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GatorMomInNC
10-21-2012, 11:57 AM
I'm interested in hearing from people who surprised their kids with a DCL cruise. I've seen posts where people talk about doing this, but I'm curious how it turned out. I have just booked a week on the Fantasy in December for myself, my mom, and my 2 boys. My current plan is to just tell them we are going to drive by the Fantasy and then surprise them by going on board. But I have a couple concerns, including that my 2 boys (ages 5 and 8) have always enjoyed the build up to a cruise, and I wonder if I am going to regret the chance to do all the planning and discussion of the cruise with them. So if you surprised your kids, let me know if you regret it or if it turned out well, and what if anything you would different. Thanks!

asemaria
10-21-2012, 12:06 PM
I really want to know as well. When we were on the Fantasy I heard someone that had surprised their kids and I told my DSs. My DS 11 really liked that and asked me why they never got a surprise like that. We are going on the Magic in the Med in June and we are just going to tell the boys that we are doing a holiday in Barcelona.

Kimmiebr80
10-21-2012, 12:40 PM
I'll try to come back and remember to tell you. We're surprising my girls (both 6) next Saturday! They think we're going in January (after Christmas) but we wound up getting transferred, so we moved the date up to Halloween week! They have no idea! We're a 6 hour drive away from Galveston, so we're going to tell them that Daddy has to go to work in Houston for a weekend, and we're going to tag along and stay in a hotel (they love hotels!). Then when we wake up, after breakfast just go and drive on over to the port. I assume that once we see the ship, they'll start asking if that's what we'll go on in January- and that's when we'll drop the bomb that we're going on it right now!

I'm so incredibly excited about doing this and I hope that I don't have it all hyped up in my head and it turn out horribly :(

KaryCam
10-21-2012, 12:49 PM
I surprised my DS 12 for our Christmas 2011 cruise.
I waited to tell him for a couple of reasons, first because we booked it so far in advance that it was difficult even for me to wait the whole year and have the days drift slowly by, plus, I wanted to tell him in a special way.
Our cruise left on Dec. 24 so we told him 30 days before on Thanksgiving Day 2011. To prepare for the "telling" I made a count down sheet from 30 to 1, I made family t-shirts, personalized water bottle, and other little things. These I put in a box. I then made a scavenger hunt that took him around the house, to the neighbor's, a phone call to the grandparent's, each spot had a clue plus the next location. The clues had something to do about the cruise.
Once he had all the clues he tried to figure it out. I then handed him the last clue and he found the box. On the top of the box was a card I made explaining where he was going to spend his Christmas this year. He then open the box.
The surprise went over perfectly. He was so excited.
I asked him later if he would have preferred we told him all along and he said no because it would have been too long to wait.

For our next cruise, Mar 9, 2013, we will tell him at Christmas, a little over two months before.

2CME911
10-21-2012, 01:23 PM
Great thread and great question! My wife and I decided to surprise our kids (8,10) last April and it was a DISASTER!!! Well at first anyway. We got to the airport for our flight down to Orlando, or course the kids are thinking (and yes, we told them) we're going to Florida for vacation. So we're waiting in the TSA line when one of the TSA agents picks us out of the crowd and starts asking questions...where are you going, what's the purpose of your trip, that sort of thing. We start out being kind of vague, so of course he wants to inspect our boarding passes, ID, etc more carefully...Oh, he says, you're going on a Disney cruise! That's awesome, we did that last year and had a great time! Well the kids are mortified, no Florida?! Disney cruise, what's that? A boat? Won't it be scary, what if the boat sinks? We were both speechless. Somehow got them on the plane, and once they saw the Magic, everything was good. We had the most awesome time and now they can't wait to go back! I guess it never occurred to us that they might not like the idea at first. First time cruisers beware.

DisneyCrazMom
10-21-2012, 01:28 PM
We surprised our children (3 & 5)twice in one year. The first was our cruise in May 2011, which was horribly hard for me because I was making door ears and preparing FE gifts, putting things in a tub and buying summer clothes since my children are young each season brings new clothes. Then came the packing late at night just hoping they won't figure out we were going somewhere. FINALLY, we have a three hour drive to the airport and once we arrived at the airport parking we couldn't hide it any longer. On the way to the airport we told our children we were going on a Disney Cruise...they were in shock, I am not sure they believed us. It was great and they were so excited for EVERYTHING that followed. Plus I didn't have to answer questions about when we were going for 6 months bc I was so excited my self not sure I could have handled the excitement of the two kids also.

We also surprised them with a WDW trip later in 2011, that one was great bc we had them so fooled. We were driving (22 hours) to get there and we kept printing and mapping out different ways to get there. My daughter found one of the maps and was playing around, I was thinking we are BUSTED, but instead she kept telling me we were going for a drive and this was the map. We just made a game out of it. So at 10 PM told the kids we had to go get gas and it couldn't wait. Mommy didn't want to go by herself :laughing: so Daddy had to come meaning you two in your pjs (sleepheads) had to be put in the car. I drove all night and they slept, not realizing we were driving through 4 states! When they finally woke up we told our daughter that we "were just following her map" she wanted us to follow it after all. :cool1: As we got closer we started asking her where she was sending us and she probably should have figured that out first before just giving us a map. The finally started seeing signs and my daughter was so proud of herself for giving us a map to Mickey. She still talks about it and tells everyone it was her map that got us there. VERY CUTE.

I wouldn't change either time, I honestly am wishing we would have planned the next cruise this May as a surprise but we didn't and the kids know this time around.

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CamColt
10-21-2012, 01:56 PM
My DSs were 6 and 9 when we booked a last minute cruise, 1 week in advance. My oldest is a big planner and always likes being involved in the plans, but I thought this would be fun to wake up in the morning and tell them we were going to Florida to go on a cruise. Nope! He said he wasn't going. He had soccer camp that day and had to go because his group was playing his friends group that day. We drove (24 hours) and he wasn't right for the drive down or the beginning of the cruise. While its a funny story now, this really threw him for a loop....and I learned never to surprise him again. :goodvibes

ForTheLoveOfDCL
10-21-2012, 02:11 PM
Well I love surprising them. We have done it twice and doing it again this year.
First in 2011 we surprised them with WDW. We along with 2 of our friends families told our kids we were going to Daytona. Not sure why they believed that since Mommy never goes to FL without WDW... So when we got to baggage claim, I handed them each a poem that told them we were getting on the Magical Express instead. They were so excited!!

