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Old 02-06-2012, 06:37 AM   #31
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Lol, they are all mine and DH's. No offence taken
Oh sorry!!! I obviously hadn't had enough coffee when I posted this I read Crabbie1's post at the top of this page, and thought she was the OP...

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:21 AM   #32
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Oh sorry!!! I obviously hadn't had enough coffee when I posted this I read Crabbie1's post at the top of this page, and thought she was the OP...

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:26 AM   #33
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Just added a couple more 'might do's'. Thinking of Airport Lounge and also a Garden Grocer order before we go.
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Well done for keeping it secret It will all be so worth it when you finally tell them!
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:27 PM   #35
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Well done for keeping it secret It will all be so worth it when you finally tell them!
I hope so Elaine. Just worried it will backfire and they will be underwhelmed by it all.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #36
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....... they will be underwhelmed by it all.
How could any child be 'underwhelmed' with a trip to WDW??!!!
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:19 AM   #37
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Just added a couple more 'might do's'. Thinking of Airport Lounge and also a Garden Grocer order before we go.
What is a garden grocer? Sounds very interesting!!!

DBF and I have taken advantage of the airport lounge in GLA, although we are flying Virgin I dont think there is a V Room in Glasgow so we are going to check this out, if not we will book the usual lounge to relax in.

Looking forward to reading your plans, must be so exciting keeping it a secret from the kiddiewinkles

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:39 PM   #38
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How could any child be 'underwhelmed' with a trip to WDW??!!!
I have built the moment of telling them in my own mind. I'm just worried that they won't be able to take it all in. I think kids' reactions can be so unpredictable at times.

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What is a garden grocer? Sounds very interesting!!!

DBF and I have taken advantage of the airport lounge in GLA, although we are flying Virgin I dont think there is a V Room in Glasgow so we are going to check this out, if not we will book the usual lounge to relax in.

Looking forward to reading your plans, must be so exciting keeping it a secret from the kiddiewinkles

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Garden Grocer is online and will deliver your groceries to your hotel. I want to have a mooch around Walmart but I know that we will all be tired and I like the idea of having the basics there when we arrive.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #39
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I have asked for a refund from Disney for my Photopass CD. They have said they will issue a refund within 1/2 billing cycles. As soon as I have the refund, I am going to pre-pay for the CD and the Photobook. After looking at them online, I have realised that I really want one as I love all of the backgrounds you can have.

I got confirmation of my free travel insurance with my new Nationwide account today, so I will be getting my upgrade in March so we are covered for the trip.
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I have asked for a refund from Disney for my Photopass CD. They have said they will issue a refund within 1/2 billing cycles. As soon as I have the refund, I am going to pre-pay for the CD and the Photobook. After looking at them online, I have realised that I really want one as I love all of the backgrounds you can have.

I got confirmation of my free travel insurance with my new Nationwide account today, so I will be getting my upgrade in March so we are covered for the trip.
Hmm, you have me thinking. I'm ordering the CD next week... but now I am thinking I may get the CD & the photobook. The photobook looks good, you have me convinced!

Good to hear your covered for your trip too!
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Looking forward to hearing about your childrens reactions to their trip!
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:59 PM   #42
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Am loving your PTR! Your are so good keeping this secret, what an amazing surprise your girls will have! I am terrible at keeping secrets so I admire you for hiding all this stuff - and for being so organised!

Can I ask, where do you pre-buy the cd and photobook/pass stuff? We're not going for another 17 months but i'd like to look into it, especially if we can pay for it in advance, like you say, budget it in!

Your ADR's look great. I've heard great things about the breakfast at 1900 Park Fare The Mad Hatter is great fun, in fact somewhere on the DIS is a video someone made of the breakfast and the Mad Hatter was just so funny
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:11 PM   #43
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Hmm, you have me thinking. I'm ordering the CD next week... but now I am thinking I may get the CD & the photobook. The photobook looks good, you have me convinced!

Good to hear your covered for your trip too!
As this will be our first trip, I wanted a memento that would bring back happy memories. I'm not that much into shopping for souvenirs so this seemed like a good choice. I really like what I've seen.

