10 Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday at Disney World!
Visiting Disney World is bound to be a memorable experience for all involved, despite the occasion. But why not make it even more memorable by planning a trip around your child’s birthday?
Disney offers many great options for celebrating a birthday. Check out these great ideas as well as tips for making this year’s birthday the birthday to remember!
1.) Take a private fireworks birthday cruise. I will start with this one, as this is how we chose to celebrate my daughter’s forth birthday last year at the Magic Kingdom. Rent a pontoon or yacht to spend a private evening on the lake outside of the magic kingdom accompanied by a private captain. The boat will be decorated to honor the birthday boy/girl and drinks/snacks provided. Make the evening even more special by ordering specialty dining and a personalized birthday cake. (Please note that there are no tables on the boats so this limits the availability of dining options.) For my daughter’s birthday cruise we ordered pizza and a cake. Enjoy the Magic Kingdom’s end of the night firework show, Happily Ever After, from a unique viewing spot on the lake. It is truly a one of a kind experience. (Also note that the projections on the castle will be less visible, but the fireworks are perfectly visible).
2.) Take your prince/princess to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a make-over. This option can be quite pricey, but it will without a doubt be a very memorable experience for your child. The boutique offers a few different packages ranging in price from $65 to $450 for princess and $20 to $80 for princes. Your child can enjoy getting their hair styled like their favorite princess, receive a princess sash and dress (should you choose), and have their faces painted with make-up or for your boy receive a sword and shield, and if you choose a prince costume. Make this experience more memorable by stopping by the photo studio at Disney Springs for a photo session or reserving an elegant meal with your child’s favorite Disney characters.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has two locations within Walt Disney World, one at Disney Springs and the other inside Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Please note that the age requirements for this option are between 3 and 12 years old.
3.) Have an in-room celebration. Disney offers many options for an in-room celebration. The most expensive options are approximately $400, but include a fully decorated room in the theme of your choosing (Royal Princess, Pirate Adventure, Minnie & Mickey’s birthday celebration), a cake, some snacks, balloons, and depending on the themes some gifts for the birthday child.
4.) Join a Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom. This option includes a reserved viewing area for the fireworks show Happily Ever After as well as a dessert party featuring many specialty treats and drinks.
5.) Get your passport stamped at Epcot. Travel around the world at Epcot with your birthday boy/girl and have your child get birthday messages in 11 different languages. Pair this up with a character dining experience at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with cake delivery to the table. End the night viewing Illuminations fireworks show.
6.) Go on a horse drawn carriage ride. Jump aboard an elegant carriage and enjoy a 25 minute ride in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort area along the Sassagoula River or a 25 minute ride though Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort area. Pair this up with a trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and make him/her feel like a true prince/princess.
7.) Have a cake delivered to your table at one of Disney’s many restaurants. The majority of restaurants in the Walt Disney World Parks offer the ability to pre-order a personalized birthday cake and have it delivered to the restaurant of your choosing to celebrate your child’s birthday.
8.) Transform your prince (or princess) into a pirate or mermaid at The Pirates’ League, located inside the Magic Kingdom. The Pirates’ League offers many different packages ranging in price from $25 to $85. After the transformation your child will listen to tales from Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Masters teaching them how to survive as pirates, and then finally they will be sworn into the Pirate’s League. This is a great option for a pirate or mermaid loving child.
9.) Take the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. Start the evening with some drinks and snacks at Disney’s Contemporary Resort before being escorted to the docks to meet Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. You will then board the boat and enjoy a night of singing, trivia, story-telling, and fireworks. This is a great option for your pirate loving lad.
10.) Attend a Perfectly Princess Tea Party. Treat your princess to a tea party in the Grand Floridian’s Garden View Tea Room, where she will spend 90 minutes being treated like a real princess. She will be treated with tea and snacks, given some gifts, and will be able to listen to stories told by Princess Aurora.
1-Always let the hotel know when booking that you are celebrating a birthday. When checking into the hotel, mention the birthday again. You may get lucky and receive a card or treat in your room.
2-Always tell your waiter/waitress about the birthday while dining. They will often times throw in a special treat for the birthday boy/girl.
3-Don’t forget to get you Birthday Pin! Disney offers a number of different pins that highlight different occasions, including a birthday pin. Wearing the pin may result in special treats for the birthday boy/girl.
4-Speak with the front desk of the hotel and arrange for a phone call from your child’s favorite Disney character.
5-Let the characters know during meet and greets that it is your child’s birthday. They may get a special message in their autograph book.
6-Alert photo pass staff that your child is celebrating a birthday. They may add in special effects on your photos.