• On Nov 11, 2018
    Jonathan from RI 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’re planning a large family trip this summer, 11 people in all. It’s also my sons (4) first trip to Disney, he’s excited about someday visiting but has no idea we are going. Do you have any suggestions as to how to surprise him?

    Jonathan! I love that you want to do this for your little guy!

    First, visit the Walt Disney World website to get inspired by the attractions your son is most going to look forward to. When my kids were that age, they would have loved Toy Story Land. Once you have a list, print out some pages of photos that reflect the list. Make a storybook to read to your son, where the main character is your son, and the end page of the story he goes to Walt Disney World.

    Another thing I've done is pack a backpack for my kids with things like sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, an autograph book (ShopDisney has some awesome ones), then see if he can figure it out. If he can't, you get to tell him and capture that surprised look.

    Our local pizza shop will make specialty shaped pizzas if you ask in advance. How cool would it be to have him open a pizza box with a Mickey Mouse pizza in it, and you can surprise him that way.

    Another great idea is balloons coming out of a box when he opens it, or even waiting until you are driving through the main gate entrance and see if he can guess where he is. We've also packed a Disney themed suitcase and let our kids unpack to guess where we're going, sent the kids a letter from a favorite character "inviting" them to visit, and we've purchased specialty MagicBands to give them as a surprise.

    I hope you pick the way that is going to be the most amazing for your little guy! Have fun with it, Jonathan.

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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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