How to Celebrate a Birthday at Disney World

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How to Celebrate a Birthday at Disney World

Celebrating a birthday at Disney World is nothing short of magical. No matter which theme park, which restaurant, or which store you walk in to, you will be sure to be treated like a prince or princess. Whether it’s your first birthday in Disney, or you’re a professional Disney birthday goer, a celebration is sure to make long-lasting memories. There are so many ways for celebrating a birthday in Disney World, and we want to make sure you are able to find the best way to do so.

In this article we’ll cover a variety of different ways to celebrate your birthday in Walt Disney World. We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets!

So let’s jump right in and plan the very best Walt Disney World birthday party for you and your family!

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One of the first tips we can give to anyone celebrating a Disney World birthday is to not be ashamed to let people know. You would be pleasantly surprised just how much Castmembers care to go above and beyond to make your birthday celebration as magical as it can be. This can be as simple as letting them know at guest services as you pick your Disney World tickets up, or writing it on your Disney World dining reservation. The first step to celebrating an amazing Disney World birthday is to let everyone know exactly why you are in Disney!

This will also allow you to take advantage of some free birthday surprises that Disney has in store for you. Because a happy birthday at Walt Disney World is already magical, but the free Disney birthday surprises are sure to make it even more incredible. While you may have to look for them, sometimes they come unexpectedly and become the best Disney World birthday surprises you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s how to make your Disney World happy birthday just supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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Free Stuff at Disney World on Your Birthday

A Disney Birthday Button

How to get a birthday button at Disney World: Park-goers can pretty much grab a free button anywhere in Walt Disney World; Disney resort hotels, shops, and any guest relations location. There are a few different types of buttons; First Time Visit, Celebration, Happily Ever After, and Happy Birthday. Getting a Disney World birthday button is free of charge, and you can sport it all vacation long for some super surprises.

Disney World Birthday Cards

Visiting one of the popular Disney restaurants with character meet and greets will be sure to make your Disney World birthday a sweet one. Tell the server about the birthday and you usually get a free birthday card, either previously signed by the characters, or blank and the characters will come sign it once they reach your table. It makes for a fun collectible item you won’t always see on your Disney trips!

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Disney Birthday Treats

Most of the time, telling your server it’s your birthday at any sit-down restaurant you visit will lead you to a sweet ending to your meal. For example, you may just get a decorated cupcake with a candle in it. Also, for some more free birthday perks at Disney, wear your Disney World birthday pin around the parks and stop for a snack or refreshment. Sometimes, the cast member helping you may treat you by saying it’s a special gift from Mickey, therefore giving you a free treat. Thanks Mickey!

Do You Get Into Disney World Free on Your Birthday?

There used to be a promotion where Walt Disney World offered free admission for guests on their birthdays. Although that promotion ended in 2009 and guests can no longer get free admission for their birthdays, there are many other freebies and special options like we discussed above for anyone celebrating a birthday at Disney World.

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Create Your Own Disney World Birthday Event

Guests looking to plan an extravagant Disney World birthday celebration can work with Disney meetings and events to create a unique experience. Guests can hold their birthday party at some of their favorite spots throughout Walt Disney World theme parks and hotels! To learn more be sure to visit the Disney Meetings and events page. 

Other Disney Birthday Ideas

While not everything is free on your birthday in Disney, there are still unordinary ways to accentuate the Disney World birthday magic. 

Character Dining Experience

One of the ways we find families love to celebrate a birthday is with a character dining experience. One of the reasons we think this is a great idea is there are so many great character dining opportunities for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can fit this into any birthday celebration at Walt Disney World and still have time to ride your favorite rides! (Or in my case the Haunted Mansion 999 times until park close) Be sure to check out our complete guide to the best character dining experiences in Walt Disney World. 

Disney World Birthday Cakes

Make your Walt Disney World birthday special with a customized Disney World Celebration cake. Mickey Mouse specialty cakes are available at a list of table-service participating restaurants. Guests with reservations can enhance their meal by pre-ordering a cake that comes in the shape of Mickey Mouse and can be customized by flavors, engravings, and size. Cakes and gifts (such as customized baskets) can also be delivered to resort rooms at least 72 hours in advance, making for a nice Disney birthday surprise for your loved one. If you’re looking to pick one up instead, Amorette’s Patisserie in the Disney Springs area will take pre-orders for their exquisite, handmade cakes. No matter the option, these special cakes at Disney World will be sure to make the event more delicious!

