Girl at Disneyworld
  • On Mar 15, 2022
    Bob from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    since covid we have been holding off travel so when it got better we planed a trip with our kids any ideas how to tell them?

    Hi Bob!

    How exciting that you are planning an upcoming surprise trip to Walt Disney World! I've surprised my kids with a trip to the most magical place on earth, so I have some fun ideas for how to tell your kiddos!

    One year I wrote a short story, positioned as fiction, and created a photo book online using one of the popular online photo printing services. I added photos of our family to every page and then ordered a copy of the book. I sat down with the kids one night to read them the book and at the end, I told them that it wasn't just a fictional story, we were going to Disney! The book now serves as a precious memory of that trip.

    Another fun idea is to create a Disney surprise box. Order goodies from shopDisney such as a Mickey Mouse plush, Magic Bands, Mickey Mouse ears/headband, and pins. Tell the kids that you have a surprise for them and they have to guess the surprise based on the contents in the box.

    You could also have custom Disney t-shirts made that say "Disney Vacation 2022" or any variation indicating the family vacation to Walt Disney World. Wrap the t-shirts and have the kids open the gift. See the look of surprise on their face when they realize what the gift really means!

    One year I created a scavenger hunt for the kids. Each clue sent them to a new location with a new clue until they arrived at the final destination for the big reveal!

    I also love games, so one year I made my own trivia game and the kids had to guess the different Disney facts. I made some of the questions personal, such as "Who gave Joshua his first kiss?" (It was Mulan at EPCOT when he was 9). Another question was, "What does Mom have to eat after every runDisney race?" (the answer was the pizza at Via Napoli). The game got the kids super excited thinking of all of our Disney memories and I made the big reveal after the game was over! 

    Another fun idea is to visit the Disney Parks Blog and make a few of the Disney Parks recipes. You could have a fun dinner night where you serve the kids special dishes from the parks and see if they can guess where they are from. Some ideas are making a Dole Whip from Aloha Isle, Mickey Mouse waffles from Chef Mickey's, and the "grey stuff" from Be Our Guest. Then you can tell them that they can taste the real thing on your upcoming trip!

    I am so excited thinking of all the fun ways you can tell your kids that they are going to Walt Disney World! Make sure to have a camera on hand because you won't want to miss capturing this special moment!


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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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