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Ilovestitch
09-07-2007, 10:34 AM
Anyone have any creative ideas on ways to suprise kids with a Disney Cruise for Christmas. I know someone who is surprise two sets of grandchildren-- one they will be seeing in person and one they will mail a package to. They are 10, 6 and 7 years old and this will be their first cruise. I was thinking maybe for the ones they see in person to put a big Mickey mylar balloon in the box and it would pop out with they open it.

Does anyone know the phone number or email to order DCL merchandise? Maybe she could order some t-shirts or DCL plush dolls.

Any fun ideas? :banana:

Thanks!
Stephanie

StitchMad
09-07-2007, 10:55 AM
The box + balloon idea sounds so great. The balloon could float up and maybe a little note on that bottom, signed by Mickey Mouse.
In answer to your merchandise question. I've put some links below to some great companies which deliver DCL items to your stateroom or to your home, read the sites to find out where they deliver. :)

http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/dcl/en_US/myCruise/giftsLanding?name=AmenitiesAndGiftsLandingPage
http://www.theperfectgift.cc/

Here's some info from the DCL site also.
Two easy ways to order gifts:


Call (800) 601-8455†
Download a PDF of the Gifts Order Form. Then fill out the form completely and fax to (407) 938-4288†.
For additional inquiries about our gift items, please e-mail us at:



dclgifts@disneycruise.com



† If you are not 18 years of age or older, you must have your parent or guardian's permission to dial this number. Phone orders for amenities must be placed at least 48 hours prior to sail date.


Hope you find what you're looking for. I know on our last cruise there were a bottle of champagne and a set of DCL chocolates in our stateroom also:love:

pfishgirl
09-07-2007, 11:10 AM
We were discussing this on the Disney Cruise Line Meets.. We have a woman who is going to surprise her kids as well...

Here are some ideas:

Little presents leading up to the "we're going on DCL" pail, shovel, suntan lotion, flip flops, water shoes, sandals, miniture boats, sun glasses, beach blankets, a tote bag with some of the items in it...

Hope this helps!!!

Best Wishes for a Great Surprise

FrenchSnowWhite
09-07-2007, 11:11 AM
Maybe you could do a treasure hunt.

That's what we did to annonce our last X-Mas trip to WDW to our kids;)

And they were sooooooooo excited to do this hunt!!!!:wizard:

mmouse37
09-07-2007, 11:13 AM
We surprised them at Christmas......back in 1997 for the Maiden Voyage of the Magic (1998)!!!

Then......

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/mmouse37/christmas1997.jpg

And more recently.....

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/mmouse37/DSC00706.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/mmouse37/JAN065.jpg

FrenchSnowWhite
09-07-2007, 11:14 AM
Wow! MJ your kids are beautifull:goodvibes

disneymommyof3
09-07-2007, 11:15 AM
We went w/ friends a few years ago. Thiers was not really the same situation but, they had grandparents that lived in Florida not too far from the port so, they went to the area w/ the pretense of visiting the grandparents. They then traveled to the port to "check out the big cruise ships". Once there and out of the car, they let the kids know. It was great. We were actually watching them arrive from the ships deck.
We are surprising out 9 and 11 year old in a few weeks. We planned the trip for just our daughter who is turning 16 but, her softy of a dad decided at the last minute he can't go w/out the other two so, we added them. They have no idea and I haven't decided how to break it to them yet.
Last year we did a surprise trip to DW. We pulled the kids out of school at the end of the day and the car was packed. We simply said, "Hey, you guys wanna go to Disney World?"
Good luck! Maybe I can get some ideas from this thread!

barney4liz
09-07-2007, 11:23 AM
Anyone have any creative ideas on ways to suprise kids with a Disney Cruise for Christmas. I know someone who is surprise two sets of grandchildren-- one they will be seeing in person and one they will mail a package to. They are 10, 6 and 7 years old and this will be their first cruise. I was thinking maybe for the ones they see in person to put a big Mickey mylar balloon in the box and it would pop out with they open it.

