Let me first start off by saying it killed me to keep our trip a secret for 10 long months. We booked our Disney World vacation in February, and planned to surprise the kids for Christmas. It was really difficult planning the vacation without the kids’ input. Where would they want to eat, what were they’re must-dos, what Fast Passes should we get?
Here are some of my stealthy tips on how to plan a surprise vacation with kids!
- Book the trip early if it’s around a holiday, especially Christmas. Even if you booked early, you can call and ask for current promotions as they are released.
- Change the mailing address and email on the account. I forwarded all of the Disney mail to my mom’s address so when flyers and our magic bands showed up, the kids never saw them. I also changed the email address to my work one so no one stumbled upon that either.
- Make sure EVERYONE knows this is a secret. We almost let the cat out of the bag not one, not two, but three times! My grandfather gave us a gift toward the vacation. He’s hard of hearing so everything is said loudly. He thought he was being sneaky and quiet, but in reality the kids could have easily overheard him. I give him credit for trying though 🙂
- If you’ve been to Disney World before, ask questions about the previous trip. What were their favorite rides, which characters do they want to see, and so on. This will help you narrow down the must-haves. If you’ve never been to Disney World, research age appropriate rides and crowd favorites for restaurants. I promise everything at Disney World is wonderful… they will have fun whether you knew their favorites or not!
- Plan how to tell them. This one is my favorite! We planned this trip for 10 months, and I was so excited to finally tell them. We chose a large present Christmas morning filled with balloons and a sign that read, “Get Excited, We’re Going to Disney”. It took a little while to sink in, but it was the favorite present for sure!
Have you surprised your loved ones or kids with a vacation to Disney World or Disneyland? How did you keep it a secret, and how did you tell them? Share your experience in the comments below!