Friday, July 23, 2010

The Final Countdown

It's here, it's here!  My Disney's Magical Express documents!  They are proof that our trip is coming up, which means we enter the final countdown!  We are 25 days and counting from our trip to Walt Disney World, which sparked the idea for this post, partially inspired by a post from WDWStevieB a while ago. 

There are a lot of things you can do to countdown to your trip.  The physical, paper ways are usually some of the best for really seeing your progress toward your trip.  Some people cross off days on a paper calendar, while others rip off a page of a countdown calendar each day.  Some make paper chains, and they tear off a link each day.  I, however, have been using more electronic methods.

For starters, I have a countdown on my phone.  I have it as a widget on one of my homepages, so I can see all the time how close we're getting!  It's a great little reminder that we're going soon, and I see it all the time!  I also have countdowns in my signatures in forums.  This countdown is usually in weeks, which makes me the trip seem even sooner!  Three weeks and four days sounds better than 25 days, sometimes.

Finally, I've been counting down on Twitter.  For quite a few weeks, I've been doing weekly Tuesday countdowns, since we're leaving on a Tuesday.  Every week I would tweet how many days there were left, but once I hit 30 days, the real countdown began.  A month or two ago, I saw @Steph_in_MA's countdown to her trip, where each day, she would name one thing she was looking forward to.  I am told she got this idea from @kidanikatie, and it is my favorite countdown idea yet.  Now I am following in their footsteps, and each day, I tweet one thing that I'm looking forward to.  It doubles as a way to count down and a way to get super excited for your trip.  Plus, so many people comment on the things I'm looking forward to, which makes me even more excited!  So thanks, Katie and Steph for this awesome countdown idea!  I also have another countdown idea in the works, but you won't see that one for another 18 days or so.

So what do you do to countdown to your Disney vacation?  Or to any trip?  Do you use the ideas I've named?  Do you have more of your own?  Let me know in a comment, on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!  And remember, if I get 68 more Twitter followers in the next 25 days, I'll be doing a giveaway!


  1. I used my Cricut and created a big poster for the kids. We removed Mickey hands or Mickey ears for each day. The kids loved it and looked forward to it each morning. Here's a link to the photo of it:

  2. I think I may be the one who started the countdown thing, counting from 30 to 1. I did that for my Sept. trip last year. It's a fun way to get excited, plus, I talked with Brian and we made our list together, so it was a nice bonding experience for us. :) Can't wait to see what your list entails!

    I also have a countdown clock running and tickers in signatures.

  3. Elizabeth, that's awesome!

    Rikki, I didn't know you'd started it! Awesome idea! And aww, how cute lol.

  4. Allison (Disney_Alli)July 24, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    I have a "Days Until..." app on my iPod Touch that I check for the update everyday it shows how many days until my event with the closest date (in this case my Disney trip itself) and I also have count downs running for my sister's wedding and a father/daughter day I have planned. I've been tweeting out my countdown when I reach a new milestone (every 5-10 days for days until that end with 5 or 0 generally) or whenever I need a pick-me-up and want to remember that my trip is coming up. I don't have one in my signature block... I think my bosses would frown on that one :-)

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  6. I'm 19 days away!!!! Yahoo! As of just over a month away, my mother-in-law and I have been emailing each other everyday to announce how many days we have left (whoever thinks of it first emails it for the day). I also have the Disney Vacation Connection downloaded on my desktop that does a countdown, and I have a countdown on the signature of my Wdw Radio forum posts (I'm Zippitydoodah for any other forum members).

    I think if I had kids I would come up with something more concrete to do like the Mickey hands idea that Elizabeth uses with her kids.

    Oh, and since I usually have my trips at least someone planned out a year in advance, I'm usually counting down all the way from then! Actually... my life is pretty much measured by how far away I am from my next Disney vacation haha

  7. Alli, lol, they don't want to be reminded about your trip?

    Angela, lol, my life is measured the same way... perfectly acceptable!