Celebrating Birthdays at Walt Disney World

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse perform in front of the Cinderella Castle
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Back in 2009, Disney Parks helped parents deliver on birthday candle wishes by offering free admission to kids on their birthdays. That promotion lasted for just one year and is no longer available. But you can still turn a child's birthday into an unforgettable occasion with perks throughout the parks and resorts.

Disney Birthday Buttons

Make City Hall on Main Street your first stop at Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom so you can pick up a complimentary birthday button for your child to wear.

At Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, or Disney California Adventure Park, swing by Guest Services to get one.

Disney cast members deliver enthusiastic "Happy Birthday!" wishes and extra attention whenever they spot a birthday button. It may (with the emphasis on may) also lead to on-the-house desserts such as a cupcake with a candle and other freebies at on-property restaurants and hotels. Carry an autograph book so your child can take home personalized birthday messages from all of his or her favorite characters.

Disney Birthday Cakes

At most Walt Disney World Resort table-service restaurants, you can sweeten the party with Mickey Mouse celebration cakes in chocolate or white chocolate with "Happy Birthday" written on an ear. The pre-made cakes come in a standard size that feeds four to six people. Guests can also special order custom cakes for larger groups or to accommodate dietary restrictions.

At the Disney parks and resorts in California, you can order a Mickey or Minnie Mouse celebration cake for delivery to select table-service restaurants. Choose fillings, frosting flavors, and customized messages to commemorate your child's special day. Guests at Disney Resort hotels in either California or Florida can arrange for room-service delivery of a birthday cake.

Disney Character Dining

Turn a birthday meal into a real party with appearances by your child's favorite Disney characters. At Disneyland, you can dine with Mickey and friends, or in Ariel's Grotto. At the Magic Kingdom, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, and Princess Tiana make mealtimes memorable. At Epcot, Chip 'n' Dale join other Disney classic characters at the Garden Grill, while your group can mingle with Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Princess Aurora, and Ariel on a visit to the Queen at Akershus Hall. Guests at various Disney resort hotels can dine with Disney characters without the theme park crowds.

Disney Parties and Gifts

Guests staying at a Disney resort can arrange a special birthday phone call from a child's favorite character, complete with a personalized Happy Birthday song. Or create memories with an in-room celebration designed by Mickey Mouse himself. A personalized door banner and party balloons announce the occasion, and gifts from Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald turn it into a true extravaganza. Disney Floral & Gifts can also deliver personalized totes full of goodies or insulated cooler bags filled with snacks. With the custom gift builder, you choose a container from options ranging from bags to coolers to baskets to trays, then fill it with items sure to delight your recipient.