Turning 30 is typically not something a lady looks forward to. In my mind, I can’t believe I’m 30. Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m even 20! However, time moves on and we get older, wether we want to or not.
I decided to celebrate my big 3-0 in my favorite place. Disney World. Why? Because a lot of times, at home, a birthday can feel like just another day. I didn’t want my milestone birthday to feel like another day. And Disney knows how to do birthdays.
We spent my whole birthday weekend in Disney World, Sunday was the actual day. When we checked in at the hotel, I was given a birthday button with my name on it. I’ll explain the significance in a few minutes.
We walked in our room and sitting on the bedside table was a birthday card from the Mouse himself!
The first two days we spent park hopping, and I did wear my birthday button. What is the significance? All of the workers in Disney see your button and say “Happy Birthday Jackie!” Even from across the street.
On Sunday, it was as if they had something special to note it was my actual birthday…and they do! If you stay in the resorts on Disney property you get a magic band for your hotel key, park ticket, fast passes and more. Every time I swiped my magic band, a little hat with confetti showed up and the worker would look up, smile and say “Happy Birthday!”
A few other special things happened. On the bus, the Disney busses that take you from park to park, they announced my birthday and sang to me. All of the characters I met had a special wish to me (Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel all told me their special way of celebrating).
Also, not just once, but two times, a Disney cast member said to me, “hey Jackie! Can you come here a minute? You have a phone call.” They would hand me the phone and guess who was on the other line?
Goofy! Yep! Goofy was on the line singing happy birthday to me. It was fun.
All day (well the whole weekend actually) I didn’t feel terrible about turning 30. I enjoyed every minute of my birthday.
No matter how old you are-by the way in Disney, you add your two numbers together to find your age…I was 3 (3+0 this was told to me by Tinkerbell herself)-Disney is a great experience.