Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 3, 2014
    Cammie 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.

    We are currently planning a trip which includes a child who is almost 3 years old... How does the dining plan and ticket system work for a child under 3? Do they have their own meal allowance, and would they need to scan a magic band at the gate to enter?

    Hi Cammie,

    Children under 3 have free park admission with a paying adult. They would not have a ticket to enter.

    In regards to the Disney Dining Plan, children under 3 are free and they share off your plate. They do not have their own meal allowance and you share your portion with them. This works well for buffet meals as it is "all-you-care-to-eat".  However, if your little one is a big eater and you are at a regular table service restaurant, you may find that he or she eats a lot of your meal and you end up hungry. In many cases, I ended up paying out of pocket for a child meal when my kids were toddlers and I was on the Disney Dining Plan. This way I was able to get them food that they liked and I could enjoy my meal as well. Kid meals are quite inexpensive.

    I hope this helps and that you have a wonderful vacation. Please let me know if I can assist you further,

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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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