So that brings me to the question, what would you choose? Disney World or Chattanooga, Tennessee? And have any of you ever surprised your kids with a trip to Disney?Tweet
Maybe if they'd told them we're going to IOA she might not have been able to hide her joy!
Still, if this family ever again has to pay for a hotel room in Chattanooga, they're doing it wrong.
The question is interesting, though. I have never been able to surprise my kids with a WDW trip because so much planning is involved. But, when I announce the trip is coming, it is all my kids talk about until the trip actually happens.
However, I don't remember if it was the second or third time we took the kids to Silver Dollar City, but we planned it as a surprise. Told them we were going to the lake and they had no idea the best theme park in the Midwest was less than fifteen minutes from our hotel.
After nearly four hours of driving, we pulled into the parking lot and the kids could see the track for Wildfire over trees. Their reaction was one of absolute joy and the hugs came on so fast that the oldest boy didn't even remember he was too cool for public hugs! It was one of those Clark Griswold "hard to hold back the tears" moments for this dad, I can assure you! =)
I can only imagine how they would react if I could pull off a stunt like that with WDW... *sniff* *sniff*
Great story James!!!!
I did surprise my Mum and Dad however at Christmas 2003. It was their pearl wedding anniversary in Sept 2004 so I wrote a big note saying Mum and Dad, Happy Christmas, your going to Orlando in September for your Pearl Anniversary and then put it in a box.
Because we had talked about going they were concerned that they wouldn't be able to afford it so I got them $1000 spending money which we gave them first and they still had no idea.
My husband then presented them with the box and said, here's a little something else for you too. They opened the box and read the note. Dad's mouth fell open and Mum just broke down in tears. I was videoing it and I was also crying behind the camera. It was the best surprise I could ever give them both for all they have done for me. It was also the best holiday ever becasue as soon as we got back the end of September, Mum was diagnosed with Cancer in the October. The April she went to sleep forever. Disney was her dream holiday and she made it before leaving. God Bless You my gardian angel x
We loaded up the car and got on the road. About 10 hours later my sister starts asking where we were and my parents reply that we are in Tennessee. My sister then asks why the Florida Baptist Convention is in Tennessee. At this point my parents pull over and admit that we are going to WDW.
At the time, I had just started playing trumpet and was getting into Jazz and the Blues. I was excited to go to Beale St. in Memphis and experience that. I was 10 and I started crying...lol. It was silly, but just the shock of completely changing plans got me upset.
However, by the time we got to Disney I was happy as a clam.
There might be a real nice thing to see in Chattanooga… Like a Cow or something..
And Manny, regardless of how old you may be..and I really don't care...your posts are increasingly difficult to read. Some periods and capitals would sure be a nice change of pace to start. Yes, 12 years is young, but take some pride in how your views are presented, and people of ANY age will take them more seriously. I know it's not the first time I've mentioned this on this forum, but you're not the first and you certainly won't be the last.
Another thing, we would like to believe Disney movies are kids oriented, but not really. They don't have a good selection of films and television shows suitable for 6 years and under. This lack of material is reflected in the rides and attractions in the theme parks.
Secondly, as a Brit, Ive had a not too dissimilar encounter when we told our kids we were going (again) it wasnt as emotional as the clip but more like this.
Luke on XBox...
Me "So we are going to Disney World again, cool huh?"
Luke "Yea.........No way I killed you....What?"
Me "Disney World, you wanna go back?"
Luke "Now? Im playing Halo dad......"
Me "No. In like 18 months."
Luke "Can we have Fish for dinner tonight?"
Yep. He got real excited LOL.
Also, no one said all or most Disney movies were toddler intended, but like I said, focused on entertainment a whole family could enjoy.
Legoland sounds like it's right up your alley, but lets not go blaming Disney for things they don't claim to be.
My dad then told us that we were going to Disneyland instead. I still remember it and we still have the home video mydad shot while we were there.
I cant wait to do the same to my kids.
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And if I'm with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, I'm showing this video for the next 10 years. Epic. (See Rock City, kids!)