How did you tell your kids you were going?

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  1. desamnik

    desamnik Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2005
    Our first cruise is on April 19th. Our kids don't know yet. We don't want to tell them too far in advance, but do want to let them know about it.

    I thought last night that it might be fun to tell them on April fools day!

    Now I just need some ideas as to how to surprise them!

    They are 10 and 7.

    How did you tell your kids they were going on a cruise?

    Thanks for any ideas!
  2. delta0413

    delta0413 Cruise Junkie

    Oct 2, 2006
    Although it's a bit late for this, I'll tell you how we first got out 2 DDs to be cruise junkies:

    After many years of Christmas gift giving, DW and I decided that we would offer DDs a choice, either a bunch of 'stuff' that they might forget soon, or a Disney Cruise. They both said Disney Cruise before we even finished saying the words. We have had the opportunity to make that offer 4 times now. Even though the girls will be 20 and 15 by our June 27th sailing date, we still think it's great that we can do this as a family. I know it's corny, but it gives us some great family time and we have created great memories. :grouphug:
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  4. 3mmm

    3mmm Mouseketeer

    May 16, 2007
    April 4th is our 4th cruise and we were keeping it as a surprise for the kids who have been begging for a disney cruise since we got back from the Med cruise in Huly 07. A couple of weeks ago my 9 year old came home from religious ed and said one of the girls was going on a disney cruise and was going to pet stingrays over spring break and my husband said maybe we'll see her there! He realized right away he goofed, but it was too late.

    On our second cruise, we spent 4 days at disney and packed up for home and arrived at the cruise terminal - that was great fun, but the kids lost out on the anticipation. Now, my ds10, ds9, dd7 and ds4 are very excited. Dd 2 has no idea, although he was on the cruise in the med.

    Whatever you decide, they'll love it once they're there

  5. tampabrat22

    tampabrat22 Mouseketeer

    Jan 25, 2007
    I am still debating on telling my kids or not. Every year when we go on a cruise I always tell them, but I felt like waiting the whole year kind of made them lose some of the excitement. So when I booked our first Disney cruise a few weeks ago I decided not to tell them because I would love to surprise them!

    But, I haven't figured out exactly I would do that:confused3 . My kids are 11 & 6 and are used to cruising so they know the routine, and as soon as they see me start buying all the cruise gear they will know something is up. And they would definitely know once they see me start packing....

    So, if anyone has surprised there kids I would love to hear about it as well. How did you keep it secret and when did you finally tell them?
  6. brucechase

    brucechase DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2008
    I posted this in our meet thread. I kept it a secret for 2 months and it was killing me.

  7. mackeyapp

    mackeyapp DIS Veteran

    Sep 15, 2005
    Our two boys ages 11 and 12 found out on Christmas morning and this is the way we told them. After all the rush was over on Xmas morning (at BWV) we said we had one other gift for them. I had made up a scroll and inside were 8 clues to eight different locations within our 1bedroom. They had to find the eight bags (bought tiny gift bags at the dollar store and had them numbered) in places like the dishwasher, clothes dryer, deck etc. After finding each bag they had to open them in order and spell out each word. I had taken letters from the scrabble game at home. When they finished spelling out "You are going on a Disney Cruise in June" the look was priceless. Surprise!! The funny :rotfl2: part was it took them the longest time to spell out Disney..........and they couldn't go to the next word until they got that one. It was fun to watch.
  8. PPFQP

    PPFQP DIS Veteran

    May 6, 2004

    I made up a little card with pictures of the ship and Disney font. It said, "Because you have done so well in school this year, Mickey Mouse would like you to join him on a Disney Cruise..." it gave more details about the cruise, the dates, the itinerary, etc. It was a cute little card.

    Then, after report cards, we went out for a celebration dinner at Outback. While the girls were in the restromm, I slipped the cards into their menus. Then when they sat back down at the table they found them.

    They were 9 at the time and it was a fun surprise. I think that must have been the end of January or early February, and our cruise was Spring Break (April), so they did have a few months of anticipation.
  9. mousetravel

    mousetravel DIS Veteran

    Oct 16, 2007

    If you're wanting to tell them on April Fool's Day, think of the WORST place that they would want to go. Make them think you're going there and pretend you're all excited even though they aren't. Keep it going for the day. Then do something creative for revealing the real surprise. I can't think of any details because I don't know where your kids would think the worst place is.
  10. stlkeeler

    stlkeeler DIS Veteran

    Jan 23, 2008
  11. CanadianDisneyDad

    CanadianDisneyDad All you need is Faith, Trust and a Little Pixie Du

    Jun 3, 2008
    We surprised our gals at Christmas. We received 2 post cards from Disney with Mickey & Minnie in front of the Magic and on the back a note syaing we hear you coming on a cruise. We put these in envelopes and that was the last gift our gals got. It was quite a strain considering we book in July and had to wait 6 months to tell them.

