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 one of the free buttons!
Free Birthday Dessert
For sit down dinner reservations at table service restaurants (not applicable for quick dining options) tell a cast member about the birthday or special celebration upon being seated. While there is no 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 restaurants.
Also, head to Sprinkles Bakery at Disney Springs. It’s not a celebration without birthday cake. Before you arrive at Disney, make sure to sign up for Sprinkles Perks and you’ll be eligible to receive a FREE birthday Sprinkles Cupcake at the Disney Springs location. This birthday perk is loaded the Wednesday before your birthday and you have 30 days to redeem so be sure to plan in advanced.
Free Coffee from Starbucks
Who doesn’t love free coffee? Sign up for Starbucks Rewards and you’ll be able to receive a free drink on your birthday. Enjoy a Free Birthday Drink at Disney Springs Starbucks, but be sure to note you cannot redeem this in the park, at Disney Springs location(s) only.
Free Chocolate at Ghiradelli
So technically samples at Ghiradelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs are always free! Disney Cast Members greet you at the doors and offer you free chocolate samples as you enter. BUT, they are known to give EXTRA free samples to those wearing a celebration button.
Free Birthday Treat at Earl of Sandwich
Before your trip, sign up for Earl of Sandwich’s Loyalty Club and you’ll receive a coupon for a free treat on your birthday. This can be redeemed at the Disney Springs location.
If you’re spending your birthday at Magic Kingdom, make sure you stop by Town Hall. Grab a picture with Mickey Mouse for another fun and free way to celebrate a birthday at Disney World. Make sure to wear a “birthday button” so he’ll know about the special occasion.
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 Disney Parks photographer that it’s your birthday. Sometimes they can add in a special Magic Shot as well.
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. For a unique experience, 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, but especially help to celebrate your special day. Pick up a cheap card prior to your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. 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 characters.
Frequently Asked Questions About Birthday at Disney World
Does Walt Disney World Offer Free Admission on Birthday?
Unfortunately, Disney World doesn’t provide free entry on your birthday. There are many ways to celebrate (and several of them ARE free), but admission is still normal price. You can save on tickets as a Florida Resident or by booking with Undercover Tourist.
Can you order flowers or cake to make a birthday celebration special?
While not free, the Disney Floral department does offer special in-room celebrations for Disney hotel guests. You can order balloons, souvenirs of your favorite characters, Mickey Mouse celebration cake and treats and more to be delivering right to your Disney Resort hotel. This is a great way to help celebrate a birthday if your budget allows it.
How to get Birthday Dining Reservations at Disney World?
I highly recommend signing up for MouseDining,com alerts if you plan to book a dining reservation. This is the best way to snag high priority restaurant reservations, like Cinderella’s Royal Table. While the food isn’t free, be sure to tell your server about the birthday celebration for a change to receive a surprise free dessert.
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!