Should I tell or not? *Update* on page 5

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  1. mevelandry

    mevelandry DIS Veteran

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    Lost my mom (cancer) 7 years ago so that kind of story (involving moms) makes me a bit emotional. Yours was amazing, it brought tears to my eyes. You did the kind of stuff I wish I could have done if my mom was still alive. Bravo!
     
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  3. ZehnJahren

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    If you don't make big plans anymore, I would SO surprise them with the AKL trip when you get there! Maybe take them to AKL and have them go out to see the animals and then say you have to go to the bathroom - go in and check in, then come back out with room keys. Oh man, I can think of a hundred ways to do it!

    Yes, they'll be confused why you want to go there first before even checking in to your hotel, but most likely they'll just kind of go along with it. And if they protest and say that they want to go straight to the hotel, you can tell them that you are.

    Thanks; I really like surprising her with stuff now that I'm an adult, since she gave up so much for me when I was a kid. I'm sorry to hear you lost your mom; I can't imagine how hard that is. :flower3:
     
  4. thr33boys

    thr33boys Mouseketeer

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    We did our first trip last year and kept it a secret longer than we had planned. It turned out we missed the airport cut-off - not our home airport and by the time we made it to the gate, the plane was 1/2 boarded and we never did get an opportunity to do the reveal. This time, we're not going to let that happen but we haven't thought yet how to do it this time.
     
  5. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    That's an awesome idea. If you have more please feel free to share them.
     
  6. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    So sorry you lost your mom to breast cancer. My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She had it in the early 70's so I'm blessed to have been able to grow up having a mom.
     
  7. ZehnJahren

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    You might also consider surprising them right before getting to AKL. Pass up the CBR exit, and of course someone (probably the wife!) will say "oh you missed the turn!" You can then say, "no I didn't". Then while you're heading to the AKL exit, you can tell them that you have a surprise for them, and you're not staying at CBR - they'll ask where you're staying and you can just tell them "you'll see." Or you can ask them if they trust you to get them where you're going, and just keep driving.

    I believe that exit for AKL only has AK and AKL on it, so once you get off at that exit the chances are that they'll know where they're going and the excitement can start! If the exit does have another resort listed (I don't remember that being the case when I was at AKL, but I could be wrong), they'll still have to guess - but you pass the AK entrance to get to the AKL entrance so it will be pretty obvious!

    You could not say anything, pull up to AKL, and when the guard asks why you're there, you just say "checking in". There's a surprise!

    You could also consider getting an ADR for one of the AKL restaurants for your arrival day, and then tell them that you're running late and need to go straight there. If the time seems inconvenient, you could say that it was the only ADR they had and you really wanted to try zebra domes. Then you could tell them when you got to AKL ("Grab your bags, we're checking in instead!"), or during lunch/dinner ("What do you guys say we just stay here?"), or after eating ("I've decided we're not leaving!"), or you could suggest going out to look at the animals (before or after eating) and check in then and surprise them apart from the meal.

    You could even get up to use the bathroom, go check in, and then simply come back and lay the room keys on the table without saying a word. They'll pick them up and see their names on them.

    You could tell them you have a surprise for them but you have to "stop by AKL to get it". The surprise could be the room keys.

    You could always tell the wife if she can keep a secret, and she can be in on it with you. She could suggest going to AKL first and you could agree and head that direction, or she could say she wants some zebra domes and you could agree to stop there first.
     
  8. weswife

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    I am surprising my family with a change in resorts!

    I did tell DH a month ago, could not keep it from him! :rotfl: We are staying at POP the first night, then going to the BC for 2 nights! My kids (14 and 20) think they are staying 3 nights at the POP. We got a deal on airfare to go down 3 nights early on the upside it made our trip a full 2 weeks! :goodvibes My DD 20 is happy to stay anywhere in Disney! She loves any resort! DS (14) is a hotel snob, :lmao: he LOVES his deluxe stays! DH is kind of the same but likes mods! I am like DD happy to be there!!! So, I know my kids will love the move and enjoy the surprise! I am a BIG BC fan so I know I will be pumped! We will have 4 nights at OKW and 6 nights at BWV!

    Enjoy your trip!!!!pixiedust:
     
  9. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    More good ideas. Thanks. I think I'm going to have to be prepared to come up with several excuses as we roll into Orlando. I will probably get off at the exit before the AKL exit. It has more resorts showing on the exit signs (I think). That may not give anything away. I believe that is the exit after the CBR exit. Not sure though.

     
  10. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    I'm not going tell the DW. I want to surprise her too. I'm more of a hotel snob than anyone else in the family but after spending 20 years in the military I appreciate anything better than a tent.

     
  11. mevelandry

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    It was bone cancer in fact... I've been blessed to have a wonderful mother for 27 years of my life. :)

    But happy to know your mother is a survivor. It's fantastic. :cheer2:
     
  12. mevelandry

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    Oh my god, I would die of happiness if my husband did something like that for me. :rotfl:

    That is a great idea.
     
  13. samnbilly

    samnbilly Loves the GF and the Castle.All nurses go to heave

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    I'm impressed you can keep this secret @ all!!
    I'm terrible with secrets! (I.e. presents)

    We were fortunate to get an amazing upgrade for our upcoming trip! I thought of so many different scenarios to surprise them, then when my DH & kids got home..I blabbed! I was so excited that I couldn't hold it in-lol!!

    No matter what you do, they will love it! It's beautiful there & you & your family will have an amazing trip!!!
     
  14. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    Sorry, I don't know why I thought it was breast cancer (thought that's what I read). Any cancer is horrible. I lost my dad to prostate cancer 15 years ago. It's all terrible.

     
  15. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    Well, I don't really want it to kill her. Lol.
     
  16. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    Trust me, it's not easy. I know they will have fun regardless if I tell them now or later.
     
  17. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    Got Mickey Mail yesterday. It said we were staying at the CBR. It must have been processed before I changed our reservations. I'm going to take it as a sign to just let them keep thinking that is where we are staying.

    Last night I said something about maybe stopping by AKL and looking at the animals before we went to CBR. The whole family liked that idea since our only plans for the first day is a trip to DTD.
     
  18. Nancy F

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    That sounds like best idea yet!!! :thumbsup2 can't wait to hear how the surprise goes!
    Nancypixiedust:
     
  19. mevelandry

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    Everything is in order for a huge surprise then. Good luck on keeping the secret.

    I don't remember reading about when you are going?
     
  20. DreamerWDW

    DreamerWDW A dream is a wish your heart makes...

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    Surprising them sounds fun and I would go for it:cool1:

    Sounds like it is all working out:thumbsup2
     
  21. BamaDisneyBoy

    BamaDisneyBoy Earning My Ears

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    We are going the first week of December.
     

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