• On Aug 4, 2012
    Heather from IA 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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    Hi, I am taking my two girls back to Disney again this year and they have no idea yet. They are 12 and 5, and I would like to find a creative way to surprise them with the trip. Does anyone have any ideas? Last year we just did a count down. Thanks

    Hi, Heather!  What a great idea!  I always like to surprise my girls with their trips, and I've used a variety of ways to do it so that it's always a big deal!

    I love doing a scavenger hunt with the kids.  I'll hide clues and small objects throughout the house that lead them to the ultimate prize!  I have done things like start with a box of three crayons - black, red, and yellow (Mickey colors!) - and give them a clue as to where to find the next clue.  It eventually leads them to the discovery that they are going on a trip.

    I've had friends who put their kids in the car for a trip to Grandmom's house, only to find themselves at the airport, on a plane to Orlando!  I have written a Dr. Seuss type of rhyming book and dprinted it out fo my kids, and the happy ending is a trip to Walt Disney World!

    Another thing I've done with my girls is a series of gifts.  I started out with a small box that contained a small sunscreen.  The next bigger box had a hat to keep the sun off of their faces.  The girls ended up with a collection of gifts that certainly led to them knowing they were going on vacation, but the last gift contained a large sized Mickey Mouse plush toy, so they knew they were going to Walt Disney World!

    However you tell them, I hope the vacation is a wonderful, magical surprise!
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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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