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joyfulscrapper
09-21-2008, 09:50 PM
I'm new to the boards and have tried searching, but came up with nothing. Does anyone have great ideas to surprise my kids with the news that we are going on our first trip to WDW? I don't want to spend much, but would be willing to spend a little. Trying to save more for the trip of course! My kids are 9, 6, and 4. We are going in November of this year and were hoping to tell them sometime in the beginning of October. I love surprises and doing neat things for them. Any neat ideas? :thanks: in advance for any help you can give me!!!

mytwinklestar
09-21-2008, 10:30 PM
You could ask someone to send you a postcard from Disney - a fairygodmailer - announcing your upcoming trip. If I were going before you, I would do it but I know that fellow Dissers would be more than happy to do this. You could make a big deal over something special coming in the mail today... have the oldest child read the postcard aloud... and with camera capturing their expressions, relish in their surprise! Or you could have some special delivery - be it a cookie bouquet or something similar. I look forward to reading everyone's replies. We surprised our two in July - they thought we were going to TN. It worked out perfectly, as we drove this trip and did a favor by dropping a friend off in Destin, Fl. We kept going east/south. Our oldest child noticed we weren't going our usual path to TN but when he questioned, we played it off by saying that we had to detour in order to bring our friend to Florida. DS (10) was fast asleep when we got close. DD (6) had just woken up and said, "Mom, I thought I saw a Disney bus. Mom, I did! There is another Disney bus!" DS popped straight up and the two of them burst into cheer and laughter. It was GREAT! Best of luck to you! :cheer2: I am cheering for you!

joyfulscrapper
09-22-2008, 07:27 AM
I wish I could keep it that long because I'd love to just tell them we were visiting someone (which we'll probably do on our way down) and then just arrive there. But since it's their first trip, I'd like them to have the anticipation and the chance to help plan what they'd like to do.

A friend of mine said she did a scavenger hunt with clues around the house finally leading them to the TV where they pushed play on the DVD player and the Disney vacation planning DVD started playing. I thought that was good, but wondering if my 2 younger ones would get what we were trying to say.

I like the postcard idea! I have friends going at the end of Oct. but again, don't want to wait that long if I can help it. It's been hard to plan and talk to my husband about it without them around!

I was thinking about buying something like autograph books or t-shirts that they could bring on the trip and say something about needing them on our next vacation. I keep wanting to check out the local Disney store to see what they have that might help.

I found out about Disney Enchanted calls and was hoping I could have Mickey call and announce our trip, but the best I could find was a call from him saying we're leaving that day on a special trip.

I'm really liking the postcard idea, but waiting to hear if anyone else has other ideas as well. I might even combine a couple of ideas I love...

Thanks again for the help! I hope more people put in their 2 cents worth!

Disney Mommy 3
09-22-2008, 08:56 AM
I like the scavenger hunt idea. We did that one year. It was sooo fun!! But we did it 2 weeks out and when they realized they had to wait, they were kinda stunned. We usually wake them up that day and tell them or the day before.

If it's their first trip I would think the scavenger hunt would be perfect. I just saw one of those cards that you open and they play the Mickey Mouse song!! It's orange and has a little boy and girl on the front with M.M. ears on!! That would be cute for the last clue. I think I saw it at Wal-Greens or Wal- Mart. It was begging me to buy it for my next surprise trip in January!!!

Happyathome
09-22-2008, 10:05 AM
I just finished printing off our scavenger hunt clues! We're going back in January, and our kids ask almost daily when we can go back (the last time was 3 years ago) I had thought about surprising them that day, but I'm like the OP, I want them to have the anticipation, too. So, we're telling them in a few weeks, and the rest of the time before we leave will be family planning, re-living our last rip, etc. I'm so excited!!