Then Xmas 2011 , Had Milliepie make me a graphic, of which I cut into puzzle pieces. I put an envelope with a piece in each gift. After unwrapping them all they put it together and it said your going to LA and on a Disney cruise!! They were so excited. I would love to just fly to FL to visit "Aunt Bev" and then just pull up to port. It is hard not telling them ahead of time since DD 12 is in 7th grade so she has to get homework ahead of time and she likes getting it done before going.

This year our friends(DD's BFF's) and us are gonna have card night Dec 22nd and then make them do a scavenger hunt for their desert...LOL we do goofy stuff like that. But it will be a big box at the end with shirts in it that says (on the front)"All I want for Christmas is" (on the back) "a Disney cruise" with a graphic of the Magic. They will flip out!!!!! Feb can't come soon enough. I don't care how many we have done, each cruise is sooooooo exciting for them and us!

neg58
10-21-2012, 02:16 PM
I had to ask my daughter if she could go on the cruise before I booked it because it involves her missing school for 2 days (she's in high school) but I'm keeping some of the things we are doing as surprises. She doesn't know about the dolphin swim, or the pillow cases I had embroidered with our names and the dates of the cruise, but she'll absolutely love them.

I do think much of the fun is the anticipation, and it is a surprise if they find out on the way to the cruise or months before.

Nancy

1KKH
10-21-2012, 03:10 PM
Here's another surprise-that- didn't -go -so -well scenario. Kids were 6 and 9. Pick them up from school. Both grandmas are in the backseat of the minivan- and the kids thought that was fun/funny. Then I have these cards that I flip through as my husband is driving out of the school the say WE ...ARE...GOING...ON A DISNEY CRUISE! and the grandmothers throw Mickey confetti all over the car. And the oldest says WHEN? and I say -NOW. And she bursts into tears which then causes the younger one to cry too. The grandmothers are looking horrified- and my husband just keeps on driving. It was awful- funny now- but I then spent 45 minutes to the airport- making this amazing thing amazing. And- my kids truly aren't spoiled awful kids- the older one just very much likes to "know the plan" in all aspects of her life- and in my excitement about doing this great surprise- I forgot that. Now- it's sort of a running joke- whenever they don't exactly know where we are going to say- Are we going on a Disney Cruise?

vleeth
10-21-2012, 04:37 PM
We are going the week after Thanksgiving for our first Disney cruise. We will tell our dd7 2 weeks before we go. We will do a scavenger hunt. This way she will have some time to plan and talk about it, but not months to drive me crazy.

melaniejh1016
10-21-2012, 05:48 PM
My husband wanted to surprise our daughter who is 4 1/2 but she is a cautious child and likes to know what situations she will be getting herself info. So I decided to tell. We had the mickey phone call tell her and then we explained and we showed her YouTube videos of the ship and now she's super psyched for it!!! I'm glad we told her she's telling everyone how much she can't wait to go on the Disney cruise in December!

hkriw
10-21-2012, 05:58 PM
we surprised them about two weeks prior- we had planned to wait till the day prior- mainly out of anticipation- they are DD7 and DS3 (days from being 4 at the time) We broke because I got caught in so many lies- so we told them.

My plan had been for Mickey to call, watch the planning video then head up to pack and leave the next AM... we did the same- just a 2 week time period between telling and leaving.

susiee
10-21-2012, 06:57 PM
We are waiting to tell our DDs. My DH felt strongly to tell them in advance so they'd have the fun of anticipating the cruise. We have compromised at telling them a week ahead. I am going to do the phone call and have their new disney tees somewhere and have them find them. We already know what we are planning for the port adventures, so they can't help with that, but they can learn about the onboard stuff and where we are going.

We are traveling with good friends that live several states away and whom we see once a year. We are not going to tell our girls that they are going with us - we will let them be surprised in Orlando airport! Now that will be fun!! 5 weeks to go!!

Good luck with your surprise! Hope it goes well!!

casinochic
10-21-2012, 07:07 PM
Our kids (5 & 7) were helping us play the online Disney Cruise Adventure game, and we all thought it would be great to go on a Disney Cruise sometime. They were all hyped up to win (which of course we didn't), which led my husband an I to research to cruises a little further. After that, the kids helped me make a paper mache model of a Disney cruise ship with a hole at the top (this turned out great by the way). This is now our Disney Cruise savings. We told the kids as soon as we can save enough money, we'll be able to take the cruise. Little do they know we already booked one for their April school vacation. We will be prepacked and pick them up early from school on the day we leave. Not sure how the rest will go yet, but I can't wait! :yay:

mstee777
10-21-2012, 07:32 PM
I surprised my daughter when we went two years ago. She was 4 and I knew that if I told her ahead of time, she would be too excited to function I told her when we were about to land in Orlando and the pilot announced something about Mickey Mouse. That's when I told her we were headed to disney world. But that instead of seeing Mickey at the magic kingdom, he had invited us to take a ride on his boat. She loved every minute of our surprise mother daughter vacation.

After the trip she said she really wished the whole family had gone. So we are going back in December and this time the hubby and son can join us.

klepton
10-21-2012, 07:39 PM
I had the same concern about the anticipation being half the fun. We booked on the Magic for January 4th, and we discussed just driving down there saying we were going to visit "Texas", and then surprising DD with the cruise. But I really wanted her to have the anticipation, and build up. So we settled on it being a christmas present, then she'll get 10 days of anticipation.

It's a present for DS too (well, actually it's a present for all of us) but he'll only be 4 months then and will have no clue what's going on.

skypixy
10-21-2012, 07:49 PM
We suprised our boys (12 & 8) with the 11 night Christmas Cruise in 2010.
We booked in Oct, so not alot of time to plan/book/pack. Well, they never caught on even with the large suitcases in our room.
I had to take them out of school an hour early the last day of school before break & told them we had dentist appointments. My parents were at our house to say goodbye & drive us to the airport. I said "Why are gramma & grampa here?" The kids came in the house, we sat them down & said "We are going on a Disney Cruise for Christmas & leaving NOW!"
They loved it! At the airport my 8 year old turned to me & said "Thanks for taking us on vacation, Mom!"
However, now anytime we have a dentist/doctor appointment they are suspicious! This year we are doing it AGAIN~hope it works!:santa:

