Birthday Parties



Celebrate your birthday 
at the wildest place in town!

Parties for children ages 1 & up

Each birthday is an opportunity to enjoy a celebration with family & friends – make it EASY for you and FUN for everyone by booking a ZOOper Birthday Party at the Central Florida Zoo!

For information and reservations, please call 407.323.4450 ext. 114, email, or register online.



EASY for you



FUN for everyone!

Birthday Parties include:

  • Zoo admission for each guest including access to the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground (weather permitting)
  • Train and carousel ride for each guest (weather permitting)
  • One hour hosted celebration in our indoor party room
  • Party host/hostess(es) to serve food & drinks, facilitate games w/ prizes, lead birthday song, etc.
  • Animal-themed decorations personalized with birthday child’s favorite color(s)
  • Paper products and utensils
  • Basic cake candles (bring your own numbered candle if desired)
  • Age appropriate goodie bag for each child (including babies & toddlers)
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Personalized invitation emailed upon reservation (you print and/or forward electronically to your guests)
  • One reserved parking space for party parent(s)

*All contents and prices subject to change without notice. 

Party Times


  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Zoo Hours – 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Birthday Child is Free. ($20 surcharge for additional birthday child(ren)
Party package guest amount includes all adults and children ages 1 and older.


  • Cheese pizza
  • Fruit punch, lemonade and water
  • (if no pizza desired, subtract $25 from your package)


Up to 15

















**Maximum number of guests (1 year of age or older) in party room is 35** If applicable, please inquire about room rentals for larger groups

Deposit: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold reservations. Deposit will be credited towards your final balance.



ZOOper Birthday Party Animal Encounters

Enjoy an exclusive, interactive visit with a bunny, snake, or tortoise in a private courtyard, just steps from the party room. Encounters are $45 per animal and add up to an additional 30 minutes to your party.


Face Painting

Treat your guests to a festive transformation – blends seamlessly with the hosted activities during your party. To book, please contact Tifinie Butot of Artistic Expressions Face & Body Painting, 407-405-0384.


A La Carte Menu

Select from a variety of items from our onsite Spectra Food Services & Hospitality concessions, including chicken fingers, hot dogs, salads and wraps. Additional costs apply - please request a menu upon booking. No substitutions for pizza are included with your package.


Room Rentals

Expecting more than 35 people? We have larger rooms available at a special rate for ZOOper birthday parties. Please inquire about availability and pricing.

Book your Party

Please submit an online registration form – we will contact you via phone within 72 hours to discuss any remaining details and collect a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to reserve your party. Deposit must be made at time of booking and can be paid over the phone via credit/debt card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Deposit will be credited towards your final balance.

A confirmation letter and personalized invitation (for you to print or forward electronically to your guests) will be e-mailed to you the day the deposit is received.

The final headcount (adults and children) and final balance payment are due in full on the Thursday prior to the party. We cannot issue refunds for no-show guests on the day of your party.

You will be charged $20.00 per person if additional/unexpected guests (in excess of the amount allotted for your paid package) attend the one hour hosted celebration. No additional food service or gift bags are provided the day of the party.

Zoo pass holders not included in your party headcount can enter the Zoo on their own, but will not be permitted to accompany party participants to the party room or animal encounter, if booked.


What to Expect Before Your Party 

We will call you on the Thursday prior to your party to collect your guest counts (adults, children 3 years & up, toddlers 1 – 2 years) and a final balance payment based on the guest count provided. We will ask for a count of babies in attendance so we may provide appropriate accommodations (babies do not count toward party guest count). On the day of your party, we will reserve one parking spot in the front handicapped lot (near the front ticket booth) for the party parent(s) (parking spot will be marked with birthday child(ren)’s name(s). You may remain parked there for the duration of your Zoo visit.


