By: Beverly Beardsley
off, true confession: we arrived at Disney eleven days after my actual
birthday. Circumstances prevented us being there on the actual day,
however, the trip was a gift and a celebration.
It wasn’t until our second day in the parks, while at “Lords and Ladies”
in the UK at Epcot, that my SLSO (spouse-like significant other)
mentioned something to the Cast Member about my birthday. She’d just searched
long and hard to find a shirt for me. “It’s your birthday? Would you
like a badge?," she asked in her lovely English accent. She had a girl in
the shop across the way letter my name on a birthday badge, and then
the fun began.
the next few days, just about EVERY Disney CM, from maintenance to
entertainers, wished me a happy birthday. I received birthday cards from
waiters, and also one from Belle and the Beast. I got a cookie, a
sample of the “grey stuff” at Be Our Guest, and a cool chef’s hat at
Mama Melrose’s. But best of all, as we were passing through Mexico, we
stopped to listen to the Mariachi band. They called me up and serenaded
me with a lovely Mexican birthday song “Las Mañanitas”. It was gorgeous!
my advice to you is, if it’s any time NEAR your birthday, or if you are
celebrating any special occasion, GET THE BADGE! It will make your stay
even more special!