Princess_Kayla
10-21-2012, 09:04 PM
My mom dad and I are going on a cruise in 2014 and we're not telling my 3 little brothers (7, 6 & 4) We went on one in June this year and they had a blast but we told them that we were going. This time we aren't going to even mention the cruise to them (planning may be a bit hard lol) :rotfl: When we (probably) drive down to Florida we're going to tell them we're going to the beach. Then say 'you want to go see if the Mickey boat is at the port?' (Mickey Boat is what they call the cruise ship) and then when we get there say 'do you guys want to look inside?' the go in the elevators or up the stairs and say 'We're going to stay on the ship!' lol:cool1:

MatthewsMommy
10-21-2012, 10:24 PM
I just love this thread! We haven't surprised DS yet but are planning to for our first Disney Cruise in Feb. We've been on many cruises and to WDW a few times and on our last cruise earlier this year, we saw the Disney Dream in one of the ports. DS was so excited and still frequently brings up going on a Disney Cruise. At the time, even DH didn't know I had already booked the Fantasy! DS' 6th Birthday is on 2/15 and we cruise on 2/16. When I booked airfare, I convinced DH that we just had to go down a few days early so we weren't flying on DS' Birthday, so now we're surprising DS with a 3 night stay in WDW followed by the cruise.

We haven't ironed out exactly how we're going to surprise him. Our flight isn't until 3 pm so I think we'll pick him up early from school and tell him on the drive to the airport that we're going to WDW. And then when it's time to leave WDW, we'll just happen to drive by the port (I know it's not on the way, but he won't know :rotfl2:) and I'm sure he'll be asking to go on the Mickey Boat if he hasn't already. So we'll surprise him then.

This secret hasn't been easy, but he hasn't figured it out yet. DH and I are going on a cruise next month for our Anniversary and DS just found out today and he's upset that he's not going.

We did surprise him with a day at MK pre-cruise in 2011 and he was thrilled! We had a rental car and just drove over from the hotel so he didn't know until he saw the signs. I know he'll love to be surprised and that means he won't be driving me crazy every day asking when we're going!

sweetpee_1993
10-21-2012, 10:39 PM
I was hoping there'd be some teenager surprises. LOL! We're "gifting" our teen sons with a 1/18 cruise as one of their Christmas gifts. Hubby mentioned waiting until the day of the cruise to tell them but I don't think that would go over with the 16 year old so well. It is sooooo incredibly hard to keep this all a secret!!! We've never surprised them before with a trip! But how to "gift" a cruise to teenagers?! It has to be at the same time because they'll pick up on what's going on if the other is flipping out. I thought about the whole scavenger hunt thing but the hubby is right, the moment we start one of those they'll know what's up. I'm thinking what we'll do is make a message in a bottle then wrap it up in a box like a regular present. I'm not going to put it under the Christmas tree with all the other gifts, tho. Nope. I'm going to wait. I want them to have all their other gifts like other Christmases. Maybe we'll wait a little while, maybe we'll wait a few hours. I want to "discover" a missed gift sorta like Ralphie did in 'A Christmas Story'. It'll be a gift for both boys so they'll open it up and discover their final gift together. Or, I could make a cake for Christmas dessert and write it on top. LOL!

Princess_Kayla
10-21-2012, 11:13 PM
I was hoping there'd be some teenager surprises. LOL! We're "gifting" our teen sons with a 1/18 cruise as one of their Christmas gifts. Hubby mentioned waiting until the day of the cruise to tell them but I don't think that would go over with the 16 year old so well. It is sooooo incredibly hard to keep this all a secret!!! We've never surprised them before with a trip! But how to "gift" a cruise to teenagers?! It has to be at the same time because they'll pick up on what's going on if the other is flipping out. I thought about the whole scavenger hunt thing but the hubby is right, the moment we start one of those they'll know what's up. I'm thinking what we'll do is make a message in a bottle then wrap it up in a box like a regular present. I'm not going to put it under the Christmas tree with all the other gifts, tho. Nope. I'm going to wait. I want them to have all their other gifts like other Christmases. Maybe we'll wait a little while, maybe we'll wait a few hours. I want to "discover" a missed gift sorta like Ralphie did in 'A Christmas Story'. It'll be a gift for both boys so they'll open it up and discover their final gift together. Or, I could make a cake for Christmas dessert and write it on top. LOL!

Do they have a facebook?? I'd post it on facebook a few days before and see if they see it. (; or for Christmas Desert make a Mickey Cake!
I'm a teen and I'd love it if I was told 'we're taking a vacation to florida and going to the beach' then instead of going to the beach one day you go to port and surprise them then!

asemaria
10-21-2012, 11:55 PM
So nice to hear all the stories!
We were on the Fantasy in April and booked it over a year in advanced. DSs knew from day one. Well I think they liked tha planning, but it was just too long to wait.
This time we are going on the Magic in the Med and we are not telling them anything.
We are flying in to Barcelona the day before and we are going to tell them that we are having a vacation in Spain. We plan to take a cab to the port and when they see the ship - surprise!

pillow
10-22-2012, 06:59 AM
I surprised mine with a Disney World trip once. One of my kids loved the surprise but the other didn't. My daughter said that the anticipation was part of the fun (and I agree).

Jodie

FOV
10-22-2012, 07:39 AM
We surprised our kids once - and it didn't go well. My ds (5 at the time) cried because he was worried about missing a play date with his buddy Kevin. It took half the plane ride to FL before he felt happy. Now my kids always know about a vacation in advance but I may throw in a surprise on the trip.

I think telling them 2-4 weeks in advance may be a great way to go. It would give them time to adjust plans with friends, tell the coach they won't be at practice etc... and get that excited feeling of anticipation.

HFC1969
10-22-2012, 07:45 AM
Did it 3 years in a row.. at Christmas... Santa Claus is awesome to bring tickets a little early..

He even brought tickets for gma and gpa 1 year... :goodvibes

OurDogCisco
10-22-2012, 09:44 AM
We are surprising our girls ages 11 and 15 for our Disney cruise in November. Our story is that we decided to go on a cruise with Grandma and Grandma only cruises Princess. I even booked the cruise and then, I started reading the reviews and one of my friends came back from a Princess cruise and said that they were not for kids. This is one of the older ships as well. So, I convinced Grandma to go on a Disney cruise. The kids still think we are going on the Princess cruise. Our running joke it is the knitting cruise with high tea every afternoon. No offense to Princess cruise lovers out there (I researched it by looking at their Pitter Patter - daily newspaper). Really this cruise isn't very kid friendly. Anyways, the girls are also shocked that Mommy doesn't want to do anything Disney this year. We always do something Disney whether it is Disneyland, WDW or cruise. I've ordered t-shirts too. Plus, I'm making the FE gifts while they are asleep at night. Also, because I booked late we had to fly in and out of Tampa Bay Airport so, I booked a room at Vero Beach for one night to get our Disney fix. LOL... I haven't decided when to tell them. So, they know to bring their pins for trading at Vero Beach and we'll have to smuggle extras for the cruise because I'm sure they will bring a tiny bag of them. I can't wait. I'll let you know how it goes.

dato63
10-22-2012, 09:54 AM
We surprised our DDs last year for their birthday. It wasn't an DCL cruise, but still a cruise

I had told them ahead of time we were going someplace special for breakfast. We got up and drove to the airport. One DD questioned this - but my Dh told her he thought they would enjoy watching the airplanes take off and land. They said they would.

