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  • On Jul 13, 2022
    Selena from AL 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 would like to visit disney world for a couple of days for my birthday and i'm on a tight budget. How do i plan a magical birthday celeberation for my daughter on a tight budget for the full magical experience

    Hi Selena! 

    I am so appreciative that you brought your question to planDisney

    I was thrilled when I saw your question because I have taken my kids to Walt Disney World for their birthdays every year since they were two years old! I have plenty of tips and tricks to share to make a birthday magical.

    First, when you arrive, make sure to ask for a complimentary "Happy Birthday" button. You can get the button customized with the birthday guest's name and enjoy "happy birthday" greetings all day long! Make sure you are wearing your birthday button when you meet the characters, as they will make sure you feel special! Character meet-n-greets are also a great way to get amazing birthday photos. Meet Mickey at Town Square for a great birthday shot! 

    Secondly, make sure to note the birthday celebration on your advanced dining reservations. In the past, when I have noted a birthday celebration at a Wat Disney World restaurant, I have received a little birthday surprise, such as a cupcake. While this isn't guaranteed, many restaurants do this, which makes the birthday guest feel extra special. 

    Lastly, consider small inexpensive moments. For example, purchase an inexpensive birthday card and ask all of the characters to sign it when you meet them. Or tell the Disney PhotoPass photographer that you are celebrating a birthday and see if they have any happy birthday props to include in your photos. 

    If you are open to spending money, you can have a customized birthday cake sent to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel or select restaurants. You can also add some special pixie dust by ordering balloons, a gift basket, snacks, or flowers through Disney Floral & Gifts. You can also get birthday Mickey Mouse ears and have them customized at Disney's Magic Kingdom! The birthday ears are so cute in pictures! 

    Happy birthday from planDisney!


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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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