Counting Down to a Disney Parks Vacation as Your Kids Get Older

Aleisha M. (NDM#150) (46 Posts)

Growing up inn the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Aleisha has never let distance stop her from enjoying Walt Disney World vacations. From an early age, whether it be on a family vacation or tagging along with a friend on her vacation, she fell in love with the magic and the joy that Disney brought. Now making her own memories as a DVC member with a Star Wars obsessed little boy, she tries to capture the same magical feelings into every day life. She has quickly established a reputation with friends, relatives and coworkers as a real-life Belle. Always with a book in her hand and available to help others plan their magical Disney vacations.

Beyond Disney, Aleisha is a lover of all genres of music; craves a good concert from time to time, considers her food allergies a blessing rather than a curse and can be seen at the good old hockey game during the NHL season.


 

Disney Puzzle countdownA couple years ago I shared how my family counts down to our annual  Walt Disney World vacations.  At the time we were using old MagicBands and construction paper as links. It was a great idea that my son absolutely loved. But that was when he was 6. Now at 8, he is at the age where he is just beginning to figure out a lot of things on his own but still wants to be that little boy who believes in everything and gets excited for everything. While he already has a homemade 30 days to go countdown, he wanted something to start counting down at 100 days. We needed to up our countdown game. So how do you count down with the older kids while still making it fun, and exciting?

Disney Countdown 100 daysI had heard of making your own puzzle using family photos. Most of them are used to surprise kids for the first time, which is a great idea but this kid would know right away where he was going. So instead I modified it a bit. Instead of building a puzzle from scratch, we would complete one. Running to Toys R Us, I grabbed a really cute 300 piece Mickey puzzle. I put it together, leaving out 100 pieces. When the 100 days to go mark came, we would put one piece a day until the day we leave.

Disney Countdown 90 DaysMy son has loved it. I don’t know what he gets more excited for, trying to figure out where the pieces go or seeing it complete a little more. Every ten days we take a picture of it to see how far a long we have come (or rather how far we have to go) believe me it is incredible to see the difference. While there wasn’t a whole lot of change from 100 to 90, when you get to less than 70 days to go, there is a world of difference. I must admit even I get excited to see the puzzle coming together.

Disney Countdown 80 daysThis all has me thinking and planning for the future. How do you keep the countdown going for your older kids? Is there something you do differently?

Disney Countdown 70 daysOr is there a point where they don’t get as excited to countdown?

 

Disney Countdown 60 daysWhat fun or unique ways have you done so that worked? I would love to hear them!