• On Apr 5, 2020
    Catherine from CT 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.

    I will be traveling to Disney World with my niece and her family in August. She has a 2 year old and 4 year old. Do they charge for meals for the 2 year old?

    Hi there, Catherine, and thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I’m so glad you’re hEAR, and I can’t wait to help you plan your dream Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    Disney Dining Plans are available for children ages 3-9, with adult pricing starting at ages 10 and up. So, your niece won’t have to worry about paying for her 2-year-old, and her youngster is welcome to share from any of your plates, too. Depending on how much her 4-year-old eats, they may even be able to split a meal. However, your niece will want to remember to include her littlest Mouseketeer in dining reservations. That way, the restaurant can locate a table with enough space for a high chair, if needed. 

    Before your visit, I recommend checking out this helpful Planning for Preschool Kids & Little Ones guide, which offers great tips and tricks for tackling the Walt Disney World Resort with the toddler crowd. As the mom of three Mouseketeers ages 8 and under, I know how daunting it can be to travel with little ones! One of my top tips is to bring snacks – I usually pack granola bars, food pouches, fruit snacks, and graham crackers. My children’s favorite on-the-go treats can be purchased throughout the Walt Disney World Resort – they’re called Goofy’s Candy Co. Character Gummies, and they’re a yummy, mess-free snack that’s sure to prevent many toddler tantrums! 

    I also recommend using Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering through the My Disney Experience app. This feature has also saved me from many toddler meltdowns while waiting in line for food! 

    Last but not least, please let your niece know about the Baby Care Centers, located within all four theme parks. These Centers offer the perfect spot to change or feed little ones. 

    Please reach out with any additional planning questions, Catherine… we’re all EARs! Wishing you and your family many pixie-dusted adventures and memories to last a lifetime! 
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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