Thursday, May 26, 2016
Surprising the Kids with Disney - and Why We Will Never Do It Again!
Our last Walt Disney World Resort visit was a bit different. The kids had NO IDEA they were going until we were leaving for the airport.
I am sure you have seen the awesome online videos of parents surprising their kids with trips to Walt Disney World. I cry every time I watch. The excitement and joy - it's all too much to bare! We thought, how amazing would that be?! And so, about a year ago, Mr. Incredible and I decided next time - we will surprise our kids with their next visit.
We pulled the whole thing off perfectly. The boys knew Mr. Incredible and I were going to visit, as we told them I was going for a work conference and the rest of the week was adults only. This wasn't impossible for them to believe as we visited without them just this past October. (Go ahead and judge. I can't hear you because I am having too much fun without my kids...) The 'plan' was they were going to GiGi and Papa's house while mom and dad were away. This also helped with the fact that they had bags packed and ready to go. Pretty sweet plan, right? The morning finally came and here is the big surprise!
Epic, right? So... why will I never surprise them again?
You know the old saying, "It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.'? Even though our trip was amazing, it was glaringly obvious that we were missing something. Our entire family works together to plan our visits. We watch YouTube videos together, look at park maps together (why I have no idea because even the kids no longer need them), plan what we are going to eat, and talk about what we are looking forward to. What new things do we want to try? What will we say to the characters? (For ideas on this check out my guest post on Growing Up Madison.) What colors should our Magic Bands be? Should we get matching shirts? (This is me. The answer is always no. I get them anyhow.) Where should we stay? Anticipating our Disney World trip together offers us something we can do as a family. We dream the day away and spend precious time together planning the best days ever. I can picture doing this as one big extended family when the boys are grown up and have their own families. I would have them over for dinner and plan out what the grand kids would love to see and do. And then we roast marshmallows over a campfire and sing Kumbayah. I know it's beautiful isn't it?
I took away this part of our trip from all of us. There was no bounding out of bed seeing who will say how many days we have left first. No carefully selecting which pins will come with that will be traded. No running to the mailbox to see if our magical package of MagicBands has arrived.
So how can I get the best of both worlds next time? I will perhaps surprise the boys again - but probably when we book the trip. This way I can present the trip to them in an exciting way and STILL have fun anticipating our magical trip together.
Have you ever surprised your children with a Disney World vacation or anything else huge? How did it go for you?
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