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Review: Get Down to Disness

Here at Dad’s Blog we are always on the lookout for the best ways to help you plan, enjoy, and remember your #PerfectVacation to WDW. We talk a lot about some of the books, websites, and travel partners we work with and this week I had the chance to review a new-to-me planning tool: the Get Down to Disness Daily Agenda.

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Get Down to Disness has a motto: always, always have a plan. If you’ve spent any time at all at Dad’s Guide you know we LOVE the art of #ThePlan.   Before I even opened the cover of my fresh agenda book, I knew we were getting off on the right foot.

The Basics

Get Down to Disness is a standard 8.5”x11”, coil bound agenda printed on thick cardstock with a firm cover (which means you could write in it without a study surface underneath). It’s big enough to let you have space to write (and read), yet should fit comfortably into any Wookie backpack or Vera Bradley cross bdy bag you might choose to bring to the park.

I also happened to get a Get Down to Disness erasable pen (one of many additional items available in their online shop) and let me tell you – it erases shockingly well! Perfect for a change of plans (or when little hands get a hold of mommy’s book and pen)!

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The Magic

Inside, each page is printed brightly with colors to guide you through various stages of planning. It’s visually appealing and for a Type A organizer like myself, it was a dream to fill out. The vibrant design helps make the planning process fun rather than overwhelming, and I can see this as being a draw for older kids wanting to get involved in the #planning process.

A series of charts keep track of your travel details, dining reservations, and an overview of the week. Daily planning pages let you map out your whole day in as much or as little detail as you desire. Tips and interactive elements add to the experience with opportunities to learn and engage.

While I enjoy many aspects of My Magic+, I have to admit I miss paper FastPasses – it’s difficult and clunky to keep track of your Advanced Dining Reservations, FastPass+, and must-do attactions in the My Disney Experience app at this point in time, and Get Down to Disness allows you to quickly check the info you need and move on to the next part of your plan.

More time to spend with my face in a Dole Whip instead of in an iPhone? SOLD!

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This daily agenda comes with enough pages for a 2 week trip, so you budget savvy planners may be able to get more than one trip out of your purchase – but honestly at under $11 it’s a steal so you may want to splurge on a new book for each trip!

My Favorite Feature

My favorite feature of this planning too – and there was some stiff competition – is the packing pages you’ll find at the end. Whether you use them for different trips or give one to each member of your family as they pack, it’s a great resource, and something that I think will really benefit families who aren’t sure what to pack for a WDW vacation!

Added Value

Beyond the daily agenda, Get Down to Disness hosts an active Facebook page with a community of followers from WDW first timers to experts. In addition to providing news and information, they have lots of fun giveaways and every few weeks hold an online Q&A forum – all for free!

The Verdict

I’m going to be honest – as a seasoned Disney traveler I didn’t think that Get Down to Disness was going to be of a huge use to me, but I wanted to check it out as a #tool for our novice fans. I was so surprised at how useful it is that I’ve already begun to plan my December trip with it! This book puts my color coded Excel spreadsheet to shame. In fact, I’d love to see this tool become available for Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line… but that’s another post for another time.

I would highly recommend trying it out – you never know what you might learn!

PS: To all my Canadian friends and our #francophone followers – a little bird told me that a French edition is coming soon!

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