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  • On Jun 9, 2024
    Sabrina 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.

    We will be spending my sons 4th birthday at Magic Kingdom (on a Monday) so I am looking for ways to make it his best day ever. Any suggestions or tips? We also want to have dinner with Characters

    Hi Sabrina,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    Happiest of birthdays to your son! 

    Well, Magic Kingdom is special. No matter what you do, you are winning with that birthday choice. First, I suggest that you spend at least one night in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. If it's within your budget, try Disney's Contemporary Resort. This one is within walking distance to Magic Kingdom. Or, try Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Disney's All-Star Sports, Disney's All-Star Movies, and Disney's All-Star Music are also fabulous options that might better suit your family. Keep your eye on the Special Offers to see if there are any discounts that work for the dates of your visit.

    Make sure you have park admission. If you need theme park tickets, be sure to review the options. Double-check to see if you need theme park reservations based on your admission type. As it gets closer to the dates of your visit, check the park hours. Know that, currently, if you stay at a deluxe or deluxe villa resort hotel, you can access Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

    So, now, let's talk about how you can make this birthday extra special! When you check-in to a resort or get to a theme park, be sure to ask for a celebratory button for your son. If he wears it, cast members will notice that it is his birthday and he will get the royal treatment! Make an advanced dining reservation for a character meal. A few of our favorites include Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera (characters are currently only present at breakfast) Chef Mickey's, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Tusker House Restaurant.

    Take a look at some of the special surprises you can order from In-Room Floral & Gifts. And consider ordering a Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake. We have ordered balloons from In-Room Floral & Gifts and we have ordered a cake delivered to one of our dining reservations. If your son might love an experience, take a look at the Enchanting Extras Collection. In case you had not heard, we have a new baby elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The Caring for Giants tour is one of my family's favorites because we get to learn more about these amazing animals from the experts who care for them.

    Sabrina, to end the day, I suggest watching the Happily Ever After fireworks show. If you chose to do so, be sure to find a viewing spot an hour prior to the show. The closer you are and the less obstructed your view is, the better your son will be able to see the projections on the front of the castle. Finally, consider Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It might just be the spook-tacular birthday event you seek!

    Magic and memories,

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