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Why You Should Celebrate These 5 Special Occasions At Disney

Who needs a reason to go to Disney World? You probably don’t, but celebrating something special can make an already much-needed vacation even more magical. Here are some occasions that you might want to consider celebrating on your next trip. No matter what your special occasion, don’t forget to stop in at Town Hall in the Magic Kingdom, or at Guest Services in the other parks, for your very own “I’m celebrating!” buttons. Wearing these free, colorful, no-questions-asked buttons is a fun way for your family to celebrate their special events, no matter how big or small. If you’re lucky, you might even get a little extra special treatment (“pixie dust”) from Cast Members who notice your buttons!

5. Birthdays

I can’t imagine any place I’d rather be on my birthday than at Disney World! Going to Disney for your birthday is probably the most magical gift you could receive. If you happen to be celebrating a birthday in Disney, there are plenty of fun things you can do to mark the occasion.

What’s a birthday without cake? You can order a basic cake for your birthday dinner at most restaurants (just talk to the person at the podium when you arrive). If you want something more customized for your restaurant or resort celebration, you can call the cake-ordering hotline at 407-827-2253.

Want to give the birthday guy or gal a special gift? There are plenty of amazing gift shops where you can find jewelry, commemorative items, and pretty much anything that he or she might like.

Of course, whatever the birthday prince or princess likes to do most, make sure you indulge that whim! If your mom loves rest and relaxation, treat her to a trip to the spa! If your son loves animals, consider a special behind the scenes tour at Animal Kingdom.

4. Weddings

The ultimate Disney celebration is a Disney wedding! There are a variety of wedding packages available for couples who want to tie the knot in the most magical place on Earth. For an intimate wedding (bride and groom and up to 4 guests), prices for the “Memories” package start at $2500. You’ll receive all the necessary flowers, music, and photography to capture your special time. If you’re looking for a more custom experience with up to 18 guests, the “Escape” package starts at $5,500. Those who want to go all-out should consider the “Wishes” package, which will cost a minimum of $12,000. This package allows for more guests, a wedding planner, wedding rehearsal, more customization, and a special reception experience. There are multiple places in Walt Disney World that can accommodate weddings and receptions, include the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian, various locations in the World Showcase, and the Atlantic Dance Hall at the Disney Boardwalk, among others.

3. Anniversaries and Honeymoons

There are plenty of romantic experiences to be had at Disney World. The most obvious is a really nice dinner. If you’re looking for a really special experience, look into the Chef’s Table Dinner at Victoria and Albert’s. The chef will personally create a 10-course dining experience for you at a special private table in the kitchen. The prix fixe cost begins at $250 per guest, with an optional wine pairing for an additional $105. Other romantic spots you might want to try include Citrico’s, Artist Point, Narcoosee’s, LeCellier, or the California Grill.

Looking for another romantic idea? How about chartering a nighttime boat ride to watch Wishes or IllumiNations? Or, perhaps a couples massage at one of Disney’s spas is more your speed.

2. Graduations

Did your little one suddenly grow up and become a high school graduate? What better time to savor one last family vacation before your child moves on to college or whatever other “real world” destination he or she has in mind than to travel to the most magical place on earth?

Spoil your graduate by letting him or her select the dining reservations. You might even want to bring the graduation cap with you for photo ops. Better yet, purchase a cute set of Mickey graduation ears and have your teen wear them throughout the trip. They’re sure to get lots of “congratulations” along the way. Of course, your graduate has to have his or her picture taken with lots of characters while wearing those ears!

College graduates might enjoy a trip with their friends to Disney World. While some students opt for trips to Mexico or Europe, other more magically-minded grads might really enjoy their first “adult” trip to Disney World. This might be their last opportunity to escape into a world of little responsibility and lots of fun!

1. Family Reunions

Is your extended family overdue for a gathering? Consider planning a family reunion at Disney! There are plenty of great opportunities for togetherness at Disney, but also lots of things that people can do separately to meet their interests. Don’t forget to make quirky, brightly colored family reunion t-shirts so that everyone knows your clan is celebrating!

I can’t stress photos enough for this type of celebration. The ride photo of your son and his grandfather screaming on Splash Mountain could be a treasure for years to come. The picture of the whole family in front of Cinderella’s Castle will be a mantelpiece favorite of every family member!

Have you celebrated these or any other special occasion at Disney? What are your tips for having a magical event?



About Meredith Smisek

Meredith Smisek is a kid at heart and works as an elementary school guidance counselor. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, dog, and parrot. Meredith's hobbies include cooking, playing ukulele, and "talking Disney" with anyone she knows who is planning a trip to Disney or has just returned.