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My family and I will be taking our first disney cruise (3day) at the end of September....and we are soooo excited! While we are on the cruise we will be celebrating my sons 8th birthday. I have been reading about gift ideas from disney and the perfect gift lady, and those are good, but I would like to hear about different ideas....decorate the door in a special way, decorate the stateroom...ect.
I want to make it more of a 3 day celebration for him! After all, what better birthday gift could a child have than celebrating his/her birthday with Mickey!
I really appreciate it.
We celebrated our birthdays on our Disney cruise. (gee I forgot to mention that in the cruise report!). Tell your travel agent or DCL (whoever you booked thru) to note on your reservation that you will be celebrating his birthday. They will bring a (GIGANTIC) piece of yummy cake with a chocolate screened onto white chocolate ship on top of it and sing. (If you PM Me with your email addy I'll even email you a picture of it if you'd like).
As far as other ideas.... I know at WDW they had buttons that you could get from the hotel front desk if it was your bday and every disney castmate was trained to wish you a happy bday. it even had your name on it so they would say to me "Happy Birthday Angie!"... I got wished happy bday by about 3 disney people before my own family remembered to say something. Apparently they can't read buttons Perhaps DCL has those buttons too-another question to ask them at the reservations line.
I have always liked doing lots of "little" things for people for their birthday. hiding little treats in the cabin (maybe get the room steward involved in helping you), throughout the day/ trip. Maybe even plan a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt. (I could try to give you some clue ideas since we were just on the Wonder in May. Again PM Me). mmmm.... at Castaway Cay maybe you could get the guy that emcees the crab races and some other fun stuff at the gazebo to mention the bday?
Hope that gets your creative juices at least flowing. Good luck!
(we have been out of town so I apologize for not getting back to you sooner)
Thanks so much for the great ideas! I have written them down in my son's birthday idea folder! I am new to this board and not familiar with all the lingo yet, can you tell me what PM means? Would love to continue to talk with you about your trip and have you email me a picture of the birthday cake....sounds yummy! Kerry
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Regarding a birthday celebration on board: first off, when you board the ship they ask for your name(s) and any celebrations. Start your cruise off by having them announce that it's your son's birthday!
Birthday / special occasion buttons are available from guest services. After you board the ship, walk over to the guest services desk (it's right in the lobby where you board) and ask for one (or two as I lost one due to a bent pin ).
Make a sign for your door - feel free to decorate the door but just remember that you can't use tape - only magnets (as it's a metal door). There is also a birthday celebration package available from DCL but you could put together something on your own. Disney Cruise Line® - Stateroom Celebrations
We've decorated our stateroom with miniature lights - plug them into the outlet at the desk and drape them around the mirror. Oriental Trading Company sells lots of fun birthday decorations like banners, inflatable cakes, etc.
Lastly, make sure you mention the upcoming birthday to your servers. Even if it's mentioned on your reservation, it's helpful to remind them and let the head server know (they'll make their way around usually the first night to ask about any special celebrations). You could let your stateroom host know too (although if you decorate the door they'll probably figure it out!)
Have fun and welcome to the boards!
Yes, I am a Disney Addict... and I'd rather be cruising!.
My son turned 6 on the day of embarkation. I made him a birthday t-shirt, which Mickey saw and gave him extra hugs, which was great. He was the first character we saw when we boarded, he was up a level in the atrium, and we had him all to ourselves which was fantastic! All the characters and CM's we interacted with made a fuss. At dinner our servers knew about the birthday, and my son got a cake and a big button badge. Plus lots of fuss from our servers too! He also got a card from the CM's at the kid's club.
I bought some extra decorations for our stateroom, and I had also purchased one of the sail away celebration packages, so we had lots more cake and decorations. I was able to get to our room first and put out his presents (I bought a couple with us for him to open) plus all the cards from family and friends, which we kept up all week. His present was pretty large unfortuantly (a pirate ship) but it was what he wanted most, so I managed to pack around it! I would recommend bringing along maybe one or two presents, but no more. My son was happy to know he still had more waiting for him at home.
I was a little worried that it would all be a bit of an anti-climax for him, as his birthday was on the day we set sail, but it turned out great.