Does anyone know the phone number or email to order DCL merchandise? Maybe she could order some t-shirts or DCL plush dolls.

Any fun ideas? :banana:

Thanks!
Stephanie

Bronner's www.bronners.com has a cute cruise-ship ornament that looks like a DCL ship but is not an "official" DCL item. But very affordable and cute. We gave DD one last year for Christmas following our cruise. Anyway, they could hang the ornament on the tree with some kind of tag announcing the gift, and have the kids hunt for the special new ornament. Just a thought. The ornament makes a nice keepsake.

I'm looking for ideas, too, because we are cruising on 1/3/08 and planning on giving DD that for a Christmas present. Haven't decided how to spring it on her yet. The DCL t-shirt is a great idea, too.

Here is the ship ornament: http://www.bronners.com/1114030.html

I see that they also have a really cute pirate ship ornament -- I may do something with that. DD LOVES PoC.

barney4liz
09-07-2007, 11:28 AM
Bronner's pirate ship ornament: http://www.bronners.com/1114483.html

And Mickey pirate ornament! http://www.bronners.com/1125041.html
:goodvibes

Caitsmama
09-07-2007, 12:10 PM
I am planning on surprising my dd with our second cruise next Sept.. However, since my dh won't be going (due to us going to WDW 2 months after the cruise) it will just be me and my dd traveling with my inlaws..
So, since my dh isn't going, i want to tell her the night before we leave, so that she can have ample time to say goodbye to him ;)
So, i decided i would take her and my dh (and my inlaws) out for dinner the night before, and tell my dd it is the "new beginning of the school year dinner" and then surprise her somehow.. mabye a card or something ( I like the idea of the mini beach bucket and stuff!!)
I am just hoping my inlaws can keep it a secret for a year!They aren't too good in that dept.! LOL

PoohJen
09-07-2007, 12:31 PM
We are cancelling our Christmas 7 day cruise :sad2: , but will be at WDW early in December and friends are on a 3 day Wonder that week...so now, SO ARE WE!!!!:cool1:

The boys know we had to cancel the 7 day, but I haven't told them about the 3 day. Hoping that maybe I won't have to tell them until we get to the Port?! :thumbsup2 I'm afraid the shock will overwhelm them, though!:scared1:

So, to piggy back on OP...anyone not told the kids until they were, say, through security?! I think I can bluff my way with the kids through that one! :laughing:

Ears
09-07-2007, 12:36 PM
I've been collecting small plush characters for the past 6 months or so from ym local Goodwill store. They have a really good selection, with about 70% of the plush being new or almost new. I also have the vacation planning DVD, a mickey and minnie poster, some of the mickey ears paint chips from Home Depot, and a few other smaller things.

All of this will be packed into a bunch of smaller boxes for the kids (4 and 7) to open. They should get the hint.

FreeTime
09-07-2007, 12:38 PM
So, to piggy back on OP...anyone not told the kids until they were, say, through security?! I think I can bluff my way with the kids through that one! :laughing:

We made it past security! Our kids were 5 & 6 though. It was their second cruise and we told them we were going to WDW (they had been begging to go on another cruise). I remember they were arguing when we were driving to the port and then they started whispering when they saw the Wonder up ahead. We got out of the car and the watched the luggage get unloaded. I told them they were storing it and they had a special where you could get on the ship for lunch only. They fell for it. That night at dinner they asked if they were really going to stay all night!

Perrier
09-07-2007, 12:39 PM
Go to the Trip Reports section & read Ashman's TR. He did a very neat thing at Christmas to tell his girls about their cruise. :thumbsup2

PoohJen
09-07-2007, 01:41 PM
We made it past security! Our kids were 5 & 6 though. It was their second cruise and we told them we were going to WDW (they had been begging to go on another cruise). I remember they were arguing when we were driving to the port and then they started whispering when they saw the Wonder up ahead. We got out of the car and the watched the luggage get unloaded. I told them they were storing it and they had a special where you could get on the ship for lunch only. They fell for it. That night at dinner they asked if they were really going to stay all night!

