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The magic of a Disney travel countdown

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As I mentioned before, I am a planner. I like to write things. I have tasks traced in my calendar and I like to cross them off as I complete them. I also like to add motivational stickers, washi tape and other things to my calendar from time to time to help bring some joy when I start to get things done.

The same has applied to planning my Disney trip over the years. I like to try to have things organized so as not to lose my always loving spirit at the last minute, and also to try to keep myself motivated in the middle of the daily tasks that need to be done. Eyes on the price, right?

One of the things that kept me motivated and that brought a little magic to my world is the countdown to a Disney trip. Whether it’s an app on my phone or a freehand drawing on a blackboard, a countdown is a joy to behold.

Back in the day, I kept a countdown “days before” on the blackboard behind my desk in my office. Disney fans are always planning a trip or planning the next one, right? Even if my next navigation on Disney Cruise Line or walk on Main Street, United States was three-digit, my magic countdown (and tropical, thanks to my friend’s illustrations) kept me sane during the gray winter days of Maryland.

For my one year birthday, my sister made me a Disney trip countdown magnetic board. She bought a metal sign at a craft store, designed and printed Mickey’s head number cards, cut and laminated them.

She attached an envelope to the back of the magnetic board to hold the numbers that are not currently in use, and stuck a few extra magnets on the board so that I can use them to display the current number of days until my next trip. Since then, I have exhibited this magnetic board in my offices.

The number I posted on this table has long been 0. I now live in central Florida, so for the most part I can go to Walt disney world whenever I want. Except now.

So yesterday morning I decided to change the numbers on the board. It was time to start a new countdown. To help keep my eyes on the prize and motivate me during this difficult time. I chose June 1, 2020 as the target because it is the date on which WDW resort stays, at least for now, start again. I know something could change at any time, but for now, it’s June 1.

And you? Do you use a calendar or countdown app? What is best for you? And, of course, a big question must be asked: how many days before your next Disney trip? Please let me know in the comments section below.

Mine, for now, is 49 years old.

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