dining with Minnie Mouse at Cape May; character dining experience; Asian; mother, daughter, son
  • On Sep 29, 2023
    Ryan from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a way not to pay for our 3 year daughter at buffets throughout Disney World. She hardly eats anything.

    Welcome to planDisney, Ryan! 

    Thank you for taking the time to send a question our way. We are honored to help you plan a magical Disney adventure!

    I have made unforgettable memories with my daughters over the years at the Walt Disney World Resort. There is so much for little Mouseketeers to see and do, and it is absolutely amazing to experience the magic through their eyes.

    My 4-year-old daughter is also a little picky about her food, that is why I usually make reservations at restaurants offering à la carte service. Dining at à la carte restaurants gives me the chance to order anything from the menu for her, including adult entrées and even appetizers. I believe ordering appetizers is a great option for those times my princess is not super hungry.

    My experience dining with my girls at buffet restaurants has always been positive because of the food variety that is available. There are many different offerings, so they have never had any issues finding something they like. Children’s selections are normally offered at buffets, which makes it easier for little ones to choose their favorite foods. Please note that kids 3 and up usually pay for their meals, especially at restaurants offering character dining experiences. I recommend talking to Cast Members upon arriving at your dining location to verify if accommodations can be provided (subject to availability).

    planDisney tip: Did you know that menus are available online and via the My Disney Experience app? I recommend checking the menu for the restaurants you wish to dine at to verify if the options they offer would work for your little one (menus subject to change without notice).

    I hope this information is helpful, Ryan. Come back to visit us if you have additional questions, and have a magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    See ya real soon,
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My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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