Need some ideas on how to surprise kids with resort change

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by cmjohannes, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. cmjohannes

    cmjohannes Earning My Ears

    Apr 30, 2013
    Hi All,
    We are visiting the World Sept 14-20. Included are myself, DH, and 2 kids: DS is 12 and DD is 10. We had originally planned to stay at POFQ. When free dining came out, we changed our reservation to CSR business class (we stayed at CSR in 2010 and loved it). After more research, I changed the reservation again and now we are staying at the Wilderness Lodge (for the first time). We haven't told the kids - they still think we will be staying at CSR.

    So.....I am looking for some suggestions as to how/when we should tell the kids we are staying at WL. They have seen pictures, and will be super excited about being there.
    We are driving down from MD the day before, staying one night offsite and arriving early at WL to pick up tickets and such. Do we wait until we get there? Or tell them the night before?
    We had told the kids that if they got really good grades, there might be a surprise waiting for them at WDW, so they are expecting something, but have no idea what. Any comments, advice, suggestions are appreciated.
  2. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011
    I'd just tell them. Would they really get that excited about being in a different resort?
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  4. MinnieTink

    MinnieTink DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2007
    I would just stay quiet and roll up there on the morning you arrive. WL is so impressive and beautiful driving and walking up to it (even moreso at night!) Enjoy your stay! WL is my favorite :)
  5. GaBelle

    GaBelle DIS Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    We are going to be at WL those exact dates!
    I also think you should keep quiet until you arrive at the Lodge. They're gonna love it!
  6. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    I would drive up, telling them you had planned a meal there. Pull up to the front door and say, get the bags, we are staying here.

    There's nothing better than a grand surprise.
  7. gingercake71

    gingercake71 Earning My Ears

    Jan 5, 2012
    Wildnerness Lodge did have a program where a family is selected to raise the flag early in the morning. It would be neat to surprise them by pulling up and on top of that being able to be the key family. They also give you a certificate. You may call the lodge directly to see if this is still available!
  8. dansdad

    dansdad DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
    It is still available. However you cannot put your name on the list to be Flag Family until you check in. And as you can imagine there's a long list of names.
  9. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    Unfortunately, you cannot call any of the resorts directly.

    The CM will answer the phone as if they are in the resort, but they are in a Central Call Center on property and in nightime hours, they are off-property.

    It is all about the illusion that you are reaching someone at the actual resort. Disney prefers to have their CM's at the front desk deal with check-in and issues directly at the resort, and not multiple phone calls.

    The CM would only transfer the call to the resort, if they deemed it necessary, as in case of an emergency. Most likely, their call regarding being the family of the day would be the CM telling them they could ask at check-in.
  10. DisneyLover0610

    DisneyLover0610 Mouseketeer

    May 2, 2013
    You should stay quiet until you drive up! I like the idea of telling them you are eating there, then telling them to grab the bags!! Nothing is better than a surprise!
    Have a great time!
  11. roomthreeseventeen

    roomthreeseventeen Inaugural Dopey Challenge finisher

    Dec 22, 2009
    Obviously you know your kids best, but I would tell them ASAP. I have seen too many videos of people surprising their kids and the kids being upset because they had prepared themselves for a different trip or a different resort.

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