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  • On Jun 13, 2024
    Yaraixy from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    need help planning my 1 year old bdAY at Magic Kingdom

    Hi Yaraixy!

    Welcome to planDisney!  I always feel that the happiest place to celebrate a birthday is at Walt Disney World Resort. . .especially when it's such an important milestone like a first birthday!  When you arrive at the park, make sure to grab a complimentary "Happy Birthday" button from a Cast Member to mark your celebration.  I think your little one would also love one of the iconic Mickey balloons for sale on Main Street, U.S.A.  

    Yaraixy, a day at Magic Kingdom Park is perfect for the littlest Mouseketeers!  Guests under the age of three are considered special guests of Mickey Mouse so you won't need to worry about purchasing a theme park ticket or Disney Genie+ for your little one.  However, I recommend purchasing Disney Genie+ for other children or adults joining you to minimize time waiting in lines.  This service is available beginning at midnight on the day of your arrival and you can start making your first selection at 7:00 AM.   Some of my top ride choices with infants and toddlers are The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and "it's a small world."  You can also use Disney Genie+ to meet Mickey at Town Square Theater and grab a VIP viewing spot for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.  

    When you're ready to relax and have a bite to eat, I'd recommend making an advanced dining reservation for character dining at The Crystal Palace.  Here you'll be able to celebrate with Winnie the Pooh and friends and a buffet full of delicious options.  Our favorite meal here is breakfast, but you'll also find reservations available throughout the day for lunch and dinner as well.  If your little one would prefer dining with Mickey and friends, you'll find them at Chef Mickey's.  This character dining is located inside Disney's Contemporary Resort - just a short walk or Monorail ride from Magic Kingdom Park.  At both of these buffets, children under three can dine for free - an added bonus!  You can also order a special Mickey celebration cake at either of these locations when you make your dining reservation.  

    Yaraixy, a busy birthday in the parks may mean that your little one needs to find a place to take a break.  You'll find a Baby Care Center near The Crystal Palace which is the perfect place for a diaper change, snack break, or to pick up any essentials you may need during your day.  My panelist pals Brent and Jennifer recently shared a tour of these centers which you may find helpful as you plan.  We also have found that indoor shows like Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, Country Bear Jamboree, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and Mickey's PhilharMagic offer a great place to take a break while still entertaining our kids.  

    Lastly, you may want to consider a special birthday photo shoot with a Capture Your Moment session at Magic Kingdom.  What a precious way to remember this special day!

    Yaraixy, I hope this helps give you some ideas to plan a magical birthday celebration!  If you have any other questions, please stop by to see us again!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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