Crystal Palace
  • On Nov 29, 2022
    Amy from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are coming on February 3rd and check in when my son is 2. He turns 3 the day after we arrive. I know we do not have to pay for the parks for him since he is 2 when we check in. But what about food and dining. Would we have to pay for him?

    Hi Amy!

    How exciting that you are visiting Walt Disney World in February! I love visiting in February because the weather is mild, the crowds are low, and the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts is going on! 

    I'm especially thrilled for your little prince visiting Walt Disney World for the first time! Make sure to get him a special pair of Mickey Mouse ears personalized with his name. I have a pair from my son's first visit and I will treasure them forever.

    You will be happy to hear that children under the age of three do not need to pay for park admission or table service meals. If you dine at a table service restaurant that offers a buffet, such as Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, or Biergarten, your son can have as much as he cares to eat from the buffet for no charge. Your son can also enjoy a complimentary meal at the family-style all-you-care-to-eat locations, such as Cinderella's Royal Table, Garden Grill, and 'Ohana, because the food is brought to the table and he can enjoy as much of it as he wants.

    When my kids were little, I definitely preferred to dine at the all-you-care-to-eat locations for several reasons, including the great food selection and saving money! Another money-saving tip is to book your advanced dining reservation for mid-day, such as 2:00 or 3:00 PM. I used to tell my kids it was "linner" (lunch and dinner) and I saved money on dining out for several meals.

    If you dine at a quick service location, you can either share your plate or you will need to pay for a meal for your little one. The portions are usually pretty large, so I was able to share meals with my kids without anyone going hungry. Pecos Bills and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café are two quick service locations with huge portions.

    I hope you have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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