Birthdays at Disneyland Resort

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Celebrating birthdays at Disneyland in Anaheim, California is a fabulous excuse for a vacation. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll use every excuse you can to get to Disneyland.

Birthdays at Disneyland
Birthdays at Disneyland

Here’s how to make your birthday at Disneyland a day to remember!

Birthdays at Disneyland Gift Ideas

Giving Disneyland tickets as a birthday present? Those are my favorite kind of presents! Get your Disneyland discount tickets from our partner, Get Away Today before heading over to Disneyland Resort.

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A Disney gift card is the perfect way to kick off any Disneyland Birthday celebration! Let the birthday boy or girl use their Disney gift card in the parks to pick out special souvenirs or treats throughout the day. You can even get a 5% discount on Disney gift cards with a free Target Red Card.

You can even reveal your birthday gift surprise with gifts to match the theme and let them know they’re going to Disneyland for their birthday!

Birthdays at Disneyland Breakfast

First stop, even before breakfast is to head to any retail location inside either park and get a FREE birthday button. You won’t want to miss this special treat to help everyone celebrate with you throughout the day.

For breakfast or brunch, book a special character dining experience up to 60 days in advance (call 714-781-3463). You’ll get one on one time with your favorite Disney characters and a magical start to any celebration.

Character Breakfast at Disneyland

Minnie & Friends — Breakfast in the Park. The only character dining experience inside Disneyland park (admission required), visit with Minnie and other beloved friends at the Plaza Inn.

Plaza Inn seating
Plaza Inn seating

Character Breakfast at Disneyland Resort Hotels

No theme park admission is required for these breakfast reservations, unless of course you’re planning to visit the parks later that day. You also do not need to be a guest of the hotel to book these character breakfasts.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen. Breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel with Goofy and friends.
  • Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast. Breakfast at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
  • Read about our character breakfast at Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends. Breakfast with Mickey and his pals in a laid back atmosphere at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Disneyland character breakfast at PCH Grill.
Disneyland character breakfast at PCH Grill.

Birthdays at Disneyland Attractions

Check out these Disneyland Resort attractions and locations that mention birthdays or evoke a special birthday feeling!

  • Alice in Wonderland (a very merry unbirthday scene)
  • Haunted Mansion (watch a ghost blow out the candles below your doombuggie)
  • Ride Jingles, the most decorated horse on King Arthur’s Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party (listen for the very merry unbirthday music as you spin!)
  • Mickey’s House (pose in front of the birthday cake)
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (See what happens on Celia’s birthday)

    What to ride first at California Adventure's Hollywood Land.
    Celebrate your birthday at the Disneyland Resort.
  • Minnie’s House (watch the cake bake in Minnie’s kitchen)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
  • Visit “Red” the firetruck in Cars Land. If he sees your birthday pin, he may play a special song for you.
  • Catch the Jazz Musicians at the French Market in New Orleans Square and have someone mention it’s your birthday. You may just get a quick little serenade.
  • Stop by the Mad Hatter’s shop in Fantasyland and pick up some special birthday ears.

    How to celebrate your birthday at Disneyland.
    How to celebrate your birthday at Disneyland.

Birthdays at Disneyland FASTPASS Attractions

While there’s no specific “birthday pass” for skipping lines, you can make great use out of the FASTPASS with the new Disney MaxPass system to ride on your favorites with little to no wait.

Try using a FASTPASS on these attractions to feel like royalty on your birthday.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Fantasmic!!
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Matterhorn
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
Read more about what to ride first at Disneyland here.

Birthdays at California Adventure FASTPASS Attractions

  • World of Color
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Radiator Springs Racers (everything you need to know about the popular Cars ride here)
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania (late 2017)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout!
  • Incredicoaster

Read more about what to ride first at California Adventure here.

Birthdays at Disneyland Special Treatment

If you’re bringing a little one to Disneyland for a birthday celebration you’ll want to check out these special perks to help celebrate:

Birthdays at Disneyland Entertainment

When the sun begins to set over the Disneyland Resort, the birthday fun isn’t over yet! Enjoy dining packages paired with special night time entertainment. Tickets to the park are required and reservations are recommended. Read how you can get reserved seats to these special entertainment options here. And don’t forget— special Disneyland Birthday cakes are available to make wishes come true.
Disneyland Resort special order birthday cake. Photo credit: Nikki Lawrence
Disneyland Resort special order birthday cake. Photo credit: Nikki Lawrence

Have you enjoyed a special birthday meal? Or received special treatment while celebrating your birthday at Disneyland or California Adventure? I know I sure did when visiting Disneyland’s “secret” Club 33. What’s your favorite way to celebrate birthdays at Disneyland?

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