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!!

My FAVORITE things to do at Disneyland

Disneyland is SO different from Disney World, that there are few things I NEVER miss. READ on about my favorite things at Disneyland.

Hey guys, I am in FULL ON PACKING mode and getting excited for our upcoming family adventure to DISNEYLAND. I get alot of people who say, well I never plan to go there…so not gonna bother reading your posts or watching your videos about it. But I am here to tell you, WHY? Why not swing over to the original? Its an amazing vacation, you can get more done in a shorter time and price is usually about the same or less. Learn about what makes Disneyland unique and my FAVORITE park to visit.

Cars Land:

I post about this often, or at least I feel like I do…its because we LOVE it and there is NOTHING like it at Disney World. The entire land is SO immersive and bright and amazing. There is 3 awesome rides with 1 being the TOP ride for Disney’s California Adventure Park. I mean who wouldn’t want to Race with Lightning McQueen or stroll down Route 66 into Radiator Springs. AND who won’t want to walk past Tow Mater as he is strolling to his next meet & greet. And don’t get me started about how it looks at night, OMG!

Pixar Pier:

Again, another AMAZINGLY creative area that has nothing on Disney World. Its the Incredibles, Inside Out, Toy Story and more ALL wrapped into 1 area. There is a coaster, a carousal, fun fair games, NEW rides and everyone’s favorite – Toy Story Mania. But its the view that you get from Mickey’s Fun Wheel, now known as the Pixar Pal-A-Round is breathtaking. Nothing like putting all your favorite Pixar characters in 1 spot.

Indiana Jones:

No, I am not talking about the stage show that is at Hollywood Studios. This is an actual ride. A very crazy, bouncing and intense ride that puts you in the middle of the action. Explore with Indy and watch out for snakes and arrows and gun shuts. Ride a Jeep like vehicle that has 3 different tracks…you just never know what adventure you will be on. NOTE: Keep those kiddies on the inside as mine always feel like they are gonna fall out. Same with your personal belonging, strap those down securely.

Fantasyland:

So yes, Disney World has Fantasyland, but Disneyland has the original rides which WDW doesn’t have. Rides that bring back my childhood memories. Gotta love Snow White’s Scary Adventure or Mr’s Toads Wild Ride. The original Dumbo. The view from Dumbo is amazing, love shooting up as high as it can go and just enjoying the scenery. Disneyland also has Mickey’s ToonTown and the Nemo Submarine Ride.

The FOOD:

Last but not least is the FOOD. Since Disneyland is in California, the food there is completely different. Different flavors, styles and very fresh. They have continued to grow their healthy vibe with lots of Vegan options. And with Downtown Disney being a walk away, you can enjoy all the tastes and offerings from up-in-coming HIT restaurants. No need to get tired of park food at Disneyland, so many choices…so little time. I especially love the Mexican themed restaurant in Disneyland, its a family favorite and we go every trip. We can’t get enough of our Rice & Beans 🙂

This is just a taste of what I love about Disneyland, but I tried to keep it different from Disney World. Do you love Disneyland? Whats your favorite parts?

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.

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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!!