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100-Year-Old Celebrates His Birthday at Walt Disney World

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

John Schmitz and family celebrating his 100th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park
We celebrate birthdays daily at Disney Parks but today we had a special one at the Walt Disney World Resort. John Schmitz celebrated his 100th birthday with us at Magic Kingdom Park.

John, who lives in Altamonte Springs, Florida, said his birthday wish after turning 100 was to ride “it’s a small world.” And he did that and more during Tuesday’s visit. What’s the secret to his longevity? He’ll tell you it is working hard and staying active. John does volunteer work at his church and still plays bingo with friends every week.

After his visit to The Hall of Presidents today, there was already talk about next year’s celebration and another visit to “it’s a small world.”

Happy Birthday, John.


  • April 13th is also my birthday.

  • How very sweet, I hope you had a wonderful day filled with laughs! Happy Birthday!

  • Very nice! I’ll be doing the same for my 32nd birthday this year and only hope to be able to do it again 68 years from now.

  • How incredible! Hope you had an amazing birthday and many many more to come!

  • Read about Mr. Schmitz the other day and thought it was a wonderful story. I hope I too live to be 100-years-old so I can visit the Happiest Place on Earth to celebrate! Here’s to 101 and beyond, John!

    NCDisneyDad BOB °O°

  • Happy B.day John!!!

  • Happy Birthday, couldnt think of a better place to celebrate!

  • AWESOME!!! This is exactly the way I want to spend my 100th birthday…and everyone until then too! Wishing John a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY…and many more to come!

  • Happy 100th Birthday John!! This post brought tears to my eyes…what an inspiration. I can only hope to celebrate many more birthdays with my loved ones in the Happiest Place on Earth:)

  • Happy Birthday, John! No place better to celebrate than the World, surrounded by family.

  • Aww! Happy birthday, John! <3

  • Happy Birthday John!!! Absolutely good choice. You are never too old for Disney!

  • Very Happy Birthday, John!!

  • Good for you, John. Keep living life to the fullest.

  • Happy 100th Birthday Mr Schmitz! Small World is one of my “Happy Places”. So glad you were there to enjoy the ride!

  • That’s awesome – John is obviously young at heart! I like his style. :-)

  • That’s so awesome! No matter what your age WDW is the best place to celebrate! I can only hope I make it to 100 and am able to celebrate at WDW, too!
    Way to go, John – hope you had a “magical” b-day (bless your heart)!

  • That is fantastic! I want to spend my 100th birthday at WDW someday, too!

  • Happy Birthday, John! Can’t think of better advice or a better place to celebrate. See you next year at 101!

  • Absolutely wonderful, see, you are never too old for disney… :)

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