My daughter, Tatum, was born on the 3rd of July, 2010. We were able to have a party for her the first 4 years despite the vacation schedules of her friends and our family. We ran into a few snags when we were looking at places for her 5th birthday.
Our favorite idea was a Tea party at the local bookstore. She had been to a My Little Pony themed Tea party at the same store a few months back. It was perfect. Our theme was going to be Alice In Wonderland. We were very excited!
When we went to the bookstore to schedule the party we found out the Tea party people took the entire month of June off. Their first available party wouldn’t be until July 11th. 8 days after her birthday.
That isn’t going to work.
To top it off, her brother, Reece, was asked to go on vacation with a friend the week leading up to the 4th. So even he wasn’t going to be around. What’s a Florida loving family to do?
5 Reasons why you should take your child (or yourself!) to Disney for a Birthday.
1. Happy Birthday Princess!
I can’t tell you how many times I heard a cast member say this to Tatum. The number is probably closer to 50 than 20. We told our resort that we were there to celebrate Tatum’s birthday so they brought out a Birthday button and wrote her name on it. The cast members at the resort as well as everywhere else on property made her feel like she was the most special person on the planet!
The highlight of this had to be at the Spectromagic Parade the evening that we went to the Magic Kingdom. We had a front row seat at the parade. Alice was high atop a float doing her thing, talking into a microphone. As she got closer to us she looked down and saw Tatum with her button. She looked right at her, gave her a big smile and said “Happy Birthday Princess!” Tatum’s smile touched both ears.
2. So many cupcakes.
Clarissa scheduled a dinner at the Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club. Wow! It’s a seafood buffet that is to die for. If you’re a fan of seafood than you need to check this out the next time you are in Orlando. When we finished our meal and were about to settle up, our sever surprised all of us with a beautiful cupcake topped with a candle. The three of us sang Happy Birthday to her as she glowed from the attention.
Later in the visit we had breakfast at Whispering Canyon Cafe which is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge where we were staying. They also brought Tatum a cupcake with a candle, although this time they had a special surprise when it came time to sing Happy Birthday. More on that later…
3. The Birthday cards!
Another thing that both the Cape May and Whispering Canyon Cafe’s did that was above and beyond was to give Tatum a birthday card. But this wasn’t just any old birthday card, no these cards were signed by the characters. First, our server at Cape May Cafe gave Tatum a card signed by Minnie, Donald and Goofy. Goofy, of course, signed his upside down which Tatum loved!
When we had breakfast a few days later at Whispering Canyon, our server brought us a card signed by Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, Alice, Belle, Anna and Ariel!
Leave it to Disney to bring her a card with real signatures, not just stamped. Also, way to go for being organized enough to give her 2 different cards. Very impressive, Disney.
4. The Perfect Stranger at Whispering Canyon Cafe.
We went to the Magic Kingdom the day before her birthday. Her birthday was our last full day of the trip so we wanted to relax a little bit and enjoy the Wilderness Lodge. Her birthday was also the day we had breakfast at the Whispering Canyon. After breakfast, our server whispered to Clarissa and I and asked if we had time for a cupcake and a song. Of course we did! It was her birthday after all.
A few minutes passed and the next thing we knew our server had returned with a man named Eric. Eric was also a guest at the resort who was also celebrating a birthday!! Our server explained to him that since Tatum and he had the same birthday, he would need to sing Happy Birthday to her.
Eric was unbelievable! He got down on his knee and sang the most beautiful version of Happy Birthday I had ever heard. It’s not that his voice was perfect, it wasn’t, but there is something very special about a man on one knee looking your daugher in the eye and singing to her from the heart.
If Eric has a son, let that be the boy Tatum falls in love with.
5. You may just get to hear Mickey Mouse sing to you.
I have been to Disney World many times. My parents took me when I was a kid and I married a woman who loves it more than I do. Also, I am a former Cast Member. If you went to the Tusker House in Animal Kingdom in the Fall of 2001 then there is a good chance we came in contact with one another.
One thing that I never thought I would hear from the characters was a voice. That all changed on our day at the Magic Kingdom. We had dinner at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, the same restaurant where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss. After dinner, we noticed that Mickey Mouse was seeing guests right next to where we were. He had a wait, 25 minutes. Tinkerbell was also there but her wait was only 10 minutes. Guess which one I wanted to do?
Luckily Tatum had a different idea. So we waited the 25 minutes to see the Mouse we had seen several dozen times before. When we finally got in to the secret room, we were shocked! Mickey Mouse started talking!! His mouth was moving and he was having a conversation with people. First was a little boy in front of us who he called pal and asked to give hugs to his parents. Next was a little girl who he called a princess.
Finally, it was our turn. Tatum walked up, gave Mickey a hug and he noticed her pin. He asked her how old she was and then he said he wanted everyone to sing Happy Birthday to her. Everyone in the room sang to her but their was one voice that rose above all the others. That classic, very recognizable voice of Mickey Mouse. To say it was special is a massive understatement. It was spectacular!
When can we go back!
The trip is over, Reece and Tatum are back at camp with their friends and Clarissa and I are back at work. I suppose Tatum missed out an a few presents and a couple hours where her friends and family made her feel special. But I’m not sure that anything could have topped the experience of those three days at Disney. At first I thought having a birthday near a Holiday would make things difficult. Now I’m thinking of ways to go to Disney for all of our Birthdays!
What are your thoughts on taking your kids away instead of having a party?
My name is Keith Laskey. I actually believe children are our future. I write articles about how we can empower our youth so that the world will be a better place for all of us.
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