In January we took a 4night cruise on the Wonder. Heres a story about how we told our kids (boy/girl twins 5 years old) .. Theyve been on a DCL cruise before, known to them as the Mickey boat, when they were 3 and always talked about going back. As it started to get colder, DW and I were looking at going someplace warm and thats when the kids sail free promotion came up, so we decided to do it. We ended up doing 1 night at the Nick hotel, a 4 night Wonder cruise and 2 nights at Disney. The original idea was to tell them at Christmas. But they were already so excited with their new toys (only grandchildren on both sides) that we just forgot about it. Just after Christmas we split them up into their own rooms, they were sharing a room up to this point, so they were so excited with that. Then it became almost a game to see how far we could get without telling them. This was very hard on Dad!! At dinner, wed talk about where to go on vacation next .. When it was cold Id complain I just want to be warm . Through it all, I became aware of just how self-involved a 5year old is and oblivious they are to whats going on around them. The week before we are leaving, the Christmas stuff goes away while suitcases and summer clothes come down from the attic. DW is asking them to try on shorts and short sleave shirts to see if they still fit. The night before there are piles of clothes everywhere. DW said the suitcases dont come in from the garage until they go to sleep but everything else was out. We needed to get everyone up in the morning to catch the plane, so we decided to have one of those character wake up calls. SpongeBob called at 7 with a generic wake up call. They finally see the suitcases and ask if we are going somewhere. Ariel was supposed to call DD at 7:15 saying have a great trip, but I messed that up. So we said, yes we are going to Florida. SURPRISE!!!!! DS says, Awww I didnt want to there . ARRRGGGG!!! Anyway off to the airport, it is 15degrees at 10am. Land in Orlando it is only 75. Pull up to the Nick hotel, we never said where or what we are doing in Florida but they are very exicted, they love the Nick hotel. The Nick hotel pool is 86 degrees and we are swimming that night. The next morning we start to pack up. We tell them that tomorrow is Monday, there are things to do and we have to get to the terminal. We never lied, we were just vauge. DW can not believe that they actually think that wed fly to Florida just for 1 night, but they seem OK with the idea. Anyway they are in the car, reading and playing with leapsters totally oblivous to the fact that it is taking twice as long to get back to the airport as it did the day before. Finallly DS looks up and says, Hey, the Micky boat, pretty cool. We take the exit. It wasnt until we got in the short line of cars to drop off the bags that they ask, Are we going on the Mickey boat? SURPRISE!!! Needless to say they were very happy, so much so it was hard to hear the person trying to explain the dropoff procedure. Had a great cruise. Had to answer to variety of questions like what about schoo? . Your teacher knows, well miss the entire week, if thats ok So Wednesday night we are starting pack up. The kids say but you said we arent going home until Saturday. I was very impressed they knew the days of the week and that it was Wednesday. We tell them that we are back in Florida and they are kicking us off the boat in the morning. The next morning they assume we are going to the airport. Along the way they ask how long until we get there. Convinently a plane is taking off a short distance away and I point that the airport is right off there, see the plane. They go back to reading/leapster and we pull up to the Boardwalk but they see Epcot. Look it is the big ball, can we go there? SURPRISE!!!! 2 fun filled days at the parks and on Saturday we head for home. Sorry no more suprises. It started off for no good reason but ended up being a little game. It is really fun to see their expression when it is a surprise. I think it also helped that it was one of those immediate surprises that they dont have to wait for. My kids definitely live in the moment , knowing something is coming up but not really understanding how long a month/week is makes it hard. That said, Im not sure wed ever be able to pull it off again.