• On Jun 28, 2021
    Christina from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    So what qualifies as a "child" at the WDW restaurants? Is it based on there admission ticket (17y.o. child) or is there another cut off like 12y.o. and under? I'm trying to plan since there aren't dinning plans at current. Thanks!

    Hi, Christina! Welcome to planDisney!

    As the mom of an 11-year-old Walt Disney World veteran myself, I totally get it. When does your Disney kid officially become a Disney adult? It actually happens a lot younger than you might think! For tickets and meals alike, kids become adults at the ripe old age of 10, so you'll find that kids' meals at Walt Disney World are meant for children ages 3-9. Having said that, my son's appetite is still changing as he grows up, and we've found that sometimes he'll prefer a kid's meal while at other times he wants something more substantial. We've never had any problems ordering what he wants, whether from the kids' menu or the adult menu.

    The main exception would be if you're dining in a family-style or all-you-care-to-eat restaurant that charges a fixed amount per person. In that case, you would pay the adult price for your child if they're age 10 or older.

    Christina, while you're thinking about all the amazing food you can nosh on at Walt Disney World, be sure to hop on over to the planDisney Panel Extras page for our "What Would I Order?" list. We've put together some of our own favorite meals and snacks we love to nibble on during our vacations. It just might help you find a new favorite!

    I hope this info was helpful for you, Christina. Have fun, enjoy all the yummy treats, and please come see us again if you have any more questions!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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