Remembering the Magic

3 Tips for Documenting your Fantastic Disney Vacation

Tips for Remembering Your Fantastic Disney Vacation

Your trip was the perfect family trip.  Everyone had a great time, there were no major melt downs, and your planning saved the day. Giver yourself a pat on the back, you are a super mom!

You are now back home and you want to preserve your perfect vacation in an album or scrapbook. BUT you can’t remember the details. It’s all a blur.

You keep asking yourself, “Where were we when we did that?”  “What did I have to eat that was so great?”  “What was that about?”

Never fear, you reach into your bag and pull out your camera. The answers are right in front of you. You had taken care to document your vacation using 3 simple tips.

Tip 1: Pocket The Memorabilia

The easiest way to remember the details is to file away as much information as possible. You never know when it will come in handy.

For a Disney vacation, the easiest piece of memorabilia to come across is the check-in welcome packet. It will have all your resort information, resort map and calendar of events.

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Recreation Activities Disney's Boardwalk Resort Map

Then as you wander the parks pick up anything you can. Park maps, event programs, cards, etc. You can reference them all later to jog your memory.

Disney's Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland Speedway Liscense

There is no shame coming home with a bag of memorabilia. In addition to remembering the facts it also comes in handy as background paper and journal cards.

Tip 2: Photograph the Signs

Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs. (yes, I went there) But it is true. Disney is full of signs that and you should take photos of many of them.

Some are informative and have the facts…. Some are a bit more on the entertaining side…

Either way, taking photos of them can help you remember where you were at the time and what you were doing.

And a bonus is that any sign can also be used as a Project Life journal card in your albums.


Tip 3: Picture the Menu

If you can get a copy of the menu to take with you that is great! But never fear you can remember what you had by photographing the menu or the menu board.

The fun thing is not only seeing what you ate but how much it cost.

Now that you have the facts you can get back to making that album absolutely perfect. Just right to preserve that magical vacation.

You can use all of your information for journaling or add them directly to the page. Scanning memorabilia is always a good thing!

Disney Scrapbook Page Layout - Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

These tips will have you bringing home enough information to document any portion of your trip.

For your albums you can use them as reference, add them to the pages as embellishments or even scan them as photos.

Hope these ideas got you thinking about how you remember those special moments. What else do you do?

Mary Signature

Tips for Remembering Your Fantastic Disney Vacation


By |2017-10-12T12:43:41+00:00May 13th, 2015|

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Full time working mom making the most out of time with my family through travel, crafts & photography. Owner/designer of Capturing Magical Memories® and co-owner of the Magical Blogorail travel co-operative. In my free time it is all spas, wineries and concierge.


  1. Jenn B. July 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Love the tips! My favorite is #4! I usually glance over the Mickey stickers, but everyone once in awhile, you can find special stickers. My favorite are my “Monorail wings” and my “Sonny Eclipse” from Cosmic Ray's. Even though I'm lucky enough to be there often, they have special memories for me that I'll always remember! And they were free!

  2. lynnsc08 August 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Love the tips!! Signs and menu pictures have helped out tremendously both for scrapbooking and planning for future trips.

  3. Anonymous October 22, 2014 at 6:38 am - Reply

    Thank you! I love the tips! So you’re saying that inoventions most people give out stickers? I’m really trying to collect all the stickers. I’ll go there next time I go to Disney!

  4. Mitch May 13, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Considering we are only back 1 1/2 weeks from WDW, I love this reminder! I love things that remind me of our various Disney trips throughout the year, it helps keep me sane!

  5. Jen V May 13, 2015 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips Mary! I took pictures of signs for every ride we went on last time we went to Disney. My husband laughed at me. But I did it so I could remember what rides we went on and in what order. That way if I didn’t get around to writing in my travel journal that evening, I could look through the pictures later and jog my memory.

    I love your tip to take pictures of the menus. I will have to remember that one.

  6. diane May 13, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

    These are great tips. I admit, I am a mess when it comes to organizing photo and trip memorabilia. I have boxes and piles in the closet that need to get sorted!

  7. Jeanette May 13, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    We just got back from Disney. I wish I would have seen this post before we left. There are lots of great tips here on how to remember more of the trip and less of the blur. Next time we will be doing this for sure!

  8. Travel Blogger May 13, 2015 at 11:29 am - Reply

    sounds like a lot of fun- you sure have your documenting down 🙂

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