1900 Park Fare; Alice; Mad Hatter; mother, father, daughter, son
  • On Mar 11, 2024
    Maddy from DE Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I purchased a resort/ticket package months ago. On day two of the trip, my son will turn 3. I was told he would not require a ticket or be charged at buffet/family style restaurants because he is “Mickey’s Guest” since he was 2 at checkin. Is this correct?

    Welcome to planDisney, Maddy. It's so nice that you reached out to us as we love to help Guests make magic!

    Guests under the age of 3 do not need a theme park ticket and are usually not charged for buffet-style restaurants as they can often eat off of your plate. Guests ages 3 and up need a theme park ticket to enter the parks and are charged for these types of meals.

    Since you're celebrating a very special birthday, you should make sure to stop by a Guest Relations location and pick up a Celebration Button for your son to wear proudly during your trip. I did this while celebrating a milestone birthday a few years ago and it was really heartwarming to hear all the well wishes from both Guests and Cast Members. And if they did that for someone turning *cough, cough*, some warm wishes are sure to come his way on his 3rd birthday! And while it can't be promised or guaranteed, maybe a little magic will come his way as well.

    Traveling with little ones to the resort can be such a special experience. At planDisney, we have a bunch of resources to help you plan. Be sure to check out our guide to attractions with little onesdining with little ones, and, my favorite, top tips for vacationing with your little one. And of course, you'll want to check out the planDisney Podcast episode all about vacationing with little ones at the Walt Disney World Resort starring my good friend Nimmy T., who is a wealth of Disney vacation information!

    Maddy, I wish your son the happiest and most magical of birthdays. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to reach out again!

    A very merry (actual) birthday to you(r son),
    Matt
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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