Originally posted on Mama of All Trades 4/6/2012
Yes, I used the words “vacation” and “spreadsheet” in the same sentence.
I make an itinerary planning spreadsheet for all of our Walt Disney World vacations. I don’t always stick to the spreadsheet, but it eases my mind to have a plan in place. It actually makes it more relaxing for me to know I have everything taken care of ahead of time.
We base our days around a variety of factors, including forecasts from the fine folks at TouringPlans.com. I’ve always found their information to be accurate and up-to-date. And, no, they aren’t paying me for this. The best/worst park information is taken directly from their site.
The spreadsheet also contains all of our Advanced Dining Reservations, Resort Confirmation Numbers, and any Recreation Confirmations we may have. It’s a handy way to keep all of our information in one place and it folds up neatly in my wallet.
Other tabs of my personal spreadsheet include a packing list, notes and other miscellaneous items (you need to add them to your spreadsheet yourself, they are not included on the itinerary planner). I upload a copy of the spreadsheet to my email before we leave so I have a back-up copy in case I lose this one. I haven’t lost it yet, though (knock on wood).
I’ve uploaded the template to Google Docs for y’all. You will need to either download it as an Excel spreadsheet from Google Docs or copy/paste it into a new spreadsheet in order to edit it.
Let me know what you think!