• On Feb 17, 2010
    Whitney from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Cathy, I'm a fellow Clevelander and trying to enter into event planning.. Were surprising my Mom with a stay at Poly (she thinks it's CSR), do you have any suggestions of a great way to present the surprise than her finding out while boarding ME? Thx!!!

    Hi, Whitney!  After the tough Cleveland weather we have experienced, a vacation at the Polynesian sounds fabulous right about now!   How nice to be surprising your mom with an upgraded resort!   We did this for my mom a few years ago.   We just told her we were stopping at the Grand Floridian to grab a quick lunch, then we'd head to our resort.   When we arrived, we let her in on her birthday surprise as we checked in.  We had an appointment at the spa on our arrival afternoon to add a little something extra!    She was blown away!

    Maybe you could go to the Disney Site HERE that details the Polynesian and make up a trivia game with questions about the resort.   (What resort is home to the Volcano Pool?)   Every answer could be the Polynesian, and then give her a lei as her prize, with the big surprise being her stay at this tropical paradise!

    Another idea:  maybe hand her the envelope with your Magical Express vouchers, and tell her to double check the details.   It will be fun for you to see her reaction when she reads her destination is the Polynesian!

    If you want to make her stay super special, maybe you can call the Disney Florist at (407)827-3505 and have something special delivered to her room.   I have had several "surprises" from them, and each Disney Floral delivery has been amazing!  For some ideas, visit

    I hope your mom is surprised and enjoys her stay!   Aloha!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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