Best Surprise Reaction to a Disney Trip!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

This Mom's Tips on HOW to Surprise Your Kids!!

--> I have seen Many, MANY videos of parents surprising their kids with the ultimate surprise - a trip to Disney World!  After watching many kids' reactions which were less than what the parents may have been hoping for - I came up with a great list of tips to keep in mind to get the most excited reaction possible!

Do your best to keep the trip an absolute secret.  They'll never suspect it, and that's the best!

Come up with a fun scavenger hunt, leading up to the big reveal...  drag it out as much as you can (within reason) to build up the suspense!

From the videos I have watched, it seems most confusing to the children who the parents have tricked into thinking they are going somewhere they are really not, and then the parents surprise them with the truth. These children were way too confused to be totally excited!

As clever as it may seem, don't have the kids have to "figure out what this puzzle means" for the reveal.  It's confusing to them, and so their reaction will be to first question if you are serious, trying to understand what this all really means, etc.  When it is time for the big reveal, just blurt out the surprise with as much excitement as you can!!!  This is the best way to truly excite your children!!  (or, it was for mine anyway)

Here you can see the difference in us Surprising the kids in a non-exciting way vs. how we surprised them with the above tips and how VAST difference in their reactions!!!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

This Mom's Sharing the 2015 Disney Crowd Calendar!

This Mom is a LITTLE late to share this! But still GOOD to know if you are planning a 2015 Disney World  Trip!!!
This Disney World Crowd Calendar comes from YourFirstVisit - a WONDERFUL Disney World planning site that is a wealth of great info! so go check it out!!

Monday, April 27, 2015


The 2015 Free Disney Dining Dates have been announced TODAY! WOOHOO!!
Is anyone else as excited as I am right now!??

Here are the details!!

Space is limited with the discount and that has many people doing whatever they can to book it in a hurry.
You must book the discount by July 10:
  • August 28 – October 2, 2015
  • October 25 – October 31, 2015
  • November 8 – November 19, 2015
  • December 15 – December 21, 2015
The Quick-Service Dining Plan comes with Disney Value Resort hotel packages.
The Disney Dining Plan comes with Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages.
Some resorts are excluded from the discount as well and those are:
  • Little Mermaid rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • All-Star Movies Resort
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Riverside (Excluded beginning Oct. 25)
  • Polynesian Village Villas and Bungalows
  • Bay Lake Tower
  • Grand Floridian Villas
  • 3-bedroom Villas
  • Campsites at Ft. Wilderness Campground
Those looking to book Free Disney Dining need to book a full vacation package with room, dining, and park tickets with the “Park Hopper” or “Water Park Fun & More” option. Reach out to Disney directly or your travel agent to book and full details.

See Disney's Official Site for MORE INFO!

Friday, April 4, 2014

This Mom is Excited about the FastPass+ and PARK HOPPING!!!!!!

THIS is BIG NEWS as far as the world of the FastPass+ is concerned!!

In the Disney Blog, on April 2nd, Disney Announced that now, after you use the 3 FastPass+ reservations you made for the day, you WILL Be allowed to make new FastPass+ reservations (one by one) at that or ANOTHER PARK!  Which means that now, FastPass+ and Park Hopping are friends and the world will be a better place because of it!

Monday, March 31, 2014

This Mom's MagicBands have ARRIVED!

Finally - I hold in my hand tangible evidence that our Disney World Vacation in close!  Our MagicBands arrived in the mail this weekend and you would have thought it was Christmas morning for This Mom who LOVES Disney!! I was extra excited to see that each of our bands had our name labeled on the inside of each band!

I have already registered us for FastPass+ and linked all our resort and dining reservations on the MyDisneyExperience and that was pretty easy to do! Click on these links to see how! Admittedly I keep running through each day's itinerary in my head and have switched our FastPass+ reservations around several times already!!

MagicBands are giving out to all Disney Resort Guests now and are used as the keys to their rooms, tickets to the park, and holders of all FastPass+ and dining reservations.  This is your new "Key to the World" plus more!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This Mom's "My Disney Experience" - Linking Disney Reservations

Disney MagicBands are HERE! So let's get ready for our trip and link up any Disney reservations we have already made to our MagicBands through the "My Disney Experience" part of Disney's website! I hope this walk through helps to make your day more magical!