Disney World binder builder – 100+ free downloads

(Article last updated: December 30, 2016)

No destination is quite as difficult or fun to plan as Disney World. That's why I've always had a planning binder full of info and printables to keep me organized.

Below, I have shown the sections I use for my Disney World binder and links to downloads that you can use to create your own.

Let's get started...

My Disney World binder

The binder I use is something I designed myself and it includes 8 tabs...

The 8 tabs are labeled:

  • General Info
  • Hotel
  • Dining
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Everything Else

The company that I used to order my binder and tabs is no longer available. However, Disney's Zazzle store also has hundreds of cute binders that can even be personalized (and they cost about 1/4 of what mine cost).

To get a Zazzle Disney World binder that feels a lot like mine does, I'd recommend doing these things:

  • Order the 2 inch option
  • Choose black for the inside color if it coordinates with the design better than white
  • Customize it, including uploading an image that can be used on the front cover (FYI: to change the font, click the "f" icon under the font size drop-down box. Took me forever to find it!)

Expand the area below to see some examples that I created when playing around with their options.

Binder styles

Note: Zazzle won't allow you to use the phrase "Disney World" on your design anymore, but I'd suggest "WDW" along with some other text (such as "WDW trip") as an alternative that they will allow.

Black and red style
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How I did it: the red spine and Mickey patterns are part of the style already. I uploaded the front label and back stripe images and then used Zazzle's text tools to add text to the front, spine and back. For the front, this meant having two layers: one for the label and one for the text. Just drag the layers on the Zazzle site to make sure the text lays on top of the label.

Font used on the Zazzle site:

  • Front: Folio Bold
  • Spine: Folio Medium
  • Back: Folio Light Italics

Download the images below by right-clicking and choosing "save image as":


Front Label
Black stripe

 


Comic Art Mickey Mouse
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How I did it: just took the design already on Zazzle and used Zazzle's text tool to add the text on the front

Font used on the Zazzle site: Futura Medium


Mickey Retro Polka Dot
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How I did it: the polka dotted pattern is part of this style already so I uploaded the oval label for the front and used Zazzle's text tool to add two different text layers to the front and 1 to the spine

Fonts used on the Zazzle site:

  • Front (the year): Roundhand Bold
  • Front (the rest of the text): Sprocket
  • Spine: Sprocket

You can download the label here by right-clicking and choosing "save image as":


Turquoise oval label

Mickey and Friends
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How I did it: I just used the default design and added two text layers to the front using Zazzle's text tool

Fonts used on the Zazzle site:

  • Front (big text): Impress
  • Front (small text): Futura Medium

There are literally hundreds of choices of binders. You can see all of the Disney 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 one at home.

Take a look at each tab for ideas on what to put in each section of your Disney World binder...

General Info section

tab1generalinfoIn 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.

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

disney world map
Disney World map
printable blank calendar
Printable blank calendar
Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.59.49 AMBest/worst parks chart

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.03.56 AMTransportation map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.07.48 AMJanuary park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.09.38 AMFebruary park hours

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.21.29 AMMarch park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.23.01 AMApril park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.24.20 AMMay park hours

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.26.01 AMJune park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.27.01 AMJuly park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.28.53 AMAugust park hours

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.30.41 AMSeptember park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.31.52 AMOctober park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.33.22 AMNovember park hours

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.34.33 AMDecember park hours Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.51.16 AMTrip planning worksheet

Magic Kingdom section

tab4mkIn the Magic Kingdom section, I keep a park map, touring plans and recommended viewing spots. 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.

My custom park maps (linked below) include all of that info on 1 map that prints out on 1 piece of paper.

Magic Kingdom Downloads

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.35.34 AMMK park map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.01.24 AMMK touring plans Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.40.33 AMMK entertainment schedule

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.42.58 AMBuzz Lightyear scoring tips Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.45.40 AMSOTMK card list Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.39.26 AMWDW Prep Member MK map ($)

Epcot section

tab5epFor Epcot, I like to have a park map, touring plans, and the entertainment schedule (especially since there are so many entertainment options in the World Showcase).


Epcot Downloads

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.53.27 AMEpcot park map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.55.32 AMEpcot touring plans Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.58.46 AMEpcot entertainment schedule

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.43.46 AMWDW Prep Member EP map ($)

Hollywood Studios section

tab6hsNot only do I like having a park map and touring plans for Hollywood Studios, but I especially need the entertainment schedule since there are so many shows in this park.


Hollywood Studios Downloads

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.03.43 AMHS park map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.05.19 AMHS touring plans Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.06.49 AMHS ent. schedule

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.09.27 AMToy Story scoring tips Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.46.06 AMWDW Prep Member HS map ($) Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 10.44.24 PMFantasmic map

Animal Kingdom section

tab7akAs with the other parks, I include a park map, touring plans and entertainment schedule in the Animal Kingdom section.


