Disney World binder builder – 100+ free downloads

by Shannon Albert 89 comments Like the Facebook page

bindersquare(Updated: September 18, 2014)

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 binder and links to downloads that you can use to create your own.

Let's get started...

The 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

Although my design used to be available to order through the company where I got it, that's no longer an option.

However, Disney's Zazzle store has hundreds of cute binders that can even be personalized (and they cost about 1/4 of what mine cost).

To get a Zazzle 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!)

Here are some examples that I created when playing around with their options.

Note: Zazzle won't allow you to use the phrase "Disney World" on your design anymore, but I'd suggest "WDW" 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:


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:


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.

Now let's take a look at what goes into each section...

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    

Hotel section

tab2hotelIn 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.


Hotel downloads

Deluxe/DVC Resorts:

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.00.31 AMAn. Kingdom Lodge map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.02.11 AMAKL rec calendar    

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.54.30 AMBeach/Yacht Club map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.56.20 AMBC/YC rec calendar    

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.35.34 AMBoardwalk Inn map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.38.07 AMBWI recreation calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.14.47 AMEpcot area running map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.23.22 AMContemporary map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.31.38 AMCR recreation calendar    

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.07.18 AMGrand Fl. map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.13.55 AMGrand Fl. rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.20.09 AMGrand Fl. jogging map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.27.01 AMOld Key West map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.25.27 AMOKW rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.23.59 AMOKW running map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.16.35 AMPoly map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.18.23 AMPoly rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.20.09 AMPoly jogging map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.36.33 AMSaratoga Springs map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.34.59 AMSSR rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.33.24 AMSSR running map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.23.21 AMWilderness Lodge map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.24.32 AMWL rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.17.52 AMWilderness running map

 
Moderate Resorts:

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.34.23 AMCaribbean Beach map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.37.04 AMCBR rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.09.57 AMCBR running map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.44.07 AMCoronado Springs map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.32.17 AMCSR rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.12.36 AMCSR running map

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.39.03 AMPort Orleans map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.40.28 AMPOR rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.41.53 AMPOFQ rec calendar

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.31.04 AMPort Orleans jogging map        

 
Value Resorts:

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.05.11 AMAll-Star Movies map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.06.24 AMAS Movies rec calendar    

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.02.02 AMAll-Star Music map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.03.24 AMAS Music rec calendar    

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.56.27 AMAll-Star Sports map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 3.58.55 AMAS Sports rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.07.57 AMAS running trail

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.12.04 AMArt of Animation map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.13.31 AMAoA rec calendar    

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.08.14 AMPop Century map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.09.33 AMPop Century rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.29.05 AMPop Century jogging map

 
Ft. Wilderness Campground:

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.17.11 AMFt. Wilderness map   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.18.58 AMFW rec calendar   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 6.17.52 AMWilderness running 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)

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 AMMy custom 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 AMMy custom 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 AMMy custom 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 AMMy custom AK map ($)        

Everything Else section

tab8eeThis 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

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.25.44 AMDowntown Disney 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 5.39.04 AMKenny's Master Character List   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.40.39 AMPhotoPass photographer list

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.45.42 AMDisneyQuest map   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 5.52.04 AMRider Switch ride list   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.54.34 AMFP+ quick reference   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.56.24 AMLa Nouba seating chart

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 5.58.44 AMDriving directions to WDW   Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.41.32 PMCharacter interaction tips    


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