Two of my babies have birthdays this week, my son’s fifth birthday is Thursday, and then on Friday I’ll have a three year old daughter… it really is bittersweet how quickly they are growing up.
We were very blessed this past year to be able to budget for annual passes to Disneyland, and we were able to celebrate each child’s birthday at the happiest place on earth! I love celebrating special occasions at Disneyland, and there are definitely some fun things you want to be sure to do if you’re spending your birthday at one of the parks!
get a button
Probably most everyone knows that anyone can get up a free birthday pin. But, just in case you didn’t know, Disneyland has fun pins for just about every occasion, including this cute one that I made sure to pick up once we knew about baby #4. Be sure to pick up your free pin at City Hall at the start of Main Street in Disneyland, or at Guest Services inside the entrance of California Adventure.
get a favorite character to sign a birthday card
get a birthday cupcake
We are pretty frugal people, so we rarely buy any food or drinks in the parks… unless we’re celebrating something special, like a birthday.
One of the fun things about getting a pin is that all the cast members (and lots of thoughtful guests!) will wish you a happy birthday, and if you happen to be in the right place at the right time, you might get a little ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to you by a barbershop quartet, a band of traveling pirates, or a warbling cowboy!
And if you do go to a restaurant, they’ll sing to you when they bring you your cupcake!
take some fun pictures
Now, of course you don’t have to drag a prop with you, but be sure to document your big day at the happiest place on earth showcasing your birthday button, eating your birthday cupcake, wearing a fancy crown (or Mickey ears), or something!