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Old 06-14-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Pictures of the Countdown Calendar I made!!

I know some of you saw the similar calendar I made for our trip back in 2007, but figure we have some new people who haven't seen this before. I made this on a large poster board - the kind you use for science fair projects, that folds into thirds. I used the Mickey heads from Home Depot, and on the back of each one I put a label that I'd typed trivia on to (finding the trivia took the longest amount of time of the whole project!). I then found a picture to correlate with the trivia. I glued the pictures on, covered each with a Post it note (so there's no peeking!), and then put the Mickey head (with a number on it now and the trivia) over the Post it. I used the perforated dots you use for sealing mailings to stick the Mickey head on, so that it could be pulled off easily. My pics:

My son's room, with the cool Mickey head comforter I found at a garage sale:

My son by the calendar (yes, he's almost 16, but still enjoys this. But the trivia had to be a bit more interesting than doing it for a small child):

Closeup of the calendar:

The first couple pictures:

Before taking off the Post-It. You can see the half perforated circles where they were torn off:

Closeup of the Mickey head and a trivia example:

Hope everyone enjoys it!
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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What a great countdown calendar!

Great job!
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I love it ~ I plan to do something similar. My kids still don't know about the trip! I plan to let them know 60 days out ~ part of the fun is the anticipation/planning. Thanks for the ideas!
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:21 PM   #5
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how cute! shame i dont have any kids
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:49 PM   #6
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Looks great
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Wow! You were busy! You can tell you put a lot of hard work into making it. It is awesome!! Have a great trip!
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Love this! We just booked our trip for September that started as my DH & I and is now including my mom, aunt, uncle, and my 4 cousins (13, 13, 9, & 7) and I am the only one who has been before! I was trying to come up with something to make my cousins and this is perfect! Would you mind sharing some of your trivia or where you found it? I would like to do a 60 day one...hopefully I can do it in time!
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:44 AM   #9
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I got the trivia from a variety of places. There are two WDW trivia books, but they're a bit dated, plus we used much of the "good" trivia out of them on our 2007 trip, but you might get a lot from there.

I also have a couple WDW guide books and picked some information out of those. There was a cool thread here on the DIS back in April - something like "secrets or things you didn't know about Disney" and I used a lot from that. I'll try to find the link later if I can.

I'd be glad to email you my trivia I used this time - it's not perfect - mostly just cut and pasted from a variety of sources and then I made them all the same size/font and then cut and pasted them again to fit the labels I was using. If you'd like, you can send me a PM with your email address (anyone who is interested), but I think you'll need to get more posts first (think you need 10 to send or receive a PM).
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That is so neat!
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:14 AM   #11
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Very cute!
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Awesome! What a lucky kid to have such a fun Mom!

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Man I love it! Awesome!!!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:07 AM   #14

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That is WAY COOL - what a great Idea - Think I'm gonna have to steal it and make one for the month prior to Us going to WDW for Dnephew - its his 1st trip

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:27 AM   #15
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This is so greast- I love how you used the post it to cover so there's no peeking!
What a great way to get older kids involved and excited!
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