Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On May 5, 2022
    Amanda from MN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My granddaughter turns 12 next summer (golden birthday) and we are trying to plan a trip in April to celebrate. We want to stay at Animal Kingdom as she loves animals but have not seen anything beyond 2022. When can I book?

    Hi there, Amanda! Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    There isn't a much better way to celebrate a birthday than to do it in The Most Magical Place on Earth! I remember spending so many extra-special days celebrating my birthday in the Parks and all around the Resort! Did you know that you and your family can order a Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake to help make the day even sweeter? These cakes, which are large enough to feed 4-6 Guests, come in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate and can even have a "Happy Birthday" engraving written right on the Mickey ears!  Mickey Mouse Celebration Cakes are available at many dining locations around the Resort, so check the list and plan a birthday dinner at one of these locations!

    As of right now, online booking for reservations is only available through December 31, 2022.  If you and your party would like to start booking your magical vacation right now you can still certainly do so by calling a Cast Member at (407) 939-1936.  While speaking with them, you'll find that you can book a "room only" reservation for 2023 right now! If you're hoping to book an entire vacation package, with your Theme Park Tickets and maybe even Disney Genie+ Service included, those vacation packages usually come out sometime in the summer, so you won't have too long to wait!  You can change your vacation from a "room only" to an entire vacation package at this time if you wish. 

    Your granddaughter is going to absolutely adore staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I had the pleasure of staying here this past December and was completely immersed in the theming.  It really felt like I was on a wild safari!  I even had a flock of flamingos right outside my balcony, which was so beautiful to open the curtains to in the morning!  While you're visiting, you might think of enjoying a nice meal at Sanaa, located at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village.  Not only is the food exotic and delicious, but you'll be able to eat with views of the sprawling savanna, something I'm sure your granddaughter will remember forever! 

    I hope you're able to plan the birthday vacation of your granddaughter's dreams! Come back and see us again if you have any other planning questions!
    Ashley M

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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