Animal Kingdom downloads

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.14.33 AMAK park map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.16.08 AMAK touring plans Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.17.21 AMAK ent. schedule

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.48.07 AMWDW Prep Member AK map ($)

Dining section

tab3diningAfter 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 Downloads

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.24.37 AMRestaurant menus Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.32.16 AMDDP snack list Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 10.33.31 PMDDP calculator (free login required)

Everything Else section

tab8eeThis section includes all of the other miscellaneous stuff that doesn't get its own section: water parks, Disney Springs, pressed coin info, packing lists, etc.


Everything Else Downloads

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.25.44 AMDisney Springs map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.30.05 AMBlizzard Beach map Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.28.30 AMTyphoon Lagoon map

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.37.00 AMPressed coin machine locations Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.58.44 AMDriving directions to WDW Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.54.34 AMFP+ quick reference (at bottom of page)

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.52.04 AMRider Switch ride list Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.47.40 AMUltimate packing list Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.49.47 AMOrlando airport map

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.56.24 AMLa Nouba seating chart

 

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Gabrielle Savino

This is amazing, are you going to update it for 2018? Love this!!!

Renessa

Any ideas for the dividers/tabs? I have my binder designed based on your instructions above! I also bought some cute postcards to use. Signing up for the 30 day free trial of zazzle black made shipping free.

Patti Hayden

You are SO flipping awesome! I was going to buy a filler for an old WDW planner I had but this is SO much better. I did in fact go to Zazzle and personalized the Retro Mickey one for us. Thanks again! I am going to take advantage of WDW Prep School gold level.

ROSE VICENTE

This is wonderful. Being I wouldn’t want to carry anything extra I am going to try and load these forms and informtion into my Onenote app that way its always with me. I can carry this as backup in a suitcase for review. Thank you so much.

Carrie

Hi! Thank you so much for putting this together! I’m trying to print the map of Magic Kingdom but the link doesn’t seem to be working?

Kari

It looks like the tabs other than for General have disappeared again?

Jill

The epcot map link isn’t working?!?!

Jennifer

I found a code for zazzle it is 20% off if you use ZAZZLEDISNEY.

Elizabeth

I love the binder idea, and I’m going to print out a lot of the downloads, but I was wondering, where are the printouts for the hotel and dining tabs?

Kim

Hi! WE are going in May 2017, staying at AS Sports. Do you have any printable schedules for that resort for May? Thanks

Tracy stiles

When will the October park schedule/hours be updated?

Tracy stiles

Thanks… I’ll keep checking back… getting excited about planning my October trip!!

Shelbie

No calendars after July 2017 have a working URL.

Brynn

Hi there! I was trying to click on the links for the park hours calendars, but none of them seem to be working…?

Gina

I absolutely love the binder idea… i have been trying to get info and plan my familys trip for may of 2018… im a huge list maker and i love being up to date and ahead of everything… i plan way a head of time which gives me the time to make sure we are covering all of our options…. i know i cant get any real prices just yet but i was wondering if there is a step by step list or guide that will help me get everything planned just the way we want it??? something that will show me all of our options… hotel dinning and activities…. Thanks in advance

Katrina

I’m planning a trip for my boyfriend and I for May of 2018 already too! I hope your family and you have a great time.

Laura

The pressed coin location link is broken (404 error). New checklist is here http://www.presscoins.com/listings/WDWChecklist.pdf

Muriel Schintz

Shannon, do you have a pdf for the Kidani Lodge at the Animal Kingdom Lodge?

Joshua

When will this be updated for 2017?

Dawn Ritchie

Thank you for putting all of this together!

Sarah

Trying to get a feel of what POP Century does in January for Recreation activities. Would you happen to have a copy of 2016 POP Century Rec. Act. or are they pretty similar every month?

Kathe Chavera

When will calendars and menus etc. be updated to 2016 instead of 2014 and 2015?

Jenilee

Where did you find your Disney dividers?

Heather Stefanucci

Do you have any suggestions for where to get similar tabs? I love them but I definitely can’t make them myself!:)

Tony

Where can I download the activity calender for All-star sports for the end of August beginning of Sept?

Jami Gregory

Is there anything like this for California Adventure and Disneyland? I use all this info every time we go to WDW but I am at a loss for CA. Help!!

Lillian

Amazing! I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into all of this and it is so generous of you to share it. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Kelly

Just an FYI, I tried to order a binder from Zazzle and used WDW as the text instead of Walt Disney World as suggested but my order could not be processed due to conflict with their content guidelines. I didn’t add anything else to the binder so the WDW is all that could have been in conflict. Just wanted to put it out there for anyone else who reads this blog.

I love this blog though and it has been super helpful in planning my upcoming Disney vacation so thanks!

Melissa

Hey kelly,
I just bought a binder today from Zazzle and was able to add the WDW you just have to add other text and it will let it go through 🙂

Heres the link to see my design http://www.zazzle.com/white_ez_turn_vinyl_binders-127915859844012071?rf=238488360684939294

Hope that helps!

Austin thornhill

Hey Shannon, I have tried and tried to customize the red and black Mickey binder. How do you customize it? I can’t find out how to put our name on it.

Devin

Why do you suggest packing AAA / value cards for the day-pack at the parks?

