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magchavez
10-19-2010, 03:27 PM
We have a cruise booked for March 2011 on the Disney Dream but haven't told the kids (9 and 7) yet. We're thinking of surprising them for Christmas. Any suggestions on how to tell them? I've thought of getting a DCL ornament and wrapping it up. Anyone have any more creative ideas?

wilma-bride
10-19-2010, 03:46 PM
We had told our kids we were going to the beach for a couple of days during our WDW trip in October 2009. On Boxing Day, when our two families were together, we did a scavenger hunt which ended with them finding a DVD I'd made - I have it in my Photobucket account I think, if you'd like to have a look.

budbeerlady
10-19-2010, 03:53 PM
I am putting Disney cruise stuff into a HUGE box that Santa is leaving our family. (Santa leaves the good stuff at our house that Dh doesnt even know about, like the new tv or the Wii.) I have the DVD, the AAA Disney cruise book, I am looking at Ebay for some pins and lanyards. I have some mickey balloons I am going to blow up and stuff the box with.

ZellyB
10-19-2010, 03:55 PM
We are surprising ours with a spring break trip. We are driving (a LONG drive), so we are just going to load them in the car and not tell them where we are going. I made a crossword puzzle where the clues and answers all relate to either Disney World or Harry Potter (going to US/IoA as well). If they work through that without figuring it out then I have a letter decoder and word scramble that will spell it out for them.

jetskigrl
10-19-2010, 04:03 PM
We are cruising on the Wonder in Jan and then the Dream in April. We are also surprising the kids at Christmas. I asked one of the people on the designer board to make me two graphics that describes the trips we are taking. I will frame them and wrap one for each kid. Then we will save them for the last present and have them open them at the same time. This also works as a keepsake that they can hang in their rooms.

My kids have been talking about a Disney Cruise for a while now. They are going on flip when they find out about this.

pbwhite
10-19-2010, 04:11 PM
While I love the idea, I'm not in the 'don't tell 'em 'til we leave' camp, as I like to keep the excitement going for a long time, with viewing the DCL DVD, grabbing some Disney pins on Ebay, to talking about what we'll be doing on the cruise, for port excursions, eating for dinner, shows, etc.

If you're planning to give the cruise as a Christmas gift, you could make an advent calendar type of clue hunt (one clue for each day in December leading up to Christmas), ending with perhaps a replica of the Magic or Wonder (we have a small 3 or 4" one from a previous cruise), or giving them the DCL DVD on Christmas day.

One year we took the kids to a local indoor water park for Christmas day/night, and I printed up a page showing the hotel/waterpark off, and put it in a very small present, and placed it at the top of the tree (a gift from Santa Mouse, if you're familiar with that book). I was amazed that my 4 year old spotted the present amongst all the ornaments in less than a day.

Unfortunately for him, he still had to wait until Christmas day to open it :)

txsoccermom
10-19-2010, 06:48 PM
I am putting Disney cruise stuff into a HUGE box that Santa is leaving our family. (Santa leaves the good stuff at our house that Dh doesnt even know about, like the new tv or the Wii.) I have the DVD, the AAA Disney cruise book, I am looking at Ebay for some pins and lanyards. I have some mickey balloons I am going to blow up and stuff the box with.

OMG - too funny! Santa leaves the same "good" stuff at our house too, that DH also doesn't know about :rotfl:

Have to run so kids don't see me, but will be on later to tell you how I'm surprising them (and DH)!

disneydreamin-gang
10-19-2010, 07:03 PM
We are taking our first cruise on Magic Sept 2011 and surprising the kids 15, 12 on Christmas eve with a phone call from Mickey announcing the cruise. I think I found the number on Disney's web site.

FabFivePA
10-19-2010, 07:11 PM
we're also surprising the kids at Christmas with our Jan cruise.

someone on my cruise meet thread gave me the great idea to have a custom puzzle made...
I think I am going to do that, have them open it and put it together right then.
they're going to flip! :dance3:

smacky1
10-19-2010, 07:22 PM
I am putting Disney cruise stuff into a HUGE box that Santa is leaving our family. (Santa leaves the good stuff at our house that Dh doesnt even know about, like the new tv or the Wii.) I have the DVD, the AAA Disney cruise book, I am looking at Ebay for some pins and lanyards. I have some mickey balloons I am going to blow up and stuff the box with.

