• On May 4, 2016
    Haley from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be attending Disney World May 22-25 with our 8 year old son. It is the 2 year anniversary of our daughters death. She was 3 and his best friend. Do any of you know a way that we could make this special for him and include his sister?


    First, my heart goes out to you. I wish that I could have an answer that could possibly rise to this challenge. From one mom to another, my answer feels so small, but I am going to do my very best. 

    I have seen other parents celebrate the life of their precious children by bringing along an item to represent their presence. For example, there was a story recently about a mother who visited Magic Kingdom Park with a teddy bear that represented her little angel. She encouraged characters to interact with the teddy bear and brought that sweet bear everywhere. Is there a Princess that you identify as having commonalities with your daughter? Perhaps bring along a figure of that particular Princess for a real, phyical reminder of her sweet or feisty spirit.

    Was your little Princess a lover of all things equestrian? Visit Tri-Circle-Ranch to visit with the horses. Your son might enjoy a wagon ride and you can have a peaceful moment as you wind through Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

    What if your daughter can bring happiness to other children at Walt Disney World Resort? What I mean is that maybe your family could orchestrate random acts of kindness in memory of her. You could surprise another little girl with a balloon on Main Street U.S.A. or maybe buy a Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar for a child near you. Your whole family could participate in these small acts in her honor.

    My thoughtful, fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Nancy, suggested a balloon release for a special moment of remembrance.

    I hope your son has an unforgettable Walt Disney World Resort vacation. For more ideas, check out some of these ideas for planning a vacation with a tween.

    Wishing you many magical memories and sending you a big hug,

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Meet the Panelist: Sally, Georgia

"To all who come to this happy place, welcome." I am the lucky wife to my brave Prince, a homeschool mom to two bold and brilliant daughters, and a wine educator. Joining the Disney Vacation Club meant that our family could travel to a "World of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy" as often as we could sneak away, so we do! I'm so glad you have joined us and would be thrilled to sprinkle a little Pixie Dust on your next unforgettable vacation! Learn More About Sally

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