• On Apr 11, 2017
    Lindsey from GA 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.

    We are planning our Disney vacation for this coming October. Do I have to include my 2 year old in the head count when making dining reservations?

    Hi Lindsey,

    Thanks for checking in with the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question. Because children younger than 3 get free admission and eat free as long as they share with a parent, lots of guests are confused about how to count the little one in advance dining reservations. So, I'm happy to clarify for you.

    You should include every guest, even infants, in your head count. That lets the restaurant know how many seats you need at your table and keep track of the total number of people in the restaurant for safety reasons. When you check in, the host will ask how many in your party are children, and you can let them know at that time that one member of your group is a 2-year-old.

    Have you made your restaurant choices yet? If you are looking for character dining, my favorite is a meal with Winnie the Pooh and Friends at Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom.

    And since you have a 2-year-old, you may find the guide for visiting Walt Disney World with preschoolers and little ones helpful. It has lots of tips, plus information on rides and attractions that are age-appropriate.

    I hope that helps, Lindsey. If you are looking for more recommendations, please check back with us. We love share to our thoughts on planning a Walt Disney World vacation that's right for each family. 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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