You have done so much work planning your trip, but don’t forget to put some thought into how you are going to tell them. This part is the most fun!!! Here are some great Disney reveal ideas!
I love big surprises, so we didn’t tell our boys we were going to Disney World until we were driving to the airport. They thought we were dropping off their grandfather at the airport. Little did they know, he was really dropping us off and I had hidden our luggage in the trunk.
Surprising your kids also eliminates them asking you every hour of every day about when you are going since most kids don’t understand the concept of “later.”
Here are some great ideas on how to tell your kids they are going to Disney:
- Customized Boarding Passes: One Christmas I got each child a Mickey holiday plush with an envelope. Inside, there were personalized tickets to Disney World which I made on Etsy.
- Custom Puzzle: Break the news with a Disney-themed puzzle. As your kids start putting the pieces together, the image of Cinderella’s Castle or Mickey Mouse himself will slowly reveal itself. The joyous moment when they realize what the completed puzzle signifies is sure to be priceless.
- Treasure Hunt Adventure: Transform your home into a treasure-filled adventure! Create a series of clues leading from one room to another, each hinting at the magical surprise awaiting them. The final clue can be a treasure chest filled with Disney-themed goodies and a note announcing the upcoming trip.
- Character Cameo Video: We pretended that Mickey Mouse was FaceTiming us but it was really a video on YouTube. This was really cute, because it really looks like Mickey is calling them.
- Make a Mickey breakfast: Have the kids wake up to Mickey Mouse waffles just like what they have at the parks.
- Balloon Box Extravaganza: Place a variety of Mickey Mouse balloons inside a large box. Attach a note to the box that says, “A Magical Surprise Awaits Inside!” As the box is opened, a burst of Disney-themed balloons will float out. An alternative to this idea is to inflate a bunch of red, yellow, and black balloons with a note inside each one, revealing the Disney surprise. Allow your kids to pop the balloons to discover the secret message.
- Surprise Box Delivery: Arrange for a special delivery to your doorstep. A box filled with Disney-themed goodies (Mouse ears, signature books, Disney tee shirts, snacks) and a note announcing the trip could be dropped off by a “mystery courier” (a family member or friend in on the secret).
- Invitation from Mickey Mouse: Kids love getting mail. You can find a Disney World surprise letter template online like this one from mommytravels.net and mail it to your house.
- Disney Tees: Have personalized Disney tee-shirts made for each family member and present them in a wrapped box. This also makes a cute idea to wear at the park. I have found cute family-matching tees at Old Navy in a pinch.
- Disney Themed Luggage: Pack their things in Disney themed luggage for the big day!
I also want to note here though that you aren’t always going to get the reaction you envision. I have seen the videos of kids crying with happiness and gratitude. When you don’t get that response, it can be a bit of a bummer. I have friends who had this grand reveal for their kids only to have a ho-hum reaction. But kids don’t always fully understand. My kids were in total denial until we stepped foot off the plane. So just check your expectations and don’t take it as a sign that they aren’t grateful.
Remember, the joy of the reveal is not just about the destination but the magical journey you create leading up to it. So, get ready to witness those wide-eyed smiles, excited squeals, and hugs that will warm your heart – because the journey to Disney World begins with a magical reveal!
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