I was surprised that we got out of the car, rolling suitcases and no one asked about that until we were checking them in. At that point Madison said "hey, if we are just eating breakfast why do we have all these suitcases?" :)

Anyhow we flew to Fort Lauderdale, checked into a hotel on the beach and had dinner at Bubba Gumps, we told them we were getting a hat to take home for Christmas and were leaving the next morning. They didn't believe us, but a cruise wasn't in their thoughts either. The next morning we had a limo pick us up - and we headed out. . . .the girls were both dancing in their seats until they saw the airport, their faces fell thinking we really were flying home.

Well, we kept going - our cruise was out of Miami. They watched out the window and then got beyond excited when they saw the cruise ships. We managed to surprise them. Later when I asked them they said they loved the excitement of not knowing, etc. So I have no regrets about doing it this way. It was fun, it made a great memory - but my children love surprises.

This year for their birthday they know we are spending the night in Galveston at The Galvez and having dinner at Bubba Gumps to celebrate. What they don't know is the next morning we will be boarding the DCL Magic. :) No airport in the scenario this time around should help us pull it off again. :D

rhinodadz
10-22-2012, 10:16 AM
We surprised our girls with a call on Christmas morning from Mickey (cruise was in January) - worked wonderfully!

kindsoul73
10-22-2012, 12:20 PM
I'm surprising my kids (5 & 7) this weekend, we leave Sunday. I am not sure how I'll do it, but you bet I'll record their reaction!

realityland
10-22-2012, 12:29 PM
We are leaving on November 11th aboard the Disney Dream out of Port Canaveral. It will be a surprise for our 9 y/o.

We live on the West Coast of Florida, and one set of grandparents live just north of Port Canaveral. So he will think that we are going for a trip to Grandma and Grandpa's and won't suspect a thing b/c we will be driving the exact same route.

We'll tell him just before we get off of the exit, which will be moments before arriving. We expect him to go on complete sensory overload immediately.

FOV
10-22-2012, 12:34 PM
We are surprising our girls ages 11 and 15 for our Disney cruise in November. Our story is that we decided to go on a cruise with Grandma and Grandma only cruises Princess. I even booked the cruise and then, I started reading the reviews and one of my friends came back from a Princess cruise and said that they were not for kids. This is one of the older ships as well. So, I convinced Grandma to go on a Disney cruise. The kids still think we are going on the Princess cruise. Our running joke it is the knitting cruise with high tea every afternoon. No offense to Princess cruise lovers out there (I researched it by looking at their Pitter Patter - daily newspaper). Really this cruise isn't very kid friendly. Anyways, the girls are also shocked that Mommy doesn't want to do anything Disney this year. We always do something Disney whether it is Disneyland, WDW or cruise. I've ordered t-shirts too. Plus, I'm making the FE gifts while they are asleep at night. Also, because I booked late we had to fly in and out of Tampa Bay Airport so, I booked a room at Vero Beach for one night to get our Disney fix. LOL... I haven't decided when to tell them. So, they know to bring their pins for trading at Vero Beach and we'll have to smuggle extras for the cruise because I'm sure they will bring a tiny bag of them. I can't wait. I'll let you know how it goes.

Love this!!!

TempusFugit
10-22-2012, 01:05 PM
Having surprise my kids before with they cations, I don't think I would do it again. At least not the type for you surprise them and leave that day or the day after. It's wonderful to see the surprise interface but usually only after they wake up. The problem comes with preparation. All packing and organizing has to be done when they're not around. This usually happens after they're in bed. So, for at least a week or 2 before, DW and I are short on sleep. It's just not worth it to be exhausted the first couple of days of the trip. We are surprising are boys with a trip to WDW. Will probably tell them at Christmas the trip won't happen for sometime in the future. Your mileage may vary but that's what works for us

NMDisneyMom
10-22-2012, 02:04 PM
I’ve surprised my DD twice. First time was a trip to DL for Halloween. My BFF and I told our girls we were going “shopping” for the weekend when we met up at the airport. Little did they know, the shopping was at Disneyland for 4 days.

The second time was for a Disney cruise. Same BFF and her girls were along, but her girls thought they were visiting family and my DD thought we were going to Baha Mas (we had a 5 day on the Dream to the Bahamas, and being from New Mexico I figured I could get away with a different pronunciation). Well, we all met up at the airport, and my BFF and I played it off like it was a coincidence we were all on the same plane (especially since my DD thought we were driving!). Get to Florida, and by golly, we all got into the same rental car to Cape Canaveral. We still hadn’t told them where we were going and I figured my DD would know was soon as we pulled into the hotel as we had stayed there the year before on our first cruise. Nope, secret still intact. Fast forward to the next morning and breakfast. BFF and I thought we would just continue waiting and tell them when we pulled up to the ship. Not happening. Our very nice waitress at breakfast, let the secret slip by saying “Have a nice cruise.” She knew immediately by the looks on my face and BFF’s face that we hadn’t told the girls, and felt horrible. Secret out, and we had three very excited little girls. It was hard to keep, but the looks on those three faces were priceless. I just wish we could have had the camera out to capture them. Maybe next time. Especially since my surprising my DD with a week at Disneyland for New Year’s this year. What a Christmas present.

socababy
10-22-2012, 02:23 PM
I have surprised my kids with 2 cruises. The first one didn't quite have the reaction I was looking for but I wouldn't change it. I am hoping to book a New Year's cruise in 2014. We will probably fly out Christmas night and I plan on surprising them xmas morning.

