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Old 04-29-2013, 12:39 PM   #16
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:11 PM   #17
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My mother and I were talking about maybe doing a mini mother/daughter trip during Columbus Day weekend to test out MNSSHP since we've never done it, do Food and Wine again since we did it last year and loved it and to possibly celebrate my birthday. My birthday is in July, but I do know that people still go to celebrate their birthday during the trip even if it's not their actual birthday.

My question is, do people normally wear the button the whole trip? I know it's not that big of a deal and there's no Disney birthday police, but I was just wondering what other people normally do.
My opinion is that you should only wear the birthday button ON your birthday and the ONLY for that day. I know that I am in the minority and that makes me a big meanie. If you're at WDW to celebrate a birthday weeks or months away, I would pick one day and do it up right with a special meal, cake, etc and enjoy the day as if it was your birthday. Personally, I think wearing a birthday button the whole trip would get old for most adults and older kids as it would lose it's "specialness". How many days in a row can you hear "Happy Birthday!" anyway? And why wear the button unless you want to feel special or be treated in a special manner?

My own personal opinion aside, you should do whatever you want to do. There are no birthday police. Honestly, WDW doesn't give a rat's butt if you or your kid(s) wear a celebratory button as long as you are forking the money over to "celebrate" having a birthday, anniversary, etc sometime in the last or next 178 days. They are perfectly happy when you "Celebrate You" as long as they get a piece of the action .
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:32 PM   #18
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I don't think I would wear one unless it was my actual birthday month. I'm thinking the increase in people wearing buttons whenever, instead of for their actual birthday, is why people are getting less and less magical extras.
I agree. My DD's birthday is in August and we have been in Disney parks (WDW, DL, DL-Hong Kong) for her birthday many times. I have noticed a decrease in the "magical extras" after the birthday buttons became so popular. When you hear about people wearing their buttons all week and scoring free desserts and other goodies the whole time you can understand where Disney may cut back a bit. FWIW, I still have a "Today is my birthday" button and a birthday STICKER from Disneyland .
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:49 AM   #19
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I'm kinda wierd I guess....
I am all for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries etc...but do it when they actually occur. Sometimes magical things can happen to poeple who wear those buttons and such, but I always feel it cheapens it if you do it just anytime of year, not around the actual time of it.
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I don't think I would wear one unless it was my actual birthday month. I'm thinking the increase in people wearing buttons whenever, instead of for their actual birthday, is why people are getting less and less magical extras.

I would never wear one 3 moths after the fact.
I agree! No wonder Disney is cutting back on the extras. Several years ago we were at Chef Mickey's when it seemed like everyone in there was celebrating birthdays and getting cupcakes and sung to. We were sitting right next to a table with two adults and three kids and heard them arguing. After seeing the cupcakes and singing everyone else was getting, the mom decided to tell the waiter that it was her kids birthdays too. The dad didn't want her to and they were getting into an rather loud argument over it. The mom rather loudly said, "Do you honestly think everyone of these people's birthday is actually this week? Sheesh, if they can lie, so can we." She waved the waiter over and told him they wanted a birthday cupcake for all three of their kids. The waiter sort of rolled his eyes and said "all three?". The mom smugly said yes. The waiter came back with three cupcakes and a couple of waiters and sang happy birthday. The dad was furious and the kids looked mortified, but after it was over, the mom said, "see it wasn't such a big deal and if everyone else can lie about their birthdays to get free stuff, why shouldn't we get free stuff too".
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:16 AM   #20
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I agree! No wonder Disney is cutting back on the extras. Several years ago we were at Chef Mickey's when it seemed like everyone in there was celebrating birthdays and getting cupcakes and sung to. We were sitting right next to a table with two adults and three kids and heard them arguing. After seeing the cupcakes and singing everyone else was getting, the mom decided to tell the waiter that it was her kids birthdays too. The dad didn't want her to and they were getting into an rather loud argument over it. The mom rather loudly said, "Do you honestly think everyone of these people's birthday is actually this week? Sheesh, if they can lie, so can we." She waved the waiter over and told him they wanted a birthday cupcake for all three of their kids. The waiter sort of rolled his eyes and said "all three?". The mom smugly said yes. The waiter came back with three cupcakes and a couple of waiters and sang happy birthday. The dad was furious and the kids looked mortified, but after it was over, the mom said, "see it wasn't such a big deal and if everyone else can lie about their birthdays to get free stuff, why shouldn't we get free stuff too".
I can't even believe that. Why would people stoop so low? And you know they will be the first to complain when all the little extras disappear.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:31 PM   #21
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A few years back (2009), H and I went to DLR and our trip literally landed in the middle of our birthdays (they are exactly a week apart). We were there for three days. We both got birthday buttons and wore them on different days (but just one day). Other than a lot of "Happy Birthdays" we didn't get anything "special", but that's totally fine. It was fun having a birthday at Disney, regardless.

