Keeping the Disney World trip a surprise from Max has been so. much. fun.
Earlier this week we started giving out clues to our destination. He remembered that we would be missing his Christmas recital/play on Monday so, as far as I can tell, he thinks we are going somewhere for just that day. Not the whole week.
Also, he knows it’s our anniversary. So he thinks we’re taking him somewhere special for our anniversary. Cute.
We’ve been giving him one clue each day and he loves this game! I wait until he asks me for it and, shockingly, he doesn’t ask every 5 minutes. It’s been perfectly timed, like at the dinner table or while he was getting ready for bed.
So far his clues have been:
1. It’s not in Maryland
2. It has something to do with a Lego store
This one got him really excited! I needed a clue that would throw him off the Disney track because his first guess to clue #1 was “are we going to Disneyland and Legoland?” Nooo, we’re not going all the way to California, are you crazy? heeeheeee
3. We’re getting on an airplane
By the way, he no longer has a double ear infection. That’s right, his ENT said he had NO fluid in his ears. Ya’ll. The pediatrician said it was nasty thick fluid last Friday so I was excited that in the 5 days since the start of antibiotics it was already clear. At this time, we just need to follow up in 6 months and I can breathe a sigh of relief about the change in air pressure while flying.
4. We’re going to see a kingdom
Wow, did his eyes get big! He said, “okay, okay, I got it.” Then he recalled the four clues, head down and pacing the kitchen as he talked. He might have had his hands behind his back, too. I was giggling and wished I had my camera near by.
His guess was that we’re getting on an airplane, flying to Virginia, then going to the Lego Store that Aunt Jen took him to (Tyson’s Corner, about 30 minutes away) and we’re going to see a giant Lego set from Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [from Indiana Jones]!
This is just too good. I can only imagine his reaction when we go to Downtown Disney the first night to see the massive Lego store there and THEN take him to Hollywood Studios the next day to see the Indiana Jones stunt show.
Tomorrow’s clue will be something about how the place is really goofy.
Then, on Sunday, we’ll reveal where we’re going at Pops & Nana’s house. We have personalized Mickey Mouse ear hats for all three of us (Mike and I got ours from friends who went to DW for their honeymoon and Max got his from our friend Livi who visited a couple of years ago) so maybe we’ll wear them or something. I haven’t really figured that out yet. I just wanted to tell him with lots of family in the room. He’ll love the excitement and attention.
I’ll let you know how it goes. Meanwhile, I’m so excited I can’t stand it. I feel like a little kid!
Here are our plans:
Mon – Downtown Disney where we have dinner reservations at Rainforest Cafe. We’re staying at one of the hotels in Downtown Disney.
Tues – Hollywood Studios then hop to Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (’til midnight!)
Wed – Flexible day (Sleep in? Yes. Epcot? Animal Kingdom? Back to HS? Mosey around? Not sure. We have dinner reservations at Hollywood and Vine…should we stick with them? anyone? anyone?)
Thurs – (35!) Character breakfast at Magic Kingdom, hop to Epcot for the afternoon and dinner reservations at Biergarten, then watch Illuminations.
Fri – come home
Yep! So excited!