• On Jan 4, 2017
    Tobi 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.

    This is the first time I've ever traveled with a toddler. How exactly does the dining plan work with a two year old? My nephew is an eater. Do we feed him for our plates? Do we buy a meal? Suggestions??

    Hi Tobi!

    How exciting that you are planning your first Walt Disney World vacation with your two-year old nephew! There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing Disney through a little ones eyes. Their excitement at seeing Mickey Mouse in person, their joy at eating a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream sandwich and their squeals when riding Dumbo for the first time...heaven!

    You will be happy to hear that children under three eat free at Disney World. This works in a few ways. If you are eating at an all-you-care-to-eat experience, which many of the character dining experiences are (such as Chef Mickey's, Garden Grill, Donald's Safari Breakfast), then your nephew can get a plate and eat anything off the buffet and you will not be charged.

    If you are eating at a Table Service restaurant, he can either eat off your plate or you can order a child's meal for him at no charge. Of course you an also bring his own meals into the restaurant, which I often did with my daughter, as she didn't want to eat a full meal. 

    Check out the 2017 Disney Dining Plan brochure for more information on the dining options available on the Disney Dining Plan. Also, don't forget to make your Advanced Dining Reservations beginning 180 days in advance.

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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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