Frugal Florida: Free Disney World birthday perks

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Cinderella makes a dream come true (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Cinderella makes a dream come true (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney Vacation Guide: When it’s your birthday in Disney World

It’s hard to imagine anything more magical for a child on his or her birthday than a day at Disney World! And of course, Disney being Disney, you can pretty well guarantee that your birthday boy or girl will have a memorable day when they celebrate turning another year older in Disney World.

However, a Disney birthday celebration can be a tad on the pricey side if you’re thinking of hosting an actual party there. Why not just make a visit to the park on your little one’s special day and take advantage of the special treatment they’ll get for free?

Birthday perks at Disney World

  • When you make your reservation, tell the agent that you’re visiting Disney for a birthday celebration. They will take the name and the age of the birthday child in question.
  • If you tell the front desk cast member when you check into your resort that there’s a birthday. Sometimes they will do something special for your child. That’s not a guarantee, but it has been known to happen. You may also tell the front desk at your Disney Resort that you’d like a special birthday phone call from a Disney character on his or her big day.
  • Head to City Hall in the Magic Kingdom or Guest Services in EPCOT, Hollywood Studios or the Animal Kingdom and get an “It’s My Birthday” button. Cast members will be guaranteed to pay special attention to your birthday child in and around the parks. When your child has their button on, they’ll get special birthday greetings when the characters sign their autograph books.
  • When you dine at a sit down restaurant in Disney World and tell your server it’s someone’s birthday, you’ll be given a decorated cupcake with a candle in it.

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