Anyhoo...I'm planning on the scavenger hunt. I have 8 envelopes with clues, with the last envelope containing separate "airline tickets" for each that I printed off from the Creative DISigns board. They're so cute, and have each kids name on them (as well as mom and dad and grandpa & grandma). Also the date we're going, where we're staying, etc. Here's a link to that thread if you want to check them out. Telynn does a great job!!!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1949606

After they open the last envelope, I plan on putting some Disney music on, and I have some older Passporters I bought for each, to open. ( I wrapped them in Mickey Mouse Christmas paper, since our trip is their main Christmas present. I just couldn't wait until Christmas to tell them!!) Then I hope to watch Disney movies, go through their passporters with them (the 2007 passporters were only $1 each on their website, so I got one for each kid, even though the 4 year old can't read...he'd still want one to be part of the group!) and just live in the excitement!!

So that's how we're going to try it! Have fun however you decide to tell your kiddos!!!!

sherreis
09-22-2008, 01:02 PM
We're surprising ours at the airport in 23 days. If we were surprising them now, I would either do a scavenger hunt or t-shirts.

swald91
09-22-2008, 01:12 PM
How about making them a halloween bag w/ lots of Disney clues!!! We surprised our kids with a trip in Jan by getting them backpacks w/ Disney appliques sewn on. Then inside it had 1 sheet of Disney YOMD paper w/ dates. Our daughter figured it out!!!! They were so excited!! I wish we could've just woke them up & surprised them-but they were in on alot of planning/ideas-etc. Have fun!

badblackpug
09-22-2008, 03:12 PM
If you really want them to help planning how about "fudging" the dates a little? Tell them you are planning a trip for next summer vacation, and let them help pick out the things they want to do, and then "surprise" them with the trip in November? You said you were going to visit someone, get in the car and go there and while you are there "surprise" them by just driving on to WDW! The llok on there faces when the go under the WDW sign would be priceless!

matosfam
09-22-2008, 03:49 PM
I wanted to surprise our kids (9,6,5,2) for our first trip (just a few weeks ago) but I still wanted to have them help with planning a bit and get excited about it so here is what we ended up doing:

STEP 1:) : The kids receive a postcard "from Mickey" in which he tells them that Tinkerbell was talking to the tooth fairy and she found out that we were coming to visit them in September. Mickey wanted us all to know that he and the gang were getting everything ready for us and couldn't wait to see us soon! When they got that card I just acted all surprised and said I couldn't believe Mickey spilled the beans about our surprise trip! (But they still didn't know the exact dates.)

STEP 2: The kids got to enjoy planning and even a countdown calendar (to the first of September, of course) without the difficulty of sleepless nights from too much excitement. (This is a major problem for our kids!)

STEP 3: On the eve of our trip, I snuck into their rooms and left a small beanie Mickey or Minnie in their beds with them. When I woke them up to get ready to leave I was able to say "What's that?!" and they instantly knew that it was finally the big day!

Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy every moment! We did!:goodvibes

JoanieS
09-22-2008, 04:01 PM
We are surprising our kids! But, we are not telling them until the night before we leave!

We are doing a scavenger hunt around the house (I made up clues) and the last clue will lead them to a box with custom tshirts, etc and a big sign that says "SURPRISE! We are going to Disney and we are leaving tomorrow"!!!!

I cannot wait!! Only 11 more days!

traci
09-22-2008, 04:11 PM
Our kids are only 3 and 4 so they have no true concept of time. They know we are going...just not when.

Mickey comes to visit the night before we leave while they are asleep (kinda like Santa)...he leaves little gifts that fit in their backpack. Things for the room and stuff to entertain on the plane. All Disney related. He also leaves our plane tickets. This means it's our turn to go!!

The kids already wake up every morning to see if Mickey has come :love:

I have fun in the meantime looking for little prizes and such.

