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I love celebrating at Disney (Walt Disney World). Spending your birthday or anniversary at Disney just seems so much more special (dare I say, magical even?), elevating it to a “Disney Birthday” or “Disney Anniversary”. Heck, you can celebrate anything at Disney, even an un-birthday! Why not? Being at Walt Disney World gives you a little room to be silly, to be yourself, and to have fun.
Part of the fun is planning ahead of time. Choosing where to go and what to do, where to eat, what rides or shows to see. Whether or not to book a special tour, VIP experience, or signature dinner? Which Disney Resort to stay at? There are so many different experiences waiting to be had, you can plan something that is just right for you or the honoree. If you enjoy some added attention, you can get celebration buttons at your Disney Resort or at Guest Relations, they say things like: “I’m Celebrating”, “Just Married”, “1st Visit”, “Happy Birthday”, etc. Cast members usually acknowledge your celebration if they see your button. Every once in a while a cast member might really do something to make your birthday even more special, I particularly love the small Disney birthday cupcakes.
Just being at Disney for my birthday is amazing, whether it’s eating quick service Japanese food and watching Illuminations, or eating at Cosmic Ray’s inside the Magic Kingdom and watching Sonny Eclipse at midnight as it turns my birthday! I’ve spent many birthdays just being at the parks and riding rides, or just going to dinner. Nothing fancy at all, just being there. Nothing beats the Strawberry Shortcake at Fort Wilderness.
As I’ve gotten older, I try to plan something special for our birthdays each year. With our Disney Vacation Club timeshare, it makes it easy and affordable to book a hotel room with our points for our birthdays or anniversary, or for anytime we want to stay at WDW, like for Flower and Garden Festival or Food and Wine Festival.
Special tours can be pricey, you can check out what Disney offers at their website. We did the Wanyama Safari last year, it’s a tour around Animal Kingdom Lodge with a zoologist/safari guide, and then a Signature Dining Experience at Jiko.
A celebration is even more special with fireworks! Thankfully, Disney has that covered, you can enjoy fireworks everyday of the year at Walt Disney World.
Hope that all your celebrations can be Disney ones!