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  • On Oct 26, 2022
    Melissa from UT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning a trip in May 2023, we are wanting to go the week of our youngest’s 3rd birthday. I know that children 2 and under don’t require a ticket, but will I need to purchase our child one for their 3rd birthday spent in Disneyland park?

    Hiya, Melissa!

    Thank you for sending this Disneyland Resort vacation planning question to us hEAR at planDisney!

    How exciting that your Mouseketeer will celebrate such a milestone Birthday at The Happiest Place on Earth! Be sure to request a complimentary 'Happy Birthday' button for your little one, and a set of "I'm Celebrating" buttons for the rest of your party crew!

    You are correct that children under the age of three do not need to purchase a Theme Park Admission Ticket. I'm so happy to share, Melissa, that Guests who turn three in the middle of the magic can remain a free-year-old for the whole duration of your visit and will not need a ticket whatsoever. I have to stay, that's one special Birthday present from Mickey himself!

    Little ones and those who are almost big kids do not need to show proof of age or birthdate to take advantage of this offer. Your birthday buddy won't need a Park Pass Reservation, either; you'll simply carry, walk, stroll, push (them in a stroller), or dance them through the turnstiles with your group and y'all will be good to go! Same with the brand new Disney Genie+ Service; your Junior Mickey or Mini Minnie will be welcome to take advantage of any Lightning Lane reservations your group may have made, so long as they meet that attraction's height requirement.

    The one place, however, that you will need to include your child is when making any Dining Reservations. While there won't be a charge for your little at a Character Dining location, you must be sure to include them in your table headcount so that they will be sure to have a chair.

    I hope that this helped to better plan your upcoming Disneyland Resort vacation, Melissa! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel account on Instagram where we're sharing all kinds of tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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