Is Walt Disney World Free on Your Birthday?



By Dave Shute

(This page is one of a series explicating Walt Disney World lingo, abbreviations, and FAQ for first time family visitors to Walt Disney World.)

Disney World free on your birthday 2012DISNEY WORLD FREE ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?

As many as two dozen people a day come to this site with some version of “Is Disney free on your birthday?” as the words they entered into a search engine.

Here’s the bad news: there used to be a deal where Disney World offered free tickets on your birthday.  But there isn’t one anymore.  Disney world tickets are the same price on your birthday as they are on any other day.

DISNEY WORLD BIRTHDAY SPECIALS

But there are still some fun birthday offers from Disney World, and some of them are free!

Free Disney World birthday stuff includes:

  • A happy birthday button (see the image at the top, courtesy of Kristin’s Tips from the Disney Diva), which you can get either from your Disney World resort hotel or from guest services in the parks. Mike at My Dreams of Disney reminds me that Disney strictly enforces when you can get this free birthday button–it must be within 6 months before, or 6 months after, your birthday!
  • A happy birthday call–dial 0 in your resort to schedule it
  • Perhaps, a happy birthday cupcake as the final to a Disney World table service meal.
  • And of course you can bring birthday celebration materials from home!

OTHER WALT DISNEY WORLD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Much more celebration of birthdays at Walt Disney World is possible–but not for free. 

Options include birthday cakes ($21 and up), birthday parties ($16 per person and up), and many others. (Prices are from The Complete Walt Disney World 2012.)

See Natalie’s article on Walt Disney World birthday celebration ideas on Meet the Magic for more ideas and options!

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20 comments

1 Steve from militarydisneytips.com { 02.02.12 at 7:59 am }

The last time my wife wore the Birthday Button around WDW a castmember at Epcot’s American Adventure noticed it.

He made a big deal of her and said she had an important phone call. He then escorted her to a phone in the entrance to the waiting area for the attraction (to the left). It was a recorded birthday message from Mickey Mouse.

After the call he escorted her to the LIberty Inn restaurant next door and got a birthday cupcake for her.

2 Dave { 02.02.12 at 8:07 am }

What a great story! Thanks, Steve

3 Aaron { 02.05.12 at 2:50 pm }

The phone thing happened to my wife and I when we were there in ’07 for our honeymoon, but it was Mickey and Minnie congratulating us! So cool. We had “just married” buttons they gave us at Ticketing & Transportation. The cast member that approached us with the phone was all serious, he acted like he had been looking for us. He really did a good job of setting us up for the surprise.

4 Dave { 02.06.12 at 8:41 am }

Great story, Aaron! Thanks for sharing it.

5 Ryan { 03.19.12 at 3:55 pm }

Hello. :) I just stumbled upon your blog.I think I can ualaclty feel your excitement all the way over here in Scotland lol. Disney just does something to us, something I can’t explain. It’s awesome! Have a great trip!!Carol o

6 No Disney then { 09.06.12 at 6:55 pm }

No free admission on your birthday at Disney that’s very cheap of them.

7 Phillip { 11.04.12 at 8:01 am }

We were at Disney Studios in 2009 and I was wearing a birthday button. A cast member working at the ice cream stand near the Rockin’ Roller Coaster noticed it and gave me a free ice cream cone and wished me a happy birthday with the rest of the cast there. It was great.

8 Dave { 11.04.12 at 8:38 am }

Hi Phillip, great story!

9 Nikki { 01.29.13 at 3:51 pm }

Do u have a number that people can call to find out what Disney is doing for people on their birthday in 2013?

10 Dave { 01.30.13 at 5:34 am }

No, Nikki, I don’t. I don’t think its doing anything other than what you see on this page.

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11 Abigail { 06.27.13 at 4:08 am }

Hey Dave. Just to clarify what you said about getting the birthday button within six months before or after your birthday. My family is going in early August with a bunch of friends, and there are three kids that I know of for sure who have birthdays within 6 months. Does this mean we can get the buttons on whatever day and wear them on whatever day of the trip we want to?

Thanks!

12 Dave { 06.27.13 at 7:16 am }

Abigail, yes you can get a birthday button just by asking! No ID with an actual birthdate is required :)

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13 jerusalem { 07.01.13 at 12:25 am }

so my birthday’s this upcoming sunday (july 7) , so since my birthday is not six months away , i cant get a birthday button ?

14 Dave { 07.01.13 at 7:16 am }

Sure you can!

15 Lourdes { 07.05.13 at 3:03 pm }

disney company is cheap and stngy never give anything for free wow

16 Anonymous { 09.05.13 at 6:49 pm }

Where can I get my two boys the Birthday Pins. We will be at Disney for their birthday in 10 days

17 Dave { 09.06.13 at 6:37 am }

Hi you can get them at guest services in any of the parks, or at your hotel if you are staying at a WDW hotel.

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18 allie { 09.21.13 at 9:29 pm }

im going for my 16th birthday in 18 days is there any other web sits I can go to see what they will do for me on my birthday or any other free thing I can do

19 Dave { 09.22.13 at 7:15 am }

Um, Allie, all the free stuff I know about–and it’s not much–is on this page…

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20 Lisa { 02.24.14 at 2:48 pm }

When people say that Disney is cheap and dont do anything for free that really isnt true. I went last year in september and when i arrived my ankle was a little swollen. I said is the little mermaid room far away from the buses. The cast member at Art of Animation said about 10 minutes. I said do you ever do free upgrades to a room closer to the buses. She looked at my ankle and said you bet! She gave us the much bigger room in the Lion King area with no additional charge. It was right across from the buses and was much bigger.

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