Extra touches for Celebrations at Walt Disney World

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Once Upon A Time there was a glorious celebration filled with love, laughter, and pixie dust. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create such a memory for yourself or someone you love? Not every celebration can be fairy tale like, but when at Disney the sky is the limit. No matter what you are celebrating, they have options for you. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Graduations, and everything in between can be reason for some extra pixie dust on your vacation.

Celebrations Buttons

Courtesy Disney
Courtesy Disney

You’ve probably seen other guests wearing these 3” buttons before. Not being a person who wants to draw attention to myself, I am always a little hesitant about announcing to the world it’s my birthday or anniversary, but it certainly has its perks. The buttons can be picked up at your resort upon check in, or at any vacation planning booth or guest services location within the four parks. These buttons are FREE for the asking and can be personalized. There are currently nine choices available: anniversary, … happily ever after, 1st visit, birthday, family reunion, I’m celebrating…, my magical triumph, just engaged, and just married.

You can receive and wear the buttons 6 months prior to an event, such as your birthday, and up to 6 months after. So, if traveling to WDW two months after your birthday, you can still get a button and proudly wear it around the parks as you have a late celebration of the event.

When wearing the buttons, expect to receive comments from cast members and other guests. I have even heard of free deserts and the like being given to the celebrating individual at sit down restaurants. For example, my friend and her husband proudly wore their Anniversary buttons at Beaches and Cream and received a free sundae along with Congratulations. I, however, have worn my birthday button and not received anything. I would warn button wearers, not to expect free perks, but they are always a nice surprise if they happen.

In Room Celebrations

In Room Romance Package - Picture by Disney
In Room Romance Package – Picture by Disney

As mentioned above, be sure to tell the cast member at check in that you have an occasion to celebrate. When we went for our 10th anniversary, we not only got the buttons to wear in the parks, but on the day of our anniversary we returned to find our room had an extra surprise inside. We received, free of charge, balloons and a picture of Pooh & Friends (my favorite at that time) that was autographed by the characters. Again, this sort of pixie dust is random and shouldn’t be expected. But, be sure to inform the front desk. You never know what you might find in your room.

If your child is celebrating a birthday while you are visiting, you can request a special birthday phone call from a character. Wouldn’t your child love to have Mickey call them on the morning of their birthday? I know I would!

You can also take in room celebrations into your own hands and contact Disney Floral and Gifts. They provide a wide array of items that can be delivered to your room, such as balloons, confetti, flowers, candles, chocolates, banners, and small gifts. They have packages available for Romance, Birthdays, Princesses, Pirates, Triumph, DVC, and even holidays. At Christmas time, you can order a small tree that is already decorated. Imagine waking up on Christmas morning at Walt Disney World with presents that magically appeared under an in room tree. Disney Floral and Gifts can be reached at 407-939-4438 or you can order online at http://www.disneyfloralandgifts.com/home.html.

Celebration Cakes

Who doesn’t love cake? And what celebration is complete without eating some? Just because you are on vacation, should not be reason to forgo this important part of any celebration. Disney has several different methods for you to have your cake and eat it too. You can call the Disney cake specialists at 407-827-2253 to order up something delicious. Your order can be placed no more than 4 weeks in advance and no less than 72 hours in advance.

Mini cake from the Grand Floridian - courtesy Disney Food Blog
Mini cake from the Grand Floridian – courtesy Disney Food Blog

But first off, what kinds of cakes are available? There are several choices, from your basic “supermarket style” cake to fancy fondant covered cakes. Some cakes only have availability at certain locations, so be sure to check with the cake specialists before getting your heart set on something. However, here is a basic primer of all the order ahead cakes:

  •  Basic Custom Cakes – These range in size from 8” (serving 8 people) to full sheet cakes (serving 100 people), and are available for your dining reservations at most restaurants.
  • Mickey Mouse Cakes – These big Mickey heads are white or chocolate cake with chocolate filling and chocolate ganache with a screen printed face. They feed 10-12 people and can have a small personalized message on the serving plate.
  • Fancy Fondant Covered and Mini Cakes – Let your imagination run wild. These custom cakes are beautifully decorated but are only made at limited locations: the bakeries of the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Boardwalk, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Yacht & Beach Club. They can be delivered to some Magic Kingdom and Epcot restaurants, or can be personally picked up at the Boardwalk Bakery only.

