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This month, my little sister and I will be traveling to Walt Disney World in celebration of her Sweet 16! This trip is a combination of her birthday and Christmas present from me, and we are super excited for all the fun things we have planned. As I was planning the different parts of the trip, I read a lot of blogs and reviews, trying to make this trip different from all the other ones we’ve taken together.

As I’ve become more engrained in the Disney Instagram community, I’ve met some amazing ladies! They turned out to be a great resource for planning this trip, so I asked them how they would celebrate their Sweet 16 at Disney. Each contributor was asked to think of this trip as their Super Sweet 16, a popular show on MTV in the early 2000s. As on that show, money is no object…so let’s see how these ladies would go all out for their Sweet 16’s!


Shelly Agnew – Pop Creative Designs

Shelly Agnew - My Disney Sweet Sixteen

Shelly is one half of the Pop Creative Designs team! Her and her husband, Steve, make beautiful wooden signs, Minnie Ears, Minnie Ear displays and more! I’m a huge fan of their shop, and Shelly and I love chatting about the latest Disney news, (and sharing all the ShopDisney sales notifications with each other).

Check out Pop Creative Designs’ shop and Instagram!

When is your birthday?

September 17th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

This is a girls’ trip!

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, Savanna View

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Magic Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party

Which special snack will you enjoy?

Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches & Cream

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

Dooney & Bourke Disney Sketch Backpack

Colleen Bentley – WDW Park Planners

Colleen Bentley - My Disney Sweet Sixteen

Colleen and I connected on Instagram after her account was listed on my Suggestions, and I’m so happy I found her! She’s the #bossbabe behind WDW Park Planners, a service that creates personalized Disney World itineraries. She is so incredibly sweet, and on my last vacation, I got to meet her and her husband, Ben!

Check out WDW Park Planners’ site and Instagram!

When is your birthday?

April 8th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

My parents and my three younger sisters!

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Bora Bora Bungalow

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Magic Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party

Which special snack will you enjoy?

Cake Pops from The Confectionery on Main Street, U.S.A.

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

I would book a private VIP Tour Guide so we could have unlimited FastPasses all day!

Caitlin Marie Miles – Enchanted Photo Co.

Caitlin Miles - My Disney Sweet Sixteen

Caitlin and I connected on Instagram one Spaceship Earth Sunday a few months ago. I saw one of her gorgeous pictures, then followed her after I saw even more gorgeous photos in her feed! We got to chatting and realized we are basically the same person when it comes to planning Disney vacations. Caitlin is also an amazing actress, singer, and style queen, (check out her Disneybounds)! I had the opportunity to meet her at Epcot in October and she is just as warm, fun, and stylish as she is on Instagram!

Check out Enchanted Photo Co. and Caitlin on Instagram!

When is your birthday?

October 18th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

My bestie, Nicole!

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Garden View Suite

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Magic Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Happily Ever After

Which special snack will you enjoy?

Pineapple Dole Whip

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

Some original artwork! Because I would love to have some of that magic and creativity directly from the artist’s hands in my room, and then make it a family heirloom over time.

Katherine Wright – Detour to Neverland Podcast

Katherine Wright - My Disney Sweet Sixteen

Katherine is one half of the Detour to Neverland Podcast! She and her husband, Brendan, interview creators in the Disney community – bloggers, vloggers, podcasts hosts, small shop owners, etc. I’ve been listening to Detour since its first episode and have found it to be such a great source of inspiration!

Check out Detour to Neverland’s site and Instagram!

When is your birthday?

February 8th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

My sister, Elizabeth, and Brendan, (we were dating when I was 16)!

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savanna View

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

Brunch at Olivia’s Cafe at Old Key West. I love their Crab Cake Eggs Benedict!

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Animal Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom

Which special snack will you enjoy?

Ice Cream Flight from Ample Hills Creamery at Disney’s BoardWalk

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

Cheetah Print Minnie Ears

Kara Jean Powers – Capture the Magic Vacations

Kara Jean Powers - My Disney Sweet Sixteen

Kara and I met through a podcast Facebook community before we became travel agents with Capture the Magic Vacations. We’ve navigated the triumphs and challenges of being new travel agents together, and it’s always nice to have her as my sounding board for my own vacation planning. She is such a sweet, genuine person, and I love talking all things Disney with her!

Check out Kara’s CTMV Facebook and Instagram!

When is your birthday?

April 10th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

My hubby!

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Port Orleans Riverside – Alligator Bayou section

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Animal Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Magic Kingdom After Hours

Which special snack will you enjoy?

A yummy appetizer and mocktail at Nomad Lounge at Animal Kingdom!

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

All the spirit jerseys!

Ashley LeBlanc – Travels by Ash

Ashley LeBlanc - My Disney Sweet Sixteen

Ashley and I connected on Instagram just a few days after I created my Disney account! She’s a travel agent with Jolly Holiday Travel Co. and an awesome blogger. We talk a lot about Disney news, the ups and downs of being travel agents, and how to promote our projects.

Check out Ashley’s blog and Instagram!

When is your birthday?

September 20th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

This is a girls’ trip! I would invite my closest friends, my mom, and my little sister.

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House, Savanna View. Being able to step out onto the balcony to watch the African animals is my paradise. I would totally get up at sunrise for that view, and that’s huge coming from someone who hates getting up early!

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

Tiffins at Animal Kingdom. I’ve seen photos and videos and it looks so beautiful with all the intricate artwork of animals all around. I like to be adventurous with food sometimes and the South African spiced Surf and Turf main course sounds intriguing to me.

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Animal Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom

Which special snack will you enjoy?

Simba Sunset Dole Whip at Animal Kingdom

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

Artwork or Unique Photo Frame

Samantha Kurtz-Seif – Adventures by Sam

Last but not least, it’s my turn! Here’s how I would celebrate my Sweet Sixteen at Walt Disney World…if I could do it all again 🙂

When is your birthday?

May 14th

Who’s coming to Walt Disney World with you?

My mom and my little sister, Eileen!

Which Walt Disney Resort are you staying at?

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Which restaurant would you eat at for your birthday?

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Which park will you visit on your birthday?

Magic Kingdom

Which special event would you attend?

Keys to the Kingdom Tour

Which special snack will you enjoy?

Ice Cream Sundae from The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

If you could buy anything at World of Disney as a birthday present, what would you get?

Kate Spade Minnie Mouse Tote Bag


A huge thank you to all these amazing ladies for contributing to this post! After reading all these great responses, I have a few new ideas for planning my future trips 🙂

Well, my sister and I are off to celebrate her Sweet 16! Stay tuned to my Instagram feed for pictures of all our adventures this weekend, and keep an eye on the blog for all our reviews!