Here are the trip reports that talk about how I surprised them.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2910883&highlight=easter

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2841825&highlight=thanksgiving

gstroop28
10-22-2012, 02:43 PM
I was hoping there'd be some teenager surprises. LOL! We're "gifting" our teen sons with a 1/18 cruise as one of their Christmas gifts. Hubby mentioned waiting until the day of the cruise to tell them but I don't think that would go over with the 16 year old so well. It is sooooo incredibly hard to keep this all a secret!!! We've never surprised them before with a trip! But how to "gift" a cruise to teenagers?! It has to be at the same time because they'll pick up on what's going on if the other is flipping out. I thought about the whole scavenger hunt thing but the hubby is right, the moment we start one of those they'll know what's up. I'm thinking what we'll do is make a message in a bottle then wrap it up in a box like a regular present. I'm not going to put it under the Christmas tree with all the other gifts, tho. Nope. I'm going to wait. I want them to have all their other gifts like other Christmases. Maybe we'll wait a little while, maybe we'll wait a few hours. I want to "discover" a missed gift sorta like Ralphie did in 'A Christmas Story'. It'll be a gift for both boys so they'll open it up and discover their final gift together. Or, I could make a cake for Christmas dessert and write it on top. LOL!

Love this thread!! We are sailing on the Fantasy on Feb 2nd and are surprising our girls (ages 11 and 14) for Christmas. They know that my DH and I are going (to celebrate my 40th birthday on February 3rd) - but they think they are staying with grandma because they have school. We decided to bring them along as well. We are telling the Christmas morning so that we can give them some time to adjust as well as to get assignments from teachers if necessary.

We are working on a plan right now on how to tell them - but needless to say, this is pretty much their big "Santa" gift. We are asking all of the family to give them cruise related stuff - snorkel and fins, luggage, shirts, etc. When I have a final plan, I will make sure to share it with you all!

:cheer2:

EpicBilynn
10-22-2012, 03:55 PM
We didn't get to surprise our family a day or even a week or month ahead of time, but it's working out. Last year when we found out DCL would be leaving from Galveston my mom and I decided to take the whole family (10 of us!) on a Disney Cruise. We're going on the NYE cruise right after Christmas so last Christmas when my brother and sis-in-law and my four nieces and nephews (then 12, 10, 4, and 2) were done opening presents at my parents' my mom and I told them to enjoy their presents because they weren't getting any this Christmas (at least not any gift wrapped with a bow lol). Right before the water works started my mom told them, "BECAUSE WE'RE GOING ON A DISNEY CRUISE!" We had just been to WDW that August so they were still on a bit of a Mickey high and everyone was just beside themselves with excitement to go back and see Mickey again! My youngest nephew even learned to swim over the summer so he could swim in Mickey's pool.

Now, they know when we're going, but that's all they know. We've booked all the excursions and kept all the ship's activities a secret, including pirate night! So they still have things to be surprised about.

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GatorMomInNC
10-24-2012, 07:38 PM
Thanks for all the great stories and input. It was VERY helpful to me! As much as I would like to surprise them the morning we sail, after taking into account my kids personalities, I've decided that I will "surprise" them over Thanksgiving - about 2 weeks before we leave - by wrapping up a present with tickets or a brochure, or something to show them we are going on a cruise. I may do a scavenger hunt like some of you have done, slowly building up the clues. That way they will get a surprise but still have a couple weeks to plan and build the excitement. I could picture my kids, especially the older one, reacting in the same way as some of the stories on here where the surprise didn't go so well!

jahber
10-24-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks for all the great stories and input. It was VERY helpful to me! As much as I would like to surprise them the morning we sail, after taking into account my kids personalities, I've decided that I will "surprise" them over Thanksgiving - about 2 weeks before we leave - by wrapping up a present with tickets or a brochure, or something to show them we are going on a cruise. I may do a scavenger hunt like some of you have done, slowly building up the clues. That way they will get a surprise but still have a couple weeks to plan and build the excitement. I could picture my kids, especially the older one, reacting in the same way as some of the stories on here where the surprise didn't go so well!

I'm about to surprise my kiddos on Sunday. I can't believe they haven't figured it out (they are 5 and 8 ). My DH and I even discussed how to pull off the reveal in the car the other day. Then tonight someone told us to have fun on the cruise.

My kids are so clueless (they are just too sweet and innocent to believe anyone would be trying to trick them, I guess). I shouldn't be surprised. I got away with Christmas shopping for them while they tagged along last year. "Oh, you want that? I'll be sure to tell Santa! But this one is for your cousin." ;)

We are going to "visit" the Dream and then "decide" to cruise. I just hope they understand after the fact that that will NEVER happen again! It actually took planning on mommy's part, so don't expect to hop on the ship every time we visit Aunt Crystal in Merritt Island. :)

Cheerio
10-24-2012, 08:12 PM
We surprised our kiddos @ xmas 2011, for a Jan 2012 cruise. I made a puzzle they unwrapped and the four of them had to put it together to see the pic of the magic and words "cruising the magic Jan 21 2012" ;) They were pretty excited.

They only had a few weeks notice which was fab, this time they know it's planned for Feb 2014, they get to help in the "saving" for the trip.

After that they each opened a gift bag with shorts/tees/flip flops, they loved it.

GatorMomInNC
10-24-2012, 08:12 PM
I'm about to surprise my kiddos on Sunday. I can't believe they haven't figured it out (they are 5 and 8 ). My DH and I even discussed how to pull off the reveal in the car the other day. Then tonight someone told us to have fun on the cruise.

My kids are so clueless (they are just too sweet and innocent to believe anyone would be trying to trick them, I guess). I shouldn't be surprised. I got away with Christmas shopping for them while they tagged along last year. "Oh, you want that? I'll be sure to tell Santa! But this one is for your cousin." ;)

We are going to "visit" the Dream and then "decide" to cruise. I just hope they understand after the fact that that will NEVER happen again! It actually took planning on mommy's part, so don't expect to hop on the ship every time we visit Aunt Crystal in Merritt Island. :)

:rotfl: This cracked me up!

My kids are 5 and 8 also (and btw we are originally from Orlando!).

