A few months ago, my husband and I decided it was time to take our girls to Disney World. This will be their first time! They are 8 and 4 years old, and we have talked about going to Disney even before our second daughter was born. Through the years, things came up, like saving money to buy our first house, our second daughter, needing a new car…the list goes on and on. All important things mind you, but we decided we should make plans now before something else comes up.
I started looking into vacation packages about 3 months ago, and I thought we were ahead of the game. I was about to find out how wrong I was. Disney dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance, and fast pass+ reservations can be made 60 days in advance for Disney hotel guests. I really wanted to take our girls to eat at Cinderella’s castle and chef Mickey’s for breakfast, but I was too late. By the time I booked our vacation, they were both booked solid on all the days were are planning to attend. I was able to get some pretty good fast pass+ reservations, so we are going to have an awesome time anyway.
All this time, we managed to keep this plan a secret from the girls. With our vacation so close, we decided it was time to reveal. I bought a giant Mickey balloon, and attached a letter telling the girls we were going to Disney World. I put the balloon and letter in a big box, and wrapped it with Christmas wrapping paper since this is our early Christmas gift to the girls. We had the girls open the box, and while there was excitement, they didn’t go crazy until I told them we were going to get on a plane to get there. Haha, not what I expected, but I guess I should have educated them about Disney before hand. (I’ve since shown them pictures on the internet of some things we’re going to see and do, and now they are ecstatic!)
Then I gave them their second half of their gift. In a big Christmas gift bag, I included Minnie shirts, personalized Disney World maps, our magic bands, some Minnie ear hair clips, and personalized autograph books that I made for them.
For the autograph books:
I got some Mickey & friends patterned scrapbook paper from MIchael’s to make the cover page, and used October Afternoon stickers to spell out their names. I also bought a pack of cardstock from Michael’s (measuring a little bigger than 4 x 6 inches) as filler. The back star page is by Bella Blvd. I cut both the cover and back page to the same size as the card stock. I included about 30 pages of card stock for each book, to leave room for the girls to write or draw, and to include pictures of the girls and Disney characters. Then I went to Office Max, choose a frosted plastic cover for both front and back, and had them spiral bound for just a few dollars. This was a very affordable project. I used MIchael’s coupons and stuff from my scrapbook stash.
I got the Minnie ears hair clips from an etsy shop called head2toedesigns.
We are so so excited! I’m so glad that the girls know, and I can start getting things together to pack without being so secretive!
Happy Tuesday friends!