Disney Vacation
Countdown Chain

This page will show you how to make your very own Vacation Countdown Chain for your upcoming trip to Disney World.

In the past, I had always been on the lookout for a vacation countdown chain to use with my kids. It is really a lot of fun to watch the chain get shorter and shorter as your vacation approaches. Well, I never really found one that I liked. I guess I am rather picky. I wanted one that not only showed how many days were left, but that also taught the kids some interesting things about Disney World. I am a big fan of trivia – especially Disney trivia. I always say I am a wealth of useless knowledge – but hey, you never know, maybe I’ll get on Jeopardy someday and it will all pay off!!

Anyway, since I could not find what I wanted, I decided to make my own. Whenever I create something like this, I like to do it in a way that I can use it again and again. So, I made a vacation countdown chain that is totally reusable and easy to update and change for any kind of countdown.

I am very happy to be able to share my vacation countdown chain with you. Please feel free to download a copy for your own use. Please note that it was created using Microsoft Word and is formatted so that you end up with double sided pages when printed. The front sides have lots of trivia or personalized facts and tidbits, and the backs are numbered according to how many days are left until your departure date. When printed correctly the fronts and backs line up perfectly.

Many of the facts, tips, and tidbits were borrowed from various sources or just made up by yours truly. I selected information that pertained to the particular resort or special events happening during our vacation. So in the sample chain, you will see many facts about Port Orleans Riverside and all of the wonderful Holiday happenings in and around the Disney World resort. Please download your own copy of the chain and fiddle around with the information – personalizing it as desired.

My kids enjoy the whole Disney vacation countdown process, but they get a real kick out of this chain. It is a lot of fun to make and use every day and they now know lots of Disney trivia tidbits as well!

I hope you and your family enjoy the Countdown Chain!

If you would like to simply use my chain without changing any of the information, simply click here for PDF versions of the front sides and the back sides of the chain.

Otherwise, follow the instructions below to download a document you can customize.

Steps to Create Your Disney Vacation Countdown Chain

  1. Obtain a copy of the countdown chain. (see downloading instructions below)
  2. Change the daily information to whatever you wish.
  3. Print out both the front and back sides so that you have a double-sided product.
  4. Cut into strips.
  5. Create the paper chain by looping the strips in order. Use staples or tape to secure.
  6. Hang the countdown chain in a prominent place.
  7. Get everyone involved and take turns removing and reading a link each day.

To download a countdown chain to your own computer:

  1. Access the FRONT side of the countdown chain.
  2. The information will show up in your browser window.
  3. Copy and paste into your own Word document.
  4. You can then manipulate and change the info as desired.
  5. DO the same steps again for the BACK side of the countdown chain.

If for some reason you are not able to download the chain files, please contact me. I will be more than happy to send you a free copy of the files.

Note: The countdown chain fronts and backs are Word files. If you do not have Word, you can download a free version of Open Office here.

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