How to HIDE your secret Vacation from the Kids.

Anyone else plan trips that are a secret from the kids? Learn how to hide your secret vacation from the kids.

Hey guys, I am 1 FULL day away from our summer vacation and keeping this a secret is HARD. Luckily for me, due to my job and life, my kids know where we are going, but not when. They have no idea that in 2 more sleeps…we leave. That leaves tomorrow as my final day to pack and sync everything up…ALL IN SECRET. See my tips on how to hide your secret vacation from the kids.

Call your Travel Agent AT NIGHT:

So as much as I prefer to be watching TV or finally resting my legs for the day, most families contact me at night AND for good reason. The trip is a secret and how do you chat when little ears are listening? I have had parents call me from the car, from a fake grocery trip, from the backyard, from the neighbors and of course from work (usually during lunch hour). But the most common is parents whispering to me over the phone while the littles sleep. So tip #1, keep little ears away from the conversation. PS – I have NO problem working in the evening to accommodate your secret trip.

Hide your Mail:

So luckily for “snail mail” Disney doesn’t send you much in the mail after you have booked, but every once in a while they do. Like a “Can’t wait to see you soon” booklet. And of course Magicbands WAY later and I usually send a little care package. BUT, I have had many people give me grandma’s address. But they often forget to change that address on their Disney account, so they still get the mailings. So best bet…is too get the mail yourself and if its from Disney, say its an advertisement or a gift for someone else. And do this for your email too people. Ever hand your kids your phone? I know my emails pop up when they come in. Eek…kids who can read might see something they shouldn’t. This is true for app countdowns.

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Shopping in Secret:

Mom why are you shopping for bathing suits in winter? Mom why are you looking for our summer clothes? Or mom why are you getting sunscreen. These are ALL questions those little stinkers will ask. I have learned to shop WAY ahead of time and when I am sans kids. Or I just purchase 1-2 items at a time, so they don’t suspect. I also buy extra shorts/bathing suits when they are on clearance in the next size up before its winter and I find out they grew. Planning ahead is the key…as once they get a thought its happening…its hard to keep a tight lip. Kids are smart.

Packing:

I pack in advance. Pack in a room that isn’t a common location for the kids, like a closest or the basement. I also pack as I do laundry so slowly they are missing more undies or a few shirts, etc. Mine would notice if ALL their Disney tees were gone. AS I am folding, I am packing and tucking away clothes. Then I put the packing cubes in my laundry basket and walk them down to the basement and then put in suitcases. Once those suitcases are out, they are noisy little creatures…you might just give in to all the questions. I am also known to pack at night or early in the morning while they are sleeping. Of course if you can, pack while they are in school. Sadly for me its summer and I am running out of reasons for why the suitcases have moved.

LIE:

I hate this suggestion, but I do it. Kids can sense things. Mine will notice me running around more crazy than usual. They will notice me hiding in the basement or my room with the door closed. They will noticed me talking in a soft tone, in my room with the door closed (yes, talking to Disney). So I lie. I pretend that next week we are doing XY and Z. In fact my kids think we have a doctors appointment on Monday which is why we have to return the library books/DVDs early. Sadly they also think we are still doing sports next week and will be participating in a party 🙁 I just need to lie for 1 more day, but its getting hard. I wasn’t planning on lieing, they just ask TOO many questions.

Other tips:

Speak in code. We did this alot when the kids were little. Change your vacation destination to something else, like tennis or bowling or going to the “mall”. This way you can talk more openly but using code words. Honey, when we go to that new mall, lets make sure to remember to get passes to the cool activities. Hehehe. You can also take turns distracting. Hubby takes them somewhere while you pack, then switch. But mine totally start asking question when all of a sudden my hair is done, my nails are painted and they both got haircuts…all in the same week. So my “lie” is we are getting ready for school early to beat the rush, lol. But yes, try to space out the beautification.

How do you hide your secret? Any tips to share?

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Disney Souvenirs!! My Favorites to get.

Disney is FILLED with goodies to buy. Ears, tees, plush – oh my. But which ones to purchase? What are the BEST Disney Souvenirs?

Hey guys, back again with another common question I get. People love to ask me how much they should set aside for souvenirs. Of course this is a difficult question to answer as we all have our own tastes and wants. But this is a list of my favorite souvenirs to look for and purchase when I am at Disney – so Enjoy!! Best Disney Souvenirs!

Mouse Ears:

It should be NO surprise that Mouse Ears are #1 on my list. Not only do I collect them, but to me…they are 100% required to own after a Disney Vacation. Ladies get them as headbands and wear them with pride. Guys and boys, get the Ear Hats. They even make baseball caps with ears…so user friendly. I even own Ears that clip on my head to prevent any headband headaches. Get them at the parks, get them before you go, either way…make sure to score a cool pair. I especially love the traditional Mouseketeers hats. I still own mine from my FIRST trip to Disney World, its a collectible piece with my name proudly displayed. Heck I even wore it in my Senior Class pictures, yep…before it was cool to do that, lol.

