Friday, February 11, 2011
One of the best things about celebrating anything at Disney is that you could do it for the whole week. I wore my birthday pin every day on our trip. Even if you're not at the parks on your specific date of birth, you can fudge the date a little bit and wear your pin anyway. Which brings me to the most important thing about celebrating your birthday at Walt Disney World: get a birthday pin.
If you love your birthday, then you will love having a birthday pin. Tens or even hundreds of people per day will wish you a happy birthday. They are usually cast members, but sometimes even fellow guests want to wish you a special day! One old couple even stopped James and I to sing us happy birthday! On occasion you may get special treatment - for us, a CM gave our party of four Fastpasses that were usable immediately on Rock N Roller Coaster (although I promptly chicken exited!). Another CM let us have a free popcorn and frozen lemonade. (Interestingly, both of these happenings were in Hollywood Studios... coincidence?)
Speaking of food, my next birthday tip is to put it on all of your ADRs. When you make an ADR, it gives you the opportunity to add a celebration. Put that it is your birthday on all of them! Even if you just get a little Mickey confetti on your table, it will make your day a little more special! Likely, you'll even get another little treat! James and I got countless birthday cupcakes, cards signed by characters, and even menus that said "Happy Birthday!" that we were allowed to take home! Cast members honestly want to make your day, so let them know that it's your birthday!
And finally, my last trip for making your birthday at the parks extra magical is to do something special. During our birthday trip, we ate at three different deluxe restaurants, plus Le Cellier which is one of my my favorites. On my actual birthday, we had an amazing dinner at California Grill and watched Wishes. On James', we ate at Bistro de Paris because he loves French food. If you can afford even one special meal, it will make your birthday that much more special. Another awesome thing we did was go on the Keys to the Kingdom tour. That was James' birthday gift to me, and it was a really cool experience! One of the best presents ever! Whether it's spending a night at a deluxe resort, eating ten Dole Whips because you can, or even hugging Push the trash can (I really did that one!), do whatever you really want on your birthday, and it will be extra magical. Bonus points if you buy the birthday ears!
Have you ever been to Disney on your birthday? Did you do anything to make it extra special? Do you have any tips on how you can make your birthday even more magical? Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!
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