Have fun!!

pixiewings71
09-22-2008, 04:23 PM
Our first trip we just drove them to DL. We are 6 hrs away so one day we just all got in the van and left. They had NO idea where we were going, even when we drove down the street past the parks. LOL It was great, we finally gave them travel packet when we got to our room. They were so surprised but very happy. :)

Last year we did atreasure hunt, I made up clues and they followed them to the buried treasure. Again, our travel packet. They were super excited and it was a lot of fun!

rcymrcym
09-22-2008, 10:15 PM
We went for our Forever Family Celebration. Last year we did a scavenger hunt too. I had clues hidden all over the neighborhood at the different places we went to as a family since she has come home. The librarian at the city library had one, the bank teller had one, the manager at ChickFilA, hanging on a swing at the park, the minister at church and finally a worker at the Disney Store in the mall. She was very stunned to find out we were going!

I did give her 2 weeks notice so that she could "help plan" and settle into the idea a little bit. She is 10 so it is a little different for her.

Three days before we left she received a post card from a Fairy Godmailer telling her Mickey was looking forward to seeing her. It only helped the magic!:wizard:

Good luck in whatever you choose!

joyfulscrapper
09-23-2008, 08:06 AM
Thank you all so much for so many great ideas!!! :flower3: Now I just need to figure out which one or combo of them I want to do - and soon! I have such a hard time making up my mind...:upsidedow

sherreis
09-23-2008, 08:55 AM
Let us know what you decide. I love hearing how everyone pulls off their surprise.

~disneydiva~
09-23-2008, 09:51 AM
youtube has a bunch of videos of parents suprising their kids with disney trips.

joyfulscrapper
09-23-2008, 11:23 AM
I went to the Disney Store this morning and bought each of them a Mickey tee shirt. I figured that's a start. And they were all only $5 each! :cheer2: Won't find that deal in the parks, I'll bet. Anyway, I'm leaning toward wrapping up the tees along with maybe the printable journals from the other thread that has the link (can't remember where they were) and throwing in other Disney stuff I can find reasonbly priced in the next week or so. We do surprises often, so I'm thinking I'll do the scavenger hunt to drag it out a bit. Otherwise, just opening the gifts is too fast. Of course, now I'll need some scavenger hunt ideas... if anyone has any, I'm listening!

I still love the fairygodmailer idea and will probably still have someone do that to add to the excitement if I can.

And...Does anyone know where you can still get Disney Dollars? They told me at the Disney Store that they are out and there are rumors that they have been discontinued, but nothing official yet. I would love to give them each a few of them rather than a gift card at this point. I'd rather wait for the gift card until the actual trip. I also really want a Disney Dollar for my scrapbook, they are so cute!

I'll let you know for sure when I've got it all together what I'm doing. Can't I just go over and over so I can use all the ideas?! I so wish I could!!!

sherreis
09-23-2008, 12:08 PM
Great idea about the t-shirts. I guess I'll need to go over to the Disney Store this week and see what they have before I finish making our t-shirts for our trip next month. Thanks.

Sorry about the Disney dollars - I believe there is a way to get them but I don't remember how. Just post the question and I'm sure someone will have the answer. My store had Disney Dollars when we were there a few weeks ago.

I'll be there 10/15-10/21 if you would like someone to send a postcard during that time period. Just PM me with your info.

jtopp
09-23-2008, 03:28 PM
The first surprise trip we told them on the way to the airport. If only I remembered to videotape the look on thier faces. The second surprise was this past Christmas, with park passes in thier stockings.

island cricket
09-24-2008, 03:04 AM
i'll be at the world oct 4-12, pm me if you want me to send something, i'll be sure to bring postage with me. we are surprising ours ages 13,12,11 & 10, they think we are going to calif to visit family, they won't know till they figure it out which i'm hoping it won't be till we connect it atl to mco, i figure it'll go..."mom, why are we going to atlanta?" "oh honey, it's just a connection and it was much cheaper to take this route"... hey, no lies will come back to bite me... so they may just shrug it off till we board to ORLANDO....hellloooooo... oh my my my my my...it'll be good! So if we can pull it off when we board in hawaii, we may be safe...I am in stitches!! I can't wait!!

sherreis
09-24-2008, 07:42 AM
i'll be at the world oct 4-12, pm me if you want me to send something, i'll be sure to bring postage with me. we are surprising ours ages 13,12,11 & 10, they think we are going to calif to visit family, they won't know till they figure it out which i'm hoping it won't be till we connect it atl to mco, i figure it'll go..."mom, why are we going to atlanta?" "oh honey, it's just a connection and it was much cheaper to take this route"... hey, no lies will come back to bite me... so they may just shrug it off till we board to ORLANDO....hellloooooo... oh my my my my my...it'll be good! So if we can pull it off when we board in hawaii, we may be safe...I am in stitches!! I can't wait!!

