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Adrienne Krock, editor
Birthday Parties at Disneyland
We get dozens of requests for information about planning birthday parties at Disneyland so I'm pleased to bring you news of an exciting new program available at the park for a six-month trial run. 

In the past, your birthday party planning options were limited to ordering a cake at one of two restaurants. (More info at this link HERE) While this was a nice touch, it lacked that "immersive experience" quality that you expect from Disneyland.

With this new program, guests can arrange to host a birthday party at Redd Rocket's Pizza Port (RRPP.) The first step is to call Disneyland Guest Relations at (714) 781-7290 (Daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.) and request the Food Operations Department. Once your reservation is made, they will send you a confirmation packet in the mail. This packet includes invitations to mail to your guests, directions, and a menu, so that your guests can select their entrees.

Pizza Port
Redd Rocket's Pizza Port

When you arrive for your party, you and your guests will be escorted to a special reserved area of the restaurant. RRPP's staff will have already decorated this area with coordinating balloons, tablecloths, plates, napkins, hats, and party favors.

Children will have the opportunity to select a Mousekameal and a beverage. Adults will choose an entree and a beverage. After your meal, each guest will enjoy a gourmet cupcake adorned with a keepsake figurine.

The price is $20 for children and $29 for adults. This does not include admission to the park and no discounts apply. Basically, you're paying $10 - $15 per person for the convenience of having a party at Disneyland. This means no set up and, of course, no clean up. Plus, each guest receives party favors and a souvenir figurine to take home. This program is perfect for visitors who are already planning to visit the park to celebrate a birthday, and for Annual Passholders and their families. 

RRPP is known for it's pizzas, pastas including chicken fusilli with an alfredo sauce (you can request no chicken on this one, it's very tasty either way,) and unique salad creations such as pizza salad and a tasty Caesar salad. Children have their choice of cheese ravioli, or spaghetti with sauce, bread and a drink.

At this time, the theme for these parties is "Mickey Mouse." Everything, from the invitations to the party favors reflects this theme. If this trial is successful, the program may be expanded to include other character themes and maybe even a character experience.

This program, along with the addition of the new Annual Passholder Discount at RRPP and extended operating hours of Plaza Inn, demonstrate a new commitment by the restaurants at Disneyland to meeting guest needs. We hope to see many more great ideas in the coming months.


Wanted: Your questions and feedback! They will help me plan future columns! Write me at: AdrienneK@mouseplanet.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Adrienne gathered experience taking kids to amusement parks when she worked as a day camp counselor and director. She was an elementary school teacher before she started her favorite job, being Matthew's Mom.

Adrienne and Matthew visit Disneyland several times a month, usually with Daddy, too.

Besides Matthew, Adrienne and her husband Kevin created and maintain The Happiest Potties on Earth website.

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