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  • On Sep 26, 2012
    Mandi from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    coming to wdw for the 1st time spring break '13. 3 children, D11, D5 & S3. We were going to surprise them the night before (have to stay at hotel to catch an early flight the nxt day) but now thinking of surprising them at christmas. which would be bet

    Hi Mandi,

    You are going to have a great time on your first WDW family vacation! 

    Being the practical mom that I am, I would surprise them at Christmas.  Besides the fact that you can use the trip as a huge Christmas present, it will also give your children a chance to help in the planning process. Since they've never been, they might want to have some time to look through guide books - there are some great ones out there - and choose their top attractions.  Given the age span of your children and the time you're traveling, you probably won't get to do everything, but giving each child the opportunity to pick and choose a few attractions that they "must" try will help build up excitement.

    You can also use the early surprise to your advantage.  Help them each set up a savings jar for spending money.  It's a great incentive for getting the kids to get their chores done.  Plus, then they'll know exactly how much spending money they have when it's time for the vacation!

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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