• On Nov 2, 2020
    Dana from NE Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am taking my daughter to Walt Disney World on the 4th of November as a 16th birthday present. She has never been before! How can I make it special for her?

    Hi Dana,

    Congratulations on winning the Mom-Of-The-Year award!  My family and I have celebrated many birthdays at the Most Magical Place on Earth, but celebrating a 16th birthday at Walt Disney World has got to be one of the best!

    Fist, I just want you to know that you have already made her 16th birthday very special for her by taking her for her first Walt Disney World visit for her birthday.  Everything else will just be the sprinkles on top, I guarantee!

    Seeing as you only have a day or two left before your vacation, let's think of some things you can accomplish quickly before your trip or while on vacation itself.  The first thing is to make sure you stop by your Resort hotel lobby desk, or at Guest Services at any theme park or Disney Springs, to pick up a "Happy Birthday Button".  Have her wear it everyday on the vacation and be prepared for how many birthday wishes she gets!  Next, if you have any Disney Dining Reservations be sure to call and ask for your birthday celebration to be noted on your reservation.  Additionally make sure you tell your server that you are celebrating your daughter's birthday when they come to take your order ~ you never know what Magical surprise may happen!

    Another way to celebrate is to Order a Specialty Cake in celebration of her birthday.  If you are not planning on dining in any of the restaurants where this is available, you can order one to be picked up at Amorette's Patisserie in Disney Springs.

    Another idea is to purchase a "Happy Birthday" hat or Mickey ears for her to wear each day in the parks.  Although you don't have time to order one before your trip, you will find some similar ones in the theme parks like this Happy Birthday Hat from shopDisney

    Finally, a quick way to celebrate and make the birthday girl feel special is to pack a few party decorations in your suitcase.  You would be surprised how a few streamers, balloons, and a birthday banner transform your Disney Resort hotel room into party central.  You could even decorate the room while you send her out to pick up something to drink or eat so that she is surprised when she returns!

    Dana, have a Magical vacation with your Princess!  I am sure you and your daughter will always remember this vacation as one of the best days of your life.

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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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