A Magical 20th Birthday Celebration

24 July 2016

Whilst I was away visiting Disney World, I turned 20. To be honest, as I was incredible excited to just be visiting Disney I didn't even think about my birthday until maybe the day before. My boyfriend said that I could decide on what park we would visit on my birthday and because I adore anything to do with animals I chose Animal Kingdom and I was so pleased we did go on my birthday as it was such a beautiful park and I felt incredibly lucky to be able to celebrate my birthday there.

One of the plus sides of having a birthday at Disney is that they give you a Happy Birthday Badge. Now when you wear this badge, pretty much every cast member notices and they do try and make your birthday as special as they can, even by saying happy birthday and noticing does make you feel pretty special. Whilst we visited Animal Kingdom I treated myself to two pandora charms. I love my bracelet and it seemed silly if I didn't treat myself to a charm to remind myself of this wonderful holiday. I decided on the Mickey Mouse Charm and the Belle Charm (as she's my inner princess, I'm sure).

Our original plan for dinner was  to dine at the Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom but on a whim Matt rung up 'Cinderella's Royal Table' the day before to see if we could get a booking in at some point this week and out of chance the only table they had was on my birthday so we booked it and I'm so glad we did.

On arrival we were greeted by Cinderella herself and it was lovely to have this interaction with her as we hadn't met her yet and it also made the dinning experience feel a little more special. After we met her we waited for our seats and soon enough our table was announced and we made it up to the restaurant.

This restaurant is so beautiful especially because it's situated in the famous castle as well. When arriving to our table we were presented with a wishing star each, a wand and a sword. The small details is what also makes it so special. When ordering we found out we could have a starter as well, so I chose the tomato and basil soup and Matt chose the cheese board. Devine. For dinner I had a port dish where as Matt chose the cod dish and both of the meals were also scrumptious!

During our meal, there would be an announcement, soon following the entrance of the different princesses. We met Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and Jasmine. Each interaction was wonderful, all saying happy birthday and having a hug and picture with them. I know I'm 20 now but there's always a great feeling of accomplishment when you meet the Disney Princesses you always admired.

After we had dessert (I'm pretty sure I had a chocolate dessert themed as the clock in cinderella and Matt has a sorbet - again, delicious) I was presented with a little cupcake and our waitress that served us all night sung Happy Birthday to me. I was a little embarrassed but I loved every second of it too. Overall our meal was beautiful and I'm sure we'll dine there again come our next trip (which will hopefully be sooner than we hope).

To finish off my birthday at Disney, we went on two rides, those being Buzz Lightyears Ride and Space Mountain (one of Matt's and I's favourite ride there) and after that we settled down by main street to watch the evening firework shows (Wishes and Celebrate the Magic).

Overall I had the best birthday I could of wished for. Spending it somewhere I'd never thought I'd be lucky enough to visit!

Tabitha xo

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