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Apr 24, 2012 7:27 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Opinions wanted- So we are taking my daughter and a friend to disneyland for her 16th birthday. We are so stoked. Question is- do we keep it a total surprise or tell her now? If i surprise her i will have to destroy her first. She is smart and thinks she is on to us. So i will have to crush her dreams them go for the big reveal. On the other hand if we surprise her now her and her friends have a month to talk about it and get all excited and whacked out. Thoughts?

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Surprise her. - my-unbirthday1025  165.8 #2360 7:30AM
Just tell her and tell her you will take it back if she doesn't do all her chores. - HotDiggityDogDaddy  1113.1 #137 8:08AM
Use this one. Your house will be spotlessz! Hehe! - Deltachiq  1222.9 #116 10:21AM
Teens are too smart to fall for this one. :) - PeachKay  311.1 #757 11:51AM
BTW for my 16th birthday my parents were telling me I was getting something with a motor in it. It was a stationary mixer.  - DuffysJuju  627.8 #276 10:24AM
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When my mom try's to suprise me (I'm 16) she tells me I'm going I am different place. But a place that requires te same sort of clothing :) - Raeofsunshine  12.6 #8369 2:28PM
*that was taking not raking! - DlandDude  503.5 #370 7:28AM
I would buy the tickets hid them somewhere in her room. Make her work to find out. When the day comes go in her room with a additude like she did something wrong, if she hasn't found the tickets yet. Thrash her room and hid the tickets again. You will know when she finds the tickets and the note you left. Seems mean but It worked out fantastic for me. I realized the more you are mad at them the more the wonder why. - kansas58  8.9 #10338 7:50AM
Huh? - Minnis2Society  369.9 #554 10:56AM
Aww Sweet 16! What a fantastic gift!!! I think that I would want to be surprised. Maybe talk to the parents of her friend and tell them it is a surprise for BOTH girls and that maybe have fake-out plans for THEIR family that day. That way friend's sched is cleared and it won't slip out. Have fun whatever way you decide!! Keep us posted on what you DO do :) - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4697.3 #20 7:57AM
Right now we have the other parents on board. We have told my daughter sorry we cant afford it right now. Hehe i played a little main street loop on the way to school to rub some salt in the wound. Like i say i ll have to break her down in order to surprise her. She knows me all too well and knows how cool i think this trip will be - DlandDude  503.5 #370 8:00AM
Perfect!! you know your daughter. keep it up. *insert Ursula's EVIL laugh!!!!* - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  4697.3 #20 8:05AM
Ouch! That hurt if my dad told me so. - RapunzalK  195.8 #1947 8:06AM
Awesome! Keep playing it down (being sympathetic of course) that way, it will make the news all the more sweeter :) have a fantastic time! - DisneyDawn  419.2 #466 8:12AM
I would tell her and give her the additional gift of being excited and allowing her and her friend time to plan what they want to do and see. Personally I'm not big on toying with other people's feelings and emotions, but, that's just me. - mike714  338.1 #639 10:09AM
Rent a brand new looking car, put the tickets on the dash board. Park the car in the driveway, point and say, "There's your birthday present!" She will freak out and say, "I'm getting a car!?!?!?" Then you point again and say, "No, but your present is over there." Let her find the tickets on the dash board. Is that too evil? - DuffysJuju  627.8 #276 10:23AM
So fun! I have done it both ways. Personally i think the anticipation of a trip to Disneyland is part of the fun! Do something fun to tell her! If you are staying in a Disney hotel be sure to tell them you are celebrating her birthday! They had balloons and a birthday pin for my daughter waiting in our room! We also did the fun Mickey/Minnie birthday party at Plaza Inn. Everyone gets a small cake to decorate and dancing and photo op w mickey and Minnie. It's pretty reasonably priced and lots of fun, even for teenagers! I hope y'all have a BLAST! - brittandkell  437.9 #436 10:52AM
