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Thursday, July 19, 2012

How to tell your kids you're going to Disney!

Surprise! Surprises are the great unknown- many people don't like them, because they like to plan. Others are scared... I used to scare my great grandfather when I was little by hiding around a corner. Not a good surprise (although I am sure he figured me out pretty quick, and just liked to see me laugh), but I think he could have won an Oscar with the different ways he'd react. One time I surprised my father-I made him a turkey sandwich, except I had some surprise toppings...such as chocolate syrup. Needless to say, he was not too happy.

We kept the birth of our two children a surprise- we didn't know their gender until they came out. It was painful at times, but it was so worth it. It was awesome both times- there was second guessing, then we'd have our firm beliefs, and we were always surprised. We overheard (by accident) someone at the hospital say our second child was a girl. We were dejected-not that we were having another girl, but that we found out. Long story short, we were shocked when our son was born a month later! Obviously, I'll never forget the moment when our children came out. However, the element of surprise just added to that wonderful time of our lives.

One of the most fun things you can do is surprise your kids with a trip to Disney. Once you get involved, and take the extra steps, you'll be so involved in your trip- it will create a memory that will last a lifetime.... for you and your children.

One of the best questions I have been asked is how to surprise your kids with a trip to Disney World (or Disneyland). Yes, we adults like to go....but really, if you are going as a family, it's all about the kids. You have a golden opportunity to make this already special trip even more magical, so why not?

I've put together a great list ideas that I have complied over time- click the link to find out some of the best to surprise your kids you're going to Disney!

Also- if you have any stories, pictures, videos (now or in the future) of surprising your kids- please share them with me at!

How to surprise your kids that you're going to Disney

1) Puzzle. This one is easy to pull off-not much planning involved. The hardest thing would be picking the perfect time and place. You can create your own custom crossword puzzle, hidden message, maze, or the easiest- Hang Man. Here's a website that has many of these resources. Even better- this is something you could keep forever, and put in a keepsake box.

2) Purchase a "Disney" T-shirt. The Disney Store online sells the perfect shirt- "We're going to Disney World" and "We're going to Disneyland" shirts! Of course, you could also make your own. Here's a link to the Disney Store shirt.

3) Put a "We're going to Disney" shirt on a Mickey Mouse Plush Doll. This is another easy inexpensive idea. You could also tell them that Mickey sent them a friend, and they can bring the Mickey doll with them on the trip. 

4) Phone call from a character. If you have a friend who can sound like a Disney character, or your kids are still young enough to not figure out it, this would be an easy idea. You could easily have someone act as a Disney Princess in the phone call. Here's a link to a website where the person will give you a call as Donald Duck, saying whatever you'd like, for five dollars. Please note, I have no idea how this person actually sounds, just sharing the possibility. For all I know, he could just be quacking at you.

5) The true surprise- secretly pack everyone's luggage, and wake up your kids for the flight. They'll have no idea what's going on- or you could tell them as soon as you wake them up. You could also tell them you are going to visit some family, and see when they finally figure it out. They'll be sure to be surprised whenever it hits that they are going to Disney.

Although, be careful if you have a morning flight. Here's a ying and yang video for what your children's surprise of going to Disneyland could end up like- each child has a bit different reaction

I have many more ideas I'll share- for now, I'll leave you with these five! Again, please share any videos or story you may have.

Just know- whatever you chose, your kids will be in for a great trip!

And of course, if you want to plan a Disney trip to surprise your kids, I'm just one email away from a free quote to get you there!


  1. Enjoyed your post! I love surprises! Thanks..

  2. My mom woke me and my siblings up at 4:00 in the morning and told us we were going to get breakfast. I saw my dad putting lots of bottled water in the trunk of the car we had bought about 2 weeks ago, and my mom said that was to test trunk space. Then she put a Disney movie in our car's DVD player, then told us we were going to Disneyland.

    1. Josh, thanks for sharing! Moments like these are something you'll carry with you for the rest of your life.

  3. This is OUR video! IT was the best surprise ever for my kids! The level of excitement you use when you tell them definitely has an effect on their response being fantastic! Thanks for sharing it!!

  4. The first (and only) time I went, my parents bought my sister and I a Cinderella Piggy Bank and told us to save for Disney World :)