Bernice

The hours for the park is that update? because i am looking at disney site and they only have the hours up to July 1st 2016 (last checked on 12.24.15) are the hours you have listed correct? Would like to know so i can plan my dining reservations according to the magic hours. Thank you

Lisa

Does anyone have a binder and tabs from the paper store exact to the binder and tabs shown on this site that would want to re-sell? We are going in 2016 and the paper store recently switched their minimum quantity to 10.

Jessie

I was curious if you ever found anyone who had the pictures dividers. I have a binder but would love to have the dividers/tabs she has but I don’t want to order 10 sets.

Murray

I also would love to purchase any re-useable tabs. I love the ones that are posted!

Samantha

Love this idea!! I pinned it a few weeks ago and it worked but now your info link on how to order your tabs and binder is giving me a dead end. Any idea of how to access it now? Thanks so much!!

How often does Disney update their maps? Our trip will be December 25th- January 3rd, want to make sure my binder is up to date!

Thanks so much.

Teresa Earle

Hi I am due to go to florida in 2016 this website looks great is there going to be an update for all downloads with 2016 dates for example park opening hours? Thank you x

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Cheryl

This is amazing! Everything I wanted ALL in one place! Thank you!!!!!

Haley Hardin

There is also something called PassPorter. It’s written by a family of 5. It’s got all kinds of great info, pockets in the back to put tickets and maps and thing, you can write it it and use a highlight as well. I also use tabs to mark important places. It comes with a fold out map of each park as well. All in color. It’s around $25.00 plus tax. I got mine at Books-A-Million. They come out with a revised version every year, and are also working on one for everything to do in Orlando BUT Disney, if you’re interested in going to other parks. It’s also small enough to fit in a small bag, so you can take it inside the park with you!!!

LesliePR

The nice thing about the passporter is if you include a page on what you did every day, our school accepted this as “the journal” that your kid has to keep for educational trips!

Heather

Is there anyway to download or buy the tabs? They are super cute!

Holly

When I click the link to purchase tabs, it reads “Page not found.”

Emily

This page was so helpful for planning my family’s Disney trip! Especially the packing list and the binder tabs. Thanks for doing this!

Kara

The “Disney World Map” doesn’t link to the one pictured, but to their zoomable version, which doesn’t appear to be (easily) printable.

Kara

Thanks!

The PaperWorker will design a binder and tabs for you using her original template! Here’s the link for how to order:
https://www.thepaperworker.com/support/disney_binder_tabs.html

Wish I had spotted this before spending THREE HOURS trying to design my own tabs on their extremely difficult to use design tool.

Tara Caldwell

Hi there. wow this is so helpful. Is this all up to date and current for this year? We go on our first trip with toddlers this October.

Julie E Heiland

Hi Tara,
No, actually, some of this stuff, like some of the maps, is out of date. I love the site and think she is doing everything right, but the truth of the matter is that it is near impossible to keep every single thing up to date. Use her tips about what to include and then look for the information on your own to confirm that you are getting the most timely information for your binder.
Julie

Jennifer

Where can you find the custom Disney tabs??

Cassandra DiMauro

OMG – I love this…Thank you so much for sharing! We head down in 2016 and this will be a great way to plan the trip for 12 of us 🙂

Thank you!

Anne Henderson

Ordered my customized binder. Now I won’t have all these loose pages. When we get home from our trip I will transform it into a keepsake scrapbook with memory Maker pics and journaling!

Amber Thompson

Just wondering if these zazzle binders work with project life dividers? Thank you!

Pam

I’m so overwhelmed. I wanted to make a binder but had no idea where to begin. Having it all in a hard copy I can flip through will make me feel so much more in control of this situation!! Thank you!

amy murray

What templates did you use for the dividers? I have gone to the website but I don’t see anything to choose from.

Lea Ann Bonsukan

I looked on the website for the dividers and I don’t see the disney tabs. Are they pre-made?

Lea Ann Bonsukan

Do you sell them by any chance?

Lea Ann Bonsukan

Oh dear, I am not that creative and have no idea how to design them. Where did you get the images? Thanks!

Katie O'Connor

I ordered my binder from zazzle using your link and fell in LOVE with it 🙂 my question is on the dividers….I have found the website but cannot seem to find cute clipart like yours. Where did you get the cute images on the dividers?

Thanks!!

Brittney

Wow, thank you so very much! I don’t feel as overwhelmed about planning my Disney trip now that I have found your website. You rock!

Kristen

This is awesome. Thank you so much!

Mike

I love this! I’m planning my first trip, and I really like this! Any idea when the 2015 calendars may be available? Thanks for the hard work!

Amy Gibson

Thank you for making this available to us. Your print outs make it so easy. I tried the paper worker site and I couldn’t figure it out for anything. I really want tabs like you have in the photo above. I can’t find a site for a printable front cover. I could try to make my own if I can find a way to use Disney font.

Meredith

I LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for all the hard work you obviously put into this. I cannot wait to build my own Disney Vacation Bible. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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