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Top 10 Ways to Give Your Family a Surprise Disney Vacation

I am always so impressed with parents who can keep the secret while planning a surprise Disney vacation. Have you ever wanted to surprise your kids with a Disney World vacation, but just unsure the best way to do it? Whether it’s a first visit or a special celebration, it can be a lot of fun to plan a surprise Disney vacation. Here are ten different ways to give your kids a surprise Disney vacation!

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1. Scavenger Hunt: You can hide clues throughout your home where they will eventually find the last clue revealing the big trip. You can even have them pick up small gifts at each stop to compile at the end. Some of the earlier clues can be more generic like sunglasses, new luggage, hats, and swim suits.

2. Gift Basket: You can give your children new luggage, backpacks, and other goodies that will be useful during your vacation. Some of the “essentials” include an autograph book, Mickey ears, Mickey drawstring bags, glow sticks, plush, and water bottles. You can even find a pre-made box here.

3. Disney-inspired Dinner: You can make an entire meal based on your favorite Disney movie. Disney Family has A TON of recipes to help you create the perfect menu for your big reveal. We always love Mickey waffles as a quick and easy meal. You can make mini Mickey waffles or classic Mickey waffles.

4. Book: There are some great planning and Disney inspired books that you can give your family. These are great if you’re going to reveal the big surprise a while before you leave. You can get everyone involved in the planning process this way. Some of our favorites include Birnbaum’s Official Vacation Guide, Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World for Kids, the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World and Disney World’s Hidden Mickeys.

5. Letter from Mickey: You can make a letter from Mickey Mouse for your kids letting them know that you’ll be coming to visit. Or, if you book your Disney World vacation with us, we will send your family a letter from Mickey Mouse in addition to an autographed picture to help with your surprise.

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6. Custom Shirts: You can reveal your surprise Disney vacation with new shirts! If you are crafty, there is plenty of inspiration on Pinterest or you can always order some from Etsy or Amazon.

7. Character Call: If you are sailing on a Disney cruise, you can schedule a FREE call prior to your sailing from Mickey, Goofy, or Mickey and Minnie together. This can be a great way to tell the kids about your cruise!

8. Surprise at the Airport: If your kids aren’t big enough to read, you may be able to make it all the way to the airport before having to reveal the big surprise. Imagine the look on their faces as you pull up and they see all of the airplanes coming in and out!

9. A Box Full of Balloons, Characters, and More: If you can get a big cardboard box, fill it with Disney inspired goodies like balloons, plush, confetti, and more. Your kids will love unwrapping it and opening it to find surprises with clues revealing your vacation.

10. Puzzle: You can make your own puzzle at home or order one from Shutterfly to reveal your special message telling your family about their surprise Disney vacation. You can also find a beautiful wooden puzzle for a Disney World vacation or a Disney Cruise Line vacation.

Have you ever revealed a surprise Disney vacation? Share your experience below!

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25 Disney Lego Sets Under $25

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With the kids home from school, we are always looking for fun activities to keep them busy and learning. Whether you need a gift for someone or are just looking for a new activity for your kids, these Disney lego sets are perfect! Check out these 25 Disney LEGO sets that are all under $25 (and can be shipped right to your home)!

Disney Princesses

Belle’s Storybook Adventures

Disney Lego Sets

Beauty and the Beast fans will love Belle’s Storybook Adventures set. This set includes an opening book with Beast’s castle in the center, the outside of the castle on one side and the inside on the other, plus 2 sticker sheets to personalize the book.

Moana’s Ocean Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Moana’s Ocean Adventures set lets kids replay their favorite movie moments from “Moana” and imagine their own adventures with Moana, her friend Pua the Pig, and sailboat!

Mulan’s Storybook Adventures

Disney Lego Sets

Open Mulan’s Storybook Adventures set for a customizable, opening book with 2 scenes: winter training grounds with spinning training dummy and a garden setting with unfolding plum tree, plus 2 sticker sheets to decorate the book with.

Aurora’s Royal Carriage

Disney Lego Sets

Adventure awaits for fans of Disney Princess Aurora and her owl friend in Aurora’s Royal Carriage set. This adorable playset features a pink and white carriage with translucent top, small table and a cake with a candle.

Ariel’s Storybook Adventures

Disney Lego Sets

Open Ariel’s Storybook Adventures to play out life underwater and on the beach. This set features a customizable, opening book with 2 worlds, Ariel’s underwater palace, with an opening clamshell, slide and different trinkets, and a beach above water with a 2-figure boat, plus 2 sticker sheets to decorate the book with. 

Cinderella’s Castle Celebration

Disney Lego Sets

Cinderella’s Castle Celebration set lets kids replay their favorite movie moments from “Cinderella” and imagine their own adventures in her castle with her animal friends.

Mulan’s Training Day

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Mulan’s Training Day is easy to build and perfect for recreating favorite moments “Mulan.” Train hard at her family temple using the turning training dummy, sword and catapult with boulders, before taking a break with her foal, Khan. 

Belle’s Story Time

Disney Lego Sets

Plan a tea party and enjoy story time with Belle and her friends in Belle’s Story Time set! The set features a princess castle with Starter Brick element, balcony with a magic rose under glass, turrets and a spinning turntable. There’s also a park base with spinning picnic table, buildable water fountain and a trolley, plus a storybook element for Belle to read from.

Rapunzel’s Petite Tower

Disney Lego Sets

Rapunzel’s Petite Tower features a window for Rapunzel to look out of, plus a hairbrush and a frying pan. Open up the Rapunzel’s tower toy building set to store all the pieces safely inside.

