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Old 12-11-2012, 02:59 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by jnhjlh View Post
we are going in Feb and it will be a xmas gift to my 11 & 14 yr old.
We are making them do a scavenger hunt around the house for disney items lastly they will find a key to a suitcase that will contain a ticket to disneyland. that is how we announcing our trip
Love this idea as well
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:03 PM   #17
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i let my grand daughter help me plan without telling her we were going.
but we always read books about disney and talk about the rides.
we watch youtube for attractions and shows.

we often talk about what she would like and not like.
we look at food pictures and i read menus to her.

she found out she was going when we were waiting for the magical express.
watching the video i think she did not believe us until we were getting on that bus.

after the trip i asked her was it better to be surprised or would she preferred to know so she can help plan.

she said she wanted to be surprised.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:20 PM   #18
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We're taking one of my younger cousins and my nephew with us on our next trip in January and while he knew he was going, she didn't until we told her at her birthday in October.

My parents had agreed with her parents that the trip would be her birthday present, but unfortunately my parents were unable to attend the party (why? They were enjoying their fall getaway to the World! ).

What I did instead was make a card for her on the front which said (Front): "Aunt ---- and Uncle ---- wish they could be here to celebrate with you, but they're attending to some very important business...", (Inside on left): "things you'll need to help them out: *insert standard packing list of clothes and toiletries* followed by 'a spoonful of sugar, your imagination, a handful of faith, a dash of trust, and one more thing... what was it... OH! PIXIE DUST!" (Inside on right): "Mickey can't wait to see you in January!"

Her scream was SO. LOUD. We got it on video, thankfully, so my parents could watch it when they got back from the parks at the end of the day. Everybody was in on it, all of our other aunts/uncles, my older sister and nephew, our grandmother (who gave her spending money for the trip which my cousin just thought was a rather generous birthday gift ), even her teacher at school!

For Christmas, she and my nephew are getting pressed penny books with a roll of quarters and a roll of pennies.
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