Hee hee - that's great! My boys are 10, have sailed the Magic twice. Since we will be driving to the Port with all our friends who are sailing after our WDW stay, I could tell them we are dropping them off and...yes, as you did, go on just to join them for lunch! :thumbsup2

Heck, even if we can just keep it a secret til sail day will be fun!:wizard:

pfp258
09-07-2007, 05:44 PM
We suprised our daughters and the children of our friends when we went on a cruise together over spring break. We waited until February when it was a birthday and we all had dinner together. After dinner we told them it was time for birthday cake. We turned off the lights, lit the candles and the cake was put on the table. It took a few minutes but my daughter finally screamed when she read the cake which read "Disney Magic, spring break 2007" The screams could be heard around the neighborhood!

Lisa loves Pooh
09-07-2007, 06:16 PM
We are surprising our daughters in a few weeks. They have no idea.

They know we are going on a Carnival cruise in a week.
They know we are going with hubby's family on that cruise.

They know my sister is going on a Disney cruise....but....b/c of our Carnival cruise, we can't go.

I asked them if it would be a good idea to drive to the put to show my sister and her family how to get there. We wouldn't want them to get lost and miss their Disney cruise.:rotfl:

Still working the kinks out after that. But we have up until we get to the ship all planned out.

(I believe we will be packing luggage into my sisters car and she wants us to park in the garage and then just go walk up to the boarding area to see off my sister.)

I can't wait!!!!:banana:

A friend of mine works for DCL--they actually get great joy out of the families who held off the suprise as long as possible...especially if they held onto that secret until they showed up at the port.

ibouncetoo
09-08-2007, 10:39 AM
We are cancelling our Christmas 7 day cruise :sad2: , but will be at WDW early in December and friends are on a 3 day Wonder that week...so now, SO ARE WE!!!!:cool1:

The boys know we had to cancel the 7 day, but I haven't told them about the 3 day. Hoping that maybe I won't have to tell them until we get to the Port?! :thumbsup2 I'm afraid the shock will overwhelm them, though!:scared1:



And we're glad you ARE! (though cancelling a 7 day Christmas cruise is very, very sad) I think we can get away with the 'join us on the ship for lunch' routine. :thumbsup2

PoohJen
09-08-2007, 12:48 PM
And we're glad you ARE! (though cancelling a 7 day Christmas cruise is very, very sad) I think we can get away with the 'join us on the ship for lunch' routine. :thumbsup2


Yeah, although I think they might find it odd that I'm having them wear their bathing suits to the airport...:rolleyes1 (sorry, kids, all out of clean underwear):laughing:

ibouncetoo
09-08-2007, 01:16 PM
Yeah, although I think they might find it odd that I'm having them wear their bathing suits to the airport...:rolleyes1 (sorry, kids, all out of clean underwear):laughing:

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

princesdi
09-08-2007, 02:04 PM
well we are trying to figure out how to pull this off as well. We have kept the secret from DD14 and DS10 since February. I miss being able to share the joy in planning with the kids but I know the surprise will be priceless. I think my biggest problem is figuring out what I am going to tell the kids when they figure out we have to get on the plane and why we are going to florida--any ideas to deter them from the real truth??

I don't plan on ever telling them, I will pack their luggage while they are at school. We will pick them up after school to head to the aiport, thats where the problem comes in, I don't know what to tell them as to "why" we are doing that.

jns
09-08-2007, 02:25 PM
we just drove up to see the ship in port and handed them the tickets
check out my trip report if you like

PoohJen
09-08-2007, 02:29 PM
well we are trying to figure out how to pull this off as well. We have kept the secret from DD14 and DS10 since February. I miss being able to share the joy in planning with the kids but I know the surprise will be priceless. I think my biggest problem is figuring out what I am going to tell the kids when they figure out we have to get on the plane and why we are going to florida--any ideas to deter them from the real truth??

