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  • On Jan 11, 2023
    Sian from surrey Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, my son will be turning 3 when we are in Disney world a week into our trip I just wanted to make sure the parks are free under 3s for our entire stay I’m sure it is as that’s everywhere I’ve read! also someone said about the dining being free?thank you

    Welcome to planDisney, Sian!

    You've found the practically perfect place to bring all of your questions about planning your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation. There's nothing quite like experiencing Disney magic through the eyes of your child. When my kids were toddlers, they absolutely adored character dining experiences, parades like the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and exploring their own creativity in the parks. Who knew curb-jumping could be so much fun?!

    Your Minnie ears heard right, Sian. Guests under the age of three are Guests of Mickey Mouse and do not require an admission ticket or a theme park reservation. The age of your child at the beginning of your vacation is the age that determines whether or not a ticket is needed, so it sounds like Mickey Mouse has already given your son his first birthday present!

    Children under the age of three also eat free at all buffet and family-style meals like The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park and Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT. Both character dining spots would be great places to celebrate a birthday meal. You can even pre-order a Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake when you make your dining reservation. When eating at a table service dining location with traditional menu service like 50's Prime Time Café at Disney's Hollywood Studios, kids under three are welcome to share from an adult's plate at no additional charge. When my kids were almost three, they were good eaters and often got their own meals off of the children's menu, which we paid for. Please note that everyone in your party (babies and toddlers included) needs to be included in the party size for each dining reservation. This allows the restaurant to prepare the adequate space needed to fit your party.

    Early in your trip, Sian, please make sure your mousketeer picks up a "Happy Birthday" button, which is available at Guest Relations or most indoor retail locations on property. Cast Members are the heart of The World's Most Magical Celebration and they will do everything in their power to make your little one feel as welcome and as celebrated as can be on his special birthday trip.

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    Jennifer

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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