A baby’s first birthday party is really a birthday celebration for the parents and their guests. Your baby will not remember this party, but that does not mean you all can’t have some magical fun. We were going to be in California over lilStrange’s first birthday, so we decided why not have her party at Disneyland. Who does not love Disneyland?
The first thing you must do when arriving at Disneyland on your birthday, is to go to City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park or Guest Services in Disney California Adventure Park. Here you can pick up a complimentary Birthday Button and receive birthday greetings from fellow guests throughout the day with this magical birthday button!
Ten family members were attending lil’s Disney first birthday party, so we made sure a lunch reservation was booked a few weeks in advance. The online Disneyland dining reservation system was easy to use, and reviews from TripAdvisor were linked to each restaurant, so we knew we were making the best choice possible. We were lucky enough to secure the princess character lunch at Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant for lil’s special day. Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant is located right in the heart of Disney California Adventure Park at Paradise Pier.
At the character lunch Disney Princesses circulated through the dining room, visiting each group table side. They happily took photos and signed autograph books. Plus at the beginning everyone gets to meet Ariel for some special one-on-one time and a professional photo that can be purchased at the end.
The lunch menu offered sensational choices, such as the sustainable catch of the day, citrus-glazed chicken breast, grilled lobster tail salad, slow-roasted tri-tip and more. Everyone enjoyed their lunch and were totally full from their meals. Ariel’s Grotto also serves healthy Mickey Check meals designed with your child’s nutrition in mind. Everyones meal ended happily ever after with a dessert royal trio. Plus if you are there celebrating a birthday, like we were, you can reserve custom cakes and sweets (at least three days in advance).
Disneyland offers multiple custom cakes and sweets for birthdays, from 3 styles of celebration cake—a Mickey or Minnie Mouse-shaped cake, a Disney Princess Cake or a Disney Signature Cake. If you are looking for something smaller Disneyland offers My Mini Cake Surprise, that come in magical mini-cake containers. Our lunch at Ariel’s Grotto included the royal dessert trio, so we opted for the My Mini Cake Surprise. You can pick from a duo of magical mini-cake containers: a Disney Princess Jewelry Box or a Disney Pirate Treasure Chest. This mini cake was so cute and just the right amount of cake for lil’s magical birthday party, plus enough for everyone to have a taste.
All and all lilStrange had the most perfect, magical, princess filled Disney day and absolutely loved her first taste of birthday cake.
For more info on celebrating your birthday at Disneyland check out their web page here.
Thank you Disneyland for making lilStrange’s first birthday so special, I was not compensated for this post but was provided with two park hopper tickets to help facilitate the writing of this post.