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Old 10-21-2012, 07:07 PM   #16
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Our kids (5 & 7) were helping us play the online Disney Cruise Adventure game, and we all thought it would be great to go on a Disney Cruise sometime. They were all hyped up to win (which of course we didn't), which led my husband an I to research to cruises a little further. After that, the kids helped me make a paper mache model of a Disney cruise ship with a hole at the top (this turned out great by the way). This is now our Disney Cruise savings. We told the kids as soon as we can save enough money, we'll be able to take the cruise. Little do they know we already booked one for their April school vacation. We will be prepacked and pick them up early from school on the day we leave. Not sure how the rest will go yet, but I can't wait!
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #17
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I surprised my daughter when we went two years ago. She was 4 and I knew that if I told her ahead of time, she would be too excited to function I told her when we were about to land in Orlando and the pilot announced something about Mickey Mouse. That's when I told her we were headed to disney world. But that instead of seeing Mickey at the magic kingdom, he had invited us to take a ride on his boat. She loved every minute of our surprise mother daughter vacation.

After the trip she said she really wished the whole family had gone. So we are going back in December and this time the hubby and son can join us.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:39 PM   #18
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I had the same concern about the anticipation being half the fun. We booked on the Magic for January 4th, and we discussed just driving down there saying we were going to visit "Texas", and then surprising DD with the cruise. But I really wanted her to have the anticipation, and build up. So we settled on it being a christmas present, then she'll get 10 days of anticipation.

It's a present for DS too (well, actually it's a present for all of us) but he'll only be 4 months then and will have no clue what's going on.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #19
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"You mean we aren't going to the dentist?"

We suprised our boys (12 & 8) with the 11 night Christmas Cruise in 2010.
We booked in Oct, so not alot of time to plan/book/pack. Well, they never caught on even with the large suitcases in our room.
I had to take them out of school an hour early the last day of school before break & told them we had dentist appointments. My parents were at our house to say goodbye & drive us to the airport. I said "Why are gramma & grampa here?" The kids came in the house, we sat them down & said "We are going on a Disney Cruise for Christmas & leaving NOW!"
They loved it! At the airport my 8 year old turned to me & said "Thanks for taking us on vacation, Mom!"
However, now anytime we have a dentist/doctor appointment they are suspicious! This year we are doing it AGAIN~hope it works!
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #20
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My mom dad and I are going on a cruise in 2014 and we're not telling my 3 little brothers (7, 6 & 4) We went on one in June this year and they had a blast but we told them that we were going. This time we aren't going to even mention the cruise to them (planning may be a bit hard lol) When we (probably) drive down to Florida we're going to tell them we're going to the beach. Then say 'you want to go see if the Mickey boat is at the port?' (Mickey Boat is what they call the cruise ship) and then when we get there say 'do you guys want to look inside?' the go in the elevators or up the stairs and say 'We're going to stay on the ship!' lol
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:24 PM   #21
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I just love this thread! We haven't surprised DS yet but are planning to for our first Disney Cruise in Feb. We've been on many cruises and to WDW a few times and on our last cruise earlier this year, we saw the Disney Dream in one of the ports. DS was so excited and still frequently brings up going on a Disney Cruise. At the time, even DH didn't know I had already booked the Fantasy! DS' 6th Birthday is on 2/15 and we cruise on 2/16. When I booked airfare, I convinced DH that we just had to go down a few days early so we weren't flying on DS' Birthday, so now we're surprising DS with a 3 night stay in WDW followed by the cruise.

We haven't ironed out exactly how we're going to surprise him. Our flight isn't until 3 pm so I think we'll pick him up early from school and tell him on the drive to the airport that we're going to WDW. And then when it's time to leave WDW, we'll just happen to drive by the port (I know it's not on the way, but he won't know ) and I'm sure he'll be asking to go on the Mickey Boat if he hasn't already. So we'll surprise him then.

This secret hasn't been easy, but he hasn't figured it out yet. DH and I are going on a cruise next month for our Anniversary and DS just found out today and he's upset that he's not going.

