Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Aug 31, 2014
    Lisa from ID Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are planning a family trip to WDW for my dad's 60th birthday. His lifelong dream is to ride the train in to open the park (with Mickey, all the characters and music, etc) How can I set that up?

    Hi Lisa ~

    Disney World is an awesome place to celebrate your Dad's birthday. Be sure to pick up a "Happy Birthday" button for him at any theme park Guest Relations location. You never know what pixie dust will come his way.

    Typically, Guests are chosen at random to be in the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show or be in parades. It is usually Guests that were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and were showered in pixie dust.

    There really isn't a trick to it but if you want to increase his chances of being selected I would plan to arrive at the Magic Kingdom entrance super early. Show your enthusiasm by wearing Mickey ears or matching shirts. Smile big and be talkative and friendly to the Cast Members. In other words, draw some attention (in a positive way) to yourself.

    Here are some other ideas to celebrate your Dad's birthday:
    * Book a Portrait Session​ with Disney a Photographer
    * Go see the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
    * Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage to watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom.
    * Attend a performance of Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba at Downtown Disney.
    * Take a behind the scenes tour.
    * Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party

    ​Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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