Visit either Walt Disney World in Orlando or Disneyland Resort in Anaheim anytime in 2009 on your birthday and you’ll get in for free. It’s all part of Disney embracing a newly identified family-travel trend called “celebration vacations.” Disney wants to lead this growing trend with new entertainment and services that allow guests to turn their personal milestones into magical Disney experiences.

This is quite a bargain seeing that a one-day ticket costs $75 at Walt Disney World and $69 at Disneyland resort. I’m sure if you want the “park hopper” option or wish to add extra days to your visit, you’d simply pay the difference.

“Birthdays are the one occasion that we all share every year,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, at an announcement event today in New York. “We thought a free birthday ticket would be the icing on the cake as we extend this new ‘celebration vacation’ trend to Disney Parks.”

Disney will offer additional opportunities to cater to this new trend in “celebration” vacationing. At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can add on to the fun, choosing from more than 200 experiences ranging from breathtaking (magical fireworks cruises, sunrise safaris, diving the depths with undersea creatures) to mirth-making (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, character dining, kids’ pirate adventures).

At Disneyland Resort, celebrants can book more than 50 magical experiences including “My Disneyland Birthday Party” and guided tours that reveal Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disney Parks.

To qualify for a free ticket, one simply needs to visit the park on their birthday and have a valid ID including proof of birth date. Guests can get more details and start the process by registering their birthdays at the Disney Parks web site.


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