• On Apr 2, 2017
    Nicole from NY 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.

    When making dining reservations should children under 3 be included in the count? My son will be 2 when we visit and I want to make sure I make my reservations correctly.

    Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for sharing your excellent question! It is one that is often confusing for guests, so I'm happy to help.

    Since your son will be younger than 3, he won't need a ticket for admission to the Walt Disney World theme parks and he will be able to eat free if he shares with you or you are dining at an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant such as Chef Mickey's or Boma -- Flavors of Africa. However, you should include him and any other wee ones in your party size when you make your advance dining reservations.

    That assures that your table will have room for everyone, including the youngest diners who may need a high chair. An accurate count also helps the restaurant manage capacity for safety and service. Your server or hostess will probably ask how many children in your party when you check in and if any are younger than 3. If they don't ask, I would be sure to let them know that you have a 2-year-old so they can adjust your check accordingly.

    On a related note: You may find the guide for visiting Walt Disney World with little ones and preschoolers useful as you make your plans. It includes tips on rides, entertainment and dining for the youngest guests.

    Thanks again for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Nicole. Please let us know if we can answer any other questions for you as you make you Walt Disney World vacation plans. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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