UPDATE: (3 MAY 2018) I made a video giving you an overview of my planner along with some of my tips for an organized (and magical) vacation. Check it out! You are also welcome to share the planner. Please cite Edutaining as the source and include the following URLs when sharing on your blog or YouTube channel:
We are less than six months out from our Disney World vacation which means there is a lot of work to be done on my part. (I know reserving experiences six months out sounds silly, but you would be amazed how quickly some of the character meals, like Chef Mickey’s, tend to book.) From the budget to securing dining reservations, there is a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work on my part to making sure that Lil’ Man has a magical time without us breaking the bank. I personally like to record all of our plans and print out any necessary documentation. I then like to organize all of this into a small binder (1/2″ to 1″). I know Disney has a mobile app where I can access everything from my resort information to FastPass+ reservations, but I found it to be a little cumbersome and unreliable at times when we were last in Disney World. Call me a bit obsessive compulsive, but I like having everything as a hardcopy just in case.
As I was making our dining reservations the other night, I realized I needed to start writing out each reservation so that I would avoid booking two sit-down meals on the same day. For our last trip, I had used this wonderful (free) planner from Ashley Rives at Lovely Commotion. I was disappointed to find that it is no longer available to download and I was absolutely devastated when I discovered that I had not saved the file on my computer. I spent the better part of an hour trying to find another Disney World vacation planner, but I could not find anything that met my standards (for free). After a fruitless search, I decided to call it a night and convinced myself that I should create my own trip planner the next day.
Let me tell you, it took a day and then some to create a new planner. I did my best to recall what I liked from the original and I tried to include those elements in my new one. I also added quite a few new features that I would have liked for our last trip.
To spare you the agony of having to create or purchase one on your own, I am posting the planner I made here for your personal use.
Here’s what is included:
- Travel Details
- Budget (the bottom half allows you to account for any gift cards and rewards dollars you might receive and deduct them from the costs you calculate in the provided table)
- Dining Reservations
- FastPass+ Planner (for when you have to wake up ridiculously early so that you can fight to book the coveted meet and greet with Anna and Elsa)
- Packing List
- Day Planner (print off one for each day)
- Trip Countdown and Surprise Ideas for the Kids
- Height Requirements
- Additional Notes Page
If you are like me and have a little one that is a bit small for his/her age then you will definitely want to print out the height requirements page. It includes the new Flight of Passage which will open on May 27th in Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora: World of Avatar. The other new rides in Pandora do not have height restrictions. (Yay!)
I hope these free Disney World planner printables make your vacation planning a little less stressful! Feel free to give me some feedback! Let me know if there is something you would like to see added or changed in the planner. Would you like a planner for Disneyland and California Adventures as well? Leave a comment down below. Thanks for stopping by!