Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Apr 5, 2015
    Dana from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi My son turns 3 May 23, but I was planning a visit for may 11-14th. He is very tall for his age and I have never ran in to this problem but I thought I should ask, do I need proof of age to enter the parks?

    Hi there, Dana! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel - and happy early birthday to your big boy!

    It's so much fun to experience Walt Disney World with kids. As my son gets a little older, he discovers new things all the time. I love his curiosity and his amazement when he finds something he hadn't seen before.

    Little ones under 3 can enter the Theme Parks for free, and can share from their parents' plates at no charge in Walt Disney World restaurants - a big help for families who are trying to watch their budgets. In my experience, you should have no issues entering the parks with your almost-birthday boy, even if he's tall for his age. If you'd feel more comfortable taking a copy of his birth certificate you can certainly do that (leave the original at home), but I honestly don't think it's necessary. Even if a Cast Member asks you how old he is, they'll take your word for it.

    While you're there, go ahead and pick up a free "Happy Birthday" button for your son. He can wear it during your vacation, or you can save it for his actual birthday when you get home. It will be a nice reminder of your trip and something special he can wear on his big day.

    I hope this helps you plan your son's pre-birthday celebration, Dana. Please come visit us again if you have any more questions.

    Have a magical day!

    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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