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Old 02-17-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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POFQ fans - planning complete surprise trip; need help!

So, my mom and DD have birthdays within days of each other in September, Mom's is the 18th, Jasmine's is the 14th. We've gone to Disney multiple times for their birthdays, but this year I'm going to attempt to fake them out, and plan a complete surprise for them, keep the details a surprise as long as possible.

I'm trying to mix it up, and do things we haven't before. I've decided on POFQ, a long weekend from Friday, 9/13 thru Mondays, 9/16 - we've never stayed at FQ before. I was going to do a CRT breakfast (attempt it, anyway!), but decided it would make more sense to do a breakfast at Kona, which sounds fabulous! I also want to do the Dessert Party for Wishes one night. I'm thinking about doing a boat rental at FQ and mini golf, which we also haven't done before.

My plans are coming along, but one thing I'm trying to work out is room decorating. I checked out Disney Floral & Gifts, but they're so expensive, and I don't understand any business nowadays that isn't able to do much of their work online - I wrote to them and got a message saying not to write, but to call (I paraphrase, but that's the upshot!). I was thinking I could do something pretty nice and more personalized for them myself, less expensive, but way more mileage for my dollar! We live in Lakeland, FL, which is about 40 minutes away from WDW, and my daughter and nephew will be in school on Friday, so we wouldn't be checking in until late afternoon. I would be taking the day off, but I was thinking of telling them I was going to work a partial day, but instead go to the hotel, check-in, then go to the room and decorate, then go home, pick up everyone, and come back for a nice little surprised. I'm trying to work out what to do when we come back - we usually all go to the desk to check-in. I was thinking of including my nephew/15 in the planning, have him do something with mom and DD when we get there, and I can go and pretend to check-in then....? Those who have been to FQ, is there anything right around check-in that I can send the 3 of them to that will keep them occupied for a bit?

And anyone with any good surprise ideas, please feel free to post them!
Me52 DD18 Mom79 Nephew16 Shiloh Rascal Raven
11/04 ~ PC | 10/3-10/8/05 ~ PC | 12/16-12/18/05 ~ CS | 1/27-1/29/06 ~ split PC/CS | 3/3-3/5/06 ~ POR | 9/24-9/30/06 ~ split Swan/POR | 6/6-6/9/07 ~ PC | 6/8-6/14/08 ~ POR ~ DD 1st visit! | 9/12-9/14/08 ~ AKV Jambo ~ 1st DVC! | 12/19-12/21/08 ~ WLV | 5/10-5/14/09 ~ AKV Jambo | 6/5-6/7/09 ~ PC |7/26-7/28/09 ~ OKW with DD | 9/17-9/19/10 ~ AKV Jambo ~ Mom's 75th | 6/24-6/26/11 ~ FW with DD|6/1-6/3/12 ~ FW with DD, nephew + friends | 6/24-6/29/12 ~ AKV Jambo |8/9-8/12/12 ~ FW with DD + friend | 9/21-23/12 ~ AKV ~ first stay at Kidani! | 2/8-2/10/13 ~ PC | 3/2-3/3/13 ~ PC w/ DD + friend | 5/10-5/12/13 ~ CS w/ DD | 9/13 - 9/16/13 ~ AKV-Kidani | 4/4 thru 4/6/14 ~ AKV-Kidani | 6/21-6/22/14 ~ WLV ~ DD and me! | 9/4 thru 9/7/14 ~ 1st Disney Dream cruise!
December 13 thru 14, 2014 ~ AKL ~ aunt/nephew time! | September 4 thru 7, 2015 ~ Disney Dream cruise with the WHOLE family for Mom's 80th birthday!

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