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  • On Jun 25, 2023
    Marsha from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our twin boy's 5th birthday will be at Magic Kingdom in September.There will be a 12 family members and our 1st visit to Walt Disney World. Our twins adore Mickey, Pluto and Goofy.What can you recommend we do at the parks to make this extra magical?

    Hi Marsha,

    I’m so glad you stopped by planDisney with your question. When my girls were little, they loved nothing more than celebrating their birthdays at The Most Magical Place on Earth with their favorite Character pals. How exciting that so many of your family will be at Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate with your boys!

    First things first, Marsha. Stop by Guest Relations in the theme parks and pick up a complimentary "Happy Birthday" button. Walt Disney World Cast Members go out of their way to recognize and celebrate birthdays by helping to create little magical moments for you. You can also pick up “First Visit” buttons to continue the celebration.

    Now, our family has always enjoyed Character Dining for great interaction with the Characters. It gives you a chance to eat, rest your feet and have some sweet time with your favorite pals. I have a few favorite places to suggest. Mickey Mouse and Goofy are dressed and ready for a safari adventure at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Over at EPCOT, there is nothing quite like chowing down with farmer Mickey and Pluto at Garden Grill Restaurant. And you can’t go wrong with the classic, Chef Mickey’s, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, with Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and sometimes Pluto makes an appearance! Marsha, Advanced Dining Reservations, which can be made 60 days in advance, are highly recommended and Characters are subject to change without notice, so keep that in mind. 

    Marsha, consider ordering an extra special Celebration Cake when you book your dining reservation online or through the My Disney Experience app. Also, if you let the server know you are celebrating a birthday, they often bring out a cupcake to celebrate!

    You can also check the Walt Disney World website or the My Disney Experience app (on the menu at the bottom of the screen select the map “pin” symbol, then tap “Wait Times” to open the menu, and select “Characters”) to find other Character meet-and-greet locations throughout the theme parks.

    I have one final tip that my planDisney pal Jeremy discovered while celebrating his birthday at Magic Kingdom Park recently! Stop by and see Casey’s Corner Pianist located outside of Casey’s Corner on Main Street, U.S.A., and let the pianist know you are celebrating a birthday. You just might hear the most rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday,” ever!

    Stop back by any time, Marsha, and let us know if you have any other questions!

    Wishing you two-times the magic on your special vacation,

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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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