How to Celebrate a Fourth Birthday at Disneyland
Disclaimer: Disney provided me with park tickets in exchange for this post sharing about my son’s fourth birthday at Disneyland. As always all opinions are my own.
For the second year in a row, we’ve celebrated Graydon’s birthday at Disneyland! For us, in the PNW, a trip to Southern California in the middle of March is a treat. We have a lot of rain and cold weather up here during this time of year, so G’s birthday is the perfect time for a getaway!
Graydon absolutely loves spending his birthday at Disneyland. I’m sharing some tips for celebrating a birthday at Disneyland, as well as some tips when doing Disneyland with littles. It’s such a magical place, there is no place better for a birthday!
1.) Birthday Pin
Disney gives free pins for different celebrations. Head to a kiosk or stand and be sure to pick up a birthday pin! It’s the only souvenir you’ll be picking up for free, and it’s the perfect keepsake to make you or your little one feel special.
2.) Park Planning
The birthday boy/girl gets to choose for the day! Download the Disneyland App and choose which park you are heading to, or if you have a park hopper pass, which park you’ll head to first.
With the app you can check wait times, and plan your route around the parks. For us Radiator Springs was the first stop!
3.) Max Pass
For an extra $10.00 you can get a Max Pass, which allows you to use fast passes and download all the photos (like the ones above) they take for you at the park!
Now, for me this is worth it any day, but ESPECIALLY worth it when celebrating a birthday!
If the birthday girl/boy has special characters to see, check the app and find out where they will be! For us, Radiator Springs was our top stop for characters as well. With Lightening McQueen and Mater the boys were pretty happy!
Beckett loved the cars, but also loved seeing characters like Goofy! If Mickey is on your list, plan accordingly, he is. busy guy!
Tips for Disneyland Under 5
1.) Snacks & Food
Bring plenty of snacks and food into the park! Everyone seems to get hungrier at Disneyland. With my Petunia Pickle bottom Backpack I can pack our sandwiches in the bottom cooler section of the bag! Along with Sandwiches, we pack plenty of snacks!
If you need more, Disneyland is filled with amazing food. We stopped for a special Mickey shaped pretzel midway through the day!
TIP: Do not forget water bottles!
2.) Stroller/ Baby Carrier
We don’t use a stroller 95% of the time, but Disneyland is one place we bring it out. With so many people, waiting in lines, and long walks, little ones get tired extra fast. It’s important to save their energy for spending more time at the park.
Beckett is 20 months old and spent some time in the stroller and a lot of time on my back. This allows me to easily keep track of him, gives him a great view of Disney and a place to sleep when he needs to nap.
If your kiddo can make it through the day without a nap, Disney is probably the place he/she will make it happen!
For kiddos who need a nap, make sure you place accordingly. If you little one naps great in a stroller this is a great option. My youngest naps great in our Lillebaby, which is perfect for the park.
We avoid going back to the hotel for naps, if you know your little one will need a quiet place for a nap, try to choose a Disneyland hotel, or a good neighbor hotel that is very close. The Courtyard Marriott Theme Park Entrance is a wonderful option!
If you only have one day, it’ll go fast, and there are so many things to do and see. With little ones, Radiator Springs, and Bugs Land are two great places. In Disneyland, my kiddos love It’s a Small World, the Teacups, Dumbo, and ToonTown.
Graydon also loves Autopia, but this ride does have a height requirement.
Toon Town is in the back of the park and is easy to miss if you’re busy. It has a couple fun rides, and all of the main characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto).
Before you head to the park, show your kids some videos and pictures and let them share what they’re most excited for!
5.) Shoes for Comfort
Make sure everyone is ready for a lot of walking! Keen Footwear is a great option to go in style and comfort!
Disneyland is such a magical place. It’s so much fun for people of all ages, and nothing beats a birthday at Disneyland! Graydon had such a magical fourth birthday, and we cannot wait to be back to the park!
See my time, money and sanity saving Disney tips here.