Whether it is your first birthday or your ninety first, there is something magical about celebrating your special day at Disney World. While you can go all out and book an extravagant and fun party to celebrate your big day, you can find a lot of affordable ways to celebrate as well.
Tip: Let the cast member taking your resort, dining or spa reservation know you will be celebrating your birthday, birthday visitors are often treated to something special.
Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert
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Get a Birthday Badge
Pick up a free "It's My Birthday" badge at City Hall in the Magic Kingdom. You can also get a badge when you check into your resort and at select guest service locations. A birthday badge is free and lets everyone know you are celebrating your big day. Don't be surprised to have cast members and other guests wish you a happy birthday by name as you wander through Disney World.
Tip: Children visiting on a birthday and wearing a badge may be more likely to be chosen to perform or do something special during a show in one of the theme parks.
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Be sure to let the person at the podium know about the birthday when you check in at a table service restaurant. Visit a location in World Showcase, and you'll be serenaded in another language.
Many, but not all Disney table service locations offer a free cupcake or dessert along with the birthday song. Visit Les Chefs de France to hear "Happy Birthday" in French and receive a free dessert; guests having a birthday meal at the Liberty Tree Tavern or Coral Reef can expect a sweet surprise with their song as well.
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Order a Birthday Portrait
Stop by one of the Disney Deluxe resorts and have a birthday portrait taken by a professional Photopass photographer. The resort locations are inside and set up to do more formal portrait sittings of individuals or the entire family. There is no sitting fee, and you can order portraits at the location or after you go home.
Tip: Stop by for a portrait on a day where you are already getting dressed up for dinner at a Disney resort or wear your best Disney garb to one of the parks and pose in front of an iconic Disney landmark.
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Buy a Gift... for Yourself
Disney World offers a huge selection of items you can choose to commemorate a special birthday. You can pick up a special souvenir like a Mickey Mouse watch or a piece of fine art; or head to one of the resorts and do some shopping for clothing and accessories. Children can enjoy a birthday makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique; while grownups may prefer to enjoy an afternoon at the Spa at the Grand Floridian.
Tip: Book spa and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique services in advance to be sure you can visit on your birthday.