• On Sep 15, 2018
    Simon 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 10 whilst we are on our trip but I've noticed that whilst his ticket states 10 or older the Dining plan linked to our Hotel classes him as a child. Can he eat from the adult menu or do I need to upgrade somehow? Thanks

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Simon! You have quite the growing kid! Your question is a great one because there are different rules for those 9 and under, and those age 10 and up!

    The age a child is upon check-in day is traditionally the “age they remain” for the entire trip. Of course, if a child were to check-in at age 2 and turn 3 during the trip, their birthday would mark the first eligible day for The Pirate's League. Likewise, your 9-year-old-turned-10 on your trip will remain a 9 year old for the trip. This is handy for ticket prices (they are cheaper for those 9 and under) as well as kid’s meals with the Disney Dining Plan or a la carte prices (kids meals are cheaper!). The wrench in the works comes in if you have a kid with a large appetite or want to have a Magic Your Way Package. Since your child is 9 upon check-in, they will most likely have booked child meal credits. These are restricted to the kid’s menu. If your son wants to eat from the adult menu and use his adult tickets, you’ll need to have your package confirmation number handy and either contact your Travel Agent or a Disney Cast Member at (407) 939-5277 to upgrade your package.

    If I can help you find some Table Service restaurants to meet your adventurous appetites or perhaps share my favorite Park snacks, please let me know. You’ve got a friend in me! ~ Lindsey P.
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm Lindsey, a social media-savvy gal that wears her #Disneyside on her sleeve (along with her trading pin collection!). I'm proud to say that my husband and our two Mouseketeers share my love for the Walt Disney World Resort and all it's magic, so get ready to ask me about new things to see and do on your vacation. I particularly love sharing off-the-beaten-path activities and always encourage visitors to try something new on each trip. Adventure is out there! Learn More About Lindsey

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