• On Feb 4, 2020
    Madeline from UT 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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    I am taking two kids, ages 9 and 2. I’m making dining reservations but am not sure if my youngest will be able to tolerate 4 days and may miss a reservation or two. Would I have to pay for him and my husband if they stay behind for one or two reservations?

    Hi Madeline!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We're so glad that you found us hEAR, and thank you for asking this great Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question!

    I have a preschool-age Mouseketeer too, and of all the things I love about visiting Mickey's house is how understanding Cast Members are when life happens. Meltdowns, random in-park nap attacks, being too exhausted to wake up in the morning - we have been there many times.

    I'm happy to report, Madeline, that as long as someone from your party still shows up for your booked-in-advance Disney Dining Reservation, there will be no charge for those who are no-shows. Three of my best mom-friends and I brought our collective five kids, all under the age of four, a few years ago and of the many meal reservations we made months in advance, our entire group of nine only successfully dined at three of them. You'll simply let the host or hostess know the new number in your dining party at the time of check-in and you'll be all set. (Those per-person no-show fees are only charged when your entire party misses your meal time without canceling in advance.)

    Bonus Tips: Feel free to stop by the in-park Baby Care Centers for everything from a quick diaper change to picking up some last-minute supplies for your little one. Be sure to check out Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. I often use it to order something that my picky child will eat that can only be found in certain locations, and bring it with me to the restaurant where the rest of us want to dine. And for even more Walt Disney World Resort planning tips, visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel Video Planning Library!

    I hope this helped to plan your upcoming Disney Days, Madeline, and We'll See You Real Soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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