I am planning on doing a similar thing with my family. We are booked for 3 day on Dream and no one knows. Ive even booked a connecting room for my parents as a gift. Everyone will find out when the open santa's gift on xmas morning. I cant wait to finally be able to talk about it!

pajl
10-19-2010, 09:21 PM
ohhh great idea!!!
Where would you get the puzzle idea done at?

Georgia3
10-19-2010, 09:30 PM
We had Milliepie create a picture of the magic that said surprise. Mickey had a scroll that said pack your bags we are heading on the Magic - with the cruise dates. We then had it made into a 100 piece puzzle. This will be the last gift they open on Christmas. We have 4 families doing this - so we were able to order the puzzle together for $8.99 for each of the puzzles - free shipping.

txsoccermom
10-19-2010, 10:18 PM
We will be leaving for our cruise 78 days after Christmas. I don't want to hear whining for 77 days about "I wish it was here...", etc, so I'm doing my best to hold out until at least mid-Jan:cool1: Also, I personally don't want them to think Santa has deep pockets b/c last year it was the Wii and then if he brought the cruise this year, who knows what they would expect next year:lmao: So, I would like to time it around a special time for them (i.e. report cards, Valentine's Day, etc) and hopefully it would be when the Travel Channel is showing a new DCL show which highlights the Dream:thumbsup2 However, that's a lot of things to fall in place at one time for my plan to run smoothly, so I'm shooting for at least 2011, between mid-Jan to Valentine's Day! Here's what I'm going to do....

I will have 3 wrapped packages for them to open - box 1, box 2, box 3 (might see if I can type up Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3...you'll understand why in a minute)!

* Box 1 = beginning of trip (Space Shuttle Toy and constellation book for the kids b/c we're spending the day before the cruise @ KSC, compliments of our lovely TX Congressman:banana:)

* Box 2 = middle of trip (cruise:dance3: Will have Disney pins, pirate stuff, sunscreen, goggles, sand shovels, some magnets I made from the DISigners on here, and a puzzle with Mickey holding a scroll infront of a Mickey boat inviting the kids and family on a 4 nt Dream cruise! All of this will be inside of a treasure chest, inside the box) I will conveniently hold back certain pieces of the puzzle until they're almost done :rotfl: Oh, on top of the treasure chest, will be a note on pirate paper, saying something like:
Cost of all the ice cream bars you can eat in 4 days........$0
Cost of passports......................................... .............$400
Your DREAMs coming true...........................................$TO NS
The looks on your faces when you discover your treasure......priceless

* Box 3 = end of trip (Universal Studios....this one's for DH! Will have the brochures in there and some small trinket, maybe a tshirt).

Will have the boxes opened in the order of 1, 3, and then 2:cheer2: I am going to try and post the videotape b/c there will be squeals of joy, prob tears, etc.

I can't wait! And then after the big reveal, we'll watch the DVD and hopefully travel channel show of the Dream :banana: Then the kids and I will have enough time to do a countdown chain, work on FE gifts, etc.

Have fun with whatever you decide to do - the kids will love it no matter what!

budbeerlady
10-20-2010, 10:11 AM
We will be leaving for our cruise 78 days after Christmas. I don't want to hear whining for 77 days about "I wish it was here...", etc, so I'm doing my best to hold out until at least mid-Jan:cool1: Also, I personally don't want them to think Santa has deep pockets b/c last year it was the Wii and then if he brought the cruise this year, who knows what they would expect next year:lmao: So, I would like to time it around a special time for them (i.e. report cards, Valentine's Day, etc) and hopefully it would be when the Travel Channel is showing a new DCL show which highlights the Dream:thumbsup2 However, that's a lot of things to fall in place at one time for my plan to run smoothly, so I'm shooting for at least 2011, between mid-Jan to Valentine's Day! Here's what I'm going to do....

I will have 3 wrapped packages for them to open - box 1, box 2, box 3 (might see if I can type up Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3...you'll understand why in a minute)!

