By Beth Skarp
of us who are true Disney aficionados love decorating our nursery in
Disney themes in anticipation of our newest arrivals. Who can resist a
baby dressed in his or her first set of Mickey ears or adorable Disney
character outfit. I admit, my grown children were dressed as true
Disney babies and my husband and I adored doing this, much to the
chagrin of my children.
rumor used to be floating around that “if” a baby was born anywhere on
Disney property, the infant would receive a lifetime pass to Disney.
This is truly an Urban Legend. I mean, think about it. If this were
the case, expectant Mother's would be lined up all around the Magic
Kingdom in hopes of delivering their child or children—all in hopes of
obtaining a Lifetime Pass for them. Talk about a logistical nightmare!
One infant actually has an official Disneyland Birth Certificate and was
literally born on Main Street USA. On July 4th of 1979, in an
overcrowded park on a stifling hot day, Rosa and Elias Salcedo of Los
Angeles were trying their best to enjoy their visit despite the fact
that Rosa was in the final term of her pregnancy. Why anyone would go so
close to their due date is beyond me. Yes, I have gone to Disneyland
while several months pregnant and actually had an enjoyable time.
However, I have never gone anywhere close to my delivery date.
sitting down to rest on a bench behind the Plaza Inn, Rosa went into
labor unexpectedly. The baby was in a rush to be born, coming much
faster than either Rosa or Elias expected. Rushing off to the hospital
was not practical for Rosa or her unborn child. Medics were called in
to assist Rosa, and “Princess” Teresa Salcedo was born, just a few steps
from Main Street USA.
all true Princesses, Teresa was a small and petite girl in size but
born perfectly healthy. Mother Rosa and newly born Princess Teresa were
then transported to the local Medical Center to be checked out.
few months later, in a special ceremony in front of Sleeping Beauty
Castle, Teresa Salcedo was presented with “Disneyland Birth Certificate
Number One”. The family happily posed with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy
and Pluto—better known as the Fab Five.
this celebration coincided opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
which occurred in September as well. This was the first time in
Disneyland's 24 year history that a child had been born inside the park,
but not the first time that a child had been born literally on
Legend, Ron Dominguez, has more of a connection to Disneyland than
others. I recently learned that the Dominguez family owned much of the
property that Walt bought for Disneyland in the early 1950's. Ron, his
mother and his brother were all born in the area that is now New
Orleans Square, Club 33, the Blue Bayou, and the Pirates of the
Caribbean. The Dominguez family “home” later became offices for Walt's
staff. Ron Dominguez still bills himself as a
"Native-Disneyland-American" a nationality few can claim.
will, of course, be other babies born in Disney Resorts and Parks.
Only Teresa Salcedo has the Disneyland Birth Certificate to prove this.
And yes, only one can be called the “"Native-Disneyland-American". All
others will have just a story to tell (and will have to pay full price
like everyone else to visit their special birthplace).
Disney Birth Certificates are no longer issued (to the best of my
knowledge), you can send Disney a birth announcement of your new baby
and you will receive a Happy Birthday Response back from them. I have
done this for all three of my children—and each one is unique and
different. My grown children have their respective Disney Happy
Birthday Responses, so I don't have them to post a picture for you.
can send your child's birth announcement to either
California(Disneyland) or Florida (Walt Disney World). Below are the
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Walt Disney World
1675 N Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
– or --
Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521