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  • On Jan 2, 2013
    Karen from FL 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 planning to celebrate my granddaughter's 2nd birthday in Magic Kingdom. Is there anything special we can do for her on her first trip to the park? And is there a cost for children under 3 years old?

    Hi Karen!

    What a wonderful and MAGICAL way to celebrate a birthday! I'm sure this will be a special day you'll all remember forever!

    First, the easy (and good) answer: Children under 3 do not need a park ticket to enter the Walt Disney World Parks. This means she'll be free on her 2nd birthday!

    For the fun part of your question - Absolutely!! The very first thing to do is pick up a Birthday button when you enter the Magic Kingdom. This button can be found at Guest Services in Town Hall. While the button doesn't automatically "give" you anything, its a fun way to let Cast Members (and other guests too) know that you're celebrating a special day. Anything is possible when everyone knows its your birthday - we've had the most wonderful birthday wishes given to us, sometimes a special dessert or ice cream cone may find its way to her or even a special experience such as riding up front at Small World. The possibilities are endless!

    If you'd like to take a little more control over the celebration, Disney restaurants also offer a (paid) birthday cake that can be ordered at the podium at any sit-down restaurant. Custom cakes - the sky is the limit - can be arranged in advance as well (407-827-2253).

    During one of my daughter's favorite birthday celebrations at Walt Disney World, we had used iron-on decals to make her a birthday t-shirt. Her favorite rides were on the front and "It's My Birthday" was on the back. A Cast Member noticed and made sure we were escorted right to the front of the line for one of the rides. Such a fun and memorable experience that could not have happened anywhere else on earth!

    Hope you have a fun trip! Please be sure to let us Moms know if we can help with more details!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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