Mickey and Minnie Statues in Front of Fireworks
  • On Sep 28, 2022
    Leah from SC 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! I am super excited to have just booked a Disney trip for myself and 8 family members. My question is, when booking should you put a child's current age at the time of booking or their age at the time of the trip? Thank you!! Leah

    Welcome to planDisney, Leah!

    I'm so glad you stopped by with your question today and I really appreciate you stopping by for a visit. I'm also really excited to hear that you have a big family vacation to Walt Disney World Resort coming up –– as someone who regularly travels with a large, multigenerational family, there's nothing I love more than bringing the who gang along when we visit The Most Magical Place on Earth!

    When it comes to purchasing tickets, booking a room, and making dining reservations, you'll want to be sure that any kids on your reservation are registered with the age they'll be when you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. This is because tickets, meal types, and room occupancy are often based on age.  For example, kids under the age of three don't need a ticket to enter a Walt Disney World theme park, but they will after their 3rd birthday –– if you happen to be booking with a two-year-old, but traveling with a three-year-old, you might need to purchase that ticket before your kiddo actually turns three.  Something similar also happens between the ages of nine and 10, which is typically the age when you'll need to transition from a child ticket to an adult ticket.

    Here's one question that also comes up a lot –– what happens if your child is two when you arrive at Walt Disney World, but turns three during your visit (or is nine, turning 10)? And the good news is that when purchasing admission, you can register your child as whatever age they are on the first day of their ticket. This means that if your child is nine, but celebrates their birthday during your stay (talk about a perfect way to celebrate, right?), they won't need to purchase a separate ticket for those days after they turn 10. 

    I hope this helped to answer your question, Leah.  Thanks so much for visiting planDisney and I'm wishing you and your family lots of pixie dust during your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort visit!

    Happy Planning,
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