Monday, November 4, 2013

How I Did It...Surprise Disney Trip

Can you successfully plan an entire Disney trip for your loved one and only tell them about it the night before? I did.

Granted, it may be an easier task when it's your four-year-old that you're surprising. However, I was planning a 30th birthday trip for my husband Tom, who has been known to be extremely nosy, who is always the first person to get our mail and who is responsible for paying all our bills. 

How did I get away with it? I followed these steps and I had some good luck:

1. Getting the time off. Here is your first challenge. Most adults don't have the luxury of waking up and leaving for vacation on a whim. After securing some tentative time off with my boss, I broke into Tom's computer, looked up his boss's email address and contacted him. (NSA, take that!) He was very understanding and my husband had more than enough time to take. (I did sweat a bit when Tom took a day off here or there, however.)

2. Booking all the Disney Details. I booked us five nights at Disney's Boardwalk Villas, but gave my parents address for everything. I planned everything with My Disney Experience (MDE) via my mobile phone. I included Tom as one of the participants but didn't give any of his personal information. Once he found out about the trip, I added his personal MDE account so he could view all of the dining and itinerary details on his mobile phone.

3. Get others in on the secret. Because we were away the weekend of his birthday, we had to have some fake plans so he didn't think it was strange that we weren't doing anything for his 30th birthday. I planned not one, but two birthday parties with friends and family. Our budget was obviously going towards a Disney trip, so I did everything in our home. Tom's mom got cake and we simply had cake and coffee during both parties.


4. Roll with the punches. Somewhere along the line, someone will slip. It's bound to happen. Remember, it's the thought that counts. Even if the whole story blows up in your face, the end result is a magical Disney vacation.

5. Plan the big reveal. I was determined to not tell my husband until the evening before we were leaving. I knew this would throw him off completely. The afternoon of the big reveal, I texted him at work and told him I couldn't wait anymore and I wanted to give him his birthday present. I wrapped up this amazing countdown clock. He opened it up and it was pure shock. 16 hours? We are going to Disney World in 16 hours?!

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 It was worth every penny and all of the lying! :)







Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing my day to day trip report. Follow the hashtag #TomTurns30 for new posts! Thanks for reading. 

Please comment with how you've surprised your loved ones!

1 comments:

smlr said...

My hubby and I surprised our 3 kids in 2012! They didn't know where we were going until we were on the Disney bus!!! It was the best surprise ever!!!!

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