Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 9, 2010
    Molly from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am planning a trip to WDW in Sept to celebrate my son's 5th birthday. We have visited WDW yearly since he was 2. Do you have any ideas on how to make this trip extra special for his birthday? We will be at MK on his B-day, probably eating at Tony's.

    Molly:

    Our family took a trip to Disney in November to celebrate our son's 5-year-old birthday. He wore his birthday button proudly, and we celebrated at every restaurant!  My only regret was that we didn't do one meal up really well because five birthday cupcakes later, he was still asking when we were going to celebrate!!

    Looking back, I wish I would have ordered a custom cake. The Mickey Head Cake from the Disney Cake Hotline (407-827-2253) would have been the perfect culmination to our birthday week. They say it serves 8 but 12 people could easily feast on it. If you order it to be presented at Tony's, you can get it instead of dessert and, at $48 plus tax, come out fine on your budget! (It seems silly to order a custom cake at a buffet restaurant where desserts are included in the price of your meal.) Just make sure and order it at least 48 business hours in advance.

    Another thought: splurge and take your son on the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage (about $54 for adults/$31 for kids). Our family went and, although our teenage daughter did not get into the theme, our 10-year-old and the birthday boy did. We filled up on our son's favorite snack: cotton candy and took pictures with Captain Hook and Smee before the cruise and Peter Pan afterward. Seeing the fireworks from the water was a birthday surprise the whole family could enjoy. If you have a large group, it might be more beneficial to just rent a pontoon for just your family for a fireworks cruise (about $275 with tax) or if you're seeing dollar signs, consider the Disney Pirate Adventure for just over $28 for your son, a two-hour pirate adventure that leaves from the Grand Floridian.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation and memorable birthday!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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