We did surprise him with a day at MK pre-cruise in 2011 and he was thrilled! We had a rental car and just drove over from the hotel so he didn't know until he saw the signs. I know he'll love to be surprised and that means he won't be driving me crazy every day asking when we're going!
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:39 PM   #22
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I was hoping there'd be some teenager surprises. LOL! We're "gifting" our teen sons with a 1/18 cruise as one of their Christmas gifts. Hubby mentioned waiting until the day of the cruise to tell them but I don't think that would go over with the 16 year old so well. It is sooooo incredibly hard to keep this all a secret!!! We've never surprised them before with a trip! But how to "gift" a cruise to teenagers?! It has to be at the same time because they'll pick up on what's going on if the other is flipping out. I thought about the whole scavenger hunt thing but the hubby is right, the moment we start one of those they'll know what's up. I'm thinking what we'll do is make a message in a bottle then wrap it up in a box like a regular present. I'm not going to put it under the Christmas tree with all the other gifts, tho. Nope. I'm going to wait. I want them to have all their other gifts like other Christmases. Maybe we'll wait a little while, maybe we'll wait a few hours. I want to "discover" a missed gift sorta like Ralphie did in 'A Christmas Story'. It'll be a gift for both boys so they'll open it up and discover their final gift together. Or, I could make a cake for Christmas dessert and write it on top. LOL!
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #23
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I was hoping there'd be some teenager surprises. LOL! We're "gifting" our teen sons with a 1/18 cruise as one of their Christmas gifts. Hubby mentioned waiting until the day of the cruise to tell them but I don't think that would go over with the 16 year old so well. It is sooooo incredibly hard to keep this all a secret!!! We've never surprised them before with a trip! But how to "gift" a cruise to teenagers?! It has to be at the same time because they'll pick up on what's going on if the other is flipping out. I thought about the whole scavenger hunt thing but the hubby is right, the moment we start one of those they'll know what's up. I'm thinking what we'll do is make a message in a bottle then wrap it up in a box like a regular present. I'm not going to put it under the Christmas tree with all the other gifts, tho. Nope. I'm going to wait. I want them to have all their other gifts like other Christmases. Maybe we'll wait a little while, maybe we'll wait a few hours. I want to "discover" a missed gift sorta like Ralphie did in 'A Christmas Story'. It'll be a gift for both boys so they'll open it up and discover their final gift together. Or, I could make a cake for Christmas dessert and write it on top. LOL!
Do they have a facebook?? I'd post it on facebook a few days before and see if they see it. (; or for Christmas Desert make a Mickey Cake!
I'm a teen and I'd love it if I was told 'we're taking a vacation to florida and going to the beach' then instead of going to the beach one day you go to port and surprise them then!
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:55 PM   #24
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So nice to hear all the stories!
We were on the Fantasy in April and booked it over a year in advanced. DSs knew from day one. Well I think they liked tha planning, but it was just too long to wait.
This time we are going on the Magic in the Med and we are not telling them anything.
We are flying in to Barcelona the day before and we are going to tell them that we are having a vacation in Spain. We plan to take a cab to the port and when they see the ship - surprise!
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:59 AM   #25
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I surprised mine with a Disney World trip once. One of my kids loved the surprise but the other didn't. My daughter said that the anticipation was part of the fun (and I agree).

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:39 AM   #26
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We surprised our kids once - and it didn't go well. My ds (5 at the time) cried because he was worried about missing a play date with his buddy Kevin. It took half the plane ride to FL before he felt happy. Now my kids always know about a vacation in advance but I may throw in a surprise on the trip.

I think telling them 2-4 weeks in advance may be a great way to go. It would give them time to adjust plans with friends, tell the coach they won't be at practice etc... and get that excited feeling of anticipation.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:45 AM   #27
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Did it 3 years in a row.. at Christmas... Santa Claus is awesome to bring tickets a little early..

He even brought tickets for gma and gpa 1 year...
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #28
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We are surprising our girls ages 11 and 15 for our Disney cruise in November. Our story is that we decided to go on a cruise with Grandma and Grandma only cruises Princess. I even booked the cruise and then, I started reading the reviews and one of my friends came back from a Princess cruise and said that they were not for kids. This is one of the older ships as well. So, I convinced Grandma to go on a Disney cruise. The kids still think we are going on the Princess cruise. Our running joke it is the knitting cruise with high tea every afternoon. No offense to Princess cruise lovers out there (I researched it by looking at their Pitter Patter - daily newspaper). Really this cruise isn't very kid friendly. Anyways, the girls are also shocked that Mommy doesn't want to do anything Disney this year. We always do something Disney whether it is Disneyland, WDW or cruise. I've ordered t-shirts too. Plus, I'm making the FE gifts while they are asleep at night. Also, because I booked late we had to fly in and out of Tampa Bay Airport so, I booked a room at Vero Beach for one night to get our Disney fix. LOL... I haven't decided when to tell them. So, they know to bring their pins for trading at Vero Beach and we'll have to smuggle extras for the cruise because I'm sure they will bring a tiny bag of them. I can't wait. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #29
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We surprised our DDs last year for their birthday. It wasn't an DCL cruise, but still a cruise

I had told them ahead of time we were going someplace special for breakfast. We got up and drove to the airport. One DD questioned this - but my Dh told her he thought they would enjoy watching the airplanes take off and land. They said they would.

I was surprised that we got out of the car, rolling suitcases and no one asked about that until we were checking them in. At that point Madison said "hey, if we are just eating breakfast why do we have all these suitcases?"

Anyhow we flew to Fort Lauderdale, checked into a hotel on the beach and had dinner at Bubba Gumps, we told them we were getting a hat to take home for Christmas and were leaving the next morning. They didn't believe us, but a cruise wasn't in their thoughts either. The next morning we had a limo pick us up - and we headed out. . . .the girls were both dancing in their seats until they saw the airport, their faces fell thinking we really were flying home.

Well, we kept going - our cruise was out of Miami. They watched out the window and then got beyond excited when they saw the cruise ships. We managed to surprise them. Later when I asked them they said they loved the excitement of not knowing, etc. So I have no regrets about doing it this way. It was fun, it made a great memory - but my children love surprises.

This year for their birthday they know we are spending the night in Galveston at The Galvez and having dinner at Bubba Gumps to celebrate. What they don't know is the next morning we will be boarding the DCL Magic. No airport in the scenario this time around should help us pull it off again. :D
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:16 AM   #30
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We surprised our girls with a call on Christmas morning from Mickey (cruise was in January) - worked wonderfully!
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