Last summer we surprised our kids with their first trip to Disney World in Florida! It required lots of planning and scheming to pull it off but we were able to successfully surprise them. We started planning for our trip in the winter and we knew right away that we wanted to trip to be a complete surprise. I wanted the experience to be as magical as possible, just in case it was our only trip to Disney. We came up with the idea to send the kids on a scavenger hunt with clues throughout the house, leading them to the final prize, their TRIP TO DISNEY! We decided to tell them minutes before leaving for our trip!
Keeping the surprise was pretty tough and we slipped up a few times but they didn’t suspect anything. Here’s how we pulled it off:
We had someone watch the kids the day of the surprise
I wanted to have everything packed and ready to go before the scavenger hunt so I had to call in some help. The kids went to their grandparents house for the day while I ran around finalizing things. It was nice to have the house to myself, so I blasted some Disney Music while I finished packing all the bags. I loaded the car, cleaned out the fridge, cleaned up the house, and set up the scavenger hunt. Then we waited for the kids to arrive…
The Disney Vacation Scavenger Hunt
To make the scavenger hunt I thought through the route first. Where did I want them to start and end the hunt? Where would the big reveal be? I didn’t want it to go on and on so we kept it pretty simple. We decided to start eh scavenger hunt right when they got home from the grandparents house.
I created several clues for our Disney scavenger hunt. I wanted the kids to run throughout the house trying to figure it out. At one point, when running to her desk for the next clue, Claire say, “I know what it is… it’s a NOTEBOOK!” (of course my girl would be super excited about a notebook!).
We think this game will be pretty neat
The next clue can be found under dad’s dinner ______. (seat)
Now don’t let this excitement go to your head.
The THIRD clue can be found on Mom and Dad’s ________. (bed)
We’re almost done just a few more clues
Clue # 4 is where Caleb likes to snooze. (Caleb’s bed)
This big surprise is really exciting
Your next clue is where Claire does her writing…. (Claire’s desk)
Are you ready?
I bet you’re wondering what it could be
your next clue is in the room where you watch ______. (TV – Living room)
The Final Prize:
For the final clue, I purchased 2 shirts for the kids from Etsy shop owner, JustSayingToo. We ordered a Minnie one for Claire and a Micky one for Caleb. They said “I can’t keep calm, I’m going to Disney World.” I wrapped them along with our Magic Band box and put them in the bottom of a big cardboard box. I added some balloons with a sign that said “Calm Down…” (in hindsight it should have said, “Keep Calm”)
The Reaction to their Disney World Vacation
Caleb: just stared at Claire while she opened her gift and waited for her reaction.
We had her read the shirt out loud.
Claire: “No… No… No… No…” she was in disbelief for a few minutes until Caleb started to celebrate.
The reactions were hilarious! Claire was seriously doubting us, she was completely shocked, especially when we told her that we were leaving RIGHT AWAY! I’m thrilled that we were able to keep the secret so long and truly surprise them. It was the perfect beginning of our magical vacation! We had an amazing trip and I’m happy to say it WILL NOT be our only trip to Walt Disney World, we’ve become “those people” we are fully Disney Addicted!
This post is not sponsored in any way but I did want to give a shout out to our travel agent, Amy from Polka Dots and Wishes!
Have you been to Disney World? How did you tell your kids? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below or pop over to Facebook and let me know all about it!