Hey there hi there ho there, So we took a trip this past August, and while there, I spent one night upgrading our passes to Gold Annual Passes (we're DVC members). The plan is to take a trip, 5 or 6 nights (we have 5 nights booked using DVC points, we might pay cash for one additional night), in December before the blackout period of the passes kick in. And unlike most trips, since it's going to be shorter than most of our trips, and flights that time of year aren't so bad, we're probably going to fly Now here's the thing - of course my wife Slappette, knows we're going. But our kids (Slapperina and Slappetina) do not. We're talking about springing it on them as a surprise. It'll wind up being a very big chunk of their Christmas present from us (Santa will still hook them up, but we tend to give them more presents from Mom and Dad because we love them and Santa gives them a few gifts if they've been good because f**k that old man why should he get all the credit?). If we fly, it'll be a very early departing flight. My wife thinks we should tell them as soon as we get them up so they're not concerned about why they're being awakened so early. But I kinda think they'll be disoriented no matter what if they're not prepped for that kind of early wake-up. I also worry if we wake them up at 3am and say "we're going to Disney World!" sure, there will be an initial rush of adrenaline, but we're then still talking 7 or 8 hours before we get there, a time frame during which there will be an energy crash, inevitably. So here's my thought - we prep them by saying a day or earlier that we're going to go SOMEWHERE, and somewhere pretty lame at that, and we have to leave early. We don't tell them we're flying, we tell them it's some place we have to drive. I was thinking of telling them we won a unique opportunity to work on and live at a potato farm in North Jersey for 6 days, so we'll have to get up early because the potato harvest starts at 5am sharp. Or we need to drive some place that sells used mismatched socks because we're buying 10 boxes of them, in the hopes that we can find some to match the ones they own currently missing their partner. Just so they know we're getting up early... ...aaand then see how long we can wait before we tell them. Could we convince them they're arriving by plane or the farm is farther away? Could we convince them there's a change of plans and we have to take a plane in order to get to the potato farm or pick up the socks? Any chance we could keep that up all the way to Orlando? So what do you all think? How would you spring it on kids if you had a chance to spring it?