Every day at Walt Disney World in Florida is special. So what better place is there to celebrate a special occasion? Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a Quinceañera, a promotion, an engagement or some other happy event, Disney will help to make the day truly magical. You can do your celebration up as much as you want, or you can keep things quieter. The choice is yours.
With this list I’ve tried to include a variety of choices. Some are meant for adults or families, others are more kid related. Some of them are on the expensive side, others are more affordable. If nothing on this list strikes your fancy plan your celebration your own way. One of the nice things about Walt Disney World is that you will never run out of things to see or do. There are dozens of fun restaurants, many great places to shop, and thrills around every corner. There is no better place on earth to celebrate.
9. Cabana Rentals
If you’re looking for a relaxing way to celebrate with a few friends, why not consider renting a cabana for the day or the evening? You can enjoy the poolside shade with your friends at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Take a break from the Florida sun and enjoy such amenities as an TV, a mini fridge full of complimentary soda, a ceiling fan and a fruit basket. A premium package is offered at the Polynesian. You must be staying at the resort hotel where the cabana is located. For more information or to make a reservation, call 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7589)
8. Carriage Rides
Horse drawn carriages have a place in many fairy tales. That is why taking a carriage ride at Walt Disney World makes so much sense. Whether you would like to take a romantic ride for two or you want to celebrate a little one’s birthday, a horse drawn carriage ride can add to any special event. Carriages hold up to four adults or two adults and three small children. There are two very different routes available. They run from either Port Orleans – Riverside or Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Special tours are given near Halloween and Christmas. Call 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7589) to make a reservation.
7. Flowers With a Disney Flair
Flowers are always a great way to mark a special occasion or just to say “I love you”. Don’t miss sending a special bouquet for an important day because you are on vacation. Disney Floral & Gifts will help make sure that the perfect flowers arrive where you want them, when you need them to be there. They will deliver to anywhere on Walt Disney World property, including to the theme parks. You can choose from an arrangement that is pre-made or you can work with the staff to customize something. Visit www.disneyflorist.com for more information and to see selections, or call 407-WDW-GIFT (407-939-4438) to speak with someone live. The phone lines are available 8:00am-6:00pm eastern, seven days a week.
6. In-Room Celebrations
All of the Walt Disney World Resorts are unique, so what better place to hold your celebration than in your room? Also handled by Disney Floral & Gifts, there are packages for every occasion. Adults and children can become princesses or pirates or receive a special welcome from Mickey himself. What better way to celebrate a Sweet 16 than to return to your room and have her discover a glass slipper and a tiara on a pillow that is surrounded by lace? There are many options available, you’re sure to find something perfect for your occasion. Call 407-WDW-GIFT (407-939-4438) or visit www.disneyflorist.com to find out more information.
5. Special Hats or Mouse Ears
One inexpensive and fun way to celebrate is with a special set of mouse ears or a fun hat. Let the other guests see that it’s your special day! While it may be silly, the main Walt Disney World birthday hat is also a lot of fun. It is shaped like a cake and has the words “Happy Birthday” printed on top. There’s a picture of Mickey, he’s there to wish you a fun day. The candles around the edges light up and flash. If you don’t want to be quite so “flashy” you can buy the birthday mouse ears instead. The words “It’s my birthday” are printed on them. They are colorful and have Mickey balloons and other things printed as well.
If you’re at Disney while celebrating your honeymoon, make sure you buy the bride and groom mouse ears. The bride’s hat is a veil and the groom’s resembles a tuxedo. You’ll receive congratulations from many cast members and smiles from other guests. They will become treasured possessions long after your honeymoon is over.
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4. Parties at Goofy’s Candy Company
Another great place for a kid’s birthday party is at Goofy’s Candy Company. It’s located in Disney Springs Marketplace, there is a separate party room away from the main store. Two party options are available. In Goofy’s Scien-Terrific Birthday Bash kids will decorate a special treat. They will receive all kinds of goodies, including a glow glass and an autographed picture of Goofy. There is a gumball machine and a Mylar balloon for the birthday child. In the Perfectly Princess Party guests will receive a glow necklace and an autographed picture of Cinderella, among other things. The birthday child is given a crown, a sash, a glass slipper and a Mylar balloon. The parties last approximately 90 minutes. For more information or for reservations call 407-WDW-BDAY (407-939-2329).
3. Free Celebration Buttons
You’ve seen them all over the parks, people everywhere are proudly wearing brightly colored buttons. Some of them picture a birthday cake and the wearer’s name. Others say “Happy Anniversary” or “1st Visit”. If there is an occasion that is not covered by a button it might simply say “I’m Celebrating”. The buttons are free to all guests. All that you need to do is to head to Guest Services at any park and ask for one. The cast member will be happy to customize it for you. Ask for buttons for the entire family. If it is one person’s birthday, get “I’m Celebrating” buttons for the rest of the gang. Make sure that your child is wearing his or her birthday button while getting character autographs. The character just might write a special birthday greeting.
2. Customized Cakes
What is a birthday or anniversary celebration without a cake? If you place an order in advance you can have a cake with your meal at any full service restaurant. There are different sizes and flavors available. Many of the cakes can also be customized. Call 407-827-2253 at least 48 hours in advance to order and customize your cake. Tell them what you want and you will be amazed by the results.
If you have special dietary needs you might still be able to enjoy cake for your celebration. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC at Disney Springs makes delicious baked goods that are diabetic friendly, gluten free, vegan and kosher. Call 407-938-9044 to see if they can help you out.
1. Fireworks Cruises
Whether you’re celebrating your fifth birthday or your golden wedding anniversary, a fireworks cruise is the ultimate way to enjoy it. There are several packages and options available at both the Magic Kingdom for Happily Ever After and Epcot for Epcot Forever. The basic Happily Ever After package includes soda, water and snacks for up to eight people. The Happily Ever After soundtrack is not included. The Premium package is for up to ten guests and the soundtrack is included. Dining is available for an additional cost. If you’d prefer to watch Epcot Forever you can book a cruise for up to ten guests. It also includes soda, water and snacks. Dining can be added for extra. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7589). While the captain is included in the fee, his gratuity is not. It is customary to leave a tip for good service. You’ll want to, since you just had a celebration that you will not soon forget.