Birthday Celebrations at Walt Disney World: A Trip Report

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I’m lucky enough to spend my birthday at Walt Disney World each year. Even if I did nothing more than ride a few rides and stroll down Main Street U.S.A., it would be a perfect way to celebrate, but I threw in a few special treats during my most recent WDW vacation to make things extra memorable. Here, I’m bringing you my trip report for my birthday celebration!


I’m a girl who loves her brunch. There’s absolutely nothing better to me than starting the day off with coffee and pancakes, so I knew my birthday had to feature my favorite breakfast on Disney property: The Wave… Of American Flavors at the Contemporary. I recently celebrated my bridal shower here and I discovered the sweet potato pancakes, which quickly moved The Wave to my first breakfast pick (sorry Kona Café!).

Something I love about The Wave’s breakfast is the option to choose between a la carte selections and a breakfast buffet. My fiancé is a big eater, and he rarely feels full after a few waffles, so the buffet was just perfect for him. I went with the sweet potato pancakes and bacon, of course, and it did not disappoint. My dad opted for the crabcake eggs benedict, and my mom choose the all-American breakfast platter. I also split a pressed pot of coffee with my dad (beware: it’s strong!). We ate at a leisurely pace as my fiancé made multiple trips to the buffet, and once we were feeling stuffed, we headed into the Magic Kingdom!


Since we were walking distance from the Magic Kingdom, we headed over to get some rides in. We had a FastPass+ set up for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Space Mountain, and we practically walked right onto Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean with no wait time!

Being that it was my birthday, lots of snacking was in order. We swung past Big Top Souvenirs for a giant chocolate chip cookie, had a churro in Frontierland, and kept cool with an iced latte. We went to the Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (where I got a birthday shoutout on the big screen!), and rode the Peoplemover before it started to pour! As my parents live nearby, we decided to head back to their place for some dinner, cake, and dry sneakers.


At the top of my birthday bucket list was visiting Toy Story Land. It had been open for exactly 1 month when we visited, so I wasn’t sure what to expect crowd-wise, but we decided to go check it out once the rain died down a bit! The land is absolutely beautiful, full of larger-than-life decorations that really make you feel like a toy.

We stopped for the PhotoPass opportunity at the front of the land, and started our stroll under the giant Christmas lights and past the oversized bendy straws doubling as lamp posts. When we saw that the wait time for Slinky Dog Dash was only 50 minutes, we decided to go for it, and I’m so glad we did! The attraction is an absolute blast, and might be my new favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World. With long drops, twists, and turns, this attraction is actually quite lengthy, and was worth the wait! My fiancé and mom ran off to ride Rock n’ Roller Coaster when they saw the minimal wait time, and my dad and I took in the sights in Toy Story Land some more before hitting the road.


The rain started to pick back up, so we headed over to Disney Springs for a bit. Disney Springs is my favorite place to spend a rainy Disney day, as there are tons of indoor spots to shop, eat, drink, and relax. I love walking around and taking in the sights in the evening, and that’s just what we did. We strolled through some shops, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and headed over to AMC to see a movie (bonus tip: Annual Passholders get a significant discount on movie tickets!). We timed it out well, because the rain had died down again by the time our movie let out, so we took a little walk to work off the movie theater popcorn, and called it a night.


Though very low key, we had an absolute blast on my birthday this year. From a perfect brunch to short wait times at Magic Kingdom, and from Slinky Dog Dash to a stroll through Disney Springs, we really enjoyed every moment of our day.



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