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This is a great option for the kids, especially if it’s their 1st birthday at Disney World. Transform your daughter into the Disney Princess you know she is, or your son into the daring, brave little pirate or handsome Prince Charming. There is a location in Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom, and one at the Disney Springs.

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Celebrate With Cinderella

One of the most magical options to make your birthday special is the Signature Celebration Package. Along with a delectable meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you’ll have reserved viewing of the “Happily Ever After” fireworks in the West Plaza Garden in a separate location reserved for guests of this package. You’ll end the experience by the After Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. You’ll also get special, exclusive extras that will make this evening even more wonderful!

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Harmony Barber Shop offers a cute package for your little one that includes the haircut, a pair of ears, and a certificate. They even collect some of the clippings and put them in a little bag so you can take home. This will be sure to freshen up your little one’s look and is a cute way to celebrate a Disney World birthday.

Dessert Parties

All four Disney parks offer dessert parties that are held during the nighttime entertainment. Although more on the pricier side, these desert parties make for a happy birthday in Disney, and can be classified as your own Disney World birthday party. Guests get their own personal seating and view of the fireworks while eating some delectable treats; a perfect way to end the night!

Disney World Birthday Ideas for Adults

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If you’re going to Disney on your birthday as an adult, you still deserve to be treated like royalty. Although you can get away with some of the exciting things the kids do on their birthdays, you may want to do some things not suitable for children. For an adult Disney birthday experience, drinking around the world in Epcot is a fun activity to enjoy your time. Or, treat yourself to a Spa day at either the Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs.

Disney World Birthday Ideas for Adults to Do?

  • Drinking around the world
  • Spend a day at a spa
  • Enjoy a night at Disney Springs
  • Spend an evening at the Disney Boardwalk! 
  • Resort hop to your favorite Walt Disney World hotels

If you are looking for additional ideas on the best things for Adults to do in Walt Disney World be sure to check out our blog post!

Fine Dining at Walt Disney World for Your Birthday

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There are a lot of phenomenal restaurants to have a birthday dinner at Disney World. Disney has lots of Signature Dining experiences that are perfect for more low-key Disney World birthday celebrations. If you are looking for something a little fancier and quieter, one of the best places to eat in Disney World on your birthday is the Chef’s Table at Victoria and Alberts. This is a perfect place for a unique encounter with food, as it’s a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for both foodies and Disney fans alike.

To make your Disney World Birthday extra special, contact the Disney Dream Makers or email the special events coordinator to see if they can help you plan an unforgettable birthday dinner. A place you’ll want to look into include Cinderella’s Royal Table (the restaurant inside Cinderella’s Castle)

Have an Epcot Birthday at Disney World

Each park brings something unique for your birthday celebration. Looking to celebrate a happy birthday in Epcot? This park brings culture to the table, as it’s the only park where you can travel the world! EPCOT is also host to several amazing Disney World festivals held throughout the year. If you choose to spend your birthday in Epcot, travel the Epcot World Showcase where you can be wished a happy birthday in eleven different languages.

Guests can also purchase a passport kit and take it to the Kidcot spots around the eleven countries. If you tell the cast member it’s your birthday or you’re wearing the special “Happy Birthday” Disney World birthday button, then you will get a special foreign-language greeting in your passport. This makes for a totally special birthday souvenir.

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A Hollywood Studios Birthday at Disney World 

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If you’re visiting Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of fantastic shows to watch, where you can reserve a spot to end the night. Hollywood Studios has a “Star-Wars” themed dessert party for its Galactic Spectacular. Guests can also get a more comprehensive experience by reserving a Fantasmic! Dinner Package, which gets you a priority seating reservation at one of the full-service restaurants at the park along with a guaranteed seat at Fantasmic! (and it is most definitely fantastic).

An Animal Kingdom Birthday at Disney World 

Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is marked as one of the best Disney World restaurants for birthdays. It immerses guests into African culture with a spectacular combination of African, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisine. Enjoy wood-burning fires that replicate the savannah sunset while chefs create their masterpieces in the open view kitchens. With opportunities to sample South African wines paired with your meal, this makes for such a memorable dining experience, especially for a birthday!