Now - that's what I call a direct route - Hawaii to Atlanta to California. :rotfl: Have fun pulling off the surprise! And, as everyone tells me- have the cameras ready to capture their faces.

island cricket
09-26-2008, 03:13 AM
i hope i can have the cameras ready... making them do a re-enactment just may not go as well, but what do i do... i'll totally get busted if i keep the camera out... hmmmm... to be so sneaky takes so much work:scared:

sherreis
09-26-2008, 06:51 AM
i hope i can have the cameras ready... making them do a re-enactment just may not go as well, but what do i do... i'll totally get busted if i keep the camera out... hmmmm... to be so sneaky takes so much work:scared:

It takes a lot more work than I thought it would. There have been so many times I've wanted to let it sneak out but then I think of what their faces will look like. In terms of cameras, my kids know I frequently carry mine with me and keep it in my purse when we're out doing stuff. I take it out lots of times to take candid pics of them.

SarahD
09-29-2008, 08:55 AM
My first post! princess:

We're giving the kids the trip as a Christmas present, but going three weeks later when the park isn't so crowded. I'm planning to do a scavenger hunt all over the house on Christmas morning - having them collect puzzle pieces as they go. When they've got all the pieces, they can put the puzzle together. I found a Phineas & Ferb poster at the Disney store for $4.50 that I'm going to write the message on and then cut into a puzzle. It's their favorite show and it won't give it away while they're collecting pieces - not like a Mickey puzzle piece would. My kids are 6 & 9 and they'd figure it out too quick. If your kids are younger, the Disney Store has placemats (Mickey, Tigger, etc) that would be great to cut into pieces for a puzzle - and very easy to put together, too. I searched on yahoo for "scavenger hunt clues" and found a bunch that I could adapt for my hunt.

I asked about Disney Dollars at the Disney Store two weeks ago - I thought they'd make great Christmas presents from aunts & uncles, etc. She showed them to me - they come in $1, $5 and $10 and you can only get them at a Disney Store - not online. I'm asking a select few to get them Disney Dollars, so they'll still get presents, too.

princesspiglet
09-29-2008, 09:59 AM
We are suprising our DD for our upcoming Feb trip right before we get on the plane!

DH travels to Orlando alot for business, so we are going to tell her that daddy has to go to Orlando again and we will take him to the airport as usual. DH and I will have the car packed up with everything already, so we can just go in the morning. Once we get to the airport, I will pull out the camcorder and say I want to get some video of daddy before he leaves. DH will then ask DD to help him get his suitcase out of the trunk. Once they open the trunk, she will see our "mickey" luggage (that we only use for Disney trips) and probably ask why our mickey luggage is packed. Daddy will then tell her that he can't stand another trip away from us, so we are all going to Orlando, and btw, daddy really doesn't have to work, it is a vacation to Disney World! She will freak out :laughing:

Good luck with what you decide. I am going to head over to the Disney store and pick up some t-shirts to take with us. Hopefully I can keep them hidden for the next 5 months!

DisneyTigers
09-29-2008, 11:21 AM
My first post! princess:

We're giving the kids the trip as a Christmas present, but going three weeks later when the park isn't so crowded. I'm planning to do a scavenger hunt all over the house on Christmas morning - having them collect puzzle pieces as they go. When they've got all the pieces, they can put the puzzle together. I found a Phineas & Ferb poster at the Disney store for $4.50 that I'm going to write the message on and then cut into a puzzle. It's their favorite show and it won't give it away while they're collecting pieces - not like a Mickey puzzle piece would. My kids are 6 & 9 and they'd figure it out too quick. If your kids are younger, the Disney Store has placemats (Mickey, Tigger, etc) that would be great to cut into pieces for a puzzle - and very easy to put together, too. I searched on yahoo for "scavenger hunt clues" and found a bunch that I could adapt for my hunt.