Please post when you come back and let us know how it went!!

voodooboy
10-24-2012, 08:47 PM
The wife and I are surprising our children (DD 10 and DS 6) on the 11/3/12 Magic (Galveston departure) Western Caribbean sailing. Currently my cover story is similar to a few that I have read in this thread but I will share anyway. We have family in the Houston area that we visit often so we are going to combine a first night family dinner with a few days vacation in Galveston. I told them that our hotel is "on the water" quite literally as they are soon to learn. My DD is sharp and I believe she suspects something related to the trip because of the dresses my wife has purchased for her. But so far we have her convinced that on a couple of nights during vacation we will be enjoying a "dinner cruise" thus the need for her dresses. In addition, both grandmothers and one grandfather will be coming and the kids have no idea about that part of the trip, they just think we will be seeing them a couple of nights for dinner. I am fully confident that from this trip forward, my DD will never again trust me about vacation destinations.

chimpwars
10-24-2012, 09:20 PM
We just paid for our first cruise today for the Jan 4th out of Galveston. We will tell them Christmas morning (not sure how yet) IF I can keep my mouth closed :sad2:

jahber
10-24-2012, 09:43 PM
We just paid for our first cruise today for the Jan 4th out of Galveston. We will tell them Christmas morning (not sure how yet) IF I can keep my mouth closed :sad2:

That is the benefit of booking last minute. I only have to keep my mouth shut for a month :). I don't think I'll ever do this again though. I have found that the anticipation is just so much of the fun for our family.

racingfandj
10-24-2012, 10:30 PM
This thread is funny and ironic to dinner conversation tonight with my girls.

So, our January cruise is a surprise Christmas present. I'm doing everything I can to keep it to myself even though I'm a constant planner and super excited. But, I've had to let a little of it slip...

A couple weeks ago, the 14 y/o comes telling me we have to go buy new clothes because her class is serving at their Jr/Sr Christmas formal. She tells me the date. I ponder it for a few minutes and decide to tell her we won't be home that date (I don't want to wait and have her be disappointed). I said it's a Christmas surprise and I'm not telling you any more. She keeps digging and asking around the family to see if she can get anyone to tell her anything.

Tonight at supper and very out of the blue, she says, "So where are we going on our cruise?" Since they know we have one planned for next summer, my 5 y/o DD says "Same place we went this year." and graciously adds the duh you idiot look to it. I added "Thought you knew that already." and changed the subject. :) Only 2 more months to keep the charade going!

racingfandj
10-24-2012, 10:49 PM
My kids are so clueless (they are just too sweet and innocent to believe anyone would be trying to trick them, I guess). I shouldn't be surprised. I got away with Christmas shopping for them while they tagged along last year. "Oh, you want that? I'll be sure to tell Santa! But this one is for your cousin." ;)

This cracks me up! I do something similar. I let her put stuff in the basket and when she gets distracted later, I put half the bag in the closet for presents. Shopping at Disney store earlier this summer, she picked out a beach towel. I decided it would be perfect for a Xmas present since we're surprising them with the cruise so I got it. Later that night, she's showering and said she wanted her new towel. I played dumb and told her we didn't get it. She was very disappointed, but I think we will make up for it when she sees what Santa has brought. :cheer2:

NeverlandCrew
10-24-2012, 11:10 PM
Has anyone used the "Character Call" to surprise their kids? Just curious how on-time it is. We will be surprising our two boys Christmas morning. Their friends just returned from a Disney Cruise and have been bragging about how much fun they had, and my kids are hanging on their every word so I know they are going to love it. :banana::banana:

Fastpaks
10-25-2012, 05:27 AM
We tried to surprise my son, but I am finding out that he doesn't really care one way or the other. It doesn't matter if it is the cruise or special gift. With him, I have decided not to do it anymore, because he actually is more excited the closer we get to something he knows about.:thumbsup2

VKtravel
10-25-2012, 07:08 AM
We had a scavenger hunt to surprise the DDs the day before we flew to FL. Keeping a secret for 7 months was the HARDEST thing in the world since I am a blabbermouth! We almost spilled the beans several times. It was the best thing in the world to see the look on their faces when they found out we were really leaving the next day! I think I finally qualified for "Mom of the Year"...or at least a got a few more cool points! The surprise and joy was worth the secret!

Here is the last part of the video we did of the girls!! Don't forget the video. You HAVE to relive that moment!

http://youtu.be/gUZZ5RRXIr4

Sorry for my big mouth coaching and the light! I am NOT a director OR a videographer! Enjoy!

FOV
10-25-2012, 07:20 AM
We had a scavenger hunt to surprise the DDs the day before we flew to FL. Keeping a secret for 7 months was the HARDEST thing in the world since I am a blabbermouth! We almost spilled the beans several times. It was the best thing in the world to see the look on their faces when they found out we were really leaving the next day! I think I finally qualified for "Mom of the Year"...or at least a got a few more cool points! The surprise and joy was worth the secret!

Here is the last part of the video we did of the girls!! Don't forget the video. You HAVE to relive that moment!

http://youtu.be/gUZZ5RRXIr4

Sorry for my big mouth coaching and the light! I am NOT a director OR a videographer! Enjoy!
That was awesome!!!!! Your girls are adorable.:goodvibes

beecody
10-25-2012, 07:23 AM
We are surprising our kids Dec 8 out of Galveston! They think Mommy and Daddy are going on another Vacay w/o them. They are not happy about it! This way I can shop and pack and talk about the trip! Trying to tell them the morning we drive out what's happening! 6 weeks! I'm not good with secrets so we'll see!

MatthewsMommy
10-25-2012, 09:09 AM
We had a scavenger hunt to surprise the DDs the day before we flew to FL. Keeping a secret for 7 months was the HARDEST thing in the world since I am a blabbermouth! We almost spilled the beans several times. It was the best thing in the world to see the look on their faces when they found out we were really leaving the next day! I think I finally qualified for "Mom of the Year"...or at least a got a few more cool points! The surprise and joy was worth the secret!

Here is the last part of the video we did of the girls!! Don't forget the video. You HAVE to relive that moment!

http://youtu.be/gUZZ5RRXIr4

Sorry for my big mouth coaching and the light! I am NOT a director OR a videographer! Enjoy!

LOVED this! Seeing how happy and excited they were was awesome! I definitely plan to video our surprise moment and hope to get that same reaction :yay:

micheleq
10-25-2012, 09:19 AM
Has anyone used the "Character Call" to surprise their kids? Just curious how on-time it is. We will be surprising our two boys Christmas morning. Their friends just returned from a Disney Cruise and have been bragging about how much fun they had, and my kids are hanging on their every word so I know they are going to love it. :banana::banana:

I signed up for one on Christmas morning -- the problem is I thought I had signed up for 9am, but my e-mail confirmation said 8am! I'm sure we'll all be awake but I'd hate to miss it!

