If you're thinking of celebrating your birthday and you love to go to Disneyland, you can do them both at the same time. It's one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your special day.
It's Easy to Have a Magical Disneyland Birthday
If you've been researching elsewhere, you may have heard or read a lot of confusing things about Disneyland birthdays. Some of them are true, some are out of date, and some are nothing but urban legend. Everything you find here has been confirmed with Disney staff, as well as tested and proven by others.
You Can Celebrate Any Time of Year: What if I can't go to Disneyland on my exact birthday, you may be thinking. Here's the best thing about birthdays and Disneyland. You can celebrate any day and as many times a year as you want to. If you say you're celebrating a birthday, then you are and no one at Disneyland will ask to see your birth certificate to prove it.
Birthday Buttons Are Free: The most important thing to do is to get a birthday button. You can pick one up any time at Disneyland's City Hall or at Chamber of Commerce in California Adventure. If you're staying in a Disney-owned hotel, ask for one when you check in.
Wear that button and Cast members will say Happy Birthday to you all day — and don't be surprised if other guests standing in line at Space Mountain start singing to you.
There Are No Age Limits: Don't worry that you're too young or too old. There are no age limits for any Disneyland birthday celebration or benefit.
How to Get Character Birthday Greetings: If you're wearing a birthday button and ask a character for an autograph, and they'll leave a birthday message. Bring a greeting card for them to sign, and it will be a great souvenir.
Things You Can't Do at Disneyland On Your Birthday
These are a couple of things that appear online, but they aren't possible.
You Can't Get Free Birthday Admission: A few years ago, you could get into Disneyland for free on your birthday, but that program is over.
You Can't Get a Front of Line Birthday Pass: This one is an urban legend. If you wear your birthday button, you'll get lots of greetings. People might even give you birthday wishes while you're standing in line, but your special day won't get you to the front of that line.
Having a Birthday Party in Disneyland
A meal at any of the Disneyland Resort restaurants makes for a memorable birthday celebration. And be sure your server knows about the birthday so they can sprinkle a little extra Pixie Dust on the birthday boy or girl.
You can also order a birthday cake to be delivered to any of the full-service restaurants in both parks and in the Disney-owned hotels. To order, call 714-781-3463 up to 60 days prior to your visit and at least three days before your preferred delivery date.
Disneyland can also help you plan a magical quinceanera party.
Other Ways to Celebrate a Birthday at Disneyland
If you're staying in a Disneyland-owned hotel, tell the staff it's your birthday. It's not guaranteed, but they might arrange something special.
Anywhere musicians are performing, let them know about the birthday. They might have a serenade.
You can order goodie bags and other birthday-enhancers from full-service restaurants at the Disneyland Resort, at Character Dining locations, and from hotel room service. Call 714-781-3469 to order and for more information.
If you want to go all out and are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel (Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian or Paradise Pier), you can order an in-room celebration package.
You could do this anytime, but your little ones may enjoy getting made up on their birthday at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. You can choose packages for both boys and girls. Participants should be at least three years old, and costumes are available in children's sizes only.
Your older child might enjoy getting a Disney Gift Card that they can spend any way they like. You can buy them online.