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lenshanem
10-01-2005, 08:26 AM
My DD7 has begged to go on a Disney cruise for a few years now. We're surprising her and DD4 at Christmas with our 1/5 cruise.

Any suggestions? I was thinking about wrapping up a countdown chain or calender or making fake "tickets". Any thoughts?

jgalecpa
10-01-2005, 08:33 AM
I think the countdown calendar, like a so called "Advent" calendar, could be a lot of fun.

Then for the last day have the prize be two "fake" tickets for the cruise.

No matter what you choose, it will the their best xmas ever!!!

Jim

alwayslisad
10-01-2005, 11:36 AM
How about wrapping up a disney towel - disney bathing suit and other disney items - with the Disney Video of the cruise - and then the fake tickets! :)

momof2disprincesses
10-01-2005, 11:47 AM
Just bumping as we too are surprising our 2 dd's (ages 13 & 9) at Christmas with a Jan. 19 cruise.

The countdown chain is a little too "young" for our kids. Any ideas for older kids?

PONYTAIL
10-01-2005, 12:18 PM
I also want to surprise my DDs 9 and 6. We are going Oct 30th, but since we have have to fly from Quito the day before weŽll have to tell them that day. I was thinking of something like a treasure hunt. We are traveling with some friends so I thought of maybe giving my daughters a key and then the other kids would have a small box, so when they meet they could open the box together, and inside there would be different clues that they would have to solve to know where we are going. Any suggestions?

jgalecpa
10-01-2005, 12:27 PM
You could give them a piece of luggage for xmas. Which would thoroughly confuse them.

then have them open the pockets and in on have the "ticket"

Jim

graygables
10-01-2005, 12:35 PM
We are surprising our DDs with our 12/8 cruise on 12/6 (St. Nicholas Day). We always get gifts in our shoes that day anyway, so I bought some sand toys to pack along that I'm putting in their shoes. I also picked up some DCL "coozies" from eBay and am making them t-shirts. I'm "wonder"ing how long it will take it to click!

alwayslisad
10-01-2005, 01:20 PM
Just bumping as we too are surprising our 2 dd's (ages 13 & 9) at Christmas with a Jan. 19 cruise.

The countdown chain is a little too "young" for our kids. Any ideas for older kids?


How about a scavenger (sp?) hunt - hide some clues and at the end of the hunt is fake tickets ? ! ? !

westjones
10-01-2005, 03:26 PM
I wanted to surprise my twin DDs on the ship, so I brought along tiaras that I bought ahead of time. Then on formal night I 'crowned' my little princesses. They felt SO special. It was cute.
DJ

lenshanem
10-01-2005, 04:34 PM
Thanks for all the ideas!

I love the scavenger hunt idea. Now anyone wanna help me think of some clues? :teeth:

TNTcruise
10-01-2005, 05:25 PM
Great minds think alike! I too, am surprising my DD11 and one of her friends with the 1/5/06 cruise for Xmas. I ordered 2 Disney cruise brochures online so I can wrap it up with "fake tickets" to open as a present. The brochure has a great CD included so you can see all of the wonderful things you will have in store on the cruise. I like the scavenger hunt idea too. I might have to include it in my plans.

lenshanem
10-01-2005, 08:17 PM
TNTcruise, that is funny!

I think there might be alot of happy kids on our cruise.

Our county is out of school until 1/10 this year. I was talking to a co-worker about the surprise and she said there was a large group from her neighborhood doing the same cruise and also surprising the kids at Christmas!

Oh and yes, we do have great minds! :teeth:

imlazar
10-01-2005, 08:20 PM
My DD7 has begged to go on a Disney cruise for a few years now. We're surprising her and DD4 at Christmas with our 1/5 cruise.

Any suggestions? I was thinking about wrapping up a countdown chain or calender or making fake "tickets". Any thoughts?

On the ship they sell small die-cast versions of the ship itself, it would be great if you could get one of those in advance and wrap it for her.