Jasmine’s Petite Tower

Disney Lego Sets

Jasmine’s Petite Tower includes a Disney Princess Jasmine mini-doll figure, balcony, drinks glass and a perfume bottle. You can even open up the tower to store all the pieces safely inside this handy Princess Jasmine play set.

Frozen II

Anna’s Canoe Expedition

Disney Lego Sets

Anna’s Canoe Expedition set lets kids build Anna’s ice canoe as they head off on Olaf and Anna’s Canoe Expedition, complete with ice slide, seesaw, movable foliage and rocks with a sleeping earth giant image.

Elsa’s Wagon Carriage Adventure

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Elsa’s Wagon Carriage Adventure includes Elsa’s wagon that can seat 2 mini-doll figures, harness to attach it to Sven, stable with water trough and campfire, hay feeder and a Frozen picnic area.

Olaf Snowman Toy Building Kit

Disney Lego Sets

This buildable Olaf is loads of fun to build and play with. His arms and neck are articulated so you can position and move him however you like, and he comes with Frozen accessories to add to the fun.

Elsa and Olaf’s Tea Party

Disney Lego Sets

Elsa and Olaf’s Tea Party will inspire imaginative adventures and playful learning. Disney’s Elsa and her adorable snowman friend, Olaf, are playing in the snow and building an icehouse! With a teapot, hot chocolate and cakes on the table, the scene is set for a super-cool tea party!

Elsa’s Market Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Join Elsa and Olaf on Elsa’s Market Adventure. There’s a cart selling fruit and vegetables, a flower stall under the beautiful clock tower, and a dock with a rowing boat for picnics on the water. Turn the clock face brick to set summer or Frozen wintertime scenes.

Toy Story

Toy Story 4 Carnival Thrill Coaster

Disney Lego Sets

The Carnival Thrill Coaster play set features a colorful carnival roller coaster with 3 cars, 6 sturdy track sections and a large entrance arch with spinning turnstile, plus a special Starter Brick baseplate. This fun preschool toy building set also comes with a cute ice cream wagon with balloon and pizza pie.

Toy Story 4 Duke Caboom’s Stunt Show

Disney Lego Sets

Duke Caboom’s Stunt Show set features an adjustable ring of fire with an attached ramp and 2 special Starter Brick plates. This fun set also includes a buildable toy motorcycle, 3 stackable cans, 2 cars and a stunt sign that can be knocked down.

Toy Story 4 Woody & RC

Disney Lego Sets

The Woody & RC set lets kids build a speedy RC car on a special Starter Brick base.

Toy Story 4 Buzz & Bo Peep’s Playground Adventure

Disney Lego Sets

Your kids can build a fun playground set with Buzz & Bo Peep’s Playground Adventure, featuring a 2-level playhouse with kitchen area, slide, bridge, climbing wall, bubble window stand and a special Starter Brick baseplate.

Toy Story Train

Disney Lego Sets

Little ones will love this easy-to-build Toy Story Train set from LEGO DUPLO and Toy Story! Disney Pixar characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody will have endless adventures as they work together to protect the bank vault from the evil Dr. Porkchop, who is featured on a ‘Wanted’ poster.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

My First Mickey Build

Disney Lego Sets

Little ones will love to build and rebuild Mickey Mouse with My First Mickey Build! This 3-D puzzle is easy to build from chunky DUPLO bricks.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Parade

Disney Lego Sets

All aboard the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday train as Mickey and Minnie throw a parade in your honor! Load up the train with everything you need for the perfect birthday party—a buildable cake, balloons and decorated gift bricks. With decorated age bricks numbered from 1 to 5, Mickey and Minnie can bring birthday fun year after year.

Minnie’s Birthday Party

Disney Lego Sets

Celebrate Minnie Mouse in style with Minnie’s Birthday Party! Kids can drive Minnie in her cute pink car to her party house, where Figaro the cat is waiting to get the party started.

Whisker Haven Tales

Berry’s Kitchen

Disney Lego Sets

Berry’s Kitchen is the perfect venue for a woodland tea party. Berry’s Kitchen includes a buildable breakfast bar and stools, display table, cake stand and a special tree gate. Berry is Snow White’s pet bunny.

Petite’s Royal Stable

Disney Lego Sets

Help Petite, Belle’s pony, win the show jumping trophy and then get her ready to go out to a tea party! The set includes a relaxation area, beauty tower, reading tower, podium, show jump, and more.

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Bonus: If you’re looking for a real challenge, try the 4,080 piece Cinderella Castle (sorry, this one’s over $25)!

Need more ideas to keep your family busy this spring or add a little more Disney to your home? We have you covered!

Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards


Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

Disney recently announced that Disney Parks & Resorts have once again been named among the top destinations around the world to stay and play in the 29th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards celebrate the best of the best in travel according to travelers just like you.


  • Walt Disney World Resort:
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
    • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Disneyland Resort:
    • Disneyland Hotel
    • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disney Vacation Club:
    • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Creating unforgettable vacation experiences for our guests is only made possible by the commitment of Disney’s cast and crew, and this recognition is a testament to their excellence in maintaining quality standards and innovating the guest experience.


To date, Disney Parks & Resorts around the world have been recognized more than 60 times by Condé Nast Traveler. It is awards like these that inspire Disney to work harder to continue living up to even higher guest expectations.

This story originally appeared on the Disney Parks Blog.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote.