Celebrating a birthday at Disney World soon? There are so many fun ways to make a birthday extra special. Here are my favorite FREE ways to celebrate a Birthday at Disney World!
Disney Birthday Button
Pick up a ‘Birthday Button’ at guest services or any gift store in the park. Celebration buttons are completely FREE and will even be customized by a cast member upon request. They have buttons for other occasions including ‘Happily Ever After, ‘First Visit’ and ‘I’m Celebrating’ as well. A free birthday button is a must if you plan to spend the day at Disney World. Cast Members say “Happy Birthday” in passing and sometimes give special treatment if you’re wearing a button!
Free Birthday Dessert
For sit down dinner reservations (not applicable for quick dining options) tell a cast member about the birthday or special celebration upon being seated. While there is no a guarantee, they typically serve the birthday boy or girl a special cupcake at the end of the meal. What a fun and delicious way to celebrate your Birthday at Disney World.
Meet Celebration Mickey
If you’re spending your birthday at Magic Kingdom, make sure you stop by Town Hall. Grab a picture with Mickey in his 50th Anniversary celebration outfit. This is a limited time meet and greet to celebrate the park’s anniversary.
Special Birthday Photo Props & Magic Shots
Sometimes, on Main Street in Magic Kingdom, they have a big “Happy Birthday” photo prop. If you can’t find it there, stop by the photography studio located in the gift shop near the Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique. If you have PhotoPass, they will take as many photos as your heart desires. They’ll scan them right to your MyDisneyExperienceApp. There is another studio located in Disney Springs too. Be sure to also mention to any photographer that it’s your birthday. Sometimes they can add in a special Magic Shot.
Pixie Dust at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
You don’t have to schedule an appointment at the Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique to feel like a princess. Stop by the entrance at Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs where a Cast Member will happily sprinkle you with pixie dust, free of charge. While there is no age limit (hey, we’re all a kid at heart), they won’t sprinkle sparkles on anyone under 3 years old. This isn’t a birthday exclusive, but is extra fun for a little birthday magic!
If you’re celebrating your birthday at Epcot, visit the Kidcot stations around each of the 11 counties. If you tell the Cast Member you’re celebrating a birthday, or someone in your party is wearing a birthday button, you’ll get a special foreign language birthday greeting in your passport book or Kidcot coloring sheet. They’ll also just sign a card or photo frame if you ask nicely. Seeing “Happy Birthday” written in several different languages is really cool and a fun way to remember how you spent the day.
Disney Birthday Phone Call
If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, inform the front desk Cast Member that you or someone in your party is celebrating a birthday. Upon request, they can set up a special birthday phone call from a Disney Character. I’ve had this happen in the parks too. Cast Members at the gift shops also have a special phone number they can call to arrange a phone message from a character right there in the shop. The secret to this added magic is to always ask nicely.
I hate carrying around bulky autograph books, but I love the idea of having characters sign a birthday card! Autographs from characters are always free. Pick up a cheap card prior to your Disney World visit. Then have any characters you meet that day sign the card. Be sure to date it. This is the perfect memento to remember how great it was to celebrate your Birthday at Disney World. If you have a loved one who lives far away, this is also a fun way to wish them a Happy Birthday. Send them a card signed by their favorite Disney character.
Hope your Birthday at Disney World is Magical!
Headed to Disneyland? Check out this great post from my friend at Little Dove Blog on must do’s for a birthday at Disneyland California!