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Old 01-26-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Ideas for making the trip *extra* special for the kids

Here is the list of ideas that have been given in this thread, so far. I'll keep updating it as long as people contribute!

*Disneyfy the room as much as possible (Target has a pump soap that is shaped like Minnie- complete with bow, or Mickey, Cars toothpaste, a new Disney pillowcase, a Disney towel, etc.)

*Confetti sprinkles you can put in the tub. After you fill the tub, put some in without your little one(s) seeing and when they walk in, tell them Tinker Bell must have been there with her pixie dust.

*Disney Balloons to blow up and place in their bedroom or around the hotel room so they see them when they wake up.

*Buy some souvenirs ahead of time and surprise them with them throughout your visit to the parks. Big Lots, Target, the Dollar Store, Party City, Walmart, Michaels, and other places regularly have Disney merchandise on sale so you can stock up ahead of time.

*Character Dining

*A Birthday Party reservation at Plaza Inn (currently $16.99/person, and you get quite a bit for the money!)

*New Disney jammies

*New Disney shirts to wear to the parks

*Buy iron on transfer paper and make your own custom Disney shirts to wear to the parks

*Put together a little backpack full of things for the kids to do while waiting in line for rides/attractions, treats, etc.

*Disney apps for your phone to use during the waits in line

*Look for the dancing water while waiting to see Tinkerbell

*Touch the bronze apple by the Snow White ride, also look up at the window - the Evil Queen will peek out every now and then.

*Rub the bronze lamp at the Bazaar in Adventureland and hear your fortune

*In the shop at Frontierland, play the game to make Woody dance

*Use the King & Queen bathrooms that are decorated like playing cards, beside the Alice ride

*Listen to the windows outside the Market House shop (by the lockers), and the party line in the store.

*Find the 4-leaf clover in DCA (you can see it from Flik's Flyers!)

*Read your hand-stamp to see the special character (it smells like lemon, too!)

*Make each child a Welcome Package for the hotel, full of things like Disney shower gel and soap, new jammies, swimsuits, beach towels, glow sticks, treats, etc.

*Ask the Mark Twain CM if your child can pilot the boat

*Ask to ride in the front or the back of the monorail

*Ask a CM for your child to be able to "wake up" Jose in the Enchanted Tiki Room

*Keep an eye out for the Disneyland kitties

*Try to get as many "magic" shot photopass photos as you can (even more so if you have Photopass+!!)

*Bring out the glow sticks/bracelets/etc. when we see the CMs walking around selling them. Target and the Dollar Store have these for $1 all the time.

*Eat at Blue Bayou, and ask to be seated by the water

*Buy an Autograph book and a sharpie (one that retracts is ideal) for character autographs; add photos from the trip to the book when you get home

*Buy him an official Disney sketch from the Animators Studio in DCA and have it personalized

*Buy a silhouette from the Silhouette Studio on Main Street

*Help your child get picked for the Jedi Training show, by dressing them in Disney and/or Star Wars gear jumping up and down, and even making a foldable sign (be aware that it needs to be folded up and stored in a pocket or your bag or security will take it when you enter the parks; I'm told Darth Vader and Darth Maul keep some of their favorite signs and have them hanging in the CM area somewhere )

*Pay your child(ren)'s allowance in Disney Dollars for a period of time leading up to the trip.

*Take as many photos with characters as you can

Here is the original post:

I know that sounds redundant (Disneyland, after all, is extra special all on its own), but I'm looking for ways to add even more magic to our trip for our four year old. He has been to DL before, for his 2nd birthday, but obviously he doesn't remember a whole lot from that trip, and he's older now so things are a bigger deal to him.

He knows we're going, but he doesn't know when, so we're trying to keep that a secret until the day we go. We're staying at the Holiday Inn and Suites, which is far enough removed from everything that I'm thinking we can get there and get checked in without him figuring it out. It may not work, but I'm hoping.

So far I have a pack of balloons with the fab five on them that we'll blow up and throw around the hotel room after he's gone to sleep the night before so that they're there when he wakes up. I have a 17" plush Mickey that will be sitting somewhere noticeable, as well, and I'm hoping to find something for breakfast that is Mickey-themed to have there as well. I have a couple of shirts that I ordered from the Disney Store that will be there (so he can pick one to wear that day), along with some other misc. little Disney goodies.

We have a ressie for Minnie and Friends that morning, which should kick our visit off with a Disneyfied bang.

I'm putting together a similar set up with the Cars theme, as well, for the day that we go to DCA.

I've tried searching the forum for other ideas, and I've found a few cute things, but it's hard to know what to search for, so I'm not finding much. I know this subject HAS to have been discussed a ton, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any threads that focused on things like this that I could peruse?

Or if, for some reason, there's not already a thread like that out there, do any of you have any ideas, things you've done in the past for your kids (of any age!), or things you're planning to do? I'd be happy to compile it all into one big list of ideas and update the OP with it all

Countless day trips to Disneyland as a child.
Trips as an adult: May 1997, Feb. 2003, Dec. 2004, July 2005, Feb. 2006, March 2006, Nov. 2006 (honeymoon), Nov. 2010 (first trip with our son, at age 2), March 2013

Upcoming: Dec. 2013

Last edited by CaliDisneyMama; 02-07-2013 at 12:32 PM. Reason: adding all of the ideas from other posters to the OP
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