20 days out: Look at a map of where Mickey lives. We wound up looking through the beginning of a kiddie Disney tour book, too
19 days out: No activity. Forgot to even tear off a link until the next morning.
18 days out: Watch Mama and Dada's videos of the last time they went to where Mickey lives. He got a little bored, but got excited about some parts
17 days out: Finish watching Mama and Dada's videos. Hubby takes a lot of video footage, so it took a while to fast-forward through all of it
16 days out: Eat a Mickey Mouse pancake
15 days out: Watch Snow White
13 days out: Eat another Mickey Mouse pancake. These are pretty standard in our house
12 days out: Look at Mama's pictures of where Mickey Lives. This time we just looked at still pictures of our last Disney vacation (before children.) He was starting to recognize some of the rides and was getting excited about them
11 days out: Look at videos of Animal Kingdom.
We've told him this one is the zoo near where Mickey lives.
10 days out: Watch fireworks!
I wanted a firework dry run so we would know if it was worth it to keep him up/out to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. In years past, he really hasn't liked fireworks. We didn't get as close as I would have liked for my experiment--in fact, waiting for them to start was really hard for him since we weren't in a good place to run around. My conclusion, based more on the illegal fireworks being shot off near us than the official show, is that he'll be nervous but ought to do okay.
9 days out: Finish watching Animal Kingdom video
I particularly like "The Noisy Airplane Ride" by Mike Downs. It's great for preparing a child for what they might experience during a flight. It's also great for any kids who are fascinated with airplanes (and Zaxxon's been picking them out in the sky, even ones that are only tiny dots, since he was younger than two.)
7 days out: no activity. Kal'El took the link off this day--though we hadn't planned it that way...
6 days out: Pack your clothes!
I had Zaxxon pick the clothes he wanted to bring--after requesting that he choose bright colors (so we could find him more easily among a crowd.) I only reversed one of his decisions. Then he helped put everything in his suitcase later on. He wanted to pack everything--toys, books, his toothbrush--but we informed him that we still needed all that stuff until the day before
5 days out: no activity
4 days out: Look through the rest of the Mickey book
So close now!!!!!
2 days out: Eat a Mickey Mouse pancake and watch an Epcot video
Excitement level is getting high in the house (with the corresponding crash in behavior.) We're mostly packed and all looking forward to the big trip!
1 day out: Pick which toys to bring and watch your favorite Disney movie while Mama and Dada finish packing
Everybody's wearing mouse ears. It's time to go!!!!!