• On Feb 1, 2018
    Sarah from MA 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 daughter will be 2 when we are in WDW. The rest of our party would like to do the dining plan. She does not need the DDP, but I'm wondering how does she get a meal? Is she only allowed to eat off my plate or can I order her a kids meal? Thanks!

    Hi Sarah! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I also have a two-year-old and I'm kind of thankful that we're not locked into buying a Disney Dining Plan for him just yet as he is the kid who will lick a cracker and declare he's full. Of course your Disney Dining Plan entitlements are yours to spend as you wish. If you have four adults in your party at a table-service lunch, you could use four credits for four meals, or you could use two and pay out of pocket for the others or any combination works best for your family. The dining plan is not a "everyone has to use it at each meal or no one can use it", though it is smarter this way to ensure that you don't end up with leftover meals.

    As far as your family, a meal for your daughter will depend on the location. For buffets like Chef Mickey's, Family Style dining like Garden Grill, or Dinner Shows like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, she will of course get a plate free of charge and be allowed to indulge in all-she-cares-to-enjoy. However if you're at a traditional table-service or quick-service location where each person orders their own combo meal or entree + sides, she can either share off of one persons plate, everyone can share a little of theirs with her, or you can of course pay out of pocket for the kids meal or single side option that she will eat.

    I hope your whole family is getting excited for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation, Sarah! As far as activities for your daughter, don't forget to pack a swim suit to let her play out some energy at your resort hotel pool. And make sure your entire party looks into the Rider Switch Service! We'll see you real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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