This Spreadsheet Is the Ultimate Guide to Planning a Disney Vacation

published Apr 30, 2019
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Planning a family vacation to Disney is a bucket list item for many parents. But all the decisions, like choosing where to stay and knowing what to pack, can get incredibly overwhelming almost as quickly as you can say ‘Fast Pass.’ Thankfully, one enterprising Etsy entrepreneur has created the ultimate spreadsheet.

For $18 you can get an instant download that includes an editable Excel planner and editable PDF planner. The sheets include all of the finer details that are easy to forget like booking your Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) before you even leave home. The Excel planner will help you to quickly and easily figure out all the logistics of your trip and the PDF planner will help you to lay out your adventure once you’re inside the park.

Here is a quick breakdown of what the combined package includes:

  • Binder covers
  • Sheets for up to nine days of plans
  • Planning timeline
  • Package compare (booking a vacation package versus booking everything yourself)
  • Budget
  • Daily Plans
  • Travel plans
  • ADR Worksheet that includes dining credit trackers and a list of ADR restaurants
  • Fast Pass worksheets including priority pick suggestions
  • 5 sheets of packing lists
  • Park planners for the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom
  • Gifts to buy, foods to not miss, shows to see, and park notes.

Talk about taking the headache out of vacation planning! This planner was created by Etsy shop owner, Magical Mouse Tourist, who has several versions of her custom-built planners that you can check out here.

Anyone who has ever planned a trip to Disney can tell you that it takes a long time and much effort to get the vacation just right. The best bet is to start six months to a year in advance so that you have time to take full advantage of discounted flights, book the hotel of your choice (as opposed to what is left if you wait too long), and get tickets to the shows on your bucket list.

Choose your dining options and make reservations for those at least 200 days in advance, while you can begin looking for deals on flights and book your airfare three months in advance. You’ll also want to book your hotel and Fast Pass reservations at that time. Around one month before takeoff, start getting ready to pack.

The kind of stress involved in this type of in-depth planning is a huge motivating factor to hire a professional to plan your vacation for you, which is what makes these printable DIY Disney planning sheets so amazing. Not only do they help you stay organized but they are thoroughly designed to cover every aspect of traveling to Disney.

It will all be worth it, though, once you and your family are settled into that hotel room and are walking through the magical gates.