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Old 10-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Should I tell or not? *Update* on page 5

Taking the family to WDW the first week of December. We have been about 10 times. We have gone from staying offsite, to the values, then to the moderates. The family thinks we are staying at CBR this trip but I have AKL booked. Question is should I surprise them when we get there or tell them now? For me, the anticipation of the trip is a huge part of the fun. What would you do?

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Old 10-10-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Do you take the magical express? I wouldn't tell them until you get there.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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If you think they would be really excited...then I would surprise them. But, perhaps they don't really care *where* they stay, in which case your big reveal may not get the reaction you hoped for.

I once woke my kids up (2, 4 and 6 at the time) and surprised them with a trip to Disney. They were so underwhelmed, it really ruined it for me. They just wanted to go back to bed. They had never been there, had no memories of ever being on a plane...and they had NO IDEA what a big deal it was to go to Disney.

So, if your kids realize how cool it is to stay at AKL, and would be really excited....then I say DO IT! I love surprises like that!
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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If you think they would be really excited...then I would surprise them. But, perhaps they don't really care *where* they stay, in which case your big reveal may not get the reaction you hoped for.

I once woke my kids up (2, 4 and 6 at the time) and surprised them with a trip to Disney. They were so underwhelmed, it really ruined it for me. They just wanted to go back to bed. They had never been there, had no memories of ever being on a plane...and they had NO IDEA what a big deal it was to go to Disney.

So, if your kids realize how cool it is to stay at AKL, and would be really excited....then I say DO IT! I love surprises like that!
My oldest DD16 has always wanted to stay at the AKL and DD14 also wants to stay there. They are content staying wherever we stay though, they are just happy to be at WDW. I don't know how many more trips we will make as they are getting older.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
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I am doing the same thing. My dd and niece think we are staying at POR, but I just booked CR in the tower. My dh says make it a surprise. June can't get here soon enough
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:09 PM   #6
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I am doing the same thing. My dd and niece think we are staying at POR, but I just booked CR in the tower. My dh says make it a surprise. June can't get here soon enough
I don't think I could make it to June without telling. LOL
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:27 PM   #7
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My oldest DD16 has always wanted to stay at the AKL and DD14 also wants to stay there. They are content staying wherever we stay though, they are just happy to be at WDW. I don't know how many more trips we will make as they are getting older.
Exactly! How many family of 4 trips do you have left?

You know your kids best so trust your judgement. Sometimes I just wait until they the getting excited and want to talk about the next upcoming trip and when they are in the mood I tell the surprises.

I couldn't keep a secret for dd17 bday. For last night of mom n me trip I booked us for GF CL. When she texted me from school one day "mom only 20 days" I texted back "YOLO, you have been upgraded for one night to GF in sugar loaf!"

She was happy and we had a great time too.
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the all of the replies. I think I'm going to wait until we pull up at AKL to tell them. I will have to come up with some kind of excuse as to why we are going to AKL though. Maybe they won't notice that I'm not going to CBR until we get to AKL.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:04 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=snorkelyn;49796226]If you think they would be really excited...then I would surprise them. But, perhaps they don't really care *where* they stay, in which case your big reveal may not get the reaction you hoped for.

I had an experience like that. On our last trip, my kids thought we were staying in the garden wing at CR, but I upgraded to the tower months before we left and kept it as a surprise. I was so excited to surprise them, but it fell flat when I told them. Oh well!

I would still do the same thing again anyway because surprises are always fun, even if it's just for me.

Therefore, go for the surprise!
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:10 PM   #10
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You know your family best, so I think it's a very personal decision.

My son is a lot like me. The anticipation of staying at a great place and an upcoming vacation is just so much fun. I have always involved him in the planning, as he we have so much fun talking about the upcoming trip, deciding what we want to do. Yes we love the trip, but if either of us just found out at the last minute, we would have missed out on all the pre-vacation fun.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #11
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We surprised our boys with the whole trip last year when we stayed at AKL! They didn't know we were going until we got to the airport and didn't know where we were staying until we pulled up to Jambo! It was so much fun surprising them! Now I had brought up AKL online before so they could see it and know something about it. I just told them how much fun it would be to stay there "if we had the money" lol!
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:50 PM   #12
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Do you take the magical express? I wouldn't tell them until you get there.
We are driving down. They will notice when we don"t head toward CBR when we get there. I could just tell them I missed a turn.
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They know they are going to Disney World so they can plan their days and have the fun of looking forward to their trip. But it will be a nice surprise I think if you wait till you get there to tell them they are staying at AKL.
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They know they are going to Disney World so they can plan their days and have the fun of looking forward to their trip. But it will be a nice surprise I think if you wait till you get there to tell them they are staying at AKL.
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That's what I'm thinking. The DW doesn't know either. She will probably be as excited as the kids.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #15
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Taking the family to WDW the first week of December. We have been about 10 times. We have gone from staying offsite, to the values, then to the moderates. The family thinks we are staying at CBR this trip but I have AKL booked. Question is should I surprise them when we get there or tell them now? For me, the anticipation of the trip is a huge part of the fun. What would you do?
We are going Dec. 8th and am wondering the same thing. We want to surprise our son and trying to come up with a good way to do it!
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