• On Nov 6, 2019
    Elizabeth from IN 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.

    Good morning! traveling with a 17 month old. I know the meal plans don't kick in until age 3. Can we order food for the 17 month old and will we be charged, or can they eat off our plates? Thank you in advance! 

    Hi, there!

     Elizabeth, I'm so excited to hear you're planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort with a little one in tow. You're sure to have a magical stay!

     You are correct; children under the age of 3 are not eligible for a dining plan. If you will be enjoying the convenience of a dining plan during your visit, your baby can share from your plate or you can certainly order something additional for the baby and just pay-out-of-pocket for that item. At all-you-care-to-enjoy dining locations like Chef Mickey's and The Crystal Palace, your little one can eat from the buffet at no charge! I always schedule a few of these meals when I'm traveling with my toddler because I know she'll enjoy kid-friendly fare AND the company of beloved Disney Characters, all in one place!

     As a mom of three, I try to book as many entertaining meals as I can for our Disney vacations. When my kids are entertained during mealtime, we're much more likely to have an enjoyable dining experience! Character Dining Experiences always keep my kids occupied, but restaurants with unique and fun theming also do the trick. At Sanaa, we can watch African animals roam the Sunset Savanna right from our table! Coral Reef Restaurant also keeps my kids engaged with panoramic views of The Seas with Nemo & Friends.  

     Did you know that you can take food and beverages into the theme parks? I usually pack a few snacks and fruit pouches for my toddler in my park bag. If she's having a hard time waiting in line for an attraction or waiting for her meal to come at a restaurant, a small bite to eat will tide her over!

     Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Elizabeth. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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