I went with my boyfriend David, my cousin Diana, and her friend Audrey. The guy at the ticket booth was super cool and even drew a Mickey Mouse on my "Happy Birthday" button. The first ride we checked out was the new Finding Nemo (former submarine ride), which was really cute! The wait time was less than 30 minutes!!! In fact, that was the longest we waited in line for any ride (yay Wednesday!). And we were able to ride almost everything (even the random Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) by the end of the day.
Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blaster ride lets you email your photo to yourself!
Closed up the evening with dinner at Downtown Disney's Rainforest Cafe where I also got a free ice cream (I had WAY too much ice cream that day!). They also gave me a free souvenir cup (SWEET!).With only 15 minutes left before the park closed, David and I ran (literally) all the way back into the park to ride Indiana Jones, the last ride to check off our list. We barely made it to the line before they closed it off and it was totally worth it!Alice in Wonderland featured at "It's a Small World."
Disneyland is definitely a great way to spend your actual birthday, especially since it's free (a $69 value!). And I got a 2fer pass since I'm also a So. California resident, so in a month we get to return to check out California Adventure. There isn't as much free stuff once you're inside the theme park, but with every single employee wishing you a happy birthday (and even some of the guests), it was a great way to spend the day with friends and family (who are willing to buy a ticket or have an annual pass).I would definitely recommend registering your birthday online with Disneyland and taking full advantage. It's open for all ages and only good for 2009. And if you're not a big Disneyland fan, my mom got me a gift certificate to Glen Ivy and apparently they offer free admission on your birthday as well! Here are some more websites that list free things that you can get for your birthday. Hey it's Free and Frugal Living. Enjoy!