Per request, I'm reposting some of my ideas from another thread...
About 30-25 days from departure for the world, little bits of Magic start appearing around my house.
1. Every few days, a note with the latest countdown appears along with either a new Disney item or an old familiar toy (like a stuffed Mickey, etc.). The notes will say something like: A little MOUSE told me that you are going to be at Disney in ## Days!
The first note was covered in Pixie/Fairy dust, too. It's a nudge to clean up, but exciting to see!
Mickey sent the first note and revealed that he has a "Countdown to [child's name] clock" of his own. So Mickey is counting down the days until my son arrives at the World. Cool.
Notes are from various characters (Mickey - of course), Yoda, Mater, Lightning McQueen, Buzz, Woody, etc. Some appear in the house and some arrive in the mailbox. Yoda left a note on top of my son's Lego Death Star.
2. Some of the notes may include a Gift Card or Pins for trading. My son just got interested in pin trading, so Mickey started off the countdown with a Pin Trader starter kit and some extra pins.
3. Taking a tip from the Disney Magic that occurs in the Guest Rooms at Disney Resorts: my son's Disney toys will magically move and appear around the house for no reason, some may even be watching TV or a Disney movie when he wakes up in the morning.
At the World:
1. Invitations appear in our guest room from various characters inviting my son to their special character meal on that certain day. IE - Tigger sent an invite for breakfast at the Crystal Palace; Leo sent an invite for the lunch at Hollywood Studios, Mickey sent the invite for breakfast at Tusker House. Chip and Dale sent the invite to the Liberty Tree Tavern character dinner (but that's not available any more... )
This year, Captain Jack is sending a rolled up, scorched scroll of parchment inviting my son to the Pirate's League, with a treasure map to the location at the park.
If Jedi Training was a firm reservation like Pirate's League, I'm sure R2D2 and C3PO would be sending an invite for that. Although, they may send a notice for my son to come and -try- to get selected. But I'm not sure if they would want the disappointment if he DOESN'T get selected. hmmmm... that's one to mull over...
If I had a girl, we'd probably get a special invitation from a favorite princess for some time at BBB.
As AAA members, we also have the free option for the Story Time. It's a nice "rest stop" I have to admit. But we won't be participating this year, but if we were, I'm sure we'd get a special invitation for that too.
And we're starting a new tradition this year to try to watch a Disney movie every week. We watched Sorcerer's Apprentice last week and we LOVED it! We watch Star Wars so much, it doesn't count.. LOLOLOL!!!
There may be a few more surprises in store. I'll be sure to post them once they've happened!