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Am loving your PTR! Your are so good keeping this secret, what an amazing surprise your girls will have! I am terrible at keeping secrets so I admire you for hiding all this stuff - and for being so organised!

Can I ask, where do you pre-buy the cd and photobook/pass stuff? We're not going for another 17 months but i'd like to look into it, especially if we can pay for it in advance, like you say, budget it in!

Your ADR's look great. I've heard great things about the breakfast at 1900 Park Fare The Mad Hatter is great fun, in fact somewhere on the DIS is a video someone made of the breakfast and the Mad Hatter was just so funny
The link for the offer is here:
http://www.disneyphotopass.com/previsitoffer.aspx

All of the planning is half the fun. I keep changing my mind about ADR's. I think I might leave a few credits so that the kids can choose a restaurant or we can revisit a favourite. Everything I read about makes me more excited. I can't wait to go.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:50 PM   #44
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Hi there,

Just found your pre-trip report. Just wanted to say that we too surprised our two daughters (5 & 7 yrs on this past trip a few weeks ago). It was the first time that we had done it and it was FANTASTIC!!! I wouldn't do it again though as trying to keep it secret (especially during the last few weeks), for 8 months was incredibily difficult!!

What we did though was start talking about booking a holiday there for next year, looking at the internet, talking about different parks etc, looking at the DCL etc and they started to get really excited about it without actually realising they were actually going a few weeks later!!

The whole trip was for my BIG 4-0, so we pretended that we were going to go to London during the half term holidays, somewhere that they love to go, but don't very often as we live in deepest Devon!!

On the Wednesday they went off to school none the wiser, I then rushed back home and finished packing last minute things, toothbrushes, teddies etc, drove the dogs to kennels, then at 11.30am returned to the school.

The school were in on the whole surprise, so I walked into there classroom and told them I needed to take them to the dentist, an appointment that I'd forgotten!!! On the way back I said that we were going to pop home first for a quick lunch as they'd miss their school dinners.

When we got home, we said; "SURPRISE, we're not going to London next week, we're going RIGHT NOW"....

My youngest, started crying that she would miss having Chloe's birthday cake that she'd brought into school and they were due to have that afternoon!!!! Children??!!

They were so excited and thankfully didn't notice that the suitcases were in the back of the car!!

When we got into the car they each had a huge 'Pass the Parcel' type of gift on their seats. Every 30 minutes they were allowed to open another layer and each layer unbeknown to them held something for the flight, i'e; Activity books, new Dvd's, Nintendo games, sweets ect etc...

I also announced that as it was my birthday I was choosing the hotel and I'd chosen one right next to airport (The Sofitel), but it was ok as it had a train into town!!!!

When we arrived I couldn't believe it as my eldest daughter said; "Oh look how lucky those people are al flying off on holiday!!! She still hadn't clicked!!!

We got into the room, settled in, then I got my camera out and DH the Camcorder on the premise that we were taking pictures of the room. We asked them to sit on the bed so we could photograph them!

I started to get nervous about being let down by their reactions! I said that as they knew it was my birthday treat, instead of going into London the next day, how did they fancy getting on a plane and going to Disney World to the AKL and then onto the Disney Dream?

It took a few seconds to register, then HUGE grins came across their faces, they jumped around on the bed, then what made the last 8 months totally worth keeping it a secret was when DD1 burst into tears as she was just SO happy!!! She even set me off. I wish I knew how to upload pictures on here as I took the sequence on my camera!!

They then opened the last present - a new Disney purse full of a $100 to spend. We then gave them one last surprise, a Trunki backpack, which they then spent ages packing with all the presents they'd unwrapped in the car during the 5.5 hour journey. It was lovely as they were SO excited!!

I really hope it goes well keeping it secret. We both found that on the few occasions that we slipped up, we just referred to the forthcoming trip we ere planning.

Good Luck!

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Old 03-04-2012, 02:31 AM   #45
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How exciting! We are also staying at OKW but go a month earlier than you, so I'm busy narrowing down my choices for ADR's! I could never keep a secret for so long, well done to you!
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