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Old 03-06-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
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Talking The FORTUNE COOKIE SURPRISE TRIP To Disney-THE SURPRISE!

As many of you know, my DH and I have been planning a surprise all-expense-paid trip to Disney for our kids, their spouses and our grandkids. (DH and I are going, too! Of course!) After endless weeks of wondering and asking you all for ideas on just how to announce the surprise, we finally decided on using fortune cookies to announce the surprise!

Little added note: When my two oldest kids were younger, I was raising them on my own. I dreamt about taking them to Disney, yet never was able to do so. So this will be a very first trip to Disney for them! And for our grandkids, too!

Saturday morning, my DH and I were running around like two little kids on Christmas morning. Giggling…Smiling…literally holding onto one another and jumping up and down. Literally.
Keep in mind, we still have one child at home. He kept looking at us with one brow raised-you see, it was a surprise for him, too!
We bought fortune cookies from our local market. Very carefully, we slipped the fortunes out of the cookies using craft tweezers-and replaced them with fortunes we had made ourselves.
The fortunes we made read:

Magic awaits you in a faraway World

Your lucky numbers: 08 27 06

In 176 days, your alarm clock will go off at 4 am

Runway lights will take you to new heights

7 days & 6 nights? Plenty of time to see the sights

The best way to dine? Reservations for nine

If you see a mouse dancin’ down the street, smile and say cheese!

(We also made two special fortune cookies, one for my DH to open and one for me to open. But made sure no one else got one of our cookies!) (NOTE! Our family “nick name” is jac & co.)
We then put the fortune cookies in a waxed paper bag and stapled it closed-to look exactly like the way we get them from our favorite Chinese restaurant-and hid them in the kitchen cupboard.
I then set a very casual table, complete with chop sticks while my husband went to pick up our take out order from the restaurant-3 orders of every appetizer on the menu!

Finally, 4 o’clock came. Finally!! We all sat down to a very casual, fun dinner. Lots of smiles and good conversation. Having only chopsticks on the table made for a fun experience in itself!

After dinner, I casually said, “ok, everyone. Grab a fortune cookie!” (we always take time to read our fortunes, so this was nothing unusual)
I opened the bag of fortune cookies (which I had tossed behind the take out containers when no one was looking) and casually held out the bag so everyone could take one.
Everyone read their fortunes. Silence. Then read them again. Silence with quick wide-eyed glances at one another.
To break the silence, I read my fortune: Mi Lao Shu: Mickey Mouse.The kids starting looking at each other…
Then my DH read his fortune cookie:
jac & co. are going to Disney!
Silence.
jac & co. are going to Disney! My DH read again.
Well, the silence was finally broken… for the next 4 hours, our little home was filled with a family of nine…everyone talking at once…everyone laughing…everyone hugging…and planning, together, the trip of a life time….Magic. Pure magic.

We sent them all home with leftover Chinese food, WDW guidebooks we got at Barnes & Noble and little booklets we made ourselves with park maps and a special jac & co. are going to Disney! cover.
A special heart-felt thank you goes out to carolfoy
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:06 PM   #2
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WOW! You did it! I loved the whole story! Thanks for sharing the fun with all of us. You will have a magical trip!
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Old 03-06-2006, 11:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful gift, to all of us reading as well. Like you said pure magic. I love it. Gives me goose bumps!

Congrats and enjoy!

Pixie dust to the 9 of you!

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What a wonderful surprise Lynn, I'm so glad to be 'involved'. My very best wishes that you and your lovely family have a fantastic time, I will watch out for your trip report.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:35 AM   #5
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That is so great!!! I have goose bumps reading it too. You will have a great trip, congratulations on pulling off a really great surprise to your family.
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:39 AM   #6
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What fun!!! That sounds like something Disney should put in a commercial. Have a great time planning the details of your trip.

Your family will never look at a fortune cookie the same way again.
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:44 PM   #7
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What a wonderful surprise Lynn, I'm so glad to be 'involved'. My very best wishes that you and your lovely family have a fantastic time, I will watch out for your trip report.
Hello carol
I can't thank you enough! I also want to let you, and everyone else, in on a little secret...
Yes, my user name is lynninpa. But my name is not Lynn-and I don't live in PA!
You see, my daughter has wanted to take her children to Disney for sometime now and therefore she has visited the Disboards. Therefore, to keep this trip a surprise for them (and everyone else!) I had to change my username on the Disboards! So... my name is Amy and I live in RI (USA).
Oh, one more thing-Did you see that I added a little "note" to the story of the night we surprised everyone?
Thanks again, my friend!

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Old 03-07-2006, 07:39 PM   #8
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That is the coolest story!! I don't know if you scrapbook or not, but if you don't you should start! And kick it off with the fortune cookie message!

Hope you guys have a fabulous trip! I'll be looking for the trip report.
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Hello carol
I can't thank you enough! I also want to let you, and everyone else, in on a little secret...
Yes, my user name is lynninpa. But my name is not Lynn-and I don't live in PA!
You see, my daughter has wanted to take her children to Disney for sometime now and therefore she has visited the Disboards. Therefore, to keep this trip a surprise for them (and everyone else!) I had to change my username on the Disboards! So... my name is Amy and I live in RI (USA).
Oh, one more thing-Did you see that I added a little "note" to the story of the night we surprised everyone?
Thanks again, my friend!
Hi Amy (not Lynn) I just read your added note, as a single mum too who fortunately IS able to take her DS to the world (ha ha a job as a travel agent might explain that one!) I applaud you for finally fulfilling your dream, I hope your children love it as much as you. I only wish I was going in august instead of september as I'd have loved to have met you all.
Love and hugs and extra special magical pixie dust to all of you
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Thanks for sharing! - This was a wonderful story!
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Wow that was a great story. I wish you where my parents...Have a great time. I got teary eyed just reading it.
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How cool! You all will have a great time! Sounds like you have a great family. Good Luck!
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WOW what a wonderful story....I love stuff like this!!!!!! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your family!!!!
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I seen your first post and have been wondering how it worked out. Congratulations, and I hope you and your family will have a wonderful time!
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What a GREAT story! I got teary reading this! Have a wonderful trip!!!
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