I’ve been to Austria, Thailand, Honduras, Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico, the Grand Canyon, Disneyland, Disney World and have trips planned to France and the Dominican Republic within the next 6 months.
And I’ve only used a binder for 1 destination: Disney World.
The volumes and volumes of info to learn and keep track of make it difficult to plan a trip without some kind of organization system.
Today, I’m showing you my binder plus providing you lots of downloads to help you put together your own planning binder.
Let’s get started…
The binder I use is something I designed myself…
It’s something I use a lot and will have for many years so I figured I might as well create something
I’m irrationally obsessed with I love.
I also designed 8 tabs…
The 8 tabs are labeled:
- General Info
- Magic Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom
- Everything Else
The downside is that because I designed it all – outside, inside, tabs, pockets – it was kinda pricey.
Send an email to JKuligowski@ThePaperWorker.com and she’ll coordinate it for you.
For a more affordable option, Disney’s Zazzle store has hundreds of cute binders that can even be personalized.
You can see some of the designs in the gallery below…
Note: If items are purchased by clicking on one of the Zazzle links above, Zazzle will send me a referral fee.
Of course, you can pick up a binder wherever office supplies are sold and make your own cover for an inexpensive way to create a personalized binder.
- Avery brand binder cover templates
- Microsoft Office binder templates
- ClearVue brand binder templates
Now let’s take a look at what goes into each section…
General Info section
In the general info section, I include a map of Walt Disney World as a whole, our trip itinerary, a calendar of the year so I can jot down dates that I need to remember (like making ADRs 180 days in advance) and a chart of which parks are best on each day of our trip.
I also like to include a list of which parks are best and worst for each day of our trip. Although the trip plan should mostly be decided beforehand, it’s nice to stay flexible and make changes as needed (plus, I like to let the kids choose what we do on the last day so that’s a helpful chart to have as a reference).
General Info Downloads
In the hotel section of my binder, I put a map of our hotel and things specific to the area (walking paths, viewing locations, etc.).
You may also want to include a general page that includes contact info for your hotel. You can find the address and phone number info here.
Ft. Wilderness Campground:
After deciding where we want to eat, I print off menus to store in this section so my family has an idea what to expect at each meal.
I also keep a 1 page worksheet that summarizes all of our dining locations and includes our ADR numbers.
For people using the Disney Dining Plan, having a worksheet to keep track of how your credits are being spent is a good idea too.
Dining Plan spreadsheets:
Magic Kingdom section
In the Magic Kingdom section, I keep a park map, touring plans, parade route, fireworks viewing locations and the entertainment schedule.
I also like to keep a list of recommended Quick Service dining locations so I know where to head when it’s time to eat.
Magic Kingdom Downloads
For EPCOT, I like to have a park map, touring plans, Illuminations viewing options, the entertainment schedule and info on the location of the International Gateway (for people staying in a Boardwalk-area resort as we are on our next trip).
There are a lot of souvenir options available at EPCOT so that might be info you also include in this section.
Hollywood Studios section
Not only do I like having a park map, parade route map and touring plans for Hollywood Studios but I especially need the entertainment schedule since there are so many shows in this park.
Want the secrets to scoring high on Toy Story Mania? Grab tips from here and put those in your binder too.
Hollywood Studios Downloads
Animal Kingdom section
As with the other parks, I include a park map, parade route map, touring plans and entertainment schedule in the Animal Kingdom section.
The entertainment schedule is particularly important here since there are a lot of great things worth seeing.
Animal Kingdom downloads
Everything Else section
This section includes all of the other miscellaneous stuff that doesn’t get its own section: water parks, Downtown Disney, DisneyQuest, pressed coin info, packing lists, etc.
Also included below are a map of PhotoPass photographers and character lists. I’ll be adding to the list as I come across more helpful info.
Everything Else Downloads
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