I asked about Disney Dollars at the Disney Store two weeks ago - I thought they'd make great Christmas presents from aunts & uncles, etc. She showed them to me - they come in $1, $5 and $10 and you can only get them at a Disney Store - not online. I'm asking a select few to get them Disney Dollars, so they'll still get presents, too.


We are also surprising them on Christmas day with a January trip, but are still figuring out how to do it. I am putting a big box together of Disney Stuff that includes a countdown chain and those really cool treasure/park maps you can order off the WDW website - they are personalized and say "The XXX Family's Disney Trip" or something like that - I've had them for months in a box in the basement! And they were free!! Also included will be autograph books, Epcot WS passports if I can get the ahead of time, The Birnbaum guide for kids, and one of those journal/scrapbook/guidebooks you can get online for my DD9. And, disposable cameras for all. They usually get TONS of gifts from the grandparents, so I figure they'll open those and their stockings, and we will say "just one more gift..." and they will open the big box wrapped in Disney paper, and SURPRISE! Although I'm now thinking about a scavenger hunt along with that - to look for the box- maybe clues in the stockings??

Another thing I thought of was hiding helium disney balloons in the box so that when they open the box, balloons will float up, and each have part of the message attached: WE'RE - GOING - TO - DISNEYWORLD!:cheer2:

We've been planning our Jan 09 trip since Jan 08, so we've had LOTS of time to think about it!!!!!:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

joyfulscrapper
10-01-2008, 09:00 AM
We are also surprising them on Christmas day with a January trip, but are still figuring out how to do it. I am putting a big box together of Disney Stuff that includes a countdown chain and those really cool treasure/park maps you can order off the WDW website - they are personalized and say "The XXX Family's Disney Trip" or something like that - I've had them for months in a box in the basement! And they were free!! Also included will be autograph books, Epcot WS passports if I can get the ahead of time, The Birnbaum guide for kids, and one of those journal/scrapbook/guidebooks you can get online for my DD9. And, disposable cameras for all. They usually get TONS of gifts from the grandparents, so I figure they'll open those and their stockings, and we will say "just one more gift..." and they will open the big box wrapped in Disney paper, and SURPRISE! Although I'm now thinking about a scavenger hunt along with that - to look for the box- maybe clues in the stockings??

Another thing I thought of was hiding helium disney balloons in the box so that when they open the box, balloons will float up, and each have part of the message attached: WE'RE - GOING - TO - DISNEYWORLD!:cheer2:

We've been planning our Jan 09 trip since Jan 08, so we've had LOTS of time to think about it!!!!!:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:




Disney Tigers,

I LOVE the helium balloons idea, think I'll try to pull that one off too. And I also love the personalized map idea. Do you know if they still offer them? I was on the site, but didn't find them. But I'm not sure I looked in the right places. Could you let me know how you got them, please? Thanks so much for more great ideas to incorporate into our surprise! This is sooo much fun!:banana:

sherreis
10-01-2008, 09:08 AM
Disney Tigers,

I LOVE the helium balloons idea, think I'll try to pull that one off too. And I also love the personalized map idea. Do you know if they still offer them? I was on the site, but didn't find them. But I'm not sure I looked in the right places. Could you let me know how you got them, please? Thanks so much for more great ideas to incorporate into our surprise! This is sooo much fun!:banana:

Go to the Disney World website and click on "my vacation." You'll see the link there.

joyfulscrapper
10-01-2008, 10:05 AM
Go to the Disney World website and click on "my vacation." You'll see the link there.

