• On Jan 15, 2020
    Joanne from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When booking a reservation, do I include my child who is 2 in the overall number of people (buffets/family style)?

    Hi Joanne,

    Thanks for stopping by with your excellent question! 

    When making advanced dining reservations for Walt Disney World restaurants, you should include each person in the number, even infants and children under the age of 3. This helps assure that there's plenty of space at your table and that all safety codes are met.

    Any guest younger than 3 will not be charged at the all-you-care-to-eat buffet and family-style restaurants including character dining experiences such as the Crystal Palace and Chef Mickey's. Nor will you pay for them at other table service restaurants as long as they share from your plate. 

    Children younger than 3 are special guests in the theme parks as well and don't need an admission ticket. You can find lots of tips and recommendations for planning a magical visit with little ones at the Planning for Preschool Kids & Little Ones section of the Walt Disney World website. It even includes a list of the more than 80 rides and attractions guests of any age can enjoy.

    Happy planning, Joanne! Please let us know if we can help in any other way.

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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