DIS NURSE
10-01-2005, 11:58 PM
We, too, are surprising our kids (DD 8 and DS 6) with a 7 night Eastern DCL cruise in November. I have to tell them something the night before to fly all the way across the country or I'll never get them out of bed at 4:30 in the AM! "We are surprising you two with a great vacation to the Florida coast!" ....and we are leaving it at that. :flower:

Two days later we will take them to the highest floor of the Ron Jon Caribe Resort and show them the Magic that will have just pulled in on Sat AM and tell them that within the hour we are going to board the ship! :cool1:

They are gonna have pediatric coronarys! :banana: :flower:

I plan to get it all on tape!

Little do they know they will be taken to the new Nickelodeon Hotel after their cruise for 5 additional nights! :rotfl2:

Little does DD and DS know that they will see their best friends staying at the Yacht Club while we are there!

It's gonna' be FUN :cheer2: FUN :cheer2: FUN :cheer2:

PONYTAIL
10-02-2005, 05:15 AM
Need some clues for the scavenger hunt too!!!!!

aiken4mickey
10-02-2005, 07:08 AM
I am also surprising my daughter with a "Wonder"ful cruise Nov 3rd.. we are going with 5 of her best friends and their mothers.!! How great is this going to be??!! I have already made "fake key to the worlds" (and I really out did myself they are too cute) for them to open at some point on the way to FL....My daugther has been surprised 2 other times with the cruise and at least once by a Disney World trip.......so, surprising her this time is going to be a bit harder......but, I think since we have her best friends on route to FL with us (although...we aren't telling them FL is our destination)...she will believe whatever we tell her.......We usually make a picnic stop at the SC/GA state line for a break and snacks....and I think this is where the "key to the world" cards might be brought out......not sure yet on the "How"...but, defientely something that is going to be caught on video or film! I made a CD of the music that I remember from our past cruises.....Sailway party, the shows, and the DCL horn.....we listen to that all the time......she even helped me make it.....and doesn't realize why I made it> :cool1:

Since this is my daughter's 10th birthday present......I have made invitations for her to give out once on board for her "birthday dinner" that night.......found some really great velum at Michael's and put together a great invitation......and have treat bags ready too........I really have gone "overboard"...sorry....... :earboy2:

Pirate night pirate: is another night that I am having fun with too.....I am going to surprise her with a pirate costume to wear that night.....Have bought alot of pirate stuff from Oriental Trading (treasure maps, earrings, boxes, gummies....) planned to come up with some sort of scavenger hunt using the tm to lead them to a large treasure box filled with individual bags of "loot" for each girl.......and will also have small treasure boxes on the table at dinner for them.....BUT>>>>>>>I NEED HELP WITH THE TREASUE MAP IDEA>>>>>>I HAVE BEEN SO CREATIVE UP TO THIS POINT>>>>>I THINK ALL THE CREATIVNESS IS GONE! HELP HELP! We also have 2 mothers celebrating birthdays......I am going to give one of them "black pearl earrings".......don't you think that is fitting for pirate night?? I also need any ideas for making it extra special for the Mom's....one of the mothers is my best friend and partner in crime so I need to work on this with her.

The last night on the boat....well, the big girls are going to Palo....so, the young ones are on their own! ::MickeyMo

Surprising the kids.........seeing the look on their faces........it's "Wonder"ful and worth all the behind the scenes.......I just can't wait until NOv 3rd (2nd) gets here......so, we can get the party started. Of course, when I get back I will have to answer to my other 3 kids. :rotfl2: :cheer2: :cool1: :earsboy:

alwayslisad
10-02-2005, 07:50 AM
There are two things that can be done:

1) a scavenger hunt - that you list all kinds of things they have to find and then the child(ren) have to tell you what they all have in common. Which is a blast :)

or

2) do a rat race - this is even more of a blast - that is the clue race - you give them clue's to find the Present

I have done both - and the scavenger hunt is great when the children are a tad older ( in teens ) since they have to think of where they may have seen the item - and it is a tad harder since parents have to think of DISNEY items to locate!

