1. BIRTHDAY BUTTON
See guest services at any Disney park and tell them it’s your birthday. You’ll be given a large birthday button or sticker to wear. Cast members are trained to put effort into randomly creating extra special moments for guests, so when the birthday button is spotted, you may be in for a surprise. It may be as simple as a cheery “Happy birthday!” accompanied by a wave and smile. However, you may also be handed a special fastpass or asked to participate in a show as a result of wearing it. Either way, your birthday button adds fun and recognition to your day so wear it with pride.
2. DINING ON YOUR BIRTHDAY
Many times, when making reservations for dining, you’ll be asked if you’re celebrating an occasion. The answer is, “Yes, it’s my birthday!” When checking in at the restaurant, explain to your hostess that it’s your birthday and you’ve been looking forward to dining with them. Whether you’re staying on Disney property or at a Disney Good Neighbor hotel, make sure to let the front desk know that it’s your birthday before making reservations. You may be given a special dessert following your meal or treated to a rousing sing-a-long involving the other diners or both. Confetti could be sprinkled on your table along with a balloon or a signed birthday card from the head mouse himself.
3. JUST ASK FOR IT
Say you’re in line at Big Thunder Railroad and you’ve always wanted to be in the first car behind the engine. Find a cast member and explain your wish. Although you may have to wait a cycle or two longer, they will do their best to accommodate as well as send you off with a loud, “Happy Birthday!”
4. NOBODY THROWS A PARTY LIKE DISNEY
If the birthday boy or girl is between 4 and 10 or 11, consider having a birthday party by the pool at your hotel. Order a large sheet cake and give out presents such as balloons, Hula-Hoops, beach balls and rubber ducks to other kids. The lifeguards, if notified in advance, will have games and contests ready making the party loads of fun for all.
BONUS – BIRTHDAY OR NOT – BE HAPPY!
Disney cast members are trained to spot happy guests; you’d be surprised at special treatment you may encounter just by having fun. So be kind and cheerful regardless of the occasion and enjoy the magic of Disney and that alone often brings about extra magical treatment. Have a magical Happy Birthday!
Michelle Rise is a homemaker and pretty good cook according to her 5 kids and travel enthusiast. With many years of experience trekking through Disney parks with her Family, Michelle has become an expert on navigating families through Disney. She also enjoys travel to most other destinations worldwide and when not writing about her experiences or teaching her children to drive, Michelle can be found chasing the family dog up rainbow mountain with her husband of over 25 years, Ben. You can follow Michelle on Twitter, @Rise7Up, for all of her latest writings.