Thanks Sherri! I was just coming back to post that I found it! LOL Sometimes it just takes me a while, ya' know?! :upsidedow

Now I ordered them. For those of you who've ordered them in the past, do they come closer to the 2 weeks delivery time or the 4 weeks? I'm hoping to surprise them in 2-3 weeks, so I'm just wondering if I can be hopeful they'll be here by then.

Getting so excited!!! And I'm sure my kids will be too, when they finally know! :dance3: It's so funny because my 4 year old keeps asking every few days, "When can we go to Disney World?!" My older kids keep telling her hopefully next year, so it will be a great surprise when they find out how soon it really will be.

sherreis
10-01-2008, 10:21 AM
Thanks Sherri! I was just coming back to post that I found it! LOL Sometimes it just takes me a while, ya' know?! :upsidedow

Now I ordered them. For those of you who've ordered them in the past, do they come closer to the 2 weeks delivery time or the 4 weeks? I'm hoping to surprise them in 2-3 weeks, so I'm just wondering if I can be hopeful they'll be here by then.

Getting so excited!!! And I'm sure my kids will be too, when they finally know! :dance3: It's so funny because my 4 year old keeps asking every few days, "When can we go to Disney World?!" My older kids keep telling her hopefully next year, so it will be a great surprise when they find out how soon it really will be.

I can't remember specifically how long they took but they didn't take too long.

X and G's mom
10-01-2008, 01:06 PM
We are also surprising the kids. They know they are getting 1 gift from me for Christmas, they just don't know what yet. I too am thinking of telling them soon so they can help in the planning, since they are 10 and 11. I already know how I am going to do it:
I am wrapping up a pair of shoes for each of them. In the bottom of the shoebox is a note saying we are going to Disneyworld in big letters. All the details at the bottom of the note. At first they will be thinking, what a rip, 1 present and it's shoes........then I will ask them if that's all that's in the box..... well, I will for sure be video taping this gift opening :)

Juls
10-01-2008, 01:09 PM
Ohhh surprises are so much fun!
For mom & dad knowing how excited the kids will be and for the kids getting a dream come true :)

We surprised DD several years ago. We had a trip planned with my parents who live in PA and we in NC. My DD had noooo idea what was going on, I just took her to lunch the day before we were leaving for WDW, and "accidentally" ran into my parents at the restaurant. Oh my gosh her face and reaction were priceless!
She was floored that grandma and grandpa were here and nobody told her, that was exciting enough. Then when she asked them what they were doing here, they said "we're going to WDW tomorrow... Want to go?"

She started screaming and jumping up and down and the whole restaurant clapped and cheered!!!
I'd like to surprise her again, it would be easy to plan and get her ideas on where shed like and to do to eat since we talk about wdw almost daily, lol
But shes older now so I'd like to surprise her w bringing a friend she didnt know about.

Good luck on whatever you decide, you have lots of fun ideas to choose from :)

sherreis
10-01-2008, 01:45 PM
Ohhh surprises are so much fun!
For mom & dad knowing how excited the kids will be and for the kids getting a dream come true :)

We surprised DD several years ago. We had a trip planned with my parents who live in PA and we in NC. My DD had noooo idea what was going on, I just took her to lunch the day before we were leaving for WDW, and "accidentally" ran into my parents at the restaurant. Oh my gosh her face and reaction were priceless!
She was floored that grandma and grandpa were here and nobody told her, that was exciting enough. Then when she asked them what they were doing here, they said "we're going to WDW tomorrow... Want to go?"

She started screaming and jumping up and down and the whole restaurant clapped and cheered!!!
I'd like to surprise her again, it would be easy to plan and get her ideas on where shed like and to do to eat since we talk about wdw almost daily, lol
But shes older now so I'd like to surprise her w bringing a friend she didnt know about.

Good luck on whatever you decide, you have lots of fun ideas to choose from :)

What a wonderful way to do the surprise.

joyfulscrapper
10-15-2008, 08:20 AM
Well, I couldn't keep it in any longer and we decided to surprise the kids yesterday with the news. I just wanted to fill you all in on what I did and how it went since you were so helpful with so many great ideas...