If ordering a special occasion cake for a restaurant reservation inside of the Magic Kingdom, you can contact wdw.magickingdomcakes@disney.com instead of calling the phone number above. If ordering a cake for a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table (CRT), you can contact wdw.crt.special.events@disney.com.

Cinderella’s Royal Table Special Events

In addition to the specialty cakes above, you can order a chocolate slipper or crown ($12.50 each) to be presented during your meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The slipper is your choice of white or dark chocolate, filled with chocolate mousse and presented with fresh berries. The plate can be personalized with up to four words. It typically serves one person. The crown is available in white chocolate only, but also is filled with chocolate mousse and presented with fresh berries, with a plate that can be personalized.

Another option for your celebration while at CRT is the “Her Royal Highness” package. It will make any girl feel like royalty. It includes a princess balloon featuring six of the Disney Princesses. Shortly after arrival, a Royal Attendant will present a 3” tiara adorned with crystals, which signifies being crowned princess for a day. You may upgrade the tiara to a 5” version for an additional cost. The celebration will conclude with an extraordinary cake prepared by Cinderella’s Royal Chefs. It is a 6” round cake, available in chocolate or vanilla, with one of your favorite Princesses on top. It also can be personalized with up to four words. The entire package is $90.00 plus tax and an 18% gratuity.

If you are looking for a true fairytale ending to your meal, you can also order an engraved glass slipper from CRT. The cost is $65.00 plus tax and gratuity. I envision this option as part of an engagement but, I’m just a romantic at heart, so who am I to say.

Engagements

Speaking of engagements, if you are planning on popping the question while at Disney World, you may want to check out this article by fellow TouringPlans blogger Erin Foster: 101 Ways to Propose at Disney World. If you still need some help in planning the big event, call Disney Fairytale Engagements at 321-939-4610. They can help you plan and execute all of the necessary details.

- Courtesy Disney
– Courtesy Disney

Special Ear Hats

Buying and wearing an ear hat is as normal as breathing when in Disney World. And why just make them ordinary Mickey ears? If it’s your birthday, they’ve got a hat for that. Just married? Yep, hats for that too! Instead of just sporting a 3” button on your shirt, proudly display your celebration on top your head for the world to see.

 

Other Special Experiences

Perhaps buttons, flowers, ear hats and cakes just aren’t for you. There are many more options to choose from; more than I could possibly tell you about in one sitting. Instead, I will give you a small spattering of ideas for your next celebration.

Was your Disney World celebration sprinkled with lots of pixie dust?  Tell us about your celebration experience below.

Amy Farkas

Part time blogger with a full time Disney obsession. Love researching, planning for, and visiting all things Walt.

12 thoughts on “Extra touches for Celebrations at Walt Disney World

  • October 16, 2014 at 11:11 am
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    Quick question if I want to have chocolate dipped strawberries or even zebra domes sent to my room for my wife. Who would I contact at the world? I have a spa day planned for my wife that she does not know about yet SSSHHHHH 🙂 and I want to have something like that waiting for her in the room when she returns. I already ordered her Flowers, but I wanted something a little extra. Thank you for that great article. I never knew about the CRTSE package!

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    • October 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm
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      I checked Disney Floral’s website, but I didnt see mention of chocolate strawberries anywhere. Not sure if you can find the phone number for the resort itself, but i might try that first and the generic Disney phone number second. I’m sure they could point you in the right direction. 407-939-6244. Good luck!

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  • October 16, 2014 at 11:48 am
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    Thanks for the article. This seems to be something folks are always curious about.
    I am curious: where did the “6 months prior or 6 months after” guideline for the buttons come from? By this standard… everyone should wear an anniversary or birthday button any day of the year as those guidelines would cover the entire year! A very merry un-birthday to us all!

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    • October 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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      I found that 6 month rule to be pretty entertaining myself, but as Disney stated alot of people may not be able to take the vacation exactly over their birthday, etc. So, yes! A very Merry Un-birthday to all of us!