* Box 1 = beginning of trip (Space Shuttle Toy and constellation book for the kids b/c we're spending the day before the cruise @ KSC, compliments of our lovely TX Congressman:banana:)

* Box 2 = middle of trip (cruise:dance3: Will have Disney pins, pirate stuff, sunscreen, goggles, sand shovels, some magnets I made from the DISigners on here, and a puzzle with Mickey holding a scroll infront of a Mickey boat inviting the kids and family on a 4 nt Dream cruise! All of this will be inside of a treasure chest, inside the box) I will conveniently hold back certain pieces of the puzzle until they're almost done :rotfl: Oh, on top of the treasure chest, will be a note on pirate paper, saying something like:
Cost of all the ice cream bars you can eat in 4 days........$0
Cost of passports......................................... .............$400
Your DREAMs coming true...........................................$TO NS
The looks on your faces when you discover your treasure......priceless

* Box 3 = end of trip (Universal Studios....this one's for DH! Will have the brochures in there and some small trinket, maybe a tshirt).

Will have the boxes opened in the order of 1, 3, and then 2:cheer2: I am going to try and post the videotape b/c there will be squeals of joy, prob tears, etc.

I can't wait! And then after the big reveal, we'll watch the DVD and hopefully travel channel show of the Dream :banana: Then the kids and I will have enough time to do a countdown chain, work on FE gifts, etc.

Have fun with whatever you decide to do - the kids will love it no matter what!


I love this idea!!!!! Good luck! I am keeping tight lips about our Disney trip in December and its SO HARD!!!!!! But otherwise I will have to hear "how many days???" for the next 50+ days.

cathyalby
10-20-2010, 10:39 AM
We, too, are suprising our kids for our first Disney Cruise (and first cruise altogether). We're going Labor Day Weekend 2011 on the Dream. We talk often about taking a cruise but that we'd have to win the lottery in order to do so. We do get to go to the parks, though. My brother is also surprising his children. They live in Michigan while we live in Florida Panhandle. The plan thus far, is to tell them we're going to Key West for the weekend (we've talked about doing, that, too), and let them know that there is a surprise that awaits them. We're going to plan to go to Cape Canaveral on the way to Key West and check out Kennedy Space Station, and surprise! It's Uncle Aaron and your cousins meeting us! They will think that is the surprise, and since we're in Port Canaveral, let's go check out the cruise ships and take the free shuttle over. Prior to that, Dad and Uncle Aaron will have taken all of our luggage and begun checking in. We'll then get a picture at the terminal. As everyone likes to do, they'll want to see what the picture looks like, and instead of a picture on the camera, there will be a message that says we're going on the Disney Dream. This is still so far away that it could change by then, but this is what we're thinking so far. Can't wait!

natt
10-20-2010, 11:58 AM
Our first DCL cruise was a 3 day Wonder many years back and it was President's Weekend. The cruiseline was still new enough that at Christmas, I made a box filled with envelopes to open... "mark the calendar".. "stay ontop of your schoolwork".. "Pack your bags"... "Turn on the vcr"....
... (the Disney info vhs)..
I had it set to the part where the ship comes sailing across the screen and the voice says "Just add Magic"...

Funny thing is, my 10y/o at the time got it... the 5y/o was confused... but I was the one standing there with tears in my eyes!!:rotfl:
hey, it's a 'Mom' thing!

cbryteach
10-20-2010, 01:27 PM
Last Christmas we had a letter from Mickey and Minnie telling the girls 2/6 at the time) that they would be going on the cruise. Our cruise is the week before Christmas and we put in there that it would be after Halloween when the oldest was in 1st grade. That gave them some sort of time line to follow. It has been a lot of fun talking and planning for this trip. We often go to the the Disney site and look at the pictures. The littlest one (now 3) loves to look at Captain Hook, even though he scares her a little. She loves to look at pictures of the big boat we are going on. It has been a lot of fun, but them having a reference point of Halloween and 1st grade has helped.

AverysMommy
10-20-2010, 01:31 PM
We are only taking 2 of our 3 kids - our 18 year old has to stay home due to being in Grade 12.....she is getting a trip as a grad gift in June.

