Birthdays are always a special occasion, but perhaps not surprisingly, Disney World and the Magic Kingdom makes birthdays extra special. I had the opportunity to see the “Magic” part of the Magic Kingdom in action on a visit to Orlando, Florida when we took my niece to Animal Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom, and EPCOT Center for her birthday.
Being in the Magic Kingdom on her sixth birthday was enough of a dream come true, but the folks at Guest Services at Animal Kingdom on our first day gave her a button that says “Happy Birthday” as well as a button that said “1st Visit.” Wherever we went, the Disney cast members went out of their way to give her a special greeting, wishing her a happy birthday and making her feel like a princess wherever we went.
She stood in line to get autographs from many characters and received special birthday messages from many of them. My sister had made arrangements for a birthday lunch with a cake at the Crystal Palace, and we arrived to find our table decorated withcolorful Mickey Mouse-shaped confetti. During lunch, my niece received visits from Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore, and had the chance to be part of a parade of kids with Pooh.
Disney offers many ways to celebrate birthdays, including celebrations with Disney characters, parties in Cinderella’s castle, and birthday cakes. Some of the restaurants will bring a cupcake with a candle if you tell them ahead of time you’re celebrating a birthday. For more information visit the customization section of the Walt Disney World website.
If you can manage to visit the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on a weekday, it will still be crowded, but a bit more manageable than if you go on the weekend. We visited EPCOT Center on a Saturday, and although it was fairly crowded, it was no worse than the other sites were during the week. Using a Fastpass is definitely worthwhile – it really will save you a great deal of waiting-in-line time on many of the rides. It’s easy to use the Fastpass, too. Just insert the ticket you used to get into the park on the Fastpass machines at the ride you want to go on. The machine will issue your Fastpass, which will indicate the time frame in which you are able to use the pass. Because that window of time may be considerably later than when you’re getting your Fastpass, you may want to plan to visit another, less busy attraction while waiting for your time slot.
If you are making plans far enough ahead of time and need assistance in pulling off a surprise in the Magic Kingdom, check out Gifts of a Lifetime for help from their “Pixies.” This company, which is not affiliated with Disney World, offers events and surprises that “range from a happy birthday surprise gift in the middle of a favorite attraction to a scavenger hunt where messages are hidden all around the park just for your recipient to even more extravagant multi day ‘races’ inspired by a favorite TV show or pastime.”