Don't crush her just so you can surprise her. I'm going to quote John knightley: "I hate surprises. The inconvenience is considerable and the pleasure is never enhanced." Let her enjoy the planning. For me, it's 15% of the fun. - LittleAprilShowers  559.5 #318 10:57AM
Tell her now. Planning is great fun for teenagers. - ready4vacation  8.8 #10446 11:33AM
I would tell her now. The anticipation & planning are a big part of the excitement. - Hesatalkintome  28.6 #5501 11:46AM
I would surprise her about a week before the trip so she can be sure she has everything she wants to bring (clothes, etc) and to let the excitement build. Have a wonderful trip!!! - Linzee  909.9 #173 11:47AM
Ugh! So many good points to consider. I dont want to be a jerk and ruin her or anything. But, you have to understand, its been a year since we went to the parks but the year we had a pass she got to go 21 days. Thats a lot seeing as we are from out of state. She knows the park, she is in love with disneyland like many of us here. I know she will freak out if i pull off the surprise, but it would be fun to anticipate the trip for the next 30 days as well. - DlandDude  503.5 #370 11:49AM
Can you just plan a "family" party for the day you leave. And just tell her you that's all you can do this year. And then for the "party" tell her there's no party surprise! Or if your leaving in the morning tell her your going to breakfast for her bday and then tell her when you get in the car or almost to airport? She will know your lying if you tell her your not doing anything. So if your going to surprise her have to have a small pretend party or special plan. - Minnis2Society  369.9 #554 11:55AM
My vote is to tell her. That way she can plan all of the fun things she might want to do. Maybe surprise her with something like dinner at Blue Bayou? - DoombuggyRider  20.4 #6446 11:52AM
Update-- so our trip is set! Hotel booked, her friends parents are in on it. So we will skip the last day of school an travel down to cali straight to dland. Spend 3 days having a blast. My wife and i, as well as our good friends will celebrate our anniversaries. Our daughter will have he 16th bday plus my bro n law is proposing to his girlfriend!! Alot going on, but it will be sweet. Last night i told her we wernt going to be able to go she cried for like 30 min. Ugh---- but the surprise will be worth it she will freak out. Her friends parents are loving the surprise as well. The last thing to figure out is the big reveal oh and how im telling the other 4 kids they are staying home with grandma!!!! - DlandDude  503.5 #370 1:36PM
I love disney surprises on youtube so record it (: - lina1990  123.0 #3015 2:08PM
UPDATE- May 16. Only 7 more days until we leave. My daughter has no clue. Sadly she has shed many tears thinking we are not able to go. I am the "dream crusher". LOL she made a video that was creative and it shows walts famous quote and pics of us at dland. At the end it says coming soon.... And she animated a map of us going from here to there. I dont know how she figures this stuff out! SO to surprise her and her friend i am making a new ending to her video and showing it at her video night this weekend. She is going to freak!!!!! I'll see if i can upload it when its done. I can't wait to see her face. :-) - DlandDude  503.5 #370 4:43PM
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Attraction Closures: All of Critter Country (re-opening April 2015), Haunted Mansion (opens Friday 1/23), Matterhorn (May 2015), Sleeping Beauty Castle (March 2015), Snow White Grotto (May 2015), Pacific Wharf Cafe (re-opens 2/6), Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (re-opens in March), Soarin over California (re-opens May 2015), Taste Pilots' Grill (re-opens in 3/13). 

