Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On May 14, 2015
    Jennifer from MI 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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    Planning a surprise trip for our 4 children Nov 17-24 2015. Ages 16,13,10,9. We will be flying out early in the morning so we thought about doing something special the night before? Any ideas on age appropriate ways to reveal the surprise?

    Hi Jennifer!

    I am so excited to help you plan your Walt Disney World surprise for your kids. With a large family, there is a lot that will go into packing for your trip, so I think a great way to surprise your kids would be to do a packing scavenger hunt! Put together a list of the things they will need to pack. For example, everyone would need five t-shirts, five pairs of pants, one sweatshirt or jacket, swimsuit, etc. You will want to list them in order of most ambiguous to most specific. So I would have everyone get t-shirts and swimsuits first (most hotels have swimming pools regardless of destination, right?) and put sandals and shorts towards the end. As people are packing their clothes, you can choose respond to guesses, but if your family is full of good guessers like mine, you might not want to confirm any of their answers until the big reveal.

    Once all of their bags are packed, you can tell them that there is one more thing that needs to go in your carry-on bag. If you will have MagicBands for your trip, I would use these! Otherwise, you can use customized Mickey ear hats, matching t-shirts with your favorite Disney characters on them or Disney gift card for each child to use as their spending money. I'm sure your family will have fun guessing their big surprise and get ready for the trip at the same time!

    T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal B.
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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to three little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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