Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle
  • On Jan 31, 2022
    Richard from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be celebrating our daughter’s 16th birthday on our trip in July. What recommendations do you have to make her birthday more magical? We will be going to Hollywood Studios on her actual birthday.

    Hiya, Richard! I'm thrilled you brought this great question to us! We love celebrations at Walt Disney World Resort and there are many enchanting ways to make your daughter's Sweet 16 extra magical. Let me just grab my magic wand!
    • Grab a complimentary Celebration Button (and wear it the whole trip)! These buttons can be picked up at the front desk of your Disney Resorts Collection hotel, at Guest Relations by the front entrance of any of the parks, and they can even be found at many merchandise locations - just as a Cast Member. There's nothing like hearing well-wishes from both Cast Members and other Guests to make you feel extra special!
    • Surprise the birthday girl with an in-room celebration through Disney Floral & Gifts! Sometimes I pick a gift with flowers, I ALWAYS choose snacks, and I can't help myself by adding a few balloons, too.
    • Consider choosing an Enchanting Extra! How wonderful would it be to reserve a Capture Your Moment photo session with your daughter or reserve a Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Party?
    • Book a special meal! Maybe she'd like to dine right in the middle of her favorite story? Try booking a reservation so you can dine inside of the Beast's Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant while you're at Magic Kingdom Park (I can confirm the "grey stuff" IS delicious)! There are so many magical options to consider and they can take place on any day of your vacation. Please know that you can begin making your advance dining reservations 60 days prior to your trip!
    • Make her birthday all about her! My best piece of advice would be to focus on her likes and interests while you're at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Is she a thrill-seeker? Prioritize Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Does she like a classic with a twist? Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will keep the entire family laughing! Does she enjoy immersive theming? Then you have to make sure to hop on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. You could even make reservations for her to build her own lightsaber at Savi's Workshop or create a droid at Droid Depot! Pro tip: consider purchasing Disney Genie+ service or Individual Lightning Lane entrances (or both!) to make sure you can ride all of your daughter's favorite attractions with minimal waits!
    Richard, I hope I was able to help you plan an extra special birthday for your daughter. But here's a little secret: magic multiplies when it's shared, and just by having quality time together, she's sure to have the BEST. DAY. EVER!

    Happy planning!
    Birthday Surprise Extraordinaire
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Meet the Panelist: Michelle, Pennsylvania

Hiya, pal! I’m a lightsaber-wielding, Mickey waffle-loving, adventure-seeking kid at heart! My husband and our pup live in a little town near Pittsburgh that we affectionately call Main Street, U.S.A. We consider Walt Disney World Resort our second home and I’m so excited to help you add even more magic to your Disney vacation! Learn More About Michelle

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