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Enjoy Free Disney Admission on Your Birthday in 2009

Do you have fond memories of childhood birthday parties? Thanks to Disneyland Resort's 2009 promotion, you can be a kid again by visiting the place where magic happens. Disneyland Resort offers free admission on your birthday throughout 2009. Enjoy a celebration vacation!

Visiting Disneyland Resort doesn't need to be an expensive adventure. Take advantage of free birthday admission and keep your costs low by staying a short shuttle ride away from the resort. The Embassy Suites Anaheim North (3100 E Frontera, (714) 632-1221) offers elegant family-friendly rooms. Start your day by enjoying their fabulous, free cooked-to-order breakfast while dining in the luxurious lobby. Then hop aboard Embassy Suites' Disneyland Express shuttle that costs only $2/person. The shuttle offers convenient hourly drop off and pick up times, leaving you within a very short walk to the main gates of the parks. The place where magic happens is for families with every budget.

The most surprising lesson that I learned on this trip is that the charm and wonder of Disney transcends any barrier: even torrential rain. When I woke up on our first scheduled day at Disneyland, I pulled back the heavy drapes of our Embassy Suite only to be horrified by what I saw. Rain in Anaheim? Not just rain. A torrential downpour. I was convinced that the magical day that my fiancé and I had waited all our lives for would be ruined. Our long-awaited first visit to Disney would be a disappointment. Then we arrived at the park.

New Adventures
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a newer ride in which you get to help Buzz Lightyear shoot the bad guys. A fun little addition to this ride is being able to email a picture of yourself during the ride to anyone you choose-for free! It's located in Tomorrowland.

Did you enjoy the recent Indiana Jones movie? The Indiana Jones Adventure will satisfy your need for adventure. It's "unlike any other"!

Don't miss the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, Fantasyland's newest attraction. Three-dimensional scenes from the classic movie come alive in this walking tour. Explore the winding hallways of the castle and be sure to visit the ground-floor chamber.

Visit Pixie Hollow and meet Tinker Bell and her friends! Pixie Hollow is Fantasyland's newest character greeting opportunity.

In California Adventure, check out Toy Story Mania! Put on your 3-D glasses and ride into a 4-D adventure of midway games hosted by your favorite Toy Story characters. Hit targets with your spring-loaded shooter and compete for the high score. This ride is never the same, so hop in line again to increase your score! It's located in Paradise Pier and draws a big crowd.

After Toy Story Mania!, stop by the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar to catch a glimpse of planned improvements to Disneyland Resort. View sketches and models, test your Disney knowledge in a game of trivia, and much more!

Magical Classics
If you're an animal lover, don't miss Critter Country! The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a must-see for any Pooh fan. Enter Pooh's world, visit his friends and journey into one of Pooh's dreams! Note for next year: during the holidays, Critter Country also offers a petting zoo with reindeer and photo ops with Santa.

From the jazz street performers to the French Quarter atmosphere, New Orleans Square is sure to please. The Haunted Mansion is a must-see. Frightening for young children and entertaining for adults, it is filled with special effects and creativity from Tim Burton, the creative mind behind The Nightmare Before Christmas. Don't miss Pirates of the Caribbean! The ride that inspired the movies has been updated with ideas directly from the movies. You may need to go on this ride more than once in order to catch the many details you will find. Stop by a churro cart and take in the sounds of the live Jazz music. Its festive tones will put you right onto Bourbon Street while the fresh air reminds you that you are in California.

At 5:30pm, don't miss the lighting of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. For any little girl who ever dreamed of living in a castle-this is for you. A beautiful, enchanting light and sound display marks the nightly event of lighting the castle. If you're visiting around the holidays, watch for the snow!

At 9:25pm, a childlike smile will emerge as you witness the magical fireworks display begin over Sleeping Beauty's castle. The stunning beauty of the castle mixed with the quaint charm of Main Street USA and the falling "snow," will take you back to the wonder of childhood.

If you venture to California Adventure, you must check out Soarin' Over California, located in Golden State. Soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, through the mountains and above the orange groves. The lovely aroma of oranges and evergreens will tease your senses while you journey through the air.

Hold onto your raft at Grizzly River Run, because this whitewater adventure will send you through the mouth of a grizzly and down the mountain. You will get wet! Since you're already wet, go a second time!

Did you dream of having a huge treehouse when you were a kid? If so, don't miss the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. You'll spend quite a bit of time running through this massive treehouse. You will not be disappointed!

Whether it rains or shines on your birthday, take advantage of the free admission that Disneyland Resort offers throughout 2009. Regardless of the weather on your birthday, Disneyland Resort is sure to offer up its promise: it's where the magic happens.

By Kristin Novotny

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