Celebrating your birthday is always wonderful, but celebrating your birthday at Walt Disney World is extra magical! The number of attractions you could experience, snacks you can eat, and things you could do for such a special occasion are endless. Unfortunately, the amount of time you may have to enjoy this vacation is not. How do you plan the perfect birthday at Walt Disney World for just one week? One weekend? One day?!
In a series of three blog posts, I’ll show you how to have the most magical birthday, no matter how much time you have to celebrate. Let’s see how we can plan for you to have an awesome long weekend!
Planning Tip #1 – Choose Your Parks & Tickets
For this long weekend, we’re going to assume you have three or four days. Because you have a little more time than our one-day birthday celebration plan at Walt Disney World, there’s more time for fun in the parks! The first step in planning this long weekend extravaganza is choosing which parks you’ll visit and what tickets you’ll need to purchase.
Plan A is to do all four parks, with one park per day. This is usually the cheapest ticket option, so if you want to “ball on a budget,” this is the way to do it!
Plan B is to get yourself a Park Hopper and do more than one park per day. To get close to the cost of the four-day base ticket, you could condense your park days down to two or three days, and plan some other fun things on your non-park day!
Planning Tip #2 – Pick Your Attractions & Shows
Even with a few more days than the one-day celebration itinerary, it would be pretty difficult to experience all the fun things Walt Disney World has to offer on your birthday weekend! Once you have your tickets and park pass reservations sorted out, start making a list of your must-do attractions and must-see shows in each park. Once you check all of these off your list, anything extra you do in the parks will feel like a bonus!
Planning Tip #3 – Book A Special Dining Reservation
A great way to start off your birthday weekend is to book a dining reservation at your favorite WDW restaurant, or one that’s been on your bucket list for a while. Imagine enjoying a delicious steak at California Grill, while the Magic Kingdom fireworks shoot off in the distance! To make this dining experience extra special, consider ordering a cake from Disney and having it brought to the table as the grand finale to your meal.
Planning Tip #4 – Plan Something Outside The Parks!
Since you have a bit more time to enjoy all that Walt Disney World has to offer, consider booking a non-park activity or an entire day outside the parks! And just because you’re outside of the parks doesn’t mean you may not receive some birthday magic. Many non-park activities are run by Disney Cast Members, so be sure to wear your birthday pin when you go, and you may receive a bit of pixie dust.
My personal favorite non-park activities are bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs or enjoying a round of miniature golf at Winter Summerland. Even though there are places to enjoy both of these things where I live at the Jersey Shore, there’s nothing quite like doing either one at Disney!
Planning Tip #5 – Book a Brunch Reservation
Birthdays are all about treating yourself, so why not enjoy the most important meal of the day…and maybe a few mimosas? To cap off your amazing birthday weekend, consider booking a brunch on Sunday! You can sleep in a little, enjoy a delicious meal, and then have a slower-paced day to end what has been a fun-filled weekend.
My personal favorite spot for “elevated breakfast” is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs! Their menu has the perfect mix of savory and sweet brunch items, with refreshing cocktails to top it all off.
I hope your long birthday weekend at Walt Disney World is full of magic, fun, and a birthday cupcake (or two)!
What are some of your favorite planning tips for creating the perfect long weekend birthday celebration at Disney World? Share your ideas in the comments below.