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  • On Nov 24, 2023
    Jennifer from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We'd like to keep our trip to WDW a surprise. How can I remove/replace the guest names until we reveal the trip on Christmas?

    Hi Jennifer, welcome to planDisney!

    Your elf ears are showing as you work towards giving the gift of a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation this Christmas. I've been the giver and recipient of quite a few magical surprises over the years and honestly can't tell you which experience I prefer. One of my favorite memories involves my kids unwrapping a Disney vacation countdown calendar. They opened the package upside down, which caused the countdown number cubes to fall out. Luckily, my quick-thinking husband distracted the kids by doing the Goofy dance while I put the cubes back in place. Christmas crisis averted and core memory secured!

    While we're sharing secrets, I'll let you know that I recently booked a couple of Enchanting Extras Collection experiences as gifts for my in-laws, with whom I am connected as Family & Friends in My Disney Experience. When booking the Seats and Sweets Magic Kingdom Park Fireworks Dessert Party, I linked the reservation to my parents, whose My Disney Experience account profiles I manage. After Christmas, I will click "Update Guests" next to the reservation on the My Plans page of my My Disney Experience account to reassign the reservation to my in-laws. The same surprise strategy can be used when linking/reassigning theme park tickets.

    As a second surprise, a Cast Member helped me book a Fantasmic! dining package. With their assistance, the reservation appears in my My Disney Experience account (not my in-laws' accounts) without any names attached. The Cast Member even shared that there is a way to prevent confirmed reservations from showing up at all in My Disney Experience. I was hesitant to select this option as I'm most comfortable seeing all of my plans in My Disney Experience, but I was interested to learn these "ninja reservations" exist. I'm confident a helpful Cast Member at the My Disney Experience, MagicBand and MagicBand+ number can help you determine best practices for your surprise goals.

    I hope your Disney surprise goes off without a hitch, Jennifer. Should it end up a little topsy-turvy like mine, lean into the moment. You are the real Disney magic!

    Plan magic; planDisney.

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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