• On Jul 30, 2018
    Laura from PA 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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    We are giving our two older kids (11 and 8) our first trip to Disney for Christmas. However, our trip isn't until June. Any ideas on how to make this exciting even though they have to wait a while to go?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Laura. I'm so happy to answer a question for a fellow Pennsylvanian!

     Your kids are going to be so very excited on Christmas morning when they discover they'll be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort next summer. As a teacher, my family always vacations in the summer months, and as a planner, I like to book our Disney vacations about 7 months in advance. I am so, so giddy when our vacation is booked, I can't help but tell our kids! They are always equally as thrilled as I am, even knowing that we have several months to wait until our magical visit. I have some great tips to keep that momentum going while your family is counting down the days until your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

     There are lots of ways to surprise your kids with the news they'll be visiting Mickey Mouse, and I've found the most clever ideas on Pinterest. I think gifting them with a personalized t-shirt and some Mickey Mouse trinkets would be a super way to surprise them! As you wait through the winter and spring, plan family Disney movie nights. Select films like Toy Story 3 and Avatar so your kids are familiar with the stories they'll be stepping into when they visit Toy Story Land and Pandora - The World of Avatar. Together, watch the free planning videos online too for fantastic tips and advice about your vacation. While we're waiting for our trip, I like to surprise my kids with little gifts like autograph books and handheld fans (things they can USE on vacation!). When we're 60 days out, we really start counting down the days with a countdown chain. Before you know it, your MagicBands will arrive and that's positively magical mail! The box is very discreet, so you can surprise your kiddos with that too!

     I hope this was helpful, Laura. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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