• On Aug 16, 2018
    Anna from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I need to find something extra special for my teen boys when we go in February. We were supposed to go with my mother but she passed away and this trip is now mixed with as much sadness as there is excitement.

    Oh, Anna! This breaks my heart. I am sorry to say that I know first hand exactly what you are talking about. My own mom passed away just a few days before our big family trip to Walt Disney World, one she had been looking forward to taking with my teenage daughters. 

    The very first thing I can think of to help your guys over the sadness is to maybe plan a special Behind the Scenes tour. My mom loved elephants, so when we visited on our trip without her, I booked Caring for Giants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Taking the kids up close and personal to these beautiful creatures was a great way for the kids to spend an hour immersed in something my mom would have loved so much, without it being something so sad that it put a cloud over the trip. Perhaps there is something your boys could do that will either act as an unexpected highlight of the trip or act as a sweet reminder of your mom instead of emphasizing her passing.

    Another thing you can do is enjoy a special dining experience. We went to my mom's favorite Disney Springs restaurant, and my girls ordered the oyster sampler platter in her honor. Funny thing about that is that my kids don't eat oysters. It ended up being a hysterical tribute to their "Dram" to watch them try to get the oysters eaten.

    I know this trip will be tough, but I encourage you to experience new things, enjoy the things you know your mom would have enjoyed, and help the boys make new and amazing memories.

    Much love to all of you.
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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