Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • On Mar 10, 2022
    Helen from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My wife bday is April 10th and our 18 year wedding anniversary is April 12th. We are visiting Disney on April 8th and I want to know what options do we have to make this day magical for her bday.

    Hello Helen! Welcome to planDisney. I am SO excited you came to us with your question. What a wonderful way to commemorate two very special occasions, and you have definitely come to the right place to make sure those celebrations are full of magic! 

    Before you head to the Happiest Place on Earth, spend a little time in the Disneyland Mobile App and get to know the new Disney Genie Service. Here, you can tell Genie all of your wife's favorite things to do from specific attractions and restaurants to general interests like fireworks or princesses or character dining and he will put together an itinerary tailored just for her! It will load into your app at 7 a.m. on the day of your visit and he will continue to make suggestions as you move through your day! The best part? This planning tool is complimentary! You could also consider adding Genie+ to your tickets which will give you access to Lightning Lanes on select attractions where you can jump ahead of the stand-by queue! More time for magic!

    Ok, now let's get you into the parks! First, you will both need complimentary "I'm celebrating!" buttons! Cast Members will shower your wife with birthday wishes throughout the day and you never know what kind of pixie dust might follow! When you enter the parks, head over to City Hall in Disneyland Park or the Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure Park to pick them up. Sometimes they even have "Happily Ever After" buttons, which you can wear proudly to celebrate your anniversary!

    You will want to take lots of photos to make these memories last forever. Look out for the Disney PhotoPass photographers who are easy to spot, but can also be found in the app. Tap on the pinpoint icon in the bottom navigation bar on the home screen and then select "PhotoPass" from the drop-down menu on the top of the next page. You will see a map indicating all of their locations! If you have upgraded to Genie+, you will have access to unlimited digital downloads of all the photos for the day. And be sure to ask for a Magic Shot for some extra special surprises!

    After a day filled with adventure, I'd love to suggest making a dining reservation to have some time to really let the magic set in and reflect on all the fun from the day. Dining reservations open up 60 days in advance, so you may see some limited availability at the moment, but I would encourage you to keep checking as guests are always changing plans and reservations can open up! I would specifically recommend a restaurant where you are able to order a Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake! Currently, cakes are available at Blue Bayou Restaurant, River Belle Terrace, Café Orléans, Lamplight Lounge, and Wine Country Trattoria. If a reservation is available, you will have the option to add this when making the booking as long as it is more than 3 days in advance. If you end up getting a last-minute reservation, be sure to ask the Cast Member at the podium when you check-in. There are usually some cakes available same-day, but they are limited. 

    End the evening taking in Mickey's Mix Magic! I recently caught the show with some panelist friends and it's impossible not to smile from ear to ear and dance the night away! Music, projections, and fireworks light up Main Street, U.S.A. and Sleeping Beauty Castle in a way only Disney can do! 

    Helen, so much magic awaits! If you have any more questions, come back to see us at planDisney!


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Meet the Panelist: Tara, Pennsylvania

Hello from Philly! Disney Parks have been my heart and soul since my 3-year old feet first hit Main Street, U.S.A. Nothing compares to the burst of pure joy, nostalgia and magic that I feel EVERY time I enter the gates! I love planning Disney vacations and have been known to convert a non-believer or two in one magical afternoon. Whether it's park days with friends, multi-generational trips, toddling around with kids or flying solo, I'm ready to help you personalize the magic at the Happiest Place On Earth! Learn More About Tara

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