• On Feb 14, 2013
    Emily 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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    What is a fun way to tell my 7 year old we are going to Disney?

    Oh, my, Emily, what a fun question!

    If you want your 7-year-old to be able to take part in the planning (which is really 1/2 the fun) then break the news early. You could create a Word Doc with the news, complete with dates and photos, keeping in mind your child's reading ability; tuck it into a box that's wrapped up and let your child open it whenever it feels right for you.

    We've also purchased Disney-themed backpacks (leftover back-to-school backpacks are often at a great price) and filled them with items to be used on the plane, at the resort, at WDW many Disney-themed items as possible, too. Let your child open the bag and ask why those items might be packed together; what would someone do that would make these particular items very useful?

    Next, there's always a scavenger hunt. Type up and print out clues that you can tuck all over the place (indoors, if cold or wet weather, outdoors if the weather permits.)  Have somewhere between 5 and 7 or so, with each clue leading to "THE BIG NEWS!" at the end of the hunt. Let each clue lead to the next, deciding if there will be a Disney theme to them or not, depending on how perceptive your child is right now. What fun that would be!

    You could even type up a basic itinerary, using a Walt Disney font, and send a letter in the mail to your child. When it arrives, let your little one open the letter and learn from the Mouse himself of your upcoming trip. Very special, indeed!

    My cousin decided to surprise her kids by telling them once they arrived at the airport. If you think that your child would be okay with the surprise (some kids aren't...hers cried in disappointment!) then that is surely a blast. If that's the case, have your camera ready to capture the moment, as you'll want to see that again and again.

    Send more questions as you think of them, Emily; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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