I don't plan on ever telling them, I will pack their luggage while they are at school. We will pick them up after school to head to the aiport, thats where the problem comes in, I don't know what to tell them as to "why" we are doing that.

re: planning with them; I agree, that is a real drawback of the surprise! I was just fixing DS10's lunch, and wanted to chat with him about what we'll eat on the cruise, what we'll order from room service, etc.:goodvibes Alas, I kept my mouth shut. But it's much easier for me, since this was a recent decision and is coming up very quickly.

Re: when/what to tell...I had a friend surprise her kids with a trip to WDW; they'd never been before. A limo picked them up bright and early to go to the airport, she finally confessed during the limo ride.

Now, they will be in awe anyway when you pull over the bridge and see the ship for the first time, so you might get twice the surprise if you let them guess (or some other way of telling), when you are at the airport. You'll get the excited chatter all the way to Florida, and then the mouth-gaping again on the way to the terminal.

Good luck, and let us know what you decide!

Hanover
09-08-2007, 03:43 PM
:

So, to piggy back on OP...anyone not told the kids until they were, say, through security?! I think I can bluff my way with the kids through that one! :laughing:

We surprised our boys (then 5 and turning 9) May 13, 2006 on our son's 9th birthday with an Eastern Magic cruise. We had been to WDW for 4 days and our sons thought we were going to Cocoa beach before heading home to PA the next day. Once at Port Canaveral, we told the boys we'd see if the DCL port security would let us see the Magic before heading to the beach. We even had them dressed in their swim suits and rash guards. We had gone on the Wonder in 2005 and told them maybe we'd do the Magic in 2007. The security staff asked our last name and we went in the gates right up to the luggage drop off. Our boys didn't think anything was going on except that we'd get an up close look. Once we got out, we told ds9 we had one more wrapped gift...he opened up the cruise documents. He was in utter shock and said, "please tell me you're not lying...does my teacher know about this?" He had 2 more surprises that day...his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather also separately surpised him and came along on the cruise. For the first few days, he just glowed and kept saying "I just can't believe we're on the Magic." It was soooo worth the wait. Of course we are hooked on DCL and the boys keep asking every time we go to WDW if we are surprising them with a cruise.

Hanover
09-08-2007, 03:46 PM
well we are trying to figure out how to pull this off as well. We have kept the secret from DD14 and DS10 since February. I miss being able to share the joy in planning with the kids but I know the surprise will be priceless. I think my biggest problem is figuring out what I am going to tell the kids when they figure out we have to get on the plane and why we are going to florida--any ideas to deter them from the real truth??

I don't plan on ever telling them, I will pack their luggage while they are at school. We will pick them up after school to head to the aiport, thats where the problem comes in, I don't know what to tell them as to "why" we are doing that.

Any cousins or friends in Florida that might be getting "married?" That was going to be our excuse before we decided to do WDW for a few days before the cruise.

anewmac
09-08-2007, 03:48 PM
We surprised them at Christmas......back in 1997 for the Maiden Voyage of the Magic (1998)!!!

Then......

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/mmouse37/christmas1997.jpg

And more recently.....

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/mmouse37/DSC00706.jpg

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a213/mmouse37/JAN065.jpg


OMG how cute they got to go on the big red boat also!

btw your kids are adorable.. both then and now LOL

Andrew DEREK UK
09-09-2007, 02:29 AM
I used Shirley at The Perfect gift she is great. The kids loved it.

mmouse37
09-09-2007, 06:35 AM
OMG how cute they got to go on the big red boat also!

btw your kids are adorable.. both then and now LOL

Nope...none of us have ever been on the Big Red Boat...which pic do you mean and thanks for nice comments!!