Mom with infant
  • On May 27, 2022
    Helen from LANARKSHIRE Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does my 2 year old need a ticket. If not when booking lightning lanes would they be included in the reservation?

    Hi Helen, welcome back to planDisney!

    Visiting Walt Disney World Resort with a two-year-old is like walking around with a magic detector. When my kids were two, some of their favorite activities were pointing at anything that resembled Mickey or Minnie Mouse, curb-jumping, and parade-watching from the comfort of their stroller. With that in mind, at Magic Kingdom park I highly recommend taking your two-year-old to meet Mickey at Town Square Theater and catching Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade on the shady side of the street in Frontierland by Country Bear Jamboree.

    I've got great news, Helen. Guests under the age of three are Guests of Mickey Mouse and do not require a theme park ticket or theme park reservations. All Guests over the age of three do require valid admission as well as a theme park reservation for each park day. Since your child does not require a theme park ticket, they don't need to be included in the booking party for Lightning Lane attractions, either. If your party elects to experience a Lightning Lane attraction that the two-year-old will also enjoy, the child can simply join you in the queue without having to scan in. If your party chooses to book a Lightning Lane attraction that the two-year-old will not be experiencing, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can proceed to the Lightning Lane entrance of the attraction at your arrival time and ask a Cast Member about the Rider Switch Service. With this service, someone will be able to wait with the non-riding child and experience the attraction via the Lightning Lane entrance once the first group of riders has returned.

    Kindly note that two-year-olds do need to be included on any advance dining reservations, even if they will not be ordering their own meal. This information ensures that the restaurant is adequately prepared for your arrival. When checking in for advance dining reservations on the My Disney Experience mobile app, there's a place to specify the number of Infants (Ages 0-2) in your party as well as any requests for high chairs or booster seats.    

    I can't wait for you to experience Disney magic through your son's eyes, Helen. When those eyes and legs get a little weary, be sure to take advantage of the Baby Care Centers conveniently located inside each theme park. These air-conditioned spaces are ideal for diaper changes, snack breaks, and mindfulness mama moments. 

    Plan magic; planDisney.

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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