Birthdays at Disney
Thousands of guests visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland for their birthday, and we cast members (CM) make that day magical. CMs try to make each birthday special because those guests could have spent their birthday anywhere else, but they decided to spend it at the most magical place on Earth: Disney!
I have had some very memorable birthdays, and this is one I will not soon forget. After all, I have entered the roaring 20s. The 20s are a perfect time to mature while not losing sight of my “inner kid.” I will still get out a coloring book and my 96 box of Crayola crayons, and of course I will never turn down a Disney movie.
For my birthday this year, I spent my special day in the parks — Magic Kingdom to be exact, where I work. My parents, brother, sister, aunt, and uncle came to visit. They knew that we were going to hang out at a park on my birthday, but they had no idea what I had in store for them.
I had a guest buy a Mickey Pretzel while I was working at Cool Ship in Tomorrowland. She also had on a birthday button. She asked me to hold the pretzel up so she could take a picture of it. Now, I know when my family and I first visited Disney, I took pictures of EVERYTHING: every ride we went on, every food we ate, even a squirrel because it was a Florida squirrel and Florida squirrels are different squirrels, according to my sister. So, I understood the picture part. Then she began to explain to me what the picture was for.
She told me that her aunt back home had created this scavenger hunt for her birthday. She said that 30 other people had received a text from her aunt with a list of simple things to find. For the pretzel, it was to eat something in the shape of Mickey Mouse. Each thing that was on the list was worth a certain amount of points. The goal: to reach the total amount of the added numbers in your birth date. Since my birthday is 3/4/1995, the total points to reach would be 2,002. If you reach that number (or close to it), you win a prize.
I proceeded to tell her that my family was coming to visit me for my birthday, and I thought that this was a marvelous idea! So I took it and ran with it. I asked my co-workers for things that would be fun to find (like a Pascal!), and eventually I came up with a satisfying list. I told my family that I had a big surprise for them, but that they wouldn’t find out what it was until we got to the park.
Fun at the Park
Once we got to the park, we went to City Hall, 1) for a bathroom break before we began our adventure, and 2) so I could get everyone a button. I got seven celebration buttons, one for everyone including myself, and one birthday button for me! I gave my family the buttons and we headed toward Fantasyland so I could show them where I work.
We were originally going to ride the Mine Train roller coaster just as the park opened because the line wouldn’t be too long. However, with it being a relatively new ride, the wait time was already over an hour. So we decided to go visit Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Woods. After we got off the Winnie the Pooh ride, I gave them the scavenger hunt list and sent them off! The scavenger hunt was a complete hit, and everyone loved it. My mom wasn’t too keen on separating at the beginning, but she had a lot of fun too.
Rides, Sites, and More
We had so much fun in the park! I tried to pull the sword out of the stone, which is harder than it looks. We also went to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. It is still funny every time we see it. Would you believe that my brother got picked out of the audience the two times we went in a four year span?
We joined 999 ghosts for a tour of the Haunted Mansion, and went on Stitch’s Great Escape! (It still gets a little scary after all this time…) We rode Spike Mountain, one of the best roller coasters in the entire park. And of course we can’t forget Pete and his Silly Side Show! For a change of pace, we visited the Country Bear Jamboree and Jungle Cruise.
End of the Day
All in all, I had a magical 20th birthday at Disney.