So we dont want to tell the 11 and 8 year old in advance as thats not fair to the older one who will have to listen to them going on and on about it.

So we are literally telling them the day we leave.

They are going to go to school like normal. We will then pack and finalize details in quiet. We will then go to their classrooms just before lunch (teachers already know) and say "sorry for interrupting the class Mr Smith but I need to speak to Spencer. Spencer what are you doing here? Harry and Ron have ben calling and want you to hurry up." he will look at my with a dumb look on his face. so I will then say "Harry and Ron are expecting you at Universal tomorrow, we have to get going". He will then scream as he realizes he is heading to Universal. then we will say "Well I hope you dont keep Mickey and Minnie waiting too as they are expecting you on the ship on Saturday morning" He will then scream again. and we will head to the airport!

LMFAO

txsoccermom
10-20-2010, 03:21 PM
These are all so great! Keep the stories/plans coming - love to hear them :banana:

ladyhawk14624
10-20-2010, 03:40 PM
We surprised our kids years ago with a trip to WDW as a Christmas present. I made up a puzzle which said "Hi Ho, Hi Ho it's off to DisneyWorld we go". I cut it up and wrapped it up in a box. When they opened it we told them that they had to put the puzzle together. They did and then they looked at us like we were goofy. C'mon, a puzzle for a shared gift?. They had to read it about 3 times before they started screaming.

mamapenguin
10-20-2010, 03:49 PM
These are really great ideas. I have trouble keep secrets, so my kids new from the moment it was booked. My teenager chose the dates, so it would have the least amount of impact on cheer. I do hear, "How many more days?" almost every day.

You all will have some very happy kiddos when the find out:goodvibes

cpdrn7
10-20-2010, 03:50 PM
So any ideas of how to surprise older teens? We have a male 16 and a first year college girl.....

nettii
10-20-2010, 07:03 PM
I was going to surprise the kids but DS got the mail!:eek:saw the envelope:eek:opened it and screemed were going on a cruise:eek: But.................I was going to have Christmas and then in the basment have Disney stockings hanging with cruise stuff in them. Sunglasses sun screen new snorkel etc etc and some thing stating our up coming cruise. Good luck! And have fun!

txsoccermom
10-20-2010, 09:35 PM
Folks -

Take heed of what Netti has said! That was posted in another thread I had about "anyone surprising the kids". I saw that and immediately contacted my TA and asked her if another address could be used to mail things to, so I wouldn't spoil the surprise for the kids. She said no problem, and I had the address changed in the system to my friend's in the neighborhood :thumbsup2 Good thing I did, b/c 2 pieces of major DCL info (DVD and the "Welcome aboard pack) have arrived.

Man, with all this chatter and excitement about surprising the kids, I feel like just blurting it out :scared1: Luckily my DS didn't read my post here as I am typing - he just walked in and wanted to see the smilies. Better go :banana:

mommy_grrl
10-21-2010, 06:57 PM
we're taking the kids on a Med cruise in July....we're just telling them that we are going to Barcelona for a few days holiday....

My DS loves trains/planes/boats, so we're going to take a ride past the port to "see the boats", and ask if they want to wander around since we have time before our flight....and then go on board to "take a look".

My husband wanted to stay at a Disney-approved hotel just so they could transfer luggage, but the rates are just too high, so we'll have to wing the luggage bit.

Toughest part will be hiding DD's princess dresses (and not letting anything slip!) Thankfully, they're in school until the day before we leave, so no chance of them seeing any Disney mail.

We won't get a minutes rest in Barcelona if they know.

mic.keyfan
10-21-2010, 09:24 PM
I really wanted to keep our Spring Break cruise in March a surprise for our kiddos, but I honestly didn't think I could keep it going that long, especially having to go get passports and the like....At any rate, we are cruising close enough to our 9yr old DS's birthday, that we are surprising him with celebrating his birthday onboard during the trip:bday:! I am pre-purchasing the birthday package that they set up in your cabin as you board. He'll even get a cake:thumbsup2 one of the nights! This was all his big brothers idea!!:love: