Any day at Disney feels like a birthday to me, which got me thinkin’…how do you make your little one’s special day even more special when you’re already at the “most magical place on earth”? So here they are, my best tips and ideas for planning a birthday celebration at Walt Disney World.
Make Reservations Early
If you want to surprise your prince or princess with a Character Dining Experience, specialty cruise or dinner show on the big day, make your reservations early. Most reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance. “What should I make those reservations for, Mommy Frog?” I’m glad you asked. Read on…
Birthday Day Ideas for Little Boys
Birthday Ideas for Little Girls
Shout It Out Loud!
When you make your Disney hotel reservation and Advanced Dining Reservations, be sure to tell the Cast Members that you’re celebrating a birthday. (It never hurts to remind them when you check in, either.) Your birthday boy or girl will likely receive extra-special treatment in the form of celebrity-level attention, confetti, a cupcake and a personalized note.
Let Them Eat Cake
No birthday is complete without a cake and candles. Order a custom cake and have it delivered to your table at any of the Walt Disney World table service restaurants. Cakes can be ordered with just 48 hours notice, but Advanced Dining Reservations must have already been made. The cake hotline is 407-827-2253.
Wear Special Birthday Gear
This tip is actually my favorite as it lasts the longest and costs the least. (It’s also appropriate for grown-up kids.) As soon as you enter the park, head to Guest Relations and pick up a free Happy Birthday! celebration button. Write your little one’s name on it; Cast Members (and speaking Characters) will make a point to wish him or her Happy Birthday. (It doesn’t have to be their actual birthday and the buttons can be worn for the duration of your vacation.)
If you want to call even more attention to birthday guy or gal, a Birthday Mickey Mouse Ear Hat is sure to do the trick. You can order them online at disneystore.com or buy one when you arrive. There’s at least one store in each Disney park where you can find Mickey Mouse Ear Hats. The Chapeau at Magic Kingdom® Park and MouseGear at Epcot® have big selections.
I’d love to hear how you celebrated a birthday Disney-style or if you have any birthday ideas to add.
Until then…Happy Planning (and early Birthday!)
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