Special Occasions at Disney

Planning Special Occasions at Walt Disney World

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There isn’t a more magical place on Earth to celebrate a special occasion than Walt Disney World. From dawn to dusk you can immerse yourself in pixie dust as you commemorate any type of occasion… birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and much more. Here are some ideas you can use to make planning special occasions at Walt Disney World the most memorable celebration ever.

It doesn’t make any sense to waste even part of your special day so get started early by planning a pre-park opening character breakfast. Not only will you get to meet some character without waiting is long lines and enjoy delicious food, you may also be able to jump in front of the crowds before they hit the parks.

These are several great in-park restaurants to consider for a celebratory breakfast:

Crystal Palace – Magic Kingdom – Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Magic Kingdom – Princesses
Akershus – Epcot – Princesses
Garden Grill – Epcot – Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast
Hollywood & Vine – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jack and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny
Tusker House – Animal Kingdom – Safari Donald and friends

Want a memento of your special meal or day? Before you head out to Walt Disney World, grab an oversized card from your local party shop or online and have all the characters you meet throughout the day sign it.

After you have enjoyed a filling breakfast and experienced some of the park attractions with relatively no wait before the crowds ascend. Why not head out for an afternoon of relaxation at one of the spas on property? Whether the guest of honor is 8 or 80 there are fun spa treatments for all ages.

We all know that no celebration is complete without cake so why not order a specialty cake to enjoy after dinner. Being a purveyor of magic, you know they will come up with a design to impress even the most critical eye. You can contact the Cake Hotline at 407-827-2253 at least 48 hours in advance.

Do you have a little princess or swashbuckler who is celebrating? Why not turn them into their favorite character for the day. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirates League will give them the makeover of a lifetime.

Let the world… Disney World, that is, know you are celebrating. Stop by Guest Services, or most any merchandise location, and get an “I’m Celebrating” button. You will receive celebratory greetings from cast members and guests alike.

No celebration is complete without gifts and Disney Floral & Gifts has everything from flowers to plushes, candy and so many other options. They can even deliver them to your room while you are out so your guest of honor has a special surprise when they return.

Enjoying one of Disney’s dinner shows is a great way to celebrate. Adults will like Spirit of Aloha Luau at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort while the Hoop Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is perfect for little ones.


When the day is getting short and the light is fading that’s no reason to end the festivities. Keep the celebration going with a dessert party. There used to only be one option for a dessert party. Now there are several. The original party at the Magic Kingdom, the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, takes place nightly at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Epcot jumped on the dessert train last year with the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party which takes place near the Tower gift shops if the weather is nice. It is moved inside when there is inclement weather.

Seasonally Hollywood Studios typically holds themed dessert parties such as a Frozen theme or this year’s new Merry & Bright Dessert Party which features special reserved viewing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

In September, there was a unique dessert party announced. Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise takes place on the General Joe Potter ferry boat which is anchored in the Seven Seas Lagoon. Currently, this party only takes place a couple of days per week.

Phew, I am tired just thinking about all the celebrating you can do at Walt Disney World. And let’s be honest, if you did this all in one magical day you too would be exhausted. So why not spread all the celebrating out into a few days or even your entire vacation. Now that would be practically perfect!

Sue Nowicki splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom.

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