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  • October 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm
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    My husband and I went to Disney World for our Honeymoon in 2012. We wore the “Just Married” buttons, but I had to purchase these online. These are VERY rare to find in the parks and the resorts. Sometimes someone will randomly have some, but from what I’ve heard they just give out the “Happily Ever After” buttons now if you were just married. I decided to purchase the Just Married buttons because I really wanted people to know we had just gotten married! With the Happily Ever After buttons it’s hard to tell why people are wearing them. Sometimes you see little girls wearing them and you know they didn’t just get married! Happily Ever After could really mean anything. I think this kinda confuses the CM’s too, like they really don’t know whether to say Congrats or not, but with the Just Married or Just Engaged buttons, it’s pretty clear. 🙂

    We got tons of congratulations while on our honeymoon, we got fastpasses in 2 parks, we got desserts, personalized menus, champagnes, even drinks on the house at many of our sit down dinners. It really was a spectacular trip. I would agree to not expect this kind of treatment, and just really enjoy it if it does happen. I think it was a little easier a couple of years ago because you could make an ADR and put what you were celebrating on your reservation. So before we even got there a lot of our table’s were set up with the Mickey confetti on the table letting the waiter know we were celebrating. I don’t think this is a feature now on ADR’s.

    I’ve worn a birthday button as well, and you get the Happy Birthday’s, but not the kind of treatment on a honeymoon, same with anniversary. Which makes sense though because a honeymoon is a once in a lifetime thing (well it could be a couple depending on how many times you get married ;)) so they seem to go above and beyond for the honeymooners.

    Whether or not you get special treatment, it’s always a great place to be celebrating! 🙂

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    • October 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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      I was wondering too about the Just Married and Just Engaged buttons still being available as I’d heard from many people that they were being discontinued. I did see one gent wearing a Just Married button a couple of weeks ago though and I was optimistic that they’re not discontinuing them afterall. I think those buttons are nice distinctions and I hope to wear them in the near future. 🙂

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      • October 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm
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        We had the Happily ever after buttons on my honeymoon in December, they didn’t have Just married at the time. We got a lot of questions asking what they were for. But we did see they had some Just married buttond in Disneyland 2 weeks ago. One cast member gave us buttons that said Honorary Citizen of Disneyland, just to be nice when we asked a question 🙂

      • October 16, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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        It’s lovely to know that one might not have to resort to exorbitant ebay costs to obtain the buttons. 😉 Funny how much such a simple thing can mean, isn’t it? On the last day of vacation a week ago, I lost my anniversary button and I might as well have dropped a brand new Mickey bar on the ground for how upset I was. Luckily, we still have my boyfriend’s pin. Hope you are enjoying your happily ever after, Lauren and Valerie!

    • October 17, 2014 at 11:26 am
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      Yes, it’s true. A cast member told me while we were visiting for our wedding planning session that the “Just Married” buttons were discontinued in 2008. It’s rare but you can sometimes find them at the most random locations. But when we wore ours during our honeymoon last year (2013) many cast members had never seen them and had to look more closely to see what they said. They are a dying breed, it seems. :-/

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  • October 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    Perks are just a matter of luck. We were just there last weekend with my 4-year old niece on her birthday. She wore a birthday button and ended up steering the boat on Jungle Cruise,received a free cupcake at dinner, and was given a VIP fastpass (for 2) for any ride at any time. She was completely thrilled!

    OK, maybe severe cuteness has something to do with it too…

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  • October 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    After my 5-yr old son’s first ride on Space Mountain, a CM used a marker to customize an I’m Celebrating button to say that he’d Conquered Space Mountain. He proudly wore it all day. It was a better souvenir than anything for sale in the gift shop.

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  • October 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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    My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon (in 1987!) at the Contemporary. They gave us a room overlooking 7 seas lagoon and every night we would sit on the balcony and watch the electrical Water Pageant. One night we received an extra bonus. The manager of the hotel sent us a bottle of champagne, a cheese basket and a dozen red roses. What a night that ended up being 😉

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