So you’ve decided to go to Disney World for your next vacation and your countdown begins.

It isn’t too difficult to get excited, but it can be hard to channel that excitement.

Here are eleven ways to channel your vacation excitement into productive and fun activities!

11. Follow World of Walt on Facebook

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10. Start a Countdown Calendar

You’ve set your date and made your plans. Now it’s time to start the countdown. Maybe you can do something simple like write the number of days left on a whiteboard in your kitchen.  You can also try something more technical with a countdown app or program on your phone or computer.  You can also be creative and make your own countdown calendar.  Whatever you choose, just be sure to keep up with it. If your vacation is hundreds of days away, it can seem pretty far, but as you see the number get lower everyday, you’ll realize that it’s getting closer and closer!

9. Listen to Disney Music

Disney has a long history of movies, and those movies are always accompanied by music. What’s more, every attraction in the Disney Parks and even the parks themselves have their own soundtrack. I especially love the Splash Mountain soundtrack and music from Wishes. You can find these songs on virtually every streaming service.

Listening to the music may bring back memories of your previous vacations and may create a brand new Disney fan in first-time guests. Don’t underestimate the power of the wonderful music Disney makes!

Disney music can help you get in the mood for your vacation.

Disney music can help you get in the mood for your vacation.

8. Read up

There are a ton of books and guides written specifically for planning Disney vacations. Some books help you find Hidden Mickeys, some give Disney trivia for specific attractions, and some cite professional advice and facts from Disney Imagineers. All of them are very interesting, and they’ll help prepare even the biggest fan!

7. Watch ride videos

Whether you’ve been to Disney World a hundred times or it’s your first time ever, watching ride videos can refresh your memory or boost your confidence. This is especially helpful for children who might be a little intimidated by some of the bigger rides. Watching the videos will help them know what to expect so they don’t get scared in the queue or on the ride.

The internet is alive with Disney videos!

The internet is alive with Disney videos!

6. Check out what’s new

Disney World is constantly changing, constantly innovating, and constantly adding new things. If you haven’t been to Disney World for a few years, be sure to check out what’s new in the parks. Some things you remember might have closed and some new things have probably opened. There are a ton of new things already open like restaurants and shops in Disney Springs and much more opening soon. There are also big plans about what’s eventually going to come for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At any rate, knowing what’s new can really help you plan your vacation by adding new things and keeping some old favorites.

5. Make a Wish List

Let everyone in the family create a list of all of the attractions they want to visit, the restaurants they want to dine in, and the experiences they want to have. You may not be able to accommodate everyone’s wishes, but this will help you divide your plan evenly. This is especially helpful if you have children who want to do different things either because of an age gap or different interests. Making a wish list will no doubt increase excitement as you begin to envision what your vacation is going to be like!

4. Plan

If you’ve watched the ride videos and checked out what’s new, now it’s time to combine your wish lists to plan your vacation. Planning and making reservations makes the vacation even more real and is guaranteed to build excitement!

Planning your trip is half the fun.

Planning your trip is half the fun.

At 180 days out, you’ll need to make your Advanced Dining Reservations. Some of the most popular restaurants like Magic Kingdom‘s Be Our Guest sell out of ADRs six months in advance, so be sure to make your reservations especially if the more popular restaurants are on your list.

Disney Resort guests can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days ahead of their vacation. Like the restaurants, the most popular rides, including Soarin’, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Toy Story Mania, run out of FastPasses quickly. Logging on to your MyDisneyExperience account as soon as your window opens to make reservations can greatly increase your chances of getting the rides you want at the times you want!

3. Talk about it

What you’re going to do on vacation makes for great conversation. If you’re out to dinner with the family or riding in the car to work or school, discussing expectations can increase excitement and help prepare little kids for what to expect.

2. Pack your bags

The earlier your bags are ready, the better. Of course there are always last minute throw ins, but if you can have the bulk of your stuff packed, that’s less you need to worry about later.

Seeing your luggage out and waiting for your trip means your vacation isn’t too far away!

Make your packing list, and check it twice.

Make your packing list, and check it twice.

1. Shop

It’s a pretty sure bet that you’re going to have to purchase a souvenir or two in the parks, but if you can find some Disney Parks merchandise at your local department store, you’ll save a ton of money and have Disney-themed shirts for your park days!

You can also get stuffed animals, key chains, and many other popular souvenirs outside of the parks and save a lot of money! Just make sure these things make it into your bags!

How do you get excited for your Disney vacation?

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