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Old 09-21-2012, 02:31 PM   #16
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I LOVE the luggage idea, ingenious.

We have surprised DD with weekend trips before, but not for a big holiday so we just packed the day or 2 before & woke her early to make the long drive. She STILL talks about it though & she was not quite 4 when it happened. It made an awesome impression on her.

Just wanted to add - have you already ordered customized maps from disney? They're nicely done & you could frame/wrap them for the kiddos & tell them for Christmas you decided to give them "The World".
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:07 PM   #17
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My son had been to WDW before but doesn't remember it because he was 1 and 2 on those trips.

He didn't go again until he was 6. Since this was the first trip he would remember we decided to do a big surprise as a way to tell him we were going. His birthday is New Year's Day and we would celebrate it a day or 2 after so that people could come to his party without it interfering with their New Year's plans.

We had all of the party attendees wear something Disney related if they had it. Most people wore Buzz Lightyear, Cars, or Pirates t-shirts since they are all over Walmart and Target.

I got party supplies from Party City. Mickey napkins, Tigger cups, POTC party favors. I got several helium balloons with various Disney characters on them. There was a Cars pinata.

I didn't ask my son what theme he wanted his birthday party to be, and he never mentioned anything, so I went with the everything Disney theme.

When we were opening presents he opened an envelope that had a big ticket (I made it using my Cricut machine) It kind of looked like the ticket from Polar Express. It was gold but it had Disney character stickers all over it and said "Ticket to WDW" I asked him what do you think WDW means? He instantly guessed Walt Disney World. The next gift he opened was the Guide to the Magic For Kids book. There were a few Disney t-shirts as well. After he opened the Disney gifts he asked, "Is this Disney ticket real?" I said it sure is and we are going tomorrow! He was so excited it was difficult to get him settle down long enough to open the rest of his regular birthday gifts.

That Guide to the Magic For Kids book was one of my best purchases. Two years later he gets it out regularly and flips through the pages reliving all the memories we had on that trip. He points out which ride he liked the most (which changes a lot) and which ones he wants to try next time. Little does he know we're going for Christmas this year. I'm working on plans for that surprise.

I know this is a birthday story, but you could do most of this stuff for Christmas. During the holidays there is a lot of Disney themed wrapping paper for sale.

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Old 09-23-2012, 06:09 PM   #18
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I created Journals for my 2 boys...they are 9 and 11...I got the templates from allearsnet.net I think and cut and pasted everything to fit into a composition notebook and made tabs and such so each page and section was different, made cross word puzzles, downloaded paper battle ship for them to play on the flight there, cut out coloring pages for them to color on the flight and other activities so its something for them to do on the way there and back PLUS while we are in the lines it has trivia about rides and the parks and stuff which is neat...well the first few pages are the basic info, like their names the dates we are going who all is going how we are getting there where we are staying and all that kind of stuff ...I filled all that out and left the rest blank for them to fill in when we actually go and then wrapped the journals up and put them under the tree...when they opened them they read the dates and info and FLIPPED! it took me a while to come up with the idea and a few weeks to put together the journals but it was well worth it! hope this helps!
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