WDW Ideas for Special Occasions
If you are visiting WDW during a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, etc., you will be happy to know that there are some extra-special things you can do to fit all budgets. Certain ideas will apply to children more than adults and visa versa.
While at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney-MGM Studios, stop by guest services and tell them that it's your birthday, and they will give you a birthday button to wear.
While visiting any restaurant on WDW property, always tell the server about a special occasion and the restaurant will do something special for you. If nothing seems to happen, ask to speak to a manager. If it's a popular restaurant, they will need to know about the special occasion when you make the reservation.
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf offers two-hour birthday parties for around $20 per person, which includes up to ten guests, cake, pizza, goodie bags, beverages, and golf.
If you would like to have a full-size specialty cake made, the closest grocery store to WDW is Goodings. Call them at (407) 827-1200. They will deliver your cake to the front desk of your WDW resort.
Arrange a horse-and-carriage ride and bring a goody basket.
Take a sunset boat ride on any of the water taxis on WDW property.
Blizzard Beach Water Park charges $15 per person with a maximum of thirty people for a party that includes pizza, cake, and beverages.
Choose any of the cruises found in this chapter.
Take a breathtaking sunrise hot-air balloon ride over WDW. What better way is there to wake up the birthday person and whisk them off to a surprise? Disney does not provide this service, but Orange Blossom Balloons does and has since 1983. Call them at (407) 239-7677 or visit their Web site at www.orangeblossomballoons.com. You'll need to make reservations at least two weeks in advance.
Anyone celebrating a birthday would enjoy dinner at Downtown Disney before or after the Cirque du Soleil show. There's also a water taxi that very few people know about at Downtown Disney. It sails back and forth from one end of the island to the other (Cirque du Soleil to/from Rainforest Café) until 11:00 P.M. (weather permitting). The searchlights crisscrossing high in the sky is all very exciting.
If it's Wednesday through Saturday go to the Port Orleans Resort to see free live entertainment at the French Quarter and the Riverside Resort.
For a price, divers will dive into a tank at the Living Seas, while you are dining at the Coral Reef, and hold up a sign with a message of your choice. Simply prearrange this.
Dial “0” on any WDW phone and ask for the special “Happy Birthday” message.
For a price, basically anything your imagination can come up with can happen on WDW property. For more ideas, sit at a lounge or bar at WDW, tip the bartender well, and he or she will provide you with an enormous amount of information about celebrations and surprises.