• On Aug 22, 2011
    Stacy from GA 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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    Surprising the kids (9 and 6)and going to Disney for Christmas, we are leaving right after school on Dec 16. I was thinking about creating a letter from Santa and have my oldest one read it. Any suggestions on how to surprise them?

    Welcome to the Moms Panel Stacy!

    Sounds like you are planning an exciting trip! I have the hardest time keeping a trip to Disney World a surprise so I always have to tell my boys early.

    A letter from Santa sounds like a great idea! You could wrap it in a box and have the oldest one open it to read it.  The letter could mention how he (Santa) knows where to find all good little boys and girls on Christmas morning even when they aren't at their own homes.  He could go on to say "that is very important because you'll be visiting someone special at Christmas this year".

    Then have a second box for your youngest to open. When he/she opens the package, you could have a helium Mickey balloon float out of the box.

    You could also do a scavenger hunt leading them around your house with clues.  You could do this in a princess or pirate theme (or a combination of both) depending on having boys or girls.  When they reach the final clue, they'll learn about the trip. If you do the pirate theme, they could find a treasure box filled with goodies for their trip including an official Disney Parks autograph book.  You can find Disney Park Authentic merchandise at to include in the treasure box.

    I wish I could be there to see their faces when they figure it out.  Be sure to capture the moment with pictures or on video.  Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison

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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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