I got a washing machine box from a local appliance repair store. In the bottom I placed 3 wrapped boxes containing a few Disney related things I'd collected for the trip for each kid- Mickey tees, canteens (found these great drink holders at ShopRite with various Dis characters - princesses, Cars, HSM), autograph books, and the journals you can print at mousesavers.com. On top of the wrapped boxes, I placed the Disney maps they make personalized for your family and the Birnbaum's for Kids guide to Disney so they'd see them first. Also inside the box, I place several helium balloons, one giant Mickey head (for DS), 2 princess ones (for DDs), and 3 latex ones. I didn't even bother wrapping the giant box. When they came home from school they saw the box sitting in the living room. I didn't want them to open it until DH got home (which usually is quite soon after the kids do...) so I told them it was something I ordered, but wanted to return, so don't touch it. A few minutes later DH got home and I told him in front of the kids that I wanted him to see the "item I had ordered" in case he didn't want me to return it. I then asked the kids to open it for him so he could see it. It was very hard to be discreet with the camera, though, since they didn't know it was for them!

Anyway, they opened the box and the balloons came out everywhere as planned. DS (9) picked up the maps and guide, completing not noticing what they were, and put them down. He went right for the wrapped box with his name on it. DDs (6 & 4) followed suit. They opened their boxes and just weren't "getting it". I asked DD (6) to read to me what the journal said. She read the title, got sad looking, and said, "Does that mean I can only use this at Disney World?" Meaning, since we're not going, it's of no use to me! Then DH chimed in, "Why do think Mommy would get you all this stuff that can only be used in Disney World?" Finally DS started to figure it out and said, "Because we're going there?!" We said yes, then DD (6) said, "Today?!" When we said it wouldn't be for 3 more weeks, she was devastated. Then DS asked if we were flying (they never have, but DD (6) has been wanting to for some time) and I told them we were driving. Then DD (6) started to cry! :sad1: She also said she was crying because I lied to her and told her the box was something I was sending back instead of for them. I thought I was going to cry! I had to explain that I was just trying to surprise them, but felt guilty that she considered it lying. :guilty: DD (4) and DS were quite excited once it finally sunk in, but DD (6) kept crying and complaining about everything. It just didn't go the way I had hoped. Apparently, DD was just very tired from the long weekend and the first day back at school and hasn't been feeling too well, so it just didn't make her happy at the time.

Of course, a few hours later, after looking through the guide book (she even cried about not wanting to go on a ride that sounded scary to her - Jungle cruise - because of the fake croc and the fact that it was a boat ride, but I assured her she didn't have to go on any ride that scared her...) and at the maps, they were fully energized and dancing around with the balloons, even DD that had been crying. :dance3: So now I brace myself for hearing from DD (4) everyday until then, "Is it this day we go to Disanee Wirld?" DD (6) seems much happier today and is already counting down mentally knowing it is one less day we have to wait.

So, even though, they didn't figure it out like I had expected, and DD was crying on and off, I'm so happy it's not a secret anymore. I can talk with them about it and we'll be pouring over the guide and planning for their favorites. I'm making a countdown calendar too, and hope to finish that in a day or so and it will have Disney activities to do each day until then. I'll try to post some pics of it if I can figure it out, and some of them opening the box. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE GREAT IDEAS!!! I incorporated many of them and wish I could've used even more.:flower3:

joyfulscrapper
10-23-2008, 10:31 AM
Ok, I finally know how to post pics on my posts, so here are some pics of the surprise, including my dejected DD (6). I will be able to look back and laugh at how this didn't go the way I had hoped some day, maybe soon!

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mytwinklestar
10-23-2008, 10:48 AM
Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your joy. :hug: When you guys first arrive at the gates... that is when your heart will smile... don't you worry. :yay: I am happy for you! I get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about when your family arrives... there won't be any sad tears... though you might cry tears of joy! :lovestruc Have a magnificent vacation! :banana:

JoJo's Mom
10-23-2008, 03:41 PM
All these stories and ideas are great!