JKSWonder
10-25-2012, 10:05 AM
We are surprising our kids Dec 8 out of Galveston! They think Mommy and Daddy are going on another Vacay w/o them. They are not happy about it! This way I can shop and pack and talk about the trip! Trying to tell them the morning we drive out what's happening! 6 weeks! I'm not good with secrets so we'll see!

Now this is one I have to try! My son, 6 years old, tells us all the time what a "waste of money" it is for us to go on vacation without him and his sister. This would be a perfect way to surprise him in particular.

We surprised my daughter with a 7th birthday trip to WDW. I went to the party at her school and then took her out to the car to drive home. In the car were my husband, my mom, my son and all of our suitcases. We made a wrapped box for her with layers of stuff (new bathing suit, sunglasses, Disney toys, etc.) with clue cards for each layer. She still didn't get it. We had to tell her out right and the reaction was just "Oh".

So anti-climactic and what a buzz kill! I think she might have been in shock, or didn't quite believe us or something. She seemed to finally get it when we got on the plane.

Dhew79
10-25-2012, 10:06 AM
I am planning a trip in feb of 2014, my plan is to make a book (snapfish or shutterfly) and add pictures about the cruise. I will give them the book on Christmas Day of next year. The last page will go something like 'Are you tired of looking at pictures and would rather see it all in person? Well pack your bags because in 2 months we are all (me, my 16 yr old son, his friend, my daughter and mother-in-law) going on the Disney cruise." :) I am not sure who will be more excited my daughter or my mother-in-law. We have been to Disney World twice in the past 2 years but not the cruise. I went on it in 2004 and LOVED IT!!!

VKtravel
10-25-2012, 07:22 PM
That was awesome!!!!! Your girls are adorable.:goodvibes

Thank you! I like to say it's MY DNA, not my husband's! :lmao:

llqool
10-25-2012, 07:31 PM
We had a scavenger hunt to surprise the DDs the day before we flew to FL. Keeping a secret for 7 months was the HARDEST thing in the world since I am a blabbermouth! !

Very cute (video and the hunt itself)! I am trying to do the same thing and have hit a wall trying to think of clues! Our scavenger hunt will be more virtual, b/c we are picking them up from school and heading to the airport, and I'm going to have clues and puzzles for them to solve to figure out where we're going.

My girls are going to freak out (in a good way!). I just need to figure out how to tell them!

VKtravel
10-25-2012, 07:31 PM
The anticipation and planning the surprise is hard but probably the best part! Hope you have a blast on your cruise!

VKtravel
10-25-2012, 07:38 PM
Very cute (video and the hunt itself)! I am trying to do the same thing and have hit a wall trying to think of clues! Our scavenger hunt will be more virtual, b/c we are picking them up from school and heading to the airport, and I'm going to have clues and puzzles for them to solve to figure out where we're going.

My girls are going to freak out (in a good way!). I just need to figure out how to tell them!

Thanks for the nice compliment! Try this link! It should have some pretty cool ways to do the surprise. The tips are listed on the park tab but of course will work for the cruise. Good Luck!:thumbsup2

http://www.wdwinfo.com/columns/how-to-pull-off-a-walt-disney-world-surprise-trip.cfm

jnsma
10-26-2012, 11:50 AM
We surprised our kids a few years back (5 year old twins at the time). It was a January cruise and we were going to surprise them at Christmas but there was so much going on at that point that we decided to push it off. Then it got to the point where we were going to see how long we could go before we had to tell them.

We made it to the morning we were flying out and only told them we were going to Florida. We did the character call to wake them up and it said “have a great trip”. One of them was excited while the other was like, “Shoot I wanted to go somewhere else”. We flew in a day before the cruise and stayed at the Nick hotel. They were very excited to see it and play there for the day.
The next morning we checked out and they assumed we were flying home (from Boston to Orlando for 1 night??).

They never questioned that the ride back to the “airport” was twice as long as the day before. As we were going over the bridges to PC, they saw the ship (code named Mickey boat from a previous cruise). We said, “no way, let’s get a closer look”. I got all the way to pulling into the line for drop-off passengers when they figured it out. Good thing we knew the process because I couldn’t hear the man giving the instructions because they were very excited (yelling) in the back seat. They had a great time and it was an excellent surprise.

After the cruise, we were doing 4 nights at WDW, staying at the Boardwalk, again we didn’t tell them. This time we got pretty close until they saw “the Epcot ball” and figured it out. Again, very excited and ready to hit the parks.
Let me tell you that they didn’t really believe we were actually going home when we checked out of the Boardwalk.

Overall, it was a lot of fun to keep it a secret and see them react to the news. It was almost a test of how much we could get away with and how self-involved they are. Given their age at the time, we were doing all the planning so didn’t really need their input. Given our trip was pretty soon after Christmas, they had all that excitement from the holidays that they would have forgot about the cruise anyways.
Since then we’ve been back twice and not kept it a secret. The thinking now is that they are getting older now and we want to let them have a say in what we are doing.

GatorMomInNC
10-26-2012, 02:19 PM
Thanks for sharing, that was a great story and you described it so well I could picture the whole thing in my head!!

carolinagirl268
10-26-2012, 08:52 PM
We surprised our kids 11 & 13 with a Dream cruise this year. It was the 4th time they had been on a Disney cruise so we already knew how much they loved them. We drove to Port Canaveral the night before saying we were just doing a long weekend at the beach. We live in SC so it's not close but it isn't so far we can't do it for a long weekend. I was expecting screams of joy. Instead I got disbelief. they were happy eventually but I was really hoping for more. We've all decided anticipation is part of the fun and the last minute surprise eliminates that. We won't wait on a last minute surprise again.

Having said all that I've told my family if any of them want to show up at my office one day and take me on a Disney cruise to go right ahead! Just make sure you've packed all the appropriate door magnets, pirate costumes, etc.

realityland
10-27-2012, 05:44 AM
We surprised our kids 11 & 13 with a Dream cruise this year. It was the 4th time they had been on a Disney cruise so we already knew how much they loved them. We drove to Port Canaveral the night before saying we were just doing a long weekend at the beach. We live in SC so it's not close but it isn't so far we can't do it for a long weekend. I was expecting screams of joy. Instead I got disbelief. they were happy eventually but I was really hoping for more. We've all decided anticipation is part of the fun and the last minute surprise eliminates that. We won't wait on a last minute surprise again.

Having said all that I've told my family if any of them want to show up at my office one day and take me on a Disney cruise to go right ahead! Just make sure you've packed all the appropriate door magnets, pirate costumes, etc.

