• On Jan 25, 2020
    Hilary from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to celebrate my son’s 1st birthday with a big group - we have 10 in total. I was to do something special that everyone can enjoy. Not park-based as it will be Saturday and parks will be packed but like renting a cabana at a pool, etc. Ideas?

    Hi there, Hilary! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am so excited that you are coming for your little one's first birthday! My son spent his first birthday at the Walt Disney World Resort as well, and those memories and pictures are some that I will cherish forever. 

    Cabana rentals are available at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. While you do not have to be staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort or Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to rent a cabana, you must be a guest of another Walt Disney World Resort hotel on the day of your rental. At this time, only guests of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are eligible to rent the cabanas at that location. 

    If you are interested in adding a few thrills to your day of fun in the sun, both Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park also have cabanas available for rent.

    Hilary, all cabanas may be rented for either a half-day or a full-day and include a multitude of luxurious amenities including TV's, fans, complementary refreshments, and often have a dedicated Cast Member to assist you. You may also have private catering brought in, if requested. One thing that you need to know is that all cabanas have a maximum capacity of 6 people, so you would need to rent two. 

    Hilary, one of my absolute favorite things to do for a large party such as yours is a Private Fireworks Cruise. Up to 10 individuals can board a pontoon boat and sail the Seven Seas Lagoon while enjoying complimentary snacks before you pull up in front of the Magic Kingdom for an amazing view of Happily Ever After! Since this Enchanting Extra is priced by the boat instead of by person, it often ends up being a great value for my large family! 

    Another great idea to celebrate your little man's birthday would be a special character meal. When my little guy was 1-year-old, nothing beat dining with his favorite pals at Chef Mickey's!

    To really put the icing on the cake, don't forget to pre-order a special celebration cake from Amorette's Patisserie or an in-room birthday celebration from Disney Floral & Gifts!

    I hope this gave you a few ideas on how to celebrate your little one's birthday, Hilary. Please come back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel if we can help as you plan your magical getaway!

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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