I have never done it myself, but I know of two (not quite as fun as the ones already posted).

A friend of mine and her husband bought t-shirts and put them in bags. When the kids woke in the morning they gave them each a bag and told them they had to wear what was in them that day. (she had already packed suitcases the night before while the kids were asleep) Of course, when the 3 kids opened the bags they were so excited.

My brother and SIL woke their 2 girls up early in the morning (ages 3 & 6) and asked them if they wanted to to WDW that day! Being that young, they did't want to tell them any earlier because they were afraid the girls would get too excited and wouldn't sleep, etc. What a way to wake up. "Do you want to go to WDW today? Ok, let's go!"

shelby101301
10-23-2008, 06:49 PM
Thanks for sharing all these great stories! Some actually made me cry, they were so sweet!

sherreis
10-23-2008, 08:51 PM
Ok, I finally know how to post pics on my posts, so here are some pics of the surprise, including my dejected DD (6). I will be able to look back and laugh at how this didn't go the way I had hoped some day, maybe soon!



Sorry to hear it didn't go completely the way you planned but it will all be worth it when you go there. Thanks for posting the pics.

drinkme
10-24-2008, 03:00 PM
Awwww...too bad it didn't go better with your 6 year old.

I have a trip planned in 15 days. I haven't told my younger children yet (8 & 9). I plan on leaving a list of chores for the kids to do while I'm a work. I'll do this on the day before we leave. When I get home from work that night, I'll tell the kids since they did such a great job on their chores (and they usually do, so let's hope they continue...lol) that their reward is a trip to WDW.

I'm trying to get as much packed as possible right now, but it's hard to hide everything because my kids are older. I've got their backpacks for the plane packed and hidden. We have to pack the night before because the plane leaves early the next morning.

I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

Ravenphile
10-24-2008, 06:00 PM
Whatever you do, don't tell them beforehand that you are going to Dick's House. Disney is a big let down after that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MIBxhh_R_w

drinkme
10-25-2008, 08:08 AM
Whatever you do, don't tell them beforehand that you are going to Dick's House. Disney is a big let down after that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MIBxhh_R_w

LOL! That is so funny! Dick's house must be one heck of a place!!!

joyfulscrapper
10-26-2008, 07:49 PM
Ok, now I don't feel so bad that my surprise didn't go so well! That was pretty much how my daughter reacted, even though she's been asking to go to Disney for years! That is too funny, I guess I can laugh at my surprise fiasco now too!:rotfl:

angelegod
10-27-2008, 11:38 PM
When I was in highschool my mom told me she was taking me shoping in orlando and we ended up pulling onto disney property and she prested me with a AP for christmas and we went to the parks I well never forget it

idrivealumina
03-30-2009, 09:54 PM
Great post! We are trying to come up with a way to tell our kids they are going to WDW with my folks. I think we want to have some clues to find some 'Survivor-like' puzzle pieces and have them put that together to find out they are going to WDW. We would like to involve some treasure chest with some of the custom maps from the Disney web site.

angelat
03-31-2009, 12:36 PM
If you really want them to help planning how about "fudging" the dates a little? Tell them you are planning a trip for next summer vacation, and let them help pick out the things they want to do, and then "surprise" them with the trip in November? You said you were going to visit someone, get in the car and go there and while you are there "surprise" them by just driving on to WDW! The llok on there faces when the go under the WDW sign would be priceless!

I like this idea. We are doing something like this actually. We went last year in April and the kids were asking when we could go back before we left. So, we ended up deciding that we would go back in September. Lo and behold the school year will start Aug 31 for my son instead of after Labor Day, so it kind of threw a wrench in the works. But we made lemonade from lemons and are going 22-29 Aug and suprising them with the early trip at the beginning of August.

I think I'll do something like a stack of post it notes decorated and listing the days till we go, so they can tear them off each day. I'll put them on their doors the night before I want them to see them and slyly point them out in the morning. :-)

good luck to you, no matter how you do it. They'll be so excited I'm sure!