A Magic Kingdom Birthday at Disney World

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If you really want to make your birthday burst with excitement, then try celebrating a birthday at Magic Kingdom Disney with a Fireworks Cruise. There are multiple to choose from:

VIP Cruise on Grand Yacht 1: Sail on a 45-foot Sea Ray yacht staffed by a captain and deckhand, available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Basic Fireworks Cruise: Cruise the water on a pontoon boat with up to 8 guests as they are treated to snacks and refreshments. The show’s audio is not included in the basic package.

Premium Fireworks Cruise: This pontoon boat features a cruise on the seas with refreshments and snacks while you watch the fireworks burst overhead, including the show’s audio on deck.

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise: This option is for watching Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks display. Set sail on the ferryboat one hour before the fireworks begin and enjoy desserts and beverages while watching the spectacular and listening to the music played through the boat’s sound system. Each night will offer a different selection of treats, courtesy of the Disney chefs. Be their guests with “Ferrytale” punch and sweets inspired by the Disney resorts that surround the Seven Seas Lagoon.

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Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage: Enjoy snacks and beverages before you even set sail on your journey where you’ll have a great view of both Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant. Blooming pirates will be greeted by Captain Hook and trusty sidekick Mr. Smee before they board and enjoy a photo-op. Your “ship will drop anchor” at the perfect spot overlooking the Magic Kingdom and viewing the fireworks. From there you return to the pier while you hear the story of Peter Pan. Then when you dock, Peter Pan himself will be greeting you.

Which Disney Park is Best for a Birthday?

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So which Disney park is best for a birthday? We would have to go with the Magic Kingdom as it provides the most for guests to experience with over 30 rides and an amazing fireworks show every night. We also love the close location to some of the Disney deluxe resorts by way of the Disney monorail which can allow for a great Disney World birthday dinner after your time in the parks.

Disney World Birthday Packages

Although there are no specific packages designed for celebrating a birthday at Disney World, there are other packages worth considering to make sure you make the most out of your trip, including a Disney Resort Hotel package, which features a lot of cool benefits that can easily be paired with a birthday celebration. Plus, choose from Disney Dining Plans that you can reserve in advance to acknowledge some of the best restaurants to dine for you birthday.

And although there is no official Disney World birthday package all guests who plan their Disney World birthday through The Park Prodigy will receive $50 off any Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando vacation package. Just let us know how we can help you plan a birthday you’ll never forget!

Birthday at Disney World Tips & Tricks

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Surprise that Special Someone with an in Room Hotel Celebration

Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World has never been easier for guests staying on Disney property. Be sure to surprise that special someone with a birthday gift waiting in your room! Disney offers a variety of different gift baskets and in room dining packages which you can schedule have waiting in your room.

The best part is Disney World birthday packages are available for kids and adults visiting Walt Disney World! 

Other tips to make sure your Disney World birthday is a success

  1. Plan your special day in advance. As many of us know visiting a theme park can be crazy and nothing ever goes exactly to plan. That’s why it’s so important to have one so you can get back on track and get as much done as possible.
  2. Always make advanced reservations for dining or special events.
  3. If you’re traveling with someone who is celebrating a birthday always let cast members know! Cast members love working at Disney so they can create some real magic so let them!

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

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Our Disney Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

Are You Ready to Plan Your Next Disney World Trip?

Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be sure to speak with a Disney World Travel Agent for the most recent deals and promotions. The Park Prodigy will provide a Free Quote for all Disney World Vacation Packages.

The Park Prodigy can also help you save up to $20 per ticket when purchasing your Walt Disney World Tickets, and we offer promotional discounts for special events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets.

If you’re brand new to Disney vacation planning we recommend our Walt Disney World Planning Page! Learn more about Disney hotels by reading our Walt Disney World Hotels Review page.

Last but not least if you’re also planning a trip to Universal Studios, be sure to check out the best time to visit Universal Studios and our Universal Orlando Tickets! All Park Prodigy Universal Orlando tickets come with Universal Studios Early Park Admission.

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Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!