Since we are doing a short trip- three days in the parks (no Epcot), we are going to have to prioritize rides and shows. I have already told my kids (ages 7 and 9) there will be things we won’t have time to do. They have a general idea about what will be there and what they want to do based on their friends’ stories, and a couple of ride videos, but I’ve limited the videos to only those I don’t know if they’d want to do or not- 7DMT, SD and HM. We are doing several character dining experiences, but they don’t know this, or that it is even an option, because I want them to have that sense of magic we all are looking for at WDW, where some characters might just drop in while we’re having lunch to say hi.
I see the latest edition of Birnbaum’s Disney book for kids is coming out in the next couple of weeks, and I’m tempted to get it for my son, as he LOVES planning, pouring over maps, etc. But I’m afraid if I get it two things will happen 1) he’ll want to do everything 2) some of the magic will be lost because they’ll talk about character meals and other experiences I had wanted to surprise them with.
Am I worrying needlessly? Or, is it better that they know what to expect because too much newness at once is overwhelming? How much did you let your older kids know about the trip the first time they went? I want them to have input on the trip- we are going for them, after all, but I also want it to be a magical experience. How do I find the balance?