Mouse Ears!!
Mug:

Who can resist a mug? I mean we all own like a hundred and they sit and sit in our cupboard…but they are so cool and Disney makes SO many different ones. And there is NO better way to start your day, post trip, than drinking your fave beverage out of a Disney Mug. WE use ours for Ice Cream, Soup, Snacks AND Beverages. So if you see one you like, worry about where to put it later, lol. OR you can get ONE from each trip and hang them up as like a mug trophy collection. This is what my husband gets every trip and uses them proudly at work.

Christmas Ornament:

Ok, so assuming you celebrate Christmas – this is something I 100% get every trip. I love to remember our BIG family vacations with a decoration for the tree. On our Cruises I get a ship and write the year on the bottom. When in the parks we look for a fun one to remember a certain thing that might of happened…like first time on a certain ride for example. Or you can collect ALL glass ones or ALL character ones. So many options, how does one narrow it down.

Pins or Pressed Pennies:

These are something that many, many people collect. We don’t so much. We have some pins but that’s about it. My kids love getting the pressed pennies but they never leave our park bags, lol. But many people LOVE and live by the pins. So MANY pins, so many options, so many NEW ones to collect. And at about $12-15 a pin, it makes for an easy souvenir. Get one every trip and display them in a case when you get home. Same with the pennies. You can get an organizer, you can turn them in crafts (magnets) or you can keep in your purse to find again on a rainy day (like me).

I am sure there are hundreds of other great things to look out for like tees, jewelry, Disney bags, plush, collectible mini plush and more. Find your thing and rock it. I also love to look at the Disney Kitchen items, I own a few but don’t have a Disney Kitchen…yet 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Why I LOVE Disney, let me count the ways…

Wondering why people think Disney is the BEST Vacation? Curious why people will go back and back and back again? READ on for Why I Love Disney.

Hey Fans, I am sitting here trying to think about what to post next and I remembered a visit we just had at the Eye Doctor. She, our Dr, had recently visited a few “other” theme park destinations and was very disappointed as they just weren’t Disney. As I am listening to her story, she is explaining what she noticed and how Disney is just SO much better and worth the price difference. So…it got me thinking…for those that are NEW to Disney, who haven’t tasted the Disney Kool-Aid yet – here are a few reasons why we love to Disney.

Service:

So this is no secret, Disney is known for its amazing service. But I often get asked for examples. I have thousands, but of course can’t name them all but here are a few that stand out, at the moment. The Cast Members, those sweet Disney employees. They are there to help create the Magic, they are part of the show. This means doing everything and anything, most of the time unexpectedly. Like the time a Cast Member sent my son a cake for his birthday. Still clueless on how that happened, allergy safe too. Or the time a CM saw my daughter and I walking down main street and asked us if we had Memory Maker. I said, yes…so he walked us to a secret location and took the most incredible pictures of us.

Cleanliness:

So this gets mentioned by my clients ALL THE TIME. They can’t believe how clean the parks are. Disney really does go out of their way to have the cleanest parks. Walt would walk Disneyland and watch park-goers. He would watch them get a snack, eat it and see how many steps it took before they were ready to trash. This is why trash cans are everywhere and they are strategically placed based on where the snacks/eats are. ALL CM’s are to pick up trash anytime they see it, no matter their title. NO Gum is sold at the parks, so no sticky rides, walkways or table tops. There are more examples, but trust me…Disney is very clean.

Themeing:

Disney has the BEST theming. In fact they created the concept, it adds to the magic. Some “other” parks have great theme placement too, but its not the ENTIRE park, usually just a section. Disney’s attention to detail is hands down amazing. Did you know that each “land” has different music and as you walk thru the different zones, the music changes…it’s so subtle you barely notice it unless you are looking for it. The entire park is themed and the transitions from one to the other are spotless. Heck, even the garbage cans are in character. CM costumes are another example. Did you know they aren’t allowed to walk from one land to another if they are in a specific lands costume. Make sure to look up and around and see the details, the hidden Mickeys and the transitions from one area to the next.

“Incredible” Garage Cans!!
Positive Vibes:

Disney is happy. It feels happy the moment you arrive, enter the park and walk around. The colors, the music, the gardens, the people…just happiness all around. The cast members are happy. As you walk down Main Street, they are smiling at you, welcoming you, waving and almost cheering you on for a good day. I love how even the security guards are happy and smiling. As they go through bag after bag, listening to who knows what from other park-goers…they are cheerful.

There are probably thousands of reasons why Disney is amazing. Why I can say…I love Disney to the Moon and Back. Why I will go over and over again AND I am not alone. The reason they are a bazillion $$ company. Once people drink the Disney Kool-Aid, they are hooked. I have several clients who claim they are only going once, a ONE and DONE vacation…well they went back and back again. If you’ve been, why do you LOVE Disney. Let me know in the comments.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!