Disney Offering Free Birthday Admission in '09

Disney Offering Free Birthday Admission in '09

Found 20th Sep 2008
Might be of some use to anyone thinking of travelling to the US next year and planning to visit Disneyland as someones birthday treat?

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on Thursday announced a new promotion to admit visitors free on their birthdays next year.

"Every guest gets in free to one of our parks on their birthday in 2009," Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said at a news conference in Manhattan.

Visitors will have to show valid identification and proof of birth date to qualify. Details are available at disneyparks.com, where birthday visits can be registered in advance.

Mike Lynn, a professor of consumer behavior at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, said admitting guests free to the parks on their birthdays could very well make money.

"The only thing they lose is the revenue from those people whose birthdays it is who might have come anyway," he said. "Having an extra customer in the park doesn't cost them anything. Those people are still a benefit because they have to buy food and drinks, and their friends and family are accompanying them."

The birthday offer is part of a larger Disney promotion announced Thursday called "What will you celebrate?" It includes a 30-city tour with public events featuring Disney costumed characters, beginning in Minneapolis on Sept. 25 and ending in Phoenix in February. Next week Disney will also start running "What will you celebrate?" TV ads featuring kids blowing out candles and brides in limousines.

In addition, the parks will offer buttons to wear that identify guests with phrases such as "Just Married," "Just Graduated" and "First Visit."

"Our goal is to mark the special moments in your life in a way that your family will remember forever," Rasulo said.

Peter Yesawich, a consultant on lifestyle trends, said at the Disney news conference that Americans often arrange vacations around personal milestones such as anniversaries and birthdays. He called the phenomenon "celebration vacations."

Miley Cyrus, star of the Disney show "Hannah Montana," plans to celebrate her 16th birthday at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 5.

The birthday promotion is good only at U.S. parks. Visitors with multi-day passes or who are otherwise already ticketed on their birthdays can either get a one-day one-park ticket for use in the next year; a "Fastpass" for four rides for up to six people; or a card with a dollar amount equal to the free ticket, usable toward merchandise and other purchases.
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I love Disney ^^ shame my bdays in two days lol!
Shall be in Orlando on my birthday next year.....woo hoo! ;-)

I love Disney ^^ shame my bdays in two days lol!

its still o8... this is for 09 Happy Bitrhday,,,,,, BTW
Hmmm - how can i convince the other half to go to Florida next year?
im going to usa in 09 but none of our birthdays fall on that day boohoo
We're going for Christmas 09, do you think I may be able to convince them that Jesus is among us???
great result sons birthday next year when in anaheim .

We're going for Christmas 09, do you think I may be able to convince them … We're going for Christmas 09, do you think I may be able to convince them that Jesus is among us???

PMSL!!! I think they shouldn't be able to argue with that and let you in for your cheek!:) In saying that have a look throught the T&C that's probably in there!!;-)
I wish my birthday was in the summer (or later in the year at least) I don't fancy a January trip to Florida.

Who am I kidding, I'd go at the drop of a hat if I could afford it.
We are going in 09.. pitty it is none of our birthdays..
Damn, I'm actually going for my birthday this year

bit more info here … bit more info here http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/disneyparks/en_US/WhatWillYouCelebrate/disneyland/index?name=CelebrationsDLRFreeOnYourBirthdayPage#CelebDLRFAQs17Text

thanks for adding that :thumbsup:
thanks for this, could be handy.
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