Little girl on dad's shoulders in front of Cinderella Castle
  • On Jun 24, 2017
    Kristin from TX Asked

    We are going to DW in Aug. My ex (kids' dad) has been saving to take them on vacation but is having a difficult time; my parents have arranged to fly him in to meet us. We are trying to find a way for the kids to "discover" him. Tips?

    Hi Kristin,

    My heart warmed just reading your story. I also co-parent with my kids' dad, and even though we are no longer together, we have continued to share family experiences, including vacations, for the benefit of our kids. I commend you, your parents and your ex for trying to create such a wonderful surprise for your children during your upcoming trip.

    Now let's put on our thinking caps (and Mickey ears) and try to come up with a magical way for your kids to "discover" their Dad in the World!

    Do your kids have a favorite attraction or experience they enjoyed in the past with their Dad? My kids definitely inherited their sense of adventure from their Dad, and during our past trips to Walt Disney World they have ridden Expedition Everest together up to five or six times in a row. (Mom normally bails after the second run!) If your kids have a similar affinity for a certain attraction, I think it would be fantastic for their Dad to be standing at the entrance of this attraction when the rest of you arrive. Be sure to have the camera at the ready, because I am sure you will want to record the reactions!

    Another option is to meet at a special favorite restaurant. You could plan to arrive with the rest of the family and discretely inform the Cast Member at the podium that your kids' Dad is standing by to make a surprise appearance. Then, once you are seated, he could walk up to the table to join the rest of you for a celebratory meal.

    Another cute idea would be a poolside meet up. If your Walt Disney World Resort hotel has a water slide, you could dispatch your kids to the slide, arranging for their Dad to be in the pool to greet them one by one when they splash into the water. Now that's a Splashtastic surprise!

    Whatever you decide, I have no doubt this will be a trip your kids will remember for a lifetime!

    Trish
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Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

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