I am thrilled to be celebrating another birthday this weekend. Since the old adage says, “A woman never tells her age,” I won’t be telling you which birthday it is, but I will tell you that I’m quite disappointed that it won’t be spent at Disney World.
Nonetheless, birthdays are always fun for me. Even more fun are birthday surprises I plan for other people. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to plan some awesome Disney birthdays for family members. Disney makes birthday party planning a breeze. All you need is a good imagination and your favorite credit card.
Each one of our children is lucky enough to celebrate their first birthday at the Magic Kingdom. For our daughter’s first birthday, we had breakfast at Crystal Palace with Pooh and friends, who all signed her birthday card. After a couple of rides and a nap, we had a very special lunch with Cinderella at her castle. It was a wonderful surprise to get a birthday card signed by all the princesses. We called the cake ordering hotline, 407-827-2253, no more than three weeks in advance, but more than 48 hours prior, to get a custom cake delivered to our table. Disney will provide candles upon request, but will not allow characters to be at the table until after the candle has been blown out, so don’t expect Mickey to hang out while you sing, “Happy Birthday.”
My father celebrated his 58th birthday at the parks. He insisted that we not make a big fuss; he didn’t want to be embarrassed. The very first thing we did was make sure he had a button on that told everyone he was celebrating a birthday. All of the surprises not pre-planned are random acts of kindness by cast members who saw his button. Your button mileage may vary. Our first stop was Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for breakfast at Boma. He was treated to a wonderful birthday card and serenade after breakfast and played the drums with the cast members there. All around Animal Kingdom Park, he received extra smiles and birthday wishes, even a couple of Fast Passes for a ride on Expedition Everest. After lunch at Yak & Yeti, we all were directed to awesome seats for “Finding Nemo,” and more Fast Passes for Expedition Everest! Dinner was at Teppan Edo inside Epcot, just in time to catch Illuminations. I also made arrangements to have some personalized surprises waiting in our room at the Contemporary upon our return to our rooms late that evening. Contact Disney Floral and Gifts for more information, 407-WDW-GIFT. These surprises vary and fit any budget. Be mindful that some items are quite large and awkward to take home on a plane, so plan accordingly. Dad still thinks that was the best birthday, ever!
Have you had a wonderful Disney birthday? Comment below and share! I’ve just scratched the surface of birthday party planning at Disney World. Check out their website for more information on all of the wonderful things you can prearrange during any very special birthday vacation, from simple and fun like us, to extra extravagant!