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How to Host a Birthday Party at Walt Disney World – and Other Special Events

What could be better than having a birthday party at Walt Disney World? Or maybe you’re thinking of hosting a bridal shower, quinceañera, family reunion, or other special occasion at Walt Disney World? You can host a private event in the place where dreams come true.

Just like having a wedding at Walt Disney World, creating your own private event at Disney is full of magic. There are a lot of venue options, themes and decor, menu choices, and so much more.

Can I host a Birthday Party at the Magic Kingdom?

Magic Kingdom is not listed as a private event venue at Walt Disney World. However, there are multiple venues for birthday parties inside EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and even Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

How fun would it be to have a Disney birthday party inside Hollywood Studios or splashing around at Typhoon Lagoon?

EPCOT is a great choice for a touch of sophistication during a bridal shower, baby shower, quinceañera, or other private event at Disney World. The Italy Isola at the Italy Pavilion is popular for Disney World weddings, but also serves as a unique venue for other special occasions.

How to Host a Party at EPCOT
The Italy pavilion at EPCOT. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World.

Disney Theme Park Private Event Venues

Where else can I host a private event at Disney World?

Hosting a private event at a Disney World theme park comes with some restrictions on exactly when it can happen, and often a higher price tag.

Having a birthday party celebration at Disney, or other special events, can be more affordable when hosted as a Disney World resort hotel.

There are five Walt Disney World hotels that are ideal for private events with a large guest list. These resorts have beautiful ballrooms and outdoor spaces that host private events year-round.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort can host a variety of private events

If your private event is going to be smaller and more intimate there are seven Disney hotels that can serve as your venue. These hotels run the entire spectrum of Disney hotels from Deluxe to Value.

  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Resorts
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort from the Monorail Platform

Each of these private event options at Disney hotels can be reviewed on Disney’s Meeting and Events website.

Which Disney Restaurants have private space?

If your birthday party or other special event is going to be really intimate with a few of the closest people in your life then consider hosting it at one of the Disney restaurants with private rooms.

Some of Disney’s best signature restaurants have private rooms for a private event that is small, but just as magical as you’d wish it to be.

Private Dining Rooms at Disney World

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel glistens at night

How to Book Your Party at Disney

To book a private event at Walt Disney World it is best to contact the Disney Meetings and Events Planning Team directly.

Walt Disney World Private Events (321) 939-7129
Submit a Request

For Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Disney Springs restaurants, and other area hotels that are not operated by Disney you’ll need to contact each venue individually. Links to Disney Springs private dining and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are listed above.

Tips And Important Info About Private Events at Disney

  • Being flexible with your date can help the booking process
  • Have an estimated guest count before you begin to book an event
  • Have a general idea of the type of food and decor you want at your event
  • Other Disney area hotels like the Four Seasons Walt Disney World Resort and the Bonnet Creek area hotels have private event options too
  • Disney Springs area hotels like the B Resort Orlando and Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista are affordable options for private events

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Dani Meyering
Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando native. She loves sharing her hometown with others from the theme parks to Florida's natural beauty. With work experience in Orlando's theme parks, and hotels, she uses this expertise to help Central Florida couples and parents enjoy quality time together throughout Central Florida. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife.

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