    They were pleasently surprised :yay:
  12. Kborn

    Kborn Would someone please fire me so I can have a day o

    Sep 8, 2004
    On our first cruise, we ordered the promo DVD....which we watched with our girls and my wife and I keep saying "Would that not be the coolest thing to do" Well it took them a little while to catch on, but once they did it was a "KODAK" moment....
  13. Dee718

    Dee718 Part-time Tinker

    Jun 5, 2008
    I would like to know myself! I booked our cruise last August for Sept 2009. My kids have never been on a cruise and I know they would drive me nuts if I told them too soon. Problem is they need passports so I need to make up a story to get them passports without being suspicious. I want to get them early since I have 3 kids and a DH that need passports. I do like the treasure hunt plan, not sure if I am that creative. :rotfl:
  14. aiken4mickey

    aiken4mickey DIS Veteran

    May 23, 2005

    I LOVE IT!!!
  15. desamnik

    desamnik Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2005
    I really like so many of them, I still have a few weeks to plan it out. But I really like some of these ideas.
  16. Melissa R

    Melissa R Jamz

    Aug 25, 1999
    Here's how we told our boys last year....they were 11 and 5 1/2 at the time.

    I made a treasure map with a few landmarks in our backyard on it, with the dotted line leading them from one location to the next, ending at a big X marks the spot. I set the edges of the paper on fire for a minute to make them look older. (But if I were doing it again, I'd buy scrapbooking paper - some of it looks like old parchment paper.) Then I cut the map into pieces.

    I told them I wanted them to come outside with me. On the bottom step of the stairs off the deck, I left them each a pirate eye-patch and the first piece of the map. At the next stop, they got a little pirate chest filled with gold (plastic) coins (bought these at Party City) and the next piece of the map. The next stop had pirate stickers and pirate pencils and the last piece of the map leading them to the X. At the final destination, I buried a poster under the leaves (we have woods). I wrote "We're going on a...." and then got the Mickey head paint chips at Home Depot and put one letter on each, spelling "DISNEY CRUISE" on them. I printed out some pictures of the ship and glued them on it.

    We went on the treasure hunt with them and video taped it. They were jumping up and down and screaming at the end. They were totally shocked.

    Have a great time, however you decide to tell the kids!
  17. Wachsdds

    Wachsdds Mouseketeer

    Oct 18, 2005
    We told the kids that we flew in to Florida to see their Great Grandma. They then fell asleep in the car only to wake up crossing the bridge to Port Canaveral. Their first site when they woke up was the Magic. The funniest thing was that as we got on the ship my 4 year old turn to me and ask "When are we going to see Grandma Nina?" You have to love innocence.
  18. SeeDisney

    SeeDisney <font color=red>I drove by my WAWA <br><font color

    Mar 25, 2004
    Chiming in.....We're leaving for WDW and cruise in less than 2 weeks and still haven't told the kids yet.

    I'm thinking about posting a couple of big signs on their bedroom walls that we're going a few days beforehand.

    I think half the excitement is a week before going to WDW. The anticipation of upcoming trip.
  19. Butterx3

    Butterx3 Mouseketeer

    Jun 28, 2007
    There is no better surprise for a kid. My 3 children were 13,9 & 6 at the time, and I had mine go on a scavenger hunt. Each spot had an envelope with a clue and a word they had to descramble. I had made a poster using clippings from a Disney cruise promo book, and once the kids had the words figured out they stuck them on the poster. I booked the cruise in May and sent the kids on the hunt on their first day of school in September. Our cruise date was 10/16/08, so they had about 6 weeks of anticipation. We had the poster hanging by our door, so you saw it everytime you were coming or leaving, and nobody wanted to take the poster down once we came back from our trip. I think I took it down around Thanksgiving, and it is now hanging in my sons room. My parents helped me with the hunt, so I have it photo graphed and filmed. All three children had different responses. My 13DS was awestruck and didn't say much at first, my 9DD was jumping for joy and making a huge spectacle and my 6DS was smiling from ear to ear and said "Is this for real". He wasn't quit sure if we were really going, or just doing something fun.

    He just told me, "For the next scavenger hunt mom...." which I thought was cute, they would know right away. So the next trip I will have to come up with a new way to surprise them.

    Enjoy telling your children, and let us know what you end up doing.
    Enjoy your cruise!
  20. itutorfortravel

    itutorfortravel I tutor high school math to pay for my travel addi

    Apr 1, 2008
    Just like the PP, we are doing a scavenger hunt with DD...she is turning 7 in a few weeks and after her party, she will be given instructions for a scavenger hunt. At each location, she will get a bag of letters (Scrabble tiles). Once she finds all the "clues" she will unscramble each word in the phrase "you are going on a Disney cruise"...I made DH buy a video camera just to capture the fun!

    It's funny, a couple days ago, DH was helping DD try on her snorkel and mask with the pretense of taking them to Goodwill if they didn't fit (but really trying to see if we needed a new one!). Afterwards she said she really wanted to go to the beach and I said that we'd go sometime over the summer (we're only a few hours away). And then she said you know where I'd really like to go if I could go anywhere? I said where? and she said on a cruise boat!!! I said oh honey that is so expensive and mommy and daddy would have to save a really long time to do something like that, but maybe we can all start saving some of our birthday money and change so that we can work towards doing that someday...then i said what would you think if we could go on a cruise someday, and she said I'd do this...she then jumped out of her chair and went ballistic, screaming and flailing her arms...I said wow, i guess we will really have to try to do that someday then...LOL! We are leaving in a little over a month!!! Is she going to freak or what?!

  21. msmith07101

    msmith07101 DIS Veteran

    Feb 21, 2009
    These stories are great...I did something similar when we went to Disneyland & Legoland in California. I made up a riddle and then did the Scrabble tiles too! It was a lot of fun watching my boys figure out where we were going. They do not know we are taking a cruise...they know that I am "looking" and thinking about it. Not sure how I will spill the beans this time!

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