The rat race is a blast!!! - there you can send them searching for clue's to bring them to the beautifully wrapped DISNEY present.

Scavenger Hunt:
1. Mickey Ears
2. a list of the 7 Dwarfs - & Pics ( they can draw them or get them from magazines)
and so on....

Rat Race:
by placing clues in certain locations - *kitchen/bathroom/basement/pantry/bedrooms - we can come up with clues that will lead them to the gift....

jdybnsn
10-02-2005, 08:51 AM
Dis Nurse -

We too are surprising our DD4 and DS8 on the day - but they won't actually know till we roll up at the port :love1:
Even then we shall probably say that we'll just take a look at the ship, and see how long it takes them to work it out......

They think they are spending the last 4 days of their holiday on the coast (well they are sort of - aren't they ? :rotfl2: ) after 10 days in Orlando.

lenshanem
10-02-2005, 10:46 AM
aiken4mickey gave me an idea. I think I'll do a pirate theme at Christmas. I was gonna get them pirate costumes this month and planned on wrapping them up anyway. I think I'll pick up some other pirate items for clues leading up to a treasure box with fake tickets! EXCELLENT! pirate:

logan1_2000
10-02-2005, 12:05 PM
Clues for a scavenger hunt? That's a tough one. A pretty bow and a picture of a stern face for the Bow and the Stern? A glass of Port...oh wait, these are kids...

I surprised DW for her 12/23 birthday one year, the 7 nt. cruise was embarking 1/11 (she is not the type for whom I would have dared pack, even w/ the assistance of her sister and best friend...gotta know your audience). Wrote a poem, decorated the printout w/ disney clipart, and then presented her w/ a decorated 3 ring binder filled w/ color printouts of the menus, the navigators for our itinerary, all sorts of info, the doc's had arrived and were tossed in there...

For this winter, DS does not know about the 1/2 cruise we have on RCCL, and not gonna tell him. Going to get him out of the house on 1/1, go watch the early bowls somewhere--anywhere--else, while DW packs, including for him. I can pack for myself in advance (something DW will never learn, I fear) while he is asleep one evening and stash that luggage , and then sneak the bags into the car, and when it is time to leave for the airport, just say "come on, get in" and then say nothing until we arrive at the airport, then say nothing until we get to the gate and he sees its to miami, then get to the hotel that night and act as if it is a trip to miami. then wake up, have breakfast on the 2nd, distract him while we check out, then get in a short cab ride and he'll know its a cruise when I tell the cabbie where we're going.

Oh--Wait--no bowls on the 1st--when 1st is on a sunday, bowls are on the 2nd, and the NFL plays on the 1st. I think there are still parades, though. Well, I'll distract him on the 1st somehow.

For your little ones, go to the Disney w/ kids forum, and there are disney crosswords and word finds, things like that. Maybe make your own word find on the computer that will include all the hint words for the cruise?

mwaldron
10-02-2005, 12:52 PM
WE are surprising DD6 for the 11/3 Wonder too! She will be 7 on 11/4. Two years ago we surprised her brother (for his 6th), and went to the Poly: Now it's her turn! Same 6 am direct flight as last time....the video will show two thoroughly confused and half asleep kids who aren't sure if they're dreaming or not.

