Homemade Walt Disney World Count Down Counter

mickey mouse count down

Our family is taking our 1st mini vacation soon. This is our 1st attempt with 5 kids (it ought to be interesting). My kids are so excited that we made a Disney count down counter for our trip! With a collaboration of my kids and I this is what we made:


disney countdown



A Pocket Chart

Printed Disney Numbers

Cereal Box

Glue Stick/Scissors


I printed the numbers off, cut them out and glued them on the box of a cereal box then cut them out into individual squares. I like using cereal boxes for projects like this because it’s recycling, thrifty and it makes the paper non-flimsy.  I placed the number cards in a pocket chart that I purchased at Target in the dollar area a few years back. Next I added binder clips to the grommets on the corners of the pocket chart and hung them on our garage door in our home (the door is metal) so the magnets I used clamping on the binder rings held up nicely.

Each day my kids wake up they are super excited to flip a number upside down because that is another day closer to our trip to Walt Disney World.  It’s a great concept for my littler ones too!

disney countdown collage

My kids have been adding their own Mickey Mouse artwork around the count down. My 4 year old daughter has made most of these.

disney count down 2

Do you make counter down counters for your kids when you are going on a vacation? Ours is nothing fancy and you can tell that it’s homemade but my kids love it!

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  1. Oh my goodness- this is perfect for me! H and I are going to Disney in a few weeks! THANK YOU!

  2. what a cute way to countdown! I will have to make this for our October Disney trip!

  3. This is so cute! I love that it’s so easy to make too. Now I want to plan another trip to Disney too!

  4. Cute idea!! I bet they are so excited!! Have fun and I look forward to hearing about your travels.

  5. That’s a great idea! It gives them something real to touch and grasp the idea of “counting down”!

  6. Very cute idea! We’ll be heading to Disney World next February!

  7. That is the cutest count down idea ever. I bet they are even more and more excited just counting down each day. Have fun on your trip.

  8. That is a super cute countdown calender! I wish we could be making a trip to Disney World! That would be amazing! Good luck with all five kids! I hope you have an amazing time!

  9. Honestly? You are my hero! I don’t know how you do it all girl!
    This is too cute.

  10. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Closest I have come is the chains to counting down. I like this it is cute.

  12. Awww I love how simple but fun this is! I bet it really gets kids excited.

  13. I just came back from 10 days at WDW. My son and I were discussing going back and we haven”t been home 2 weeks!
    So I get it!

  14. Love this idea….but really love the clip idea….I have a pocket chart in my classroom and I have been trying to hang it with push pins but it keeps falling down……duh…….clips….sometimes we just need someone to “help us out”!! Thanks, Nicole!!

  15. What a fun idea! We love counting down to our WDW trips, so we will have to try this.

  16. Awww – this is so cute!!!! Sounds like they are super excited! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  17. Such a cute idea!!!

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