This week's "Wednesday with Walt" AP presentation is a look into "The Story of the Silly Symphony". Make sure to pick up a wristband with a valid AP at the Main Street Opera House starting at 12noon on Wednesday to attend one of the presentations that evening. 

unForecast Prediction: Expect it to be quiet this week (CIs in the 50s-low 70s). For the weekend, expect the parks to be moderately busy with CIs in the low 70s-80s, as this is "non-peak" season.

Have a great week MWers!  - BaseballMickey_CM Jan 20, 2015 11:11AM



We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  352.8 #599 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.5 #6796 11:53PM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  114.3 #3190 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  216.9 #1669 5:04PM
Thanks for these updates. I love them!  - Dizkid  356.7 #586 6:07PM
It's Dance the Magic this weekend-always adds to the crowds too!!! - TinkerSchelle  1257.7 #110 8:23PM
What is dance the magic?? - bks4lou  167.6 #2322 4:40PM

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Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  886.5 #177 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  1257.7 #110 10:53PM
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Our Favorite Things: This is a list of the top things added to our popular ToDo List feature inside the app (based on the number of times added to a ToDo List):

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New Orleans Square attractions are best.  - CM_Shadowgamer  2380.1 #48 7:23PM
 I agree,for life - bonedaddy909  1201.6 #121 6:56AM
Completely agree!!!       - adisneyfamily  832.1 #190 10:23AM
Gotta love NOS!    - grumpypapa  2761.5 #39 4:12AM
Don't forget the food too! - quote  22.6 #0 11:53AM
It's such a beautiful area. - LaPearleNoir  1302.2 #106 6:32AM
Nooooo captain EO needs to go! - hairdog67  258.6 #1162 4:17PM
Agreed! - KingdomKeeper1210  29.1 #0 3:17PM
What!!?? Nooooo!!!! - CaptainEOlove  4.6 #18206 12:40PM
Agree!!! - bondfamluvsdisney  2.1 #56592 9:54PM
They returned @grumpyinphx 's glass slipper. Oh wait, I'm not sure he wanted me to tell that story. Ooops.  - Maddernhorn  199.1 #1899 10:58AM
See can't tell you anything. ..lol - grumpyinphx  228.8 #1520 12:09PM

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Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  1063.4 #146 6:41PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  665.4 #252 6:30PM
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I have the app so if anyone wants to play a game with me :-) - nelcamp90  29.9 #5392 7:12PM
Just invited you to play - Goofytom  1063.4 #146 1:21PM

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Love seeing everyone's pictures from Disneyland !! I know, we always have a good time :) - Lyssa2012  196.0 #1943 11:22PM
I agree!  - Dizkid  356.7 #586 6:28PM
Gotta love the matterhorn :-) - foundpluto1  1445.1 #93 5:28PM

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Thank you everyone! You do a great job keeping us in the know and making MW a must have for Disney info!!! - Boundin  545.4 #329 10:33PM
Seriously, thank you so much! Being that we can only afford to go a couple times a year, this helps keep my Disneyland "craving" in balance  - apesandmonkeys  7554.9 #7 3:47PM
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DISNEYLAND PARK:

Jungle Cruise closed Jan 7-9
Matterhorn Bobsleds closed through May 15
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh closed Jan 12-April 2
Haunted Mansion closed Jan 12-22
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes closed Jan 12-April 2
Splash Mountain closed Jan 12-April 2
it's a small world closed Jan 26-Feb 5

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:

Pacific Wharf Cafe closed through Feb 5
Boudin Bakery Tour closed through Jan 26
Soarin' Over California closed through May 14
Taste Pilot's Grill closed through March 12
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed Jan 20-March 12
Grizzly River Run closed Jan 20-Mar 19

Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  307.6 #783 8:33AM
Did anyone ride Canal Boats today? Anything to report? - MelodyMouse  3494.3 #27 9:10PM
Did you see the photos yesterday, they have the canal ride  frozen land where old mill was. - secretagentangel  1323.9 #104 2:39PM
hardly anything open!  I know - I know - the diamond anniversary- doesn't make sense to travel there with nothing open.   - Sfarrell  80.9 #3712 7:31PM
Why not? I've had a blast all week!! - MissMolly  1266.3 #109 11:42AM
Some may not agree, but I don't think it's that bad. I would be bummed to miss some attractions if it was my one trip of the year, but the crowds are low and the missing attractions will be better than ever in a few months.  - chrismis21  492.6 #382 2:46PM
Me too @Missmolly! - ShariRenee  5019.1 #17 5:50PM
I hope they're changing the matterhorn bobsled seats.  Went once after the last refurbishment and NEVER again.  I literally bruised my tailbone. Everyone had back pain for the rest of the day.   - fancyshmancy1999  5.1 #16195 1:04AM

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