TNTcruise
10-02-2005, 04:08 PM
I googled scavenger hunt ideas and found a cool way to make a treasure map. Hope it helps -
Materials (paper, pen, used tea bag, paper towel, cooking oil)

Think about the map you want to make. It could be a path that uses landmarks, or it could be a verse that includes directions and distances. Make sure the start is easy to find, and the treasure is hidden somewhere where it won't be disturbed until the treasure hunters find it.
Use a piece of white paper and draw your map. Include the compass points and any verse or written clues needed by the hunters to find the treasure. Different colored inks work fine, some pencil crayons will work too.
Tear the edges off the page, to make it look like a treasure map.
When you map is finished, wipe the wet tea bag over both sides of the page. The page will turn a light brown color. The page should be soaked through by the time you are finished.
Crumple it into a ball and let dry over night.
Gently open the map, and wipe both sides with cooking oil. Blot off the excess with paper towels.
By this point, you treasure map should look hundreds of years old!

alwayslisad
10-02-2005, 04:12 PM
of an idea is that ! I love it - thanks :) :)

Priorityonecb
10-02-2005, 05:46 PM
We are surprising our 14 and 7 year old daughters with a Disney cruise and WDW vacation for Christmas. We are doing the scavenger hunt as well...although I haven't worked out all the details.

I was thinking of wrapping several Disney themed gifts (Haunted Manion Clue, Mickey ears, WDW bracelets, Disney t-shirts, etc). I think we will do something where they must solve the clue to get the next gift. They *think we are going back to Disneyland in October...so the surprise may not click in until the last package is opened. That will contain WDW for kids by Kids, all the paperwork, cruise and parks planning DVD's and Pal Mickey. They are sure to flip out!!! (which will be recorded of course!). :cheer2:

Oh....on the countdown ideas. We are going to get two (one for each dd) mason jars and fill them with Jelly-Belly's to correspond to the number of days until the cruise. They can eat one a day and watch their jars empty! :flower: I will decorate the jars with Disney stickers....and those jars will be a part of the scavenger hunt gifts.

lenshanem
10-02-2005, 09:17 PM
Thanks so much everyone! I'm really getting excited! Today I found the CUTEST pirate costume for DD4. Now I'm on the look out for a costume for DD7. It will be a pirate theme for sure this Christmas!

I did pull up Oriental Trading Company and typed in pirate and found TONS and TONS of stuff. Pirate treasure chest, gold coins, pirate tattoos, etc. I love this idea!

Priorityonecb, thanks for the idea of the mason jar. We always do two countdowns for our WDW trips - a countdown chain where I let the kids color them and put Disney stickers on them and a calender I print off from the Disney website. I let them pick out the character. We put star stickers on the days until we hit our trip. I only do this about a month out. It helps them understand time better. I love the mason jar idea, though. I might give that a try! Maybe candy in the treasure chest for the days left until we leave? Course, it will be less than ten days!

PONYTAIL
10-03-2005, 12:15 PM
What a great idea TNTCruise!!!!

Cruella de mom
10-03-2005, 04:15 PM
I was the one that got to go on a scavenger hunt! I have wanted a disney Cruise for years but couldn't work out the details for our family of five so my MIL and SIL surprised me on this years vacation! Heres what they did. They blind folded me and put several clues in front of me. I got one question for each clue and if I got it correct at the end then there was an extra surprise:

Clue #1 was sand. I said "are we going to a beach?" and they said yes.

Clue #2 was warm water I said "is the beach someplace very warm?" and they said yes.

Clue #3 was whipped cream (my favorite dessert) and I was busy licking my fingers for several minutes. Finally I siad " does it have something to do with food?" and they said yes.

Clue #4 was a toy boat and I said "is it a cruise?" and they said yes.

Clue # 5 was a little Mickey mouse figurine and I Screamed " A Disney Cruise?!" and they squealed back "yes!"

Then we all jumped up and down and hugged each other.

Does that help anyone?

ReAnSt
11-05-2005, 08:46 PM
On the ship they sell small die-cast versions of the ship itself, it would be great if you could get one of those in advance and wrap it for her.

Ever since I saw the Carnival cruise commercial with the big wrapped up ship, I thought it would be so neat if DCL had a big ship that could be wrapped up to do like on the commercial.

