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  • On May 13, 2023
    Ashley from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello I am taking my two year old to the park for his third birthday So he will be turning three the one and only day we will be there. Do I need to buy him a ticket and do I need to show any proof of his age? Thank you!

    Hi there, Ashley, 

    Welcome to planDisney, where we love to help other Guests create magical birthday celebrations at The Most Magical Place on Earth! 

    There are so many tips that I can’t wait to share with you, but first things first. The Walt Disney World Resort policy for ticket admission states that children younger than age 3 don’t need a ticket. Children ages 3-9 can purchase a special-priced ticket. In regard to showing proof of age, in my experience, you do not need to show proof of age but this could be subject to change.

    Now, let’s get to the good part! Since you are spending one day at Walt Disney World Resort, I’m thinking you will want to visit Magic Kingdom Park for your son’s special day. There is nothing like walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. and catching that first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. Before you go too far though, be sure to stop by Guest Relations and pick up a Happy Birthday button for your little guy so that Cast Members and other Guests can wish him a Happy Birthday!

    When my girls were little, we usually scheduled a sit-down lunch to help everyone unwind for a bit in the middle of the day. There are several great restaurants where you can make Advanced Dining Reservations. You can even order a special Mickey Mouse Celebration Cake when you book your dining reservation online or through the My Disney Experience app. If you decide to call an audible and make a reservation on the day of your visit, you can still request a same-day cake in person upon arrival at the restaurant, based on availability. 

    And one more tip for you, Ashley! Be sure to check out the planDisney Podcast where my planDisney pals share some great tips on visiting Walt Disney World with little ones. And over on the Disney Parks Blog, you won’t want to miss A Guide to Planning your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation with Little Ones featuring more planDisney videos with fabulous tips.

    I hope this information has been helpful! Please stop back by if you have any other questions about how to make your son’s birthday extra special.

    Wishing you many magical memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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