess stickers.

Day 80: Make Animal Kingdom's "Tree of Life"

We used a cardboard container that held bottled water and we bought 2 leaf branches from Dollar Tree and cut them apart. She glued the leaves to the cardboard to make "The Tree of Life".


Day 81: Make Hollywood Studio's "Mickey Sorcerer Hat"

We bought a blue piece of poster board and used yellow stars (from a notepad) and cut out a few moons from yellow paper to make "Mickey's Sorcerer Hat".
*We didn't make Epcot's "Spaceship Earth" because we are not going to Epcot on our vacation.

Day 82: Buy New Pajamas To Wear On Vacation
Emily chose to buy a castle gown at Carter's

Day 83: Play "Disney Magic Kingdom" Board Game


We bought this game at a consignment store for $4! It's from Disney World and it is a keepsake since it has Toon Town.


Day 84: Print Address Labels To Use On Disney Postcards To Mail To Friends And Family



Day 85: Make "Mickey Mix"

Ingredients:
Oreos (we used red cream from the Christmas limited edition Oreos)
Yellow Wilton melts
Red and yellow sprinkles
Red and yellow M&M's
Black Mickey head sprinkles 

We crushed the Oreos and laid them onto a non-stick paper (we use Reynold's Release). Then, we melted the Wilton melts and poured it over the Oreos. Then, we sprinkled the top with Mikcey heads, M&M's and sprinkles. We put it in the fridge for 30 minutes and then broke into pieces.

Day 86: Buy A Disney Balloon

Day 87: Make A Disney Picture Frame To Put In Resort Room


The frame came from Michael's and was $1. She used acrylic paint and taped on a "Memories" scrapbook sticker. She also punched small Mickey heads using the scrapbook punch (found at Hobby Lobby) with black glitter paper. 

Day 88: Make Mickey Luggage Tags

First, she typed our names into the computer using a Mickey font. Then, we cut scrapbook paper and the names into rectangle shapes. After that, we rounded the corners on all of the rectangles. She secured it with tape and added a small Mickey head on glitter paper. We laminated them (or we plan to) and hole punched the tag.


Day 89: Watch "Fantasyland Expansion" on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8_znMKh8qM&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw

Day 90: Watch "Mickey's Boo-To-You" Parade on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg4WLlnDDAU&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLvXGkIMW5ZwOBSaYpQ2cvrw



Day 91: Make A Card For Minnie And Mickey To Give To Them At Disney World At A Character Greeting 





Day 92: Snow White Movie Night

She ate popcorn with red, blue and yellow M&M's while she "watched" (Emily only watches a movie once; she acts out every part after the first time she watches a movie) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Day 93: Make Mickey Shirts To Wear Each Day






Materials Needed:
Heat Bond (Wal-Mart or craft store)
Shirts 
Fabric 
Iron
Scissors
Mickey head template (I used various-sized kitchen bowls to trace)

We followed the instructions on the Heat Bond package and most everything sealed well. If there was a side that didn't seal, we used fabric glue as an additional adhesive.

Day 94: Watch Hall of Presidents on YouTube in Honor of Election Day
Day 95: Buy a Pillowcase for the Trip
I saw this black and white polka dot pillowcase at Wal-Mart and thought I would try ironing a Mickey head on the front. It didn't turn out as cute as I hoped, but my daughter seemed to like it. It came in very handy on our 12 hour car ride to and from Orlando.


Day 96: Make Packing List Cards for Each Day



Day 97: Pack Mickey and Friends To Display In The Resort Window

Day 98: Buy Gifts For Disney Princesses
We found princess body/glitter spray at Wal-Mart for $1. Emily gave each princess (Tinkerbell and Periwinkle are on the cover of the sprays, too) the spray along with a picture or card when she met them at a character dinner or character greeting.

Day 99: Have A Character Dinner At Home
 This activity was actually Emily's idea! She loves to dress up in her costumes and lately she has been on a kick about acting out the character greetings and the parades at Disney World. She will pretend to sign our autograph book and take a picture with us before trying on a different costume. So, the week before we left for our vacation, she asked if she could be the characters and come to our table for dinner. She did not break character, either! For Ariel with the fins, she came scooting on the floor to our table and would not stand up since "that's not what Ariel would do". It was a very entertaining evening of 9 princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Ariel with legs, Ariel with fins and Belle), autographs and pictures!


Day 100: Pixar Movie Day
I rented 99 cent DVDs of all of the Pixar movies and let Emily watch them all day long while I packed and got everything ready for the trip. She hadn't seen several of them and it was helpful since the Pixar characters would be in the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade at Hollywood Studios. 

We also celebrated our last day by popping our last balloon and adding the last Mickey on the Disney countdown


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  6. This is a very creative idea, thanks for sharing this! The family and I have been planning a trip to Disney World during the holidays this year since it has been a while since we have been there. Since it is always really warm down there and we'll be in the sun for most of the day, I would recommend checking out sunscreen for kids so that they don't get sunburnt too badly.

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