• On Feb 22, 2021
    Shelby from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When making dining reservations (for both character dining and “regular” restaurants) do I include my 2 year old?

    Hey there, Shelby. Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Your trip to the most magical place on earth is right around the corner. I bet you are getting so excited! 

    When making your dining reservations, you will need to include your 2-year-old in the number of people that will be dining. Due to Florida state regulations, restaurants have a capacity limit based on the number of bodies inside. Adding your two-year-old, whether eating or not, to the reservations will greatly help Cast Members prepare for your arrival at the restaurant.

    Now, the good news is because your child is under the age of three they are considered a Guest of my pal, Mickey Mouse and you won't necessarily have to pay for your child to eat there. What I mean by this is at all-you-care-to-enjoy meals like Chef Mickey's or Garden Grill Restaurant where the meal is served up family-style you are able to make your under the age of 3 child as many of his or her own plates as they can eat at no charge. At restaurants where each Guest orders a single entree off of a menu, like at Kona Cafe,  the under the age of 3 child is able to plate share with anyone at the table for no additional charge. If you wish to order your small child something of their own off of the menu, only then would you be required to pay for their meal. Children that age typically don't eat very much and when my daughter was that age always appreciated that little perk. 

    If you are looking to do some character dining while on your vacation to Walt Disney World, I should mention that there are only a few who are taking reservations at the moment.  Right now character dining is available at Garden Grill Restaurant, Hollywood & Vine, Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera and Chef Mickey's. Dining reservations are open for booking 60 days prior to your Walt Disney World vacation. I'm so happy that character dining is starting to come back to Walt Disney World but it does look a little bit different. Characters are no longer visiting each individual table for pictures and autographs but are instead dancing, waving and posing for pictures around the restaurant physically distanced from others. I recently dined at Topolino's Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera and even though the experience was different than in the past, I had a great time with some of my most beloved friends. In fact, I actually got some of the best selfies I've ever taken Minnie Mouse from afar. It was a lot of fun. 

    I hope this helps, Shelby. If you have any other questions before your trip, I'd love for you to come back and ask me

    Have fun! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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