On our first trip to Disney World as a family, we were lucky enough to be there on my birthday. 2 years later, we were there again on my birthday. Here are some wonderful things I learned on my trips!
First, make sure your travel planner KNOWS you are celebrating! If they know that you’re celebrating, they can note it in your reservation. When you check in, you should receive a “Happy Birthday” button with your name on it. Not staying on property? No worries! Simply go to Guest Services and request a “Happy Birthday” button. (There are also buttons for first visits, honeymoons, anniversaries, and “just celebrating”).
Be sure to wear this button EVERYWHERE you go during your whole trip, not just on your actual birthday. The words, “Happy birthday, Amy!” from Cast Members (and even other guests) followed me around our whole trip and truly made my day each and every time I heard it. Characters in the parades even notice too!!
If you have a meal planned, again, make sure your travel planner notes the celebration in your reservation – MAGICAL things may happen!! At our character breakfasts (one at Chef Mickey’s and one at Tusker House), I was given a birthday cupcake and the whole restaurant is led in a rousing song of “Happy Birthday”. At Tusker House, I was also presented with a birthday card signed by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald and Daisy! At California Grill, there was no performance, but our table was covered in Mickey shaped confetti and I was presented with an AMAZING piece of chocolate cake.
Wear the button during unplanned meals too. My brother, his wife, my husband and I left the children with the grandparents and headed off for an “adult only day”. I was surprised at Kimono’s (a sushi restaurant/karaoke bar) with one of the best crème brulees I’ve EVER eaten with a candle in it. I was also offered a birthday dessert at Boma even though we hadn’t noted the celebration in our reservation.
My husband and I splurged on the Dine with an Imagineer experience for my birthday. (We’re both engineers and I’m a Disney nut, so it seemed like a great idea!) Again, I had not noted on the reservation that it was my birthday. But because I was so excited to be there, I completely forgot to take off my birthday button! The hostess noticed and so at the end of the meal, I was brought 2 dessets – the dessert that was included with the meal AND a birthday dessert. The Imagineer and the other guests happily sang to me. Then, instead of the “regular” personalized menu you receive at the end of the meal, I received a special birthday one!
You can also preorder celebration cakes to be delivered to most table service restaurants. There are also some AMAZING packages available from the Disney Florists that can be delivered to your resort. These include everything from Pirates to Princesses and everything in between!
The best part? Getting to be a kid again! I was in tears when we walked into the Magic Kingdom on my actual birthday, after an amazing breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, when the first character we saw was none other than Mary Poppins (my hands down, all-time FAVORITE). And where else can you wear Happy Birthday Mouse Ears all day long and not feel silly?
Want to visit the Magic Kingdom for your OWN celebration? Contact me today for a free quote! I’d love to plan your magical celebration!! Amy@travelwiththemagic.com, www.facebook.com/TravelWithTheMagicAmy or 1-800-670-4312, x129.