So, I thought, "What the hay" and am now submitting my entry into this little game of chance.
I'm reading the instructions to be that I can answer any of the three questions posed in the contest instructions to qualify for submission. So.....
Q: Have you ever celebrated your birthday at a Disney theme park? If so, tell us about it.
That would be a big 10-4. I celebrated my 35th Birthday in the company of "The Mouse" in September 2006. Not only did I spend my birthday there, but we turned it into 10 days of fun and excitement.
I proudly collected the 4 birthday buttons from each of the theme parks and wore them with pride the entire time we were there. I was amazed at how many other park guests went out of their way to wish me a happy birthday. I expected the Cast Members to do this, but it was a pleasant surprise to have total strangers passing on good wishes. By the end of our trip, I was looking around for celebratory buttons so I could "pay it forward".
For the actual Birthday Celebration, we did a character breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table. This was something my wife really wanted to do. I am not the biggest fan of the characters after my traumatic experience with the Wicked Witch as I described in The Disney Geek's Meet our Neighbor piece I participated in back in early July.
I must say that the Princesses know their stuff because they got a real kick out of the fact that I couldn't keep my eyes open in the pictures my wife was taking. They each were trying to pass their personal tips onto me, but nothing seemed to work. To top it off, I got a kiss on the cheek from Aurora!
We did dinner for my birthday at Victoria & Albert's. I must say this is not a place to go if you don't like sitting for 2.5 - 3 hours for a meal and do it in a coat and tie (for men) or dress (for women). But, we had a blast. We tried all kinds of new foods and got to play dress-up.
My wife got to celebrate her birthday this year in Disneyland. We were there for 5 days and she wore her Birthday Button from Disneyland with pride. One thing they do at Disneyland that they don't do at Walt Disney World is put your name on the Birthday button. That is a nice touch. That way, you can actually be wished a Happy Birthday by name!
We did a character breakfast for my wife too. We had hers at Goofy's Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. For her Birthday Dinner, we went to the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian with her mother, her mother's husband, and her sister. Fun was had by all.
This year, we are going back for my birthday. This year we are just doing the Character Breakfast because we've decided it made a good tradition. Upon recommendations from friends, we are going to give the Ohana Character Breakfast a shot.
Stay tuned to this blog. There will surely be a trip report about our September 2007 trip to Walt Disney World and another birthday celebrated with the Mouse.