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.
map and choose your top 5 favorite rides and attractions
Dollars to use to buy souvenirs on your vacation
tell them how excited you about your upcoming vacation
to use at the penny press in the theme parks
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!
parade at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
afternoon parade at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
parade at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
at Animal Kingdom on YouTube
afternoon parade at Hollywood Studios on YouTube
attraction at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
Magic Kingdom on YouTube
attraction at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
at on your vacation (Pop Century) on YouTube
We found this cupcake at Wal-Mart for 88 cents. It had a Jasmine ring on top.
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 25: Watch "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad"
at Magic Kingdom on YouTube
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
*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
Day 34: Watch "Cinderella's Royal Table" Character Dining at Cinderella's Castle on YouTube
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
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.
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
Highlights of Christmas Festivities at WDW
The Castle Lit Up with "Icicles"
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
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
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
Day 57: Decorate a Disney
Notebook To Use for the Car Ride
Day 58: Watch Wishes Fireworks
from Magic Kingdom on YouTube
Day 59: Shop at Disneystore.com and Choose
Your Top 10 Favorite Things You'd Like to Buy
Fairy Godmother 12 inch doll
Ariel fins utensils
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
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
Send letters to:
Walt Disney Travel Co., Inc.
PO Box 10375
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Day 68: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Night
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
Day 73: Eat a Mickey-Shaped Donut
Day 74: Look at Quick Service Restaurant
Menus and Pick Some of your Favorite Meals
Day 75: Watch Winter Summerland
Miniature Golf on YouTube
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
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"
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"
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
Day 90: Watch "Mickey's Boo-To-You" Parade on YouTube
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.
Heat Bond (Wal-Mart or craft store)
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.
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.
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.
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!
We also celebrated our last day by popping our last balloon and adding the last Mickey on the Disney countdown