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 Water Rides – Who’s Gonna get WET?

I love going to Disney, but sometimes…you just don’t wanna get wet. OR perhaps you do? READ for Disney World Water Rides.

Hey fans, with it being summer and very HOT where I am, I was thinking about all the rides at Disney, where you get wet. Sometimes I don’t mind, sometimes (in the winter) I avoid and sometimes I just pop on a poncho and enjoy. What water rides are your favorites? Enjoy this list of Disney World Water Rides.

Splash Mountain:

Ok, so its in the name, Splash…this is a clue that you might come out wet. The fun thing about this ride is…as the front passengers might get the most wet…it also depends on who is on the boat with you. So…do you get the most wet when the boat is heavier or lighter? I really have NO clue, but I do know that I am ALWAYS wet, its just my luck. You can also get wet from the back-splash from the sides…so you just never know. Avoiding the front isn’t always the answer.

Splash Mountain – Smile for the Camera!
Kali River Rapids:

Again…I am cheating with this one…Rapids??? It SO means water. But like Splash Mountain this ride can also can vary on who gets wet. Not only is it a heavier verses lighter situation, but the ride kinda spins and bumps against the sides of the ride scenery and you just never know what actual seat you will be in. You could be the front, back or sides. But again, I am always the one that gets wet, its my luck in life. And this ride is the worst kind of wet, you can get soaked down to the undies (oh joy). So wrap up your stuff and pop on a poncho…cause you might get SOAKED. And if you see me, stay away…I am always the wet one 😉

Frozen Ever After:

I love this ride!! Of course if you have seen my Frozen Ever After video, you will know that when I rode it for the FIRST time, I had NO idea that you could get wet. It’s more of a splash wet, but it was enough to dampen my outfit and make my shoes squeak, lol. It’s also more of a front row wet, so avoid the front if trying to stay dry.

Pirate’s of the Caribbean:

So…I think this is an accidental ride where you “might” get wet, but it happens. I think about every-time I board my ship, the floor is wet, probably from the fall (dip). But you can also get a splash from the canons that fire in the Pirate Ship WAR scene. Last time my lens got so wet I had to stop filming to wipe my lens, oops. This isn’t a reason to avoid this ride by any means…but…it could be considered a ride where you get wet.

Its a Small World:

This ride is a Disney classic “dark” ride where you 100% don’t get wet, lol. Gotcha!! For those that started reading this thinking…Nina is crazy, you don’t get wet on this ride. I know. Bazinga 🙂 Ok wait, I did once…my kid put her hands in the water and got me.

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!!

Disneys Animal Kingdom Rides for Motion Sickness Issues

Headed to Disney World and have Motion Sickness concerns? Wondering what rides would be best for you and kids? READ ON about Animal Kingdom…

Hey Fans, after getting a call (from one of you) I was inspired to write this post. When asked what your FAVORITE ride at Disneys Animal Kingdom Park is, many will say Flights of Passage. But this isn’t always the case. Some people experience issues with motion, are worried about simulated rides and/or are little kids. So here is my list for people like me, perhaps so-called ride chickens or those with motion sickness issues – Enjoy.

Kilimanjaro Safaris:

So in FULL disclosure this ride does have a warning on it, for motion and other health issues. But in ride terms, I don’t find this experience to be all that bad for motion sickness. You are in a Jeep like vehicle and drive over dirt/mud/chained roads…so of course there is some bumping. But nothing like a large hill or motion simulated rides. Other than some huge bumps (road divots), this ride is a NON-issue for me. Expect bumps, hold tight to your camera and enjoy! Look out for the NEW babies recently born.

Kilimanjaro Safaris
Park Shows:

So this is an easy one. Of course shows don’t have any motion issues. But what many don’t realize is the 2 main shows at Animal Kingdom Park are hands-down amazing. They might even be award winning. The Festival of the Lion King is amazing; complete with puppetry, acrobatic monkeys, flying “birds” and fire dancing. I mean it screams, come have a good time. The Finding Nemo show is just as spectacular. Jaw dropping puppetry acting, fun story-line, amazing sets and interactive actors that perform in the seating areas.

Kali River Rapids:

Water Ride AHEAD – so this ride can be a little motion induced, but nothing I can’t handle once. For sure not over and over again. You board a GIANT pool inter-tube that can spin and bump and dip in rushing, splashing waters. There are a few little hills or dips, but nothing to intense. The worse part of this experience is “who is gonna get wet” or wait…that is also the FUN part of the ride 😉 Pop on a poncho, wrap your gear in a bag and enjoy.

Na’vi River Journey:

This is the “other” ride in the Pandora area. Not many talk about this one as the other one gets all the fame. But this little boat ride (considered a Disney “Dark” ride) is very calm, peaceful and beyond colorful. My kids love it and its something we can ride over and over again. If you haven’t seen the Avatar movies, its ok. The bright colors, moving creatures are very imaginative and creative and keep you intrigued. The Shaman in the end might seem a little strange if you haven’t seen the movie, but the peaceful chats and music help smooth that over. Great for kids!

So if you have kiddies, ride chickens or experience Motion Sickness, I hope this list helped. Not all rides are for everyone and we all have our favorites.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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