Happy Birthday to Me!!!
Happy Birthday to Me!!!
Happy Birthday Dear Me!!!
Happy Birthday to Me!!!
It’s my birthday and I can’t think of a more magical place on Earth to celebrate than at Walt Disney World. From dawn to dusk I can immerse myself in pixie dust as my family, friends and I commemorate the day of my birth!! Here is my dream birthday at Walt Disney World.
Since my favorite Walt Disney World theme park is Magic Kingdom Park, I will plan my day in that area of property.
Before we get started we will need a few things:
- Before my vacation I will order an over-sized birthday card. As I tour the park, I can have the characters I meet along the way sign the card. It will be a great memento of my day.
- When I enter the park I will stop by guest services or almost any merchandise location and get an “I’m Celebrating” button to let the world, Disney World that is, know I am celebrating. Throughout the day, I will receive celebratory greetings from cast members and guests alike.
- No celebration is complete without gifts. I can order a treat for myself such as some snacks or gifts from Disney Floral & Gifts to have in my room when I return.
I am not going to waste any part of my special day sleeping in, even though sleeping in is a luxury I adore. Let’s get started with a pre-park opening character breakfast. Not only will I get to meet some characters and enjoy delicious food, I may also be able to jump ahead of the crowds before they hit the parks.
Magic Kingdom Park has two great places consider for a celebratory breakfast. Crystal Palace is home to Winnie the Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. It is a buffet meal so you can eat as much or as little as you like. The second location is Cinderella’s Royal Table which features visits from the Disney Princesses. It features breakfast served family style. When deciding between these two they both have their advantages. However, Crystal Palace has one of my favorite characters, Winnie the Pooh. It is also considerably cheaper than Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Magic Kingdom Park is just a short monorail ride away from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. After I 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 a late afternoon of relaxation at one of the spas on property? A nice massage will leave me refreshed for the rest of my special day. I could also get a mani-pedi to sooth my aching feet because surely I would have been walking thousands of steps on my vacation.
Enjoying one of Disney’s dinner shows is a great way to celebrate. After my relaxing spa visit I will jump on the Monorail yet again and head over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I am a huge fan of the south seas cuisine which is featured at the Spirit of Aloha Luau. I will do the early dinner which is usually 5:15pm so I can go back and finish my day in the park for the fireworks.
SWEET END TO THE DAY
When it comes to topping off the day, nothing says birthday celebration like a cake or a dessert party. If you are feeling really adventurous you could do both cake AND a dessert party. However, that would be A LOT of food for one day.
We all know that no celebration is complete without cake so why not order a specialty cake to enjoy with dinner. Being a purveyor of magic, you know they will come up with a design to impress even the most critical. You can contact the Cake Hotline at 407-827-2253 at least 48 hours in advance to order your cake. Spirit of Aloha does offer specialty cakes.
When the day is getting short and the light is fading that’s no reason for me to end the festivities. I will keep the celebration going with a dessert party. There used to be one option for a dessert party for watching Wishes, now Happily Ever After. Now there are two. The original party at Magic Kingdom Park, the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, takes place nightly at the Tomorrowland Terrace. Now you can also watch from the Plaza Garden Viewing area.
Ok. I get it. When this day is done I will have gained 20 pounds but, oh boy, what a magical day it will have been! That doesn’t mean we couldn’t spread the celebrating out into a few days or even your entire vacation. Now that would be practically perfect!
Sue Nowicki is an alumna of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and running a travel volleyball club where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @MQPodcast.