• On Nov 5, 2018
    Karen from MD 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.

    My child will be turning 3 just after we go to Disney World but he's big for his age. Do we need to purchase a ticket for him? And do we need to bring proof of his age?

    Hello Karen! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I remember booking a last-minute Walt Disney World Resort vacation a couple of weeks before my son turned 3 to take advantage of complimentary Theme Park Admission as one last hurrah of savings.

    As long as your child turns 3 on a date after you have already Checked-In at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel or activated a Multi-Day Theme Park Admission Ticket for an accompanying Adult, then your little Mouseketeer can still be considered under 3 for the duration of your stay or length of said Theme Park Admission.

    You should not be concerned about carrying proof of his age if you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel and have a My Disney Experience Account as this information will already be linked to your MagicBands. However, if you are not staying at Disney Resort Hotel, it may be in your best interest to carry proof of age as you noted that your son is big for his age.

    We were never questioned about proof of age when my kids were under 3, however, my little ones are on the smaller side. 

    Be sure to pick up a Happy Birthday Celebratory button from Guest Services when you arrive on your son's birthday.

    Have a Magical Visit!

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Hello, I’m Todd – fun dad to two super kids, a beautiful princess and adventurous pirate, and husband to a loving wife. By day, I work as a storyteller and high school teacher, where I help others find their own stories through the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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