/ Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Cinderella Castle 25th Birthday CakeThis Saturday is WDW Radio’s 7th Anniversary! Celebrate by tuning into The Box at 10am to see Lou and some of WDW Radio’s closest friends complete fun tasks (that YOU can vote for!) around Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.  It’s my personal favorite WDW Radio event of the year – it’s loads of fun to see which challenges make it into the itinerary and to watch everything unfold (both hilarious and heartfelt) with other users in The Box.

Birthdays are special occasions, particularly so if your Disney trip coincides with your big day. (Which is completely coincidental, right??) Ever since my Disney fandom started increasing when I was in middle school, I always dreamed of taking the Keys to the Kingdom Tour, a special walkthrough of the Magic Kingdom® Park that includes peeks backstage and in the Utilidors. The kick is that guests must be 16 years old to take the tour. Even though my parents were dying to take it as well, they promised they would wait until we could all go on it together.

My 16th birthday finally arrived, and taking the tour that day with my mom was one of my most special and treasured Disney memories. Looking forward to it for so long and then finally experiencing it (especially since it put everything in the park in a completely new light) really gave me a greater appreciation for this park that I had loved for so long.

Even when you’re not actually taking a Disney vacation on your birthday, though, you can still implement some Disney fun from home. One year I spent the summer making some amateur Disney music videos of my family: my sister did a rousing performance of “Me Party” from The Muppets while my dogs taking a bath was perfect material for “The Washing Song” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I put all the footage together and “premiered” it on my birthday as a homemade sing-along. Other years we’ve watched Disney films or vacation home movies, but I always like to have a Disney touch in there somewhere!

As WDW Radio’s 7th birthday excitedly approaches, what’s your favorite Disney birthday memory, whether in the parks or at home? Remember to tune in to the big birthday webcast Saturday, February 1 at 10am in The  Box!


(Image from author’s personal family collection.)

Blake is a college student focusing on Film and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @olddirtyblake, or at BlakeOnline.com.



6 thoughts on “Finding Disney on Your Birthday”

  1. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    My birthday was aweek ago and I def “found Disney” in my bday! I saw frozen in 3D, wore my Elsa TShirt, etc. (I love to make videos too!) Next year for my bday I’m hoping I can go to marathon weekend!

  2. Steamboat Eddie says:

    I had the chance to spend a recent birthday in WDW and it was the best day ever.

    Catch later!

  3. Krisanne Vigliotti says:

    We took my daughter to Disney
    World for her 4th birthday. I arranged the deluxe package at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Since this included professional pictures at the end of the session. We will always have a special keepsake of that day. It will be fun for my daughter to look at over the years!

  4. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    Hi again Blake.
    I just checked out BlakeOnline.com, I loved it! I 100% agree on your review on The Muppets and Lady Gaga Spectacular. (Which was nothing really spectacular) Looking forward to your next post, DisneyGirlRuby 8:)

  5. Ana Kurland says:

    I have spent a few birthdays at WDW, but my favorite was when we had breakfast at 1900 Park Faire and I got a happy birthday tiara (which I wore all day).

  6. Lindsey says:

    My favorite birthdays ever have been at Disneyland. Once was when my mom and I traveled from Montana to San Diego for a wedding with a group of friends. Well, the day of the wedding my mom and I decided we were entirely too close to Disneyland to skip it and since it was my birthday I voted Disneyland instead. It was 105* so we went through 30 bottles of $3 water, but we covered ALL of the highlights of both parks in that one day, on a Labor Day holiday weekend Saturday no less. That was before the birthday pins were EVERYWHERE so every single cast member that saw my sash and button sang their heart out. Street performers stopped in the middle of their song to switch to “Happy Birthday”; a cast-member at Pirates convinced hundreds of guests in que to chime in a pirate version of the song, and cast members gave us free fast passes if they saw it. My very favorite birthday was my 30th b-day: it was my son’s 1st time at Disneyland (9 months), my friend from Seattle had our room and door at Disneyland Hotel totally decorated, and my already hubby finally proposed to me in front of the castle like every Disney fan dreams about. We can travel to CA a heck of a lot cheaper than FL from MT so we can only make it to WDW every other year for 2 weeks at a time. We go over my son’s birthday now, Dec. 12, since it seems to be the very perfect time of the year to go. Some how we managed go 3 years in a row on his b-day and on his 5th he told me he wanted a batman birthday party at WDW and I had to break his heart that we were not going in 2013. He thought he had been bad that he did not get to go to WDW for his b-day, lol. Don’t we all wish we could spend every b-day in WDW. Anyway, we started a new tradition to go to Disneyland for my daughter’s b-days (Oct. 28)on the years we are not going to WDW which she absolutely loved her 3rd b-day at the Halloween party and the Limited time magic Pirates league. I guess we are going to have to let my hubby experience his b-day at a park one of these years too. Happy un-birthday to anyone out there in WDW not celebrating their one special day.