Becky

denizdfaz
11-05-2005, 10:02 PM
Hi! I gave my 10 year old a silver cruise ship charm on a silver necklace to wear today for her birthday--we are leaving on the November 20 cruise and she was so excited to see the little present and put it on immediately.

I found the silver charm cruise ship with tiny pink painted windows at
JC Penny's jewelry department and even better, it was 50% off as was the necklace--both came to under $20! She can add it to her charm bracelet when she tires of it around her neck.

Yipppeeeee, 16 days to go!!!!

mmouse37
11-05-2005, 10:49 PM
We surprised our kids with the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Magic back on Christmas in 1997....the ship was not sailing until 1998, but we wantedto surprise them with the cruise.....at the time WDW had a DCL preview center and I had purchased t-shirts ahead of time and wrapped those along with a certificate that I made up inviting them to to board the Disney Magic for its Maiden Voyage....

MJ

eoconnor
11-06-2005, 03:28 AM
WE are on the Wonder 11/20. My two little ones 10 and 9 think we are going to Seaworld for a few days, than going to a pirate museum where we have to change hotels. Little do they know the museum is in Nassau and the hotel moves. :rotfl2:

JNorris
11-06-2005, 07:59 AM
We surprised our kids with the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Magic back on Christmas in 1997....the ship was not sailing until 1998, but we wantedto surprise them with the cruise.....at the time WDW had a DCL preview center and I had purchased t-shirts ahead of time and wrapped those along with a certificate that I made up inviting them to to board the Disney Magic for its Maiden Voyage....

MJ

Wow, mmouse, those 2 pictures together are just priceless! What a great family!

Judy

mmouse37
11-06-2005, 04:31 PM
Wow, mmouse, those 2 pictures together are just priceless! What a great family!

Judy


Why thank you!!!

MJ

JNorris
11-06-2005, 05:36 PM
We are surprising our DD7 also. We have been on 2 DCL cruises, and she knows we have another 7 night booked for Sept 2006. What she doesn't know is, we also secretly booked a 3 night cruise for March of 2006, and we are taking her 2 cousins with us! I cannot even give her a hint that there is something she doesn't know, because she will keep guessing until she figures it out.

My husband works in D.C., and we live in S.C., so about a week before we go, I am going to tell her that we are flying to Orlando to spend a few days in FL with Daddy, who will be flying from D.C. When we get to the Orlando airport, she will get a huge surprise when her Daddy and 2 cousins walk up to her. Then we will drop the big bomb: we're all going on a 3 night cruise! We are really going to get her good!!!

Judy

Tenorsinging
11-06-2005, 07:50 PM
I just returned yesterday from our *double* surprise trip for my daughter who just turned 6 on the MAGIC~!!!!!

Man, was it something else. We had planned the cruise waaaay back in February, and had to keep the secret since then.

First fold was we told Pookie that we were going to Boston :rolleyes: ..on a business trip with her dad. We were actually going to the SWAN!!!! We arrived at night, and rode a limo to the hotel...so she had no idea where we were. Even walking thru the lobby of the Swan (obviously our first trip there) she still thought we were in Boston. When we got to the room, (this was Thurs. the 27th btw) we sat her on the bed and told her that we were not in Boston, but at Mickey World as a birthday surprise (her b-day Oct. 30) for her. Friday was EXHAUSTING...because we did AK, MGM, and Epcot.. :earseek: ...Saturday she assumed that we were going back to the airport, when we were really going to the Port.

We are just laughing cuz we can see the ship from the car, but she has still not seen it yet. When we get out and she FINALLY see's where we are..she goes NUTS!!!!!

If you are interested in more of how our story goes, I wrote a live thread last week, it's under "Tenor and her Peeps" Magic 10/29. We had a blast and I was with a group of crazy Dis'ers.

khakismum
11-06-2005, 11:16 PM
I just replied to a similar thread. Go to http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=952125 to read what we did for two trips - one our Dec 17 cruise. This is more appropriate for older kids though.

Enjoy!