• On Oct 6, 2018
    Rhonda from TX 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.

    does a child have to order a meal in a disney restaurant, or can they share mom's plate?

    Hi Rhonda,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I have found that children and meal times at Walt Disney World Resort can be an adventure on their own! Children under the age of 3 are expected to share a meal with a parent or family member. In fact, if you are using a Disney Dining Plan, children under 3 do not receive meal entitlements because they are expected to share. If you have a child under 3 who happens to be a big eater, you can always order a meal for them and simply pay out of pocket. 

    For children ages 3-10, the rules change just a bit. If you are dining at a buffet, character experience, prix fixe meal, or dinner show you will have to pay for your child. If you are dining at a quick-service location your child is welcome to share your meal. At table-service restaurants other than the exceptions listed above, it is up to the location if they allow sharing. I will say, I have never been turned down when I asked if I could share a meal with my daughter. Be sure to ask your server as you are seated to be sure. 

    Rhonda, thank you for visiting us with your question. I hope you'll let us know if we can help you further with Disney Dining Plans or with any other questions you may have!
    Wishing you a magical vacation,
    Amy H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hey, Howdy, Hey! I'm Amy H. and I have been a fan of Walt Disney World since my first visit during the Magic Kingdom Park's opening year. I'm married to my favorite person in the world and since our son and daughter are in college, we have been enjoying more spur of the moment trips to the Most Magical Place on Earth. No matter the ages or size of your traveling party, I'd love to help plan you plan a magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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