Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 20, 2015
    Nancy from Baden-Wuerttemberg Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Dear Moms, we are planing our first trip to WDW over New Years. And it's a real big deal, coz we'll be flying in from Germany. Our daughter will become 10 in August and we want to surprise her with the trip to Disney World. How to surprise her?

    Hi, Nancy!  I love a good vacation surprise, and how special it is that you are doing this for her 10th birthday.  She gets to do the Double Digit Dance and the Going to Disney Dance!

    I have surprised my girls lots of different ways.  We once told them we were dropping their dad off at the airport for a business trip, and when we got to the security gate, I told them we were going to Walt Disney World.  I've also made a little book, using photos I've found online, to tell the story about the three little girls who had a fairy godmother that waved her magic wand and they were in Walt Disney World!

    You can do a scavenger hunt, where you leave clues around the house, all leading to the surprise of the upcoming vacation.  Another idea is a whole Disney themed day - make Mickey Mouse pancakes for breakfast (easy peasy, even without a form to mold them), have everyone do some Disney bounding - dressing in clothes that remind you of a Disney character without dressing like one (like maybe dress in a red and white polka dot dress to make her think of Minnie Mouse, or a blue and white dress that is reminiscent of Belle).  Drop little hints through the day, and see if she makes the connection.

    Other parents have ordered take away food that comes shaped as Mickey Mouse, or you can hide your trip reservation information in a small box, wrapped in lots of bigger boxes.  I have also bought the girls a small piece of carry-on luggage and filled it with Disney themed items they might need at the parks.

    Have so much fun!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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