Happy Birthday! If you're thinking of celebrating at Disneyland, you may have heard or read a lot of confusing things. Some of it is true, some out of date and some is just incorrect urban legend. These are the basic facts and ways to celebrate your special day at Disneyland:
- A few years ago, you could get into Disneyland for free on your birthday, but that program ended.
- You can get a birthday button at Disneyland's City Hall or Chamber of Commerce in California Adventure. If you're staying in a Disney-owned hotel, ask for it when you check in.
- There are no age limits for any Disneyland birthday celebration or benefit.
- You don't have to provide a document that proves your birth date. You may read something different on many websites, but I have verified this with Disney staff - and done it myself.
- If you're wearing a birthday button, ask a character for an autograph and they'll leave a special greeting. Bring a birthday card for them write in and it will be a great souvenir.
Birthday Parties in Disneyland
The official Disneyland Birthday Party venue is the Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street USA. They offer parties hosted by Mr. Pat E. Cake, which last about an hour. Each guest gets his or her own cake to decorate, along with a party hat and souvenir sipper cup. Mickey or Minnie usually show up as special guests, but other characters may come in their place. Reserve up to 30 days in advance by calling 714-781-3469.
Disneyland can also help plan special quinceanera parties.
Other Ways to Celebrate a Birthday at Disneyland
- If you're staying in a Disneyland-owned hotel, tell the staff. They may arrange something special.
- Anywhere musicians are performing, let them know about the birthday. They might have a serenade.
- Goodie bags and other birthday-enhancers can be ordered from full-service restaurants in the Disneyland Resort, at Character Dining locations and from hotel room service. Call 714-781-3469 for more information.
- You can order a birthday cake at least 48 hours in advance at most of the full-service restaurants in the Disney-owned hotels.
- Young girls may enjoy getting made up like a princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - followed by their introduction to the Disney princesses at the Princess Faire. Little Princesses should be at least 3 years old and costumes are available in children's sizes only.