need creative ideas for telling kids we are going to WDW

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  1. danda22

    danda22 Earning My Ears

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    We will be going to WDW the first week of June 2013 for our first time. It is our first big vacation. We have talked about it and the kids think it may be in our future as we tell them we are saving money for it. We have booked our resort and are set on the time and now we would just like to tell them. I was thinking of telling them on Christmas. They are 9 & 10. Only thing I could come up with was letting them open the plane ticket or event ticket.... want something a little more creative I think. welcome to ideas!!
     
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  3. jcof616

    jcof616 Earning My Ears

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    When I took my nieces and nephews we let them know on Christmas with a call from Mickey Mouse. It was funny because when my sister handed the phone to them instead of hitting the speaker, she hung up on him. Of course being the great mouse he is he called back.
     
  4. gelebean2

    gelebean2 Earning My Ears

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    Mayb make a scavenger hunt game with clues they need to solve the clues to find that last christmas present(s) n let them find airline tickets, pass, brochure whatever all in a box. Mayb mickey stuffies for each.
     
  5. Metro West

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    Welcome!
     
  6. welshybird82

    welshybird82 Earning My Ears

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    Maybe get a big box with their names on with a helium balloon of Mickey Mouse in with the words were going to Disney world on, it will float up out of the box when they open it xx
     
  7. myzel

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    What we did was make a sort of scrap book with Disney pictures, add copies of your reservation/ plane tickets/ what ever you want. Just make sure you have your camera ready, it takes a couple seconds for them to understand what it all means. :banana:
     
  8. micahwumbo

    micahwumbo Earning My Ears

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    Dang, telling them early will be torture! I know it's torture waiting for my Disneyland tickets to come! :o
     
  9. djblu883

    djblu883 DIS Veteran

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    If you want to surprise them wait til much closer to time. For a child that wait may as well be years!
     
  10. jnhjlh

    jnhjlh Earning My Ears

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    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
     
  11. rebeccalb10

    rebeccalb10 Mouseketeer

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    You may want to save this for Easter. Also see if you can get park maps and let them create a tour plan after you tell them.
     
  12. disneyjes

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    I love the idea of a scavenger hunt! Super cute.

    We're thinking of telling our son while he's playing the Disneyland kinect game. Not sure yet how we'd do it though! We were going to wait until the day we are leaving but we really want him to be part of the planning process too since I find that to be just as fun as going on vacation.

    Good luck! <3
     
  13. Males1011

    Males1011 Earning My Ears

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    Don't tell them.

    Imagine their reaction when they're getting ready to board a plane, being shuttled around, and ending up in WDW. I think that would be pretty priceless.
     
  14. Musicalmommy

    Musicalmommy Earning My Ears

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    We are cruising in Feb and doing 3 days disneyworld post cruise. Our kids are 3, 5 and 7. We are telling them at Christmas.

    First off before they open anything I will be explaining to them that this LAST present they get to open now, but they will not get to use until February. I don't want them getting any ideas that we are loading a plane that day. They will want to go right then otherwise.

    I am getting my stuff together.. so far we have

    1. Clothes to wear on the trip. I can still dress my kids in matching Disney atire so they will get a couple of those outfits for the trip. Including their pirate night outfits for the cruise.
    2. I put a kids Disney World planning guide on reserve at the library yesterday and had them put a delay on it. It will be ready for me to pick up their last day of school before break. My 7 year old is gifted and will be ready to read through the whole thing and will be a walking Disney expert by the end of the week I am more than sure.. Which in turn is nice so I don't have to remember all the details. HA!
    3.Small Light up toys, we are getting a couple light up toys to take with us to avoid buying them while we are there at the fireworks shows etc.
    4. The Disney Cruise planning DVD will be included in their gift. We have kept it hidden from them but it is just as good as any ticket since when you open the flap it says "Welcome Aboard Weber Family!" I am sure that will give them the hint they need.
    5. Other things they have but will use on the trip will be included in the gift. Like their sunglasses that they never use in winter, but we will need ready for the trip I will toss in the gift as well.
    6. Disney Gift Card. Each of them will have their own gift card to unwrap. Although we get to keep track of the cards afterwards.
    7. A countdown paper chain. I plan on putting a link on the chain for each day they have to wait for the trip so they can see how many days they will need to wait. After Advent calendars this month... they will totally have this concept down. Much better than, "Do we go tomorrow??? Do we go tomorrow??? Do we go tomorrow???"

    All will be inside a piece of luggage and the luggage wrapped and saved for last.

    Lucky for us we just decided on our trip in November and don't have as long of a wait. I am already going nuts... Can't wait until I can chat Disney with the kids. Yet I am with the other people in your group and would wait until Easter. 6 months is a LONG time.
     
  15. Musicalmommy

    Musicalmommy Earning My Ears

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    Our family could never do this.. we have one child who just needs time to get used to things. Jumping on a plane last minute would throw him into a complete panic! He is going to need the couple of months notice to talk to others who have been, watch the DVD's etc so he knows what to expect.

    My other two could totally handle that though and it does look fun. But you really need to keep in mind the temperment of the kids to know if it will backfire or not.
     
  16. 5mouseketeersforus

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    We bought some of the books (hidden mickeys, etc) and will wrap those up - they will be the last gifts the kids are allowed to open on Christmas day. Just trying to decide how to do the big reveal though.....love the idea of balloons in a box with a note attached. Was also thinking we may piece together a little Powerpoint slideshow of a bunch of pictures from our trips to WDW previously and then at the end - have the final slide say that we are going in January? Not sure yet. And time is running out :hourglass
     
  17. 5mouseketeersforus

    5mouseketeersforus Mouseketeer

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    Love this idea as well :)
     
  18. serene56

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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.
     
  19. Axel

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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! :rotfl:).

    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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