Disneyland Prep – Counting Down

If you haven’t noticed by now, my family’s a little nuts about Disneyland. Aside from the trip itself, one of our favorite times is the time when it starts getting close enough to have “countdown” activities.


4…3…2…1….. Blastoff!!!


In the past, we’ve done advent type calendars where the kiddo can put stickers on each day as we creep closer. We’ve had Disney-themed meals from an alfredo pasta resembling¬† the Countdown Chicken Fusili from Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port to freshly popped popcorn served in Disney souvenir bucket. We play games – the latest being a yard sale find of “The Magic Kingdom” board game. We watch Youtube videos of rides. We listen to music – the “Musical History of Disneyland” 6 CD set is practically memorized around our house!

And of course, there are movies. Videos that range from classic Disney films and shorts to old Disneyland television specials to home movies. After the little one goes to bed, my wife and I may put in something that wouldn’t hold the little girl’s interest, like a documentary or opening day coverage (I know what you’re thinking, but our daughter is four – I’m sure she’ll appreciate it someday!).

As our next vacation is rapidly approaching, I thought over the upcoming days, I’d share Disney related activities we’ve done here on the blog. Whether it be music that catches my ear and inspires me to write about it, movies that I watch that inspire thoughts, or activities that inspire a story I think you might enjoy, I’ll share it here.

I hope you enjoy and have fun reading – if signal permits, maybe I’ll even be able to share pictures from the park once I’m there!

Until then, I ask you, fellow readers: Do you do anything special to countdown the days until your Disney trip? If so, I’d love to hear what you do in the comments below!

7 thoughts on “Disneyland Prep – Counting Down

  1. Already starting our countdown for October, and we don’t even have the date yet. Including texts about the trip , notifies to friends in the DL payroll about our upcoming visit, watching Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion, playing DL ride Trax in the car.

  2. I will often create a coloring book using coloring sheets from the internet. I do a collection of my son’s favorite pictures for his book and a collection for me. Then we have colored one page a night all the way until it’s time to leave; the final coloring page is one of the castle.

  3. I do the typical DVD’s. Disney Parks UnDiscovered…I think that’s the set of 6. I pop Disneyland in and watch. I dig through Disney Parks official blog and play some VF radio and youtube. I still have left over Mint Juleps so I’ll have to enjoy that too! Sounds kinda boring.

  4. For me it’s all about the “Musical History of Disneyland”. It’s my favorite way to build anticipation for a trip to Disneyland. Plus it’s fun to listen to during the drive to Anaheim. I also go back and browse previous photos I’ve taken in the park. Bringing back memories of previous trips is my favorite way to think about what I want to do on a current trip.

  5. We’ve been doing a few things to prepare for this fall’s trip:

    1. Re-watching the entire set of Disney, Pixar, and Ghibli movies
    2. I’ve been getting the kids to create one piece of Disney themed art a week
    3. We’ve been re-paging through the “Art of Pixar” book (it’s an incredible book of pre-production artwork and panels from Pixar movies)

    We also play “Disney Trivia” on our summer day trips, which the kids can’t get enough of.

  6. I order the Vacation Planning Guide that Disney puts out every year. Watching it puts me in vacation mode every time.

  7. A bit of a delayed reply to this (I was too busy counting down to our camping trip to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park ^_~)…

    My counting down to Disneyland is relatively uncomplicated… I certainly pour over the plans again and again and again, but the main activity is rewatching the films upon which the rides are based, or at least which have significant resonance in the parks. So when we went in May, the preceding weeks had us screening Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasia, Winnie the Pooh, Song of the South (it was going to be my first time on Splash Mountain too), Pirates of the Caribbean 1, The Reluctant Dragon (we were also doing a tour of the Disney Studios), the Mr. Toad part of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, a few episodes of The Twilight Zone, and Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier and The Happiest Millionaire for atmosphere. We didn’t make it around to Tarzan, Indiana Jones, Dumbo, or Sword in the Stone, and had I known that they changed the burning cabin to Mike Fink’s cabin I would have made sure we watched Davy Crockett and the River Pirates ^_^

    I also made a mix CD for my girlfriend (it being her first time) with Disneyland music to get her acquainted with the musical queues. There is something to be said for the joy of recognizing the songs. We were already singing “in the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room” before we even got there ^_^

    Hmmm… Just thinking about what I do to plan for a Disney trip is making me want to start planning a Disney trip again…

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