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  • On Jan 3, 2014
    Laurie from VA 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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    Hi! Any ideas on how to tell my 4 yr old we're taking her to Disney? When she sees the TV commercials she always says she wants to go there. Also, should be start re-watching lots of Disney movies to prepare? anything else to get her ready? thank you!

    Hi Laurie and congratulations on taking your little Princess to her first magical visit at Walt Disney World!

    Your question flooded me with memories of taking my oldest daughter to Walt Disney World for the first time when she was about the same age.  She is 14 now, but still talks about that visit!

    There are no "shoulds" when it comes to the topic of how to surprise your child and prepare for a Disney vacation.  Your family is unique and likewise will have a unique vacation experience from anyone else's family.  I'm so glad to be answering your question though, because I would love to tell you what we did for our daughter.

    First, the surprise announcement.  We sent our daughter on a scavenger hunt and at the end was a plush Mickey Mouse with an party invitation to visit him.  However you could tailor the ending to be her favorite character or maybe even a Frozen plush toy and talk to her about meeting Anna and Elsa.  Whatever your choice is, be sure to capture it on video!  I also created a countdown calendar so that my daughter could have an understanding of when this magical event was going to happen. 

    Great idea with re-watching Disney movies to get in the mood!  We did the exact same thing and found it really enhanced her experience of the attractions and character interactions.  Her favorites were the classics like Dumbo, Sleeping Beauty, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Lady and the Tramp. 

    Here's to your First Disney Vacation! 


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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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