Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 9, 2013
    Melanie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Thinking about visiting for son's 3rd birthday. Will he still get free park admission/buffet dining for the entire trip if we arrive before his birthday? What if we arrive on the day of his birthday? Thanks!!!

    Hi Melanie!

    I can't think of a better place to celebrate a birthday than Disney World!  Be sure to pick up a "Happy Birthday" button for your son.  You can get it as you're checking in if you're staying at a Disney Resort Hotel or at any Guest Relations location in the parks. They make great free souvenEARs and will alert Cast Members your little Prince is celebrating his birthday.

    Children younger than the age of 3 do not need a ticket to enter the parks.  If you are arriving the day he turns 3, you should purchase tickets for him.  If you are arriving prior to the day he turns 3, technically you should purchase tickets for him the day he turns 3 but you will not be asked for proof of age.

    Children under 3 eat free at buffets or restaurants that serve meals family-style.  If you dine at a location where you order from a menu, children under 3 can eat for free from your plate. If your son would rather have his own meal at these locations, you are welcome to order one for him but you will be charged for it.  Again technically you should begin paying for him once he turns 3 but you will not be asked for proof of age. 

    I started buying my boys' tickets as soon as they turned 3.  I am such a rule follower plus I just knew they would go through the turnstiles yelling "Its my birthday! I'm 3 today!"

    Please feel free to keep the questions coming! We're hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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