Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 23, 2015
    Jacqueline from OH 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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    Hello Mom's, I am planning a family trip in October, my mother is coming along to complete the journey that she and my dad were suppose to do together but he became ill and passed away before she could go. How can I make this trip extra special?

    Hi, Jacqueline!  I am planning a similar journey myself this year, bringing my stepfather with us on an upcoming trip to create the memories with my children that my mother would have wanted to had she not gotten so ill and passed away unexpectedly.  They are memories you will cherish with your mom, and I know how important it is for the trip to be special.

    Think of the things she was hoping to do with your dad.  Was there a special dining experience she wanted to enjoy?  Were they hoping to see the Wishes fireworks at the Magic Kingdom together after a fun day of enjoying the attractions?  Did she want to do some behind the scenes tours?  Give some thought to the things she was looking forward to doing.

    Definitely consider purchasing Disney Memory Maker, which will give you access to photographs taken throughout your vacation, including some special pixie dusted ones.  This will give you and your mom a lifetime of photographic memories from this vacation.

    You can make a wish or say a prayer and toss a coin into the Wishing Well behind Cinderella Castle.  The coins collected are donated to children's charities, but it can be a sweet way to think of your dad during your trip.  Purchase some seeds or a seedling at The Land pavilion at EPCOT and plant them when you get home in honor of your dad.  

    Have t-shirts designed with your Dad's photo on them, and wear them into the parks.  He will surely be with you in spirit.

    Know that I'll be thinking of your family as you make this bittersweet trip.  I hope you start new traditions and make happy memories! 
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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