There will be signs leading you and your guests from the front ticket booth, down the winding pathway to the Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center, where the party room is located. We will assist you with bringing the cake, gifts, etc. into the party room. We ask that party parent(s) greet arriving guests in the indoor lobby just outside the party room – we facilitate a special entrance into the party room for the birthday child and guests at your party start time.


During Your Party

Our indoor party room will be festively decorated floor-to-ceiling. Your party host(ess)(s) will facilitate all festivities during your one hour celebration. We serve food & drink, lead games with prizes, lead the birthday song, cut and serve cake, and go out of our way to make the birthday child(ren) feel extra special on their special day! For parties with toddlers/babies in attendance, we provide age-appropriate diversions (crawling tunnels, tub of toys, etc.). At the close of your one hour celebration, we will distribute Zoo admission wristbands (also used for train & carousel ride) to the entire group. PLEASE NOTE: aside from dropping off the cake and presents, you and your guests will have access to the party room during the one hour rental period.


After Your Party

Due to space constraints, gifts will need to be taken to your vehicle immediately following the party. If weather dictates, we can hold leftover cake in our air-conditioned front ticket booth until you leave the Zoo. Wristband admission is good for the entire day – enjoy over 500 animals with your guests! Weather permitting, the train and carousel open at 10:00 a.m. and run throughout the entire day. On weekends, the last train ride leaves the station at 4:45 p.m. (station is next to the front ticket booth).



Frequently Asked Questions



If my guests have a Zoo Annual Pass, do they still need to be included in my guest count?
Yes, Zoo passes do not apply toward private events such as birthday parties. If you are a current Zoo pass holder, you will receive a discount on the party package as a benefit of your pass.


Is the birthday child free?
Yes, the birthday child is free. All other guests attending the party (ages 1 & up) must be included in your headcount, including the birthday parents. There is a $20 surcharge for each additional birthday child(ren).


Do I have to pay for parents?
Yes, everyone 1 year of age or older is included in the count for your paid package. Due to room capacity, the maximum number of guests (1 year of age and older) in the party room is 35. You may choose to do a drop-off party. If applicable, please inquire about the availability and cost of a larger party room.


Is my deposit refundable?
All deposits are non-refundable if you choose to cancel your party. However, you may transfer your party to another available date within 6 months. Deposit will be credited towards your final balance.


When is my final payment due?
Final payment for party packages, animal encounters and a la carte orders are due the Thursday prior to your party, along with your final child headcount (3 years & up, 1 -2 yrs, babies) and adult headcount. Your deposit is credited towards this payment.


What happens if it rains?
Two options are available: you may cancel due to weather on the day of the party no later than 2 hours prior to your party start time by leaving a message at 407-323-4450 ext. 114, OR you may proceed with the 1 hour indoor celebration and your group can save admission/ride wristbands for use at a later date.


Can we bring in food?
No, we do not allow any outside food to be brought into the party room or the Zoo. Arrangements for dietary needs/food allergies must be made at the time of reservation.


May we arrive early for our party?
Yes, you and your guests may visit the Zoo before and/or after your party. If your guests are visiting prior to the party, we will ask you for an RSVP list via email
(ex: Smith, family of 4, etc.) so that we may check guests in at the ticket booth as they arrive and distribute admission/ride wristbands. Zoo hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Can we bring decorations and/or gift bags?
Floor-to-ceiling decorations and paper products/serve ware are included in your package – if you wish to bring additional decorations, you must inquire at time of reservation. Goodie bags for all children are included with your package. However, you may bring additional items if desired. We cannot pro-rate package prices if you bring decorations, paper products or goodie bags.


Can the party exceed the allotted one hour time slot?
We are unable to extend party times due to room availability. If applicable, please inquire about the availability and pricing of extended rentals.


Does our host(ess)(s) accompany our group inside the Zoo?
We do not offer any guided tour or Zoo orientation as part of our party packages.


For more information, or to schedule a Birthday Party, e-mail or lcall 407.323.4450 ext. 114.