Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jul 31, 2011
    Jennifer from OH 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.

    If I am not on a dining plan and choose to eat at a buffet, do they check ages of all guest? My 10 yo usually still gets the child's portion of food. I don't want to pay so much if he is only going to eat one plate worth of food.

    I have a light eater myself, so I feel your pain. However, the rules state that your 10 year old will require the adult theme park ticket and the adult dining plan or meal price.

    Disney will not ask you for a birth certificate for proof of your child's age, if that's what you're wanting to know. They operate on the honor system trusting that guests won't misrepresent themselves. They do, however, ask for the date of birth for each guest under age 17, so you and your child would both have to lie about his age to sneak him into a lower price bracket, which isn't a very appealing option. Besides not wanting to ask my child to lie, I'd be concerned that he would forget and tell the truth at some point, thus revealing our deception...embarrassing!

    If you're planning to eat at a buffet and want your child to eat more to get your money's worth, so to speak, perhaps this could be a brunch, or a lunch/dinner combo meal, so that he would be more hungry? Also, dinner typically costs more than breakfast, so perhaps you could schedule those special meals for earlier in the day to save a few dollars that way?
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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