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  • On Dec 6, 2015
    Tami from FL 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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    Looking for ideas... I just booked a Disney Cruise on Jan 8th. We plan on revealing it to our children (8 and 2) on Christmas morning... Any cute ideas of how to reveal it??

    Ahoy, Tami!

    What a wonderful way to surprise your children on Christmas morning!

    Six years ago (has it REALLY been that long???), we decided to surprise our daughters with our family's first Disney Cruise Line vacation. We had it planned for months before, and it was very hard to keep the secret! Our girls were 5 & 8, and we decided to give them new luggage and snorkel equipment as gifts to use on our trip. Then, we wrapped a giant box. It was rigged to open from the top, and inside I attached helium balloons to the bottom that would float up as the top opened. On the balloons were the words "Disney Cruise January 16".

    Our girls read the balloons and started screaming and running around the room! It was priceless. Your eight year old could definitely read that.

    I have seen so many cute ideas, from printing a cruise "ticket" to open, to putting together a puzzle that spells out Disney Cruise. You can do an internet search and find an ocean of ideas to choose from! There are also some great tips here.

    Just a tip: the reason we gave our girls snorkels was so that they could practice before we got to the ocean. We had them play in the bathtub daily to get familiar with breathing with the equipment. By the time we cruised, they were  pros!

    I hope this gives you some great ideas for your surprise! Have a magical cruise!

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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