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  • On Aug 13, 2021
    Kim from OH Asked

    Do I have to make park reservations, dinner reservations for my grand child that will be with our party of 5 if she is only 8 months old?

    Hello and Welcome, Kim! I'm so excited for you to experience visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth with your little granddaughter. I know you are going to make memories that will last a lifetime! 

    Children under the age of 3 are special Guests of my pal, Mickey Mouse! Children under 3 will not need a theme park ticket to visit any of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Since no ticket is required, there is nothing to link a park pass reservation to so they don't need one of these either.

    Dinner reservations work a little bit differently. Due to safety regulations, each restaurant can only have so many people in it whether they are paying customers or not. So when you are making your dining reservations be sure to include her in the total headcount. This will greatly help the Cast Members prepare for your arrival and will lessen your wait time once you arrive if they know exactly how many people will be dining. Now, with that being said children under the age of 3 can still eat free while dining at Walt Disney World. At all-you-care-to-enjoy restaurants, the children under 3 years of age in your party are able to have as many of his or her own plates as they would like. This is the same if the meal is served family-style or is a more traditional style buffet where you get up and fix your plates. At restaurants where each person selects a single entree off of a menu, you are able to plate share with your under 3 child free of charge. At those style restaurants, if you wish to order your under 3 child his or her own meal, only then are you required to pay. 

    I loved squeezing in as many trips to Walt Disney World when my daughter was that small. It really is so nice and such a money saver not to pay for little ones! I always appreciated Disney's policy on this. I hope this helps sort out any confusion you may have had. If you have any other questions before your trip, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm here to help. 

    Happy planning and 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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