This fall, we're taking our 2 year old son at Halloween-time (his birthday is in November). We're planning on celebrating his birthday ONE day while we're there. We're also planning to celebrate our anniversary ONE day while we're there (our anniversary is right before we go). Are either of those evens on the exact day? Nope, but I don't really care. We're forgoing big celebrations for both of those events to save money for our trip and so we're celebrating the trip while we're there.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #22
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I like having the birthday pin on all of my trip, it makes you feel really special when people wish you a happy birthday, and it's not just cast memebers
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:58 AM   #23
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I must be really weird. In 2010, I planned a split trip between WDW and the dark side and the way the trip came out, I would be at USO on my actual birthday so I did not get a birthday button during our 5 days at WDW. I actually believed that in order to get a button, I would have to show ID with my actual birthday on it. I guess not. The trip cost me over $6500 (more than one person) between the two parks and hotels and I didn't even get a Disney celebration button because I am a moron and an idiot and (add derogatory description here).

So, one day after WDW, staying onsite at USO, they don't actually care if I am celebrating anything. I really thought I would have gotten a similar perk on the dark side. No? Well, I did what I could. I got a slice of banana cream pie at Emeril's at USO (I don't like cake and my mom would make me banana cream pie and put candles in it for my birthday). I told the staff my story and they sang "Happy Birthday"

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:34 AM   #24
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All three of my sons birthdays are during our trip Where do we get the Birthday pin?
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:33 AM   #25
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All three of my sons birthdays are during our trip Where do we get the Birthday pin?
If you're staying onsite you can request a button when you check in to your hotel. If not I believe you can go to guest services in the parks and request one. If you are staying onsite I'd call WDW Vacations and add the birthday celebration note to your reservation.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:12 PM   #26
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The dad was furious and the kids looked mortified, but after it was over, the mom said, "see it wasn't such a big deal and if everyone else can lie about their birthdays to get free stuff, why shouldn't we get free stuff too".
I think the most ridiculous part is that she scored a "free" generic cupcake..at a BUFFET...that she paid $50 for. Stick it to the man, lady!

I'm also in the "wear a button on the actual day of your birthday only" camp, especially for adults unless you have some kind of of Oprah-worthy story about why you just HAD to celebrate today. I don't see why kids (or anyone, really) would be terribly traumatized by understanding the fundamental truth that sometimes you're at Disney for your birthday and sometimes you're not. The consolation prize isn't too bad, given you're still at Disney!
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:23 PM   #27
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I disagree with the idea that you should only wear your button on your actually birthday. Not everybody can take a vacation on the exact day of their birth! I arrived at WDW two days after my birthday last year. It was a gift to myself, as I wanted to celebrate my birthday by myself at Disney World. I wore my button every day of my trip, and loved every moment of it. The CMs made my (very expensive) birthday celebration extremely special, and I don't think I should feel bad about that. I wasn't looking for or expecting any handouts, either. I got a few free desserts, and pulled to the front of a few lines, but each time it was a very pleasant surprise, and nothing that I expected.

I'm sure there are people that lie about celebrations to get free stuff...people lie all the time. It sucks, and it's greedy, but unfortunately that won't ever change. It's a fact of life.
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. Not everybody can take a vacation on the exact day of their birth!
That is what used to make wearing the button special! The fact that not everyone can go to WDW on their birthday!

Now it is more "Look, yet another tourist who has decided today is their birthday, so they can get attention and goodies. Yay." All special-ness is gone because people have decided they or their child need attention and maybe a free cupcake or two.

It may be a fact that some people are greedy, but that doesn't mean I will choose to be greedy too.
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That is what used to make wearing the button special! The fact that not everyone can go to WDW on their birthday!
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All special-ness is gone because people have decided they or their child need attention and maybe a free cupcake or two.

Wow. I am not sure if you understand how elitist that sounded.

Our daughter's birthday is in May, our son's is in August. We go in September and celebrate their birthdays because it is not possible to do so on both their birthdays.

I will not begrudge them the opportunity to celebrate because that is why we are there.

ETA: Both of the children when we went last year were quick to point out their actual birthdays. Even when we were given the buttons we were asked what we were celebrating, not if that day was their birthday.

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All special-ness is gone? LOL you must spend your entire vacation looking for celebration buttons and following them around to see what they're getting "for free". Honestly, that is ridiculous. I never even notice people's buttons except to wish them a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations...as a polite and happy person should.

Methinks some of you should try minding your own business and you might enjoy your trips more.
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