Okay, you just got off the phone with the travel agent or Disney Cast Member. You’ve got your reservation numbers, your tickets are printing, and, in your head, you’re already planning your packing needs.
But WAIT! You left out one super fun, fantastic, exciting thing: YOU HAVE TO TELL THE REST OF THE TRAVELERS!
Here are our 10 favorite ways to do just that. Some we have done, some we’ve only heard about; but here they are:
- Mickey Mouse shaped pizza. You can make it yourself or you can order in. Most pizza places will work with you. They can either shape the dough or put the toppings in a Mickey Mouse shape. This one is fun, I’ve done it. Store bought pizza dough sometimes comes in circles, all you have to do it connect them. That is what I did.
- I haven’t done this, but I’ve seen it done for gender reveal parties. You take a black, or other colored non-see through, balloon and fill it with mouse shaped confetti. You give one balloon to each person, count to three in unison, and watch the colors fly!
- I’ve heard of people baking a piece of paper inside a cake. I’ve never done it. You can write your message to the masses, then serve dessert. They’d have to eat the whole cake, maybe, to find it; but maybe not. Makes me think of fortune cookies.
- Your child receiving a letter from their favorite princess or character saying ‘see you soon’ is something I’ve done. Twice. I’ve written 2 letters, complete with photos, to my niece. The first letter was from all the princesses saying ‘meet you at the castle’ in Disneyland. The second I wrote as Cinderella and I explained the differences between the castle in Disneyland and in Disney World. However, there are services out there that allow you to make it more authentic. For example, www.disneylandpostcards.com will send your child a signed postcard from Disney World, for $19.95. There are tons of letters on the internet that would be a great pattern to follow. Don’t be afraid to look around and get some ideas. And really, what kid doesn’t LOVE to get mail?
- Two words: Edible Arrangments. Yummy fruit that looks like a flower arrangement; but the fruit is cut into Mickey Mouse shapes. This would be an awesome way to tell teens they are going. Have the arrangement delivered to them at school or work. Super fun! And what teen doesn’t like food?
This one is sold by www.ediblearrangements.com Isn’t it the cutest?!?
- Throw a party! Complete with cake, hats, favors, and anything Mickey! This will totally get the kids into it and spread the excitement! Mickey party supplies can be found in many stores, here are some that I found a Walmart. You could have cupcakes or a cake made that reads ‘We’re Going To Disneyland!’ Or it could be more like this one:
- Speaking of Walmart, there are tons of Disney things there. Be it food or clothing or even toys! I think it would be fun to have a package ‘delivered’ from a girl’s favorite princess with a note that says ‘See You Soon.’ Then she could take that princess doll to the park and have the princess sign it.
There are even Avenger toys that I can’t imagine any little boy not wanting. And since Disneyland is putting in the Avengers more and more, it would fit right it as a surprise for going to the park.
- Everyone knows that purchasing Disney gear inside the park is spendy! Especially when you walk through Target, Kmart, Shop Ko, or any other clothing store and see Disney character clothing. So, get everyone a t-shirt and then hand them out. “You might what to wear these next week.” And watch what happens. Not only does everyone get a t-shirt to wear in the park but it is very economical as well.
- Scavenger hunts! I love these things! I love to write them, to do them, to watch my kids doing them! Christmas morning, this year, we sent out kids on a hunt through the entire house. Each clue had a picture. When those pictures were put together in the right order….well, they figured it out!
- This one I saved for last. It is by far my very favorite! I did this for my four kids for Christmas of 2011. It was so stinking fun! They still talk about it and it still makes me smile. We got them SoCal City Passes that year. It included 3-days at Disneyland, 1-day at Sea World, and 1-day at Universal Studios Hollywood. They are the size of gift cards. So we wrapped them in little envelopes, then wrapped that in a taco shell box, then a Kindle Fire box, then in a cereal box, then in a larger cereal box, then a shirt box, then a … Well, you get the picture. By the time we were done we have over 20 layers of wrapped boxes. Each layer of wrapping provided a vague clue. Things like ‘balloon’, ’13’, and ‘snake’. To us, the parents, they all made total sense. Our kids, however, were stumped! It was so fun and joyful to watch them open each layer, read the clue and think super hard! And I mean SUPER hard!
By the time we were done, we had a small refrigerator box next to the tree. You should have seen the kids’ eyes when they walked into the living room that morning. Oh! What a joy! Best Christmas ever if you ask them.
There are countless ways to tell your family that they are going to Disneyland. But we just had to share our favorite 10 ways. You just can’t go wrong any way you tell them.
What have been your favorite ways to tell your kids you are “going to Disneyland”?
Kiz is an avid Disneyland fan along with being a teacher and busy mom with 4 teens. She is a co-Disney author and enthusiast at MousekeMoms.com. Join her on her adventures for all things Disney and family travel! Follow Mousekemoms on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Be sure to grab your FREE copy of 10 Exciting Secrets Found Around Disneyland HERE.