At Get Away Today we LOVE helping families book their Disneyland packages. A huge part of the fun of a vacation is in the planning and anticipation. We loved this idea that parents can put together for each of their kids to get them excited for their family Disneyland trip so much that we decided to share it with you!
This creative Disneyland vacation countdown paper chain started with a little poem at the top, then alternated Mickey Mouse themed rings. Add Mickey ears to the black rings and white buttons to the red rings to look like Mickey's pants and rotate plain yellow rings and white rings. You can do the same thing for Minnie with a few color adjustments and adding a bow. Both the Mickey and Minnie chains have white rings that each have a fun Disney themed idea that you can do as a family that day to get the kids excited for their trip. We've put together a sheet of 15 ideas that you can use with things like:
- Write a letter to your favorite Disney Character to let them know you’re coming.
- What is your favorite Disney treat? Let’s try to make it today!
- Hop around like Tigger.
- Decorate your own pair of Mickey Mouse ears for your vacation.
- Pretend to be your favorite Disney Character.
- Have Mickey Mouse pancakes for dinner.
- Disney Movie Night
- Pack your bags—we leave tomorrow!
Feel free to use any of the ideas that we've created, or come up with your own! The can be simple. Sometimes the simplest things are the most memorable. Your countdown can be any length you wish and will vary from family to family. If you've booked months out, you could do one chain link a week until you get closer to really stretch out the fun. Check out the details up close to get a better idea of how you can recreate this Disneyland vacation countdown:
Begin with a simple poem: Grab your ears, it's time for Cheers!
These paper strips were simply stapled together to create the links.
Here you can see the "assignment" inside the yellow paper chain links.
These countdown chains were so popular that we made all of the printables available and we made a version for Disneyland, Disney World and even a Disney Cruise! You can download everything you need here:
Chain Pattern: (download)
Circle Header for your destination:
(Disney World download)
(Disney Cruise download)
Daily Activities: (download)
No matter how you get your family enthused about your vacation, a Disneyland vacation is an exciting and special opportunity! We hope you make the most of it - and remember, when you book with Get Away Today, we have Customer Service available 365 days a year to make sure that your vacation goes as seamlessly as possible. If you haven't set up one of our Disneyland packages yet, book today and let your Disneyland vacation countdown begin!
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Get Away TodayOctober 01 2015
Hi Holly, Yes, the bow is on the same template as each of the headers. That way you can use it or not. :) Thanks and happy counting!
HollySeptember 28 2015
Is there a template for the bow?
Get Away TodayJuly 15 2015
The templates are all available to download in the blog. :) Thanks and enjoy!
AnonymousJuly 14 2015
Will you please send me the templates. Such a cute idea! Alvukman1019@gmail.com
VondaJuly 10 2015
I would love to make this chain for my kids and nieces/nephews before our family trip to Disneyland--- could you please send me your template? My email address is email@example.com Thank you so much!
Get Away TodayJune 29 2015
Cindy - that's such a fun idea! Your students are lucky to have you as their teacher. :)
CindyJune 25 2015
I am going to use this in my classroom. Instead of counting down, I will use as an incentive for good writing. My students will receive a piece every time they show proper writing skills.
Terri BarkerJune 01 2015
Will you kindly share your templates with me? firstname.lastname@example.org Absolutely adorable idea!!!
CelestiaApril 15 2015
I love your idea! It is great I'm wondering if you would send me a your list of tasks you put on the white rings. email@example.com Thanks, You are Inspiring!
karenMarch 22 2015
could I please get the ears template too? firstname.lastname@example.org TIA!
MegSeptember 22 2014
Could you please send me the template?!? Thank you in advance.......email@example.com
AnonymousSeptember 13 2014
Could you please send me ears template? Thank you! firstname.lastname@example.org
MegJune 25 2014
That's what I was thinking but wasn't sure. Thank you!!!
Get Away TodayJune 24 2014
Meg - you can do it however you would like. We would just take off one ring at a time instead of the whole Mickey so that your chain doesn't have to be too long. :)
MegJune 24 2014
stupid question but how do you do the countdown: do you take just one single ring off or a whole actual Mickey body. (am I making any sense)
JessicaApril 03 2014
Could I please have a copy of the ears as well? Jess atclemson.edu. Thanks!
Get Away TodayJanuary 13 2014
A full tutorial with free downloads is available here: http://www.getawaytoday.com/blogs/2013/11/19/Disneyland-Vacation-Countdown-Chain-Tutorial We even made a Minnie version!
CatherineJanuary 07 2014
Can I please get a copy of the ears too? Cabiera@gmail.com
JillAugust 31 2013
JillAugust 31 2013
Can I have a copy of the ears too? Leaving in 16 days!
AnonymousAugust 10 2013
may I have a copy of the pattern for the ears, thank you, this is too cute!
CassieAugust 01 2013
Hi! Can I get a copy as well! email@example.com. THANKS!
AnonymousJuly 28 2013
What a fun and creative idea!!
Get Away TodayJuly 26 2013
Joan - great question. The dots were just made with white paper using a hole punch. We hope your granddaughter has a magical time and we're sure she'll have a wonderful time counting down with her chain!
JoanJuly 26 2013
Our granddaughter-age 4 is going in Sept. I want to make this chain, but where did the little white stickers come from for Mickey's buttons. Was thinking of making a "Minnie" one for her, but her friend that is going too is a boy, so still need the little round ones. Thanks.
JenniferMay 23 2013
Can you please send the file to me as well? I'd really appreciate it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane HeersinkApril 27 2013
This has been so much fun. we are 76 days away
Lisa @ grey luster girlApril 03 2013
Such a fun idea! I made a template for the Mickey ears chain. It is on my blog: http://greylustergirl.blogspot.com/2013/04/disney-countdown-chain-tutorial-with.html
Ashley January 17 2013
I am so excited about this. My sister and her family are going to Disney in a few weeks to celebrate my brother in law finishing chemo!! How fun will this be to add to their Disney box I am sending!! LOVE IT!!! Thank you for sharing.
AnonymousJanuary 06 2013
absolutly adorable....I think I will use this idea for our countdown for our coming trip to Disney.
Jory HastingsSeptember 07 2012
This is such a creative chain! I linked to it on my blog post on different Disney countdown ideas. Here is the site: http://preschoolears.com/blog/disney-countdown/ Love this idea!