/ Thursday, October 4th, 2012

by Fran Cassano

Hi Everyone! It’s that time of year again. Planning time for my next trip to Walt Disney World! While I am a huge fan of importing my PDFs to iBooks, I still like to carry paper with me on my trips, just in case…especially if confirmations are involved. But, there is usually a ton of paper involved. And sorting through it can be a challenge if you have a long line behind you at check in. So, a few years ago, I began making myself a WDW Planning Folder.

I have to admit, it’s a little dated now with the new Disney Parks apps (and can I just say I love them!) But this is a fun craft for me to do to occupy my time until the trip comes. And, if you are like me, still a little old school…Let’s get started together!

I used the following (but definitely feel free to do a variation that fits your own theme):

  • 1 plain manila file folder with tab (8 1/2 x 11)
  • Card stock (8 1/2 x 11) in color of choice (I used Cinderella Blue)~as many sheets as tabs you plan to create
  • Scraps of white card stock or decorative scrapbook paper for making your own tabs (or you can use 3M Post-It Tabs)
  • Alphabet rubber (or clear) stamps
  • Decorative stamp for tabs (if you are not using the 3M Post-It Tabs)
  • Ink that coordinates with your card stock
  • Pen
  • Stapler
  • Walt Disney World (or other Disney Parks) confirmations, maps, dining options, and/or other ideas for your stay


Stamp your manila file folder with the heading you want. I chose “WDW PLANNER” for the front and “WDW” for the tab. I used an alphabet set that looks like type from a typewriter, so I off set the letters slightly.

Next, make your tabs. In the past, I have used 3M Post-It Tabs. This time, I made my own. I used what’s called a tab punch, but it is really easy to create your own out of scraps of card stock or scrapbook paper. You don’t even need to measure them, just as long as all of the tabs are cut in the same size and shape. I stamped a decorative edge with lines to my tabs, but you don’t have to do this for yours.

Write your headings on the tabs. You can write whatever you plan to do on your trip: air and rental car info., Property maps, Resort confirmations, special events (for events like MNSSHP or MVMCP), Dining Plan, dining ideas, and sample menus (use photo as a guide).

Fold one tab each over each piece of your 8 1/2 x 11 colored card stock, in graduated order (use photo as a guide) and staple to secure. Place inside of manila folder.

Take all your important print-outs and file them within the tabbed card stock within the manila folder. Bring with you to Walt Disney World. It’s totally portable and you’ll be totally organized.

Enjoy your day and plan away!

Craft Time: Varies

Fran’s Tips:

~If you are worried about the contents shifting or falling out, a decorative binder clip, clipped to the side works well for this folder.

~Dress up the front of your folder with stickers from CMs, DVC, Disney Movie Club mailers, or even leftover Disney scrapbooking stickers.

~Think about printing off some Hidden Mickey lists, activity/coloring pages or trivia for your folder. You can take these with you to the Parks for line queues or while waiting to be seated at your restaurants.

~Be sure to add your Disney’s Magical Express confirmation packet if not using a rental car.

~This folder can make a nice addition to your scrapbook if you don’t want to reuse it for your next trip.


Like so many of us, Fran Cassano’s life is sprinkled with Mickeys. From collecting Park brochures as a child, to creating ideas for her own Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, paper crafts have kept the magic of Disney a part of her everyday life. Fran invites us capture our own memories through Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting… Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!



2 thoughts on “Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting: Walt Disney World Planning Folder”

  1. I like this idea, a lot actually. I actually have a binder for our disney planning, but it’s more a folder for the costs, and less a place to store individual papers. I made a little scrapbook/planning guide/folder for our trip coming up on the dream cruise though! I’ll have to send you pictures of it!

  2. Megan C. says:

    Great idea! Currently I have a bulky binder for my disney planning but this is so much better! I can actully carry it with me into the park! Thanks for the idea!