Imagine celebrating your 6th birthday in the most magical place on the planet. Walt Disney World, Florida. That's just what we did and it was truly magical. We've put together our top tips and advice for others that are heading to Walt Disney World and will be celebrating a child's birthday there from the BIG SPENDS through to activities that are free that will make it extra special for your child this year.
Best FREE Things to Do to Celebrate a Child's Birthday at Walt Disney World
#1 Get your Buttons
You can't visit WDW when you are celebrating without getting your buttons. For birthdays it can also mean getting a little extra at some of the places.
For a start everywhere you walk and meet a cast member they will wish you a Happy Birthday. The smile on the kids faces from this alone was worth it.
Where to get your birthday pin!
The main places to get your birthday badges are either in resorts if you are staying on-site or at guest relations in any of the parks.
Birthday badges aren't the only ones - we got a first visit, anniversary and family reunion when we visited.
#2 Jedi Training Academy
Jedi Training at Holywood Studio is absolutely free. You do need to sign up for the experience but it is out of this world and awesome. Check out our guide to Jedi Training Academy and get your little Padawans started fighting the dark side.
#3 Meet and Greet with the Princesses
If you have a princess fan then make sure that you do a meet and greet with them. You can book your fast passes ahead of time for the highly popular ones like Elsa and Anna from Frozen or look at the WDW App to find out who will be appearing that day. If meeting Elsa and Anna is on your list then you need to read our top tips on meeting them for the first time.
#4 FREE DESSERTS
If you have booked to eat at one of the restaurants and have your badge displayed, smile and are happy enjoying being at WDW then there is a chance that you could have a free dessert given to you with your meal.
Don't worry if it rains either - there's plenty to do in Disney World Florida in the rain - check out our guide to what to do with kids if it rains in WDW
Making Birthday's Magical
It's not all free though. Some things do cost and when we headed to WDW we decided to do 2 of the experiences with the kids.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
For guests aged 3 - 12, this is an experience in dress up. With different packages, you can have just hair and make-up through to the full princess dress and accessories.
It is advised to book well in advance (you can do it up to 180 days ahead of the experience) and be aware that if you go for one of the dress-up packages it can get very hot in the outfits for your little knights and princess.
Read more and find out how to book at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Magic Kingdom (Disney Springs also offers this and entrance to the Magic Kingdom is not needed for this experience)
The Pirate's League
If you are less of a princess and knight and more a Mermaid or Swashbuckling pirate then The Pirate's League in the Magic Kingdom is for you.
Unlike at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, there isn't an age limit here and as a parent you are quite welcome to join in the fun as well.
Again booking in advance is necessary and it can be done up to 180 days in advance.
Check the information on the official Disney World Site for booking details and prices.