Part of that reaction could have been their ages, and part of it could have been the fact that it was their 4th Disney cruise. If they were first time cruisers or first time Disney cruisers, the reaction may have been more along the lines of what you were expecting. Kids are fickle - you expect one thing and get the other. Keeps us parents on our toes.

ForTheLoveOfDCL
10-27-2012, 10:22 AM
For all those struggling whether to surprise or have anticipation.. I say have both. I am excited to surprise but am doing so 60 days before so I will get their excitement too!! Best of both worlds!!

cruisecrasher
10-27-2012, 10:39 AM
For all those struggling whether to surprise or have anticipation.. I say have both. I am excited to surprise but am doing so 60 days before so I will get their excitement too!! Best of both worlds!!

It does sound like the best plan.

Kimmiebr80
10-27-2012, 11:31 AM
We just pulled off our surprise. We drove into Galveston last night in the dark. They thought we were going with DH for work. It was a 7 hour drive. Got in the car today to 'explore' the area! Here is our little 2 min video !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O9VLWJyL20&sns=em

mstee777
10-27-2012, 11:50 AM
Awesome video! Enjoy your cruise! I know your girls will.

fredgirls
10-27-2012, 12:04 PM
Great thread and great question! My wife and I decided to surprise our kids (8,10) last April and it was a DISASTER!!! Well at first anyway. We got to the airport for our flight down to Orlando, or course the kids are thinking (and yes, we told them) we're going to Florida for vacation. So we're waiting in the TSA line when one of the TSA agents picks us out of the crowd and starts asking questions...where are you going, what's the purpose of your trip, that sort of thing. We start out being kind of vague, so of course he wants to inspect our boarding passes, ID, etc more carefully...Oh, he says, you're going on a Disney cruise! That's awesome, we did that last year and had a great time! Well the kids are mortified, no Florida?! Disney cruise, what's that? A boat? Won't it be scary, what if the boat sinks? We were both speechless. Somehow got them on the plane, and once they saw the Magic, everything was good. We had the most awesome time and now they can't wait to go back! I guess it never occurred to us that they might not like the idea at first. First time cruisers beware.

This is what I was worried about. :rolleyes1
We are planning to tell the girls we're going to Miami. But not tell them about the cruise until we're there, embarkation day, which is our eldests 13th b'day.

When security ask us where we're going etc. can't we just say "Miami, for a holiday"? Do they often ask for full itinerary? We've travelled a lot and not been asked details before, but in the back of my mind I was thinking about this scenario. Not a great way to break the surprise! :goodvibes

fredgirls
10-27-2012, 12:09 PM
For all those struggling whether to surprise or have anticipation.. I say have both. I am excited to surprise but am doing so 60 days before so I will get their excitement too!! Best of both worlds!!

I agree too. Maybe this is a good idea for us. I'm worried the excitement, if the surprise is left 'til the last minute, might be so overwhelming they'll wander the ship in a daze for the first day!

These responses are so different that it's obvious we all know our own children best and each have to judge the surprise element ourselves!:goodvibes

Good luck and happy holidays everyone!

GatorMomInNC
10-27-2012, 01:20 PM
HA!! Love it - the screaming was great!!

We just pulled off our surprise. We drove into Galveston last night in the dark. They thought we were going with DH for work. It was a 7 hour drive. Got in the car today to 'explore' the area! Here is our little 2 min video !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O9VLWJyL20&sns=em

jahber
10-27-2012, 01:33 PM
We just pulled off our surprise. We drove into Galveston last night in the dark. They thought we were going with DH for work. It was a 7 hour drive. Got in the car today to 'explore' the area! Here is our little 2 min video !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O9VLWJyL20&sns=em

So cute! I can imagine that we'll have the exact same conversation about costumes tomorrow when we surprise the kids. My daughter has an astronaut costume, so I have to find a way to hide her GIGANTIC space helmet. But it will be worth it after she establishes that I remembered the suit, gloves, boots, AND helmet ;)

nhgirl
10-27-2012, 05:13 PM
We didn't tell my daughter until the night before. We were going to wait until we could see the ship, but I was worried about her reaction. She had been soo excited about going to the White Mountain (that's where we told her we were going). She was telling everyone she was going to the White Mountains. I thought she was going to be mad when we told her our real plans. It was so funny because we were driving down to Manhattan and she said "hey that sign said NYC" but she still thought we were going to the White Mountains. Anyway, when we told her she was soooo excited. We recorded her reaction. She cried for 20 minutes and she told us we were the best parents in the world. At one point she thought we were kidding and I had to show her our Cruise documents so she'd believe us. I was relieved it went well.

VKtravel
10-27-2012, 05:34 PM
We just pulled off our surprise. We drove into Galveston last night in the dark. They thought we were going with DH for work. It was a 7 hour drive. Got in the car today to 'explore' the area! Here is our little 2 min video !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O9VLWJyL20&sns=em

How awesome!!!! I am loving the reaction! Hope you guys have a great time! I'm so glad you remembered those heels...that might have been a deal breaker!:rotfl2:

marciemouse
10-27-2012, 10:52 PM
We surprised our daughters (ages 8 and 5) last night, so a little over a week before the cruise. They were both a little underwhelmed and preoccupied. DD8 was trying to figure out how her present "magically" appeared in her bedroom, and DD5 wanted to know if there were more gifts to open. (Typical!) But once I pulled out the new personalized door magnets and showed them our FE gifts, they were psyched! Apparently I am raising good little DISers! :rotfl:

racingfandj
10-28-2012, 11:05 PM
This thread is funny and ironic to dinner conversation tonight with my girls.

So, our January cruise is a surprise Christmas present. I'm doing everything I can to keep it to myself even though I'm a constant planner and super excited. But, I've had to let a little of it slip...

A couple weeks ago, the 14 y/o comes telling me we have to go buy new clothes because her class is serving at their Jr/Sr Christmas formal. She tells me the date. I ponder it for a few minutes and decide to tell her we won't be home that date (I don't want to wait and have her be disappointed). I said it's a Christmas surprise and I'm not telling you any more. She keeps digging and asking around the family to see if she can get anyone to tell her anything.

After thinking on it some more and being inspired by so many of the stories on here, we're thinking of delaying the surprise. The niece will be expecting something under the tree since I told her it was for Christmas, but all she knows is we will not be home on the day of their formal. I'm curious to see how long she can keep from asking if she doesn't find a present that makes sense. :rolleyes1