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Old 11-16-2013, 09:51 PM   #46
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We are taking our 2nd trip 2 weeks from today. The first trip a year and a half ago the kids knew about a year in advance(they were all in my brother in laws wedding at WDW). We keep telling them we will go back for my sons graduation in 10 years, but secretly we've had another trip planned for almost the last year. We are doing the big reveal on Thanksgiving, 2 days before we leave. Let me preface this by saying, if you haven't seen the youtube video of Lily getting surprised with a trip to Disneyworld, you should check it out, so cute! My kids love it. Lily gets a bag full of disney goodies from her mom and her mom asks where she would want to go with all of it. So on Thanksgiving I am going to have a small treasure hunt for the kids, non disney clues leading them around the house. They are going to end up downstairs where all my extended family will be sitting. I am going to hand them each a disney tote bag full of disney goodies(gift cards, their ears, coloring books, t-shirts, maps, etc) and as they start going through them, ask them if there is anywhere they could go with this stuff... They will probably already have caught on by the time I get to asking! I'm not sure if I'm more excited to go back or to see their reaction!!
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #47
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Great stories. I'm planning a surprise for my significant other for Xmas. The box is already wrapped with seven different little boxes inside that all contain "Disney" trinkets. The bottom box has our vacation details inside. Its been a hard secret to keep but only 35 more days. HOHOHO
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:57 PM   #48
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Great stories. I'm planning a surprise for my significant other for Xmas. The box is already wrapped with seven different little boxes inside that all contain "Disney" trinkets. The bottom box has our vacation details inside. Its been a hard secret to keep but only 35 more days. HOHOHO
I know the feeling! It's so difficult to keep this secret!
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:01 PM   #49
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Great stories. I'm planning a surprise for my significant other for Xmas. The box is already wrapped with seven different little boxes inside that all contain "Disney" trinkets. The bottom box has our vacation details inside. Its been a hard secret to keep but only 35 more days. HOHOHO
A Christmas reveal, nice! We are waiting until Easter Sunday because I cant stand to hear "How many more days?" over and over for months on end. 151 days until the reveal and 165 until we leave!
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:26 PM   #50
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great ideas! I will keep them in mind for our families next trip!!!!
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:47 PM   #51
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My son thinks we're going to visit my sister and her family. He is excited at the thought of going on his first plane ride. I told him that he would be missing school, but he is fine with that (he's always jealous when all his friends get to miss school and go on vacations). The plan is to tell him on the first half of our flight. My friend is going to tape his reaction. I have created a booklet about our "adventure" and pointing out some of the sights in the city where my sister lives, but then the next couple pages will have something to do with California or Disneyland and how it would be way better to be there. At the end of the booklet is a picture of Mickey and friends and it says "Surprise, We're going to Disneyland". Then I'm going to give him a bag full of Disney goodies I bought to act as a "survival" kit for on the way there and when we're in the parks. I can't tell him beforehand or all I'll hear is "I can't wait any longer, I don't think I can make it".
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:03 AM   #52
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we usually just put them in the car and drive to the airport without telling them where we are going. the bags are in the car already. They get it when we pull into the airport....
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:55 PM   #53
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We are planning on leaving around their bed time and making the 8 hour drive. By the time our then 6 year old starts to wonder where we're headed at 8:00 at night, she'll be knocked out in the backseat. Thankfully both of our DDs sleep like rocks in the car. So in my dream world, we get checked in and everything, and they wake up at AKL completely confused. So I grab my camera off the night stand and capture the next Disney commercial. Plan B is I'm going to have my camera ready to go the second we get off the exit for AKL. In reality, if we make it through Georgia without telling them, I'll be happy. I think we can pull it off though. Like I said, my kids are pretty sound sleepers.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #54
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Starting to get really excited this is not our first trip but it is our first Surprise trip... dec 17 wAke kids up for "school" tell them to go downstairs something is on the xmas tree for them..I used white paint pen and wrote surprise Disney trip and the date on a huge red glitter oversized ornament ball it will be hanging from the tree with Mickey bags under tree containing Im going to Disney shirts for the plane then we head for the airport!
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:15 AM   #55
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Starting to get really excited this is not our first trip but it is our first Surprise trip... dec 17 wAke kids up for "school" tell them to go downstairs something is on the xmas tree for them..I used white paint pen and wrote surprise Disney trip and the date on a huge red glitter oversized ornament ball it will be hanging from the tree with Mickey bags under tree containing Im going to Disney shirts for the plane then we head for the airport!
Love this idea!!!!
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May 4-10, 2014: Coronado Springs Resort
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:23 AM   #56
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We are leaving on my birthday (1/23) and will be there for DS9's birthday as well (1/29). Both DS9 and DS4 have NEVER been to Disney. We are telling them about a week or so ahead that Dad has to travel for work. We have super early flight and will say that we are getting up to take Dad to the airport before school that day. However, we will have all secretly packed. There will be two big boxes wrapped and we will say Dad feels bad that he will be away for your birthday so he got you a gift. In the boxes will be their favorite Disney character large plush. Each plush will be wearing a tshirt that will say each boy's name and 'Is going to disney'. I will tape a paper to the back of the shirt that will say 'Right now!'. I cannot wait and tear up every time I picture it!!!!
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #57
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Starting to get really excited this is not our first trip but it is our first Surprise trip... dec 17 wAke kids up for "school" tell them to go downstairs something is on the xmas tree for them..I used white paint pen and wrote surprise Disney trip and the date on a huge red glitter oversized ornament ball it will be hanging from the tree with Mickey bags under tree containing Im going to Disney shirts for the plane then we head for the airport!
Very cool idea!
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:54 AM   #58
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Last time (our boy's first trip) I did a treasure hunt around the house with the final clue leading to my closet where they found their Buzz suitcases, plush Mickeys and 'Im going to DisneyWorld' tshirts.
This time we'll need to leave for the airport at 5am so we're thinking of doing something similar to kimj88. I think we'll wake the boys up and tell them we need to take hubby to the airport and when we get there we'll get their Buzz suitcases out of the trunk. That's my plan right now anyway!!!!
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:40 AM   #59
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We went in January. I grew up in Florida so I have been many times. My first memories are riding the train around MK. The kids (14,9,5) had never been. For Christmas the kids got things they could use on the road trip from Ohio to Florida. We told them we were going to Kennedy Space Center and the beach. Wanted them to get excited about some science things and that. They loved both btw. We stayed offsite so it wasn't difficult to fool them.

The second day (which happened to be my birthday) we booked a really early character breakfast at Cape May Cafe. The kids fell asleep on the way which was perfect because they didn't see that big welcome to disney world sign when entering WDW. When we woke them up at the yacht club they had no idea they were at Disney world. They didn't know until Donald and crew came out to greet everyone. They still didn't realize they were going to disney world until we boarded the bus and the driver said the next stop was the MK. It was a great way to surprise them.

We would have went this year but since I completely severed my Achilles and won't be walking very well. We decided to wait. Too bad they quit letting handicapped people go to the front of the line. It would have almost been worth it to have someone pushing me around in a wheelchair all day. Lol

(Yes that was a joke, I don't condone people taking advantage of the system anywhere, especially Disney World. I feel people taking advantage of the system is exactly why Disney has made some of their not so popular policy changes and why Disney has lost some of its ' magic'
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That must have been amazing! They must have been so surprised when the characters came out
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