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  • On Mar 8, 2022
    Deborah from NY 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 a 2 1/2 year old need a ticket for the parks?

    Hi there, Deborah! Welcome to planDisney!

    It seems like you're thinking of planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth! Even better, you'll be visiting with a little one! There is nothing better than watching a child's eyes light up the first time they see Cinderella Castle or the way they jump for joy when they see a Cast Member holding a giant bunch of Mickey balloons!

    Personally, I think two years old is the perfect age to bring your little one to Walt Disney World. Not only do they make it more magical for you with their giggles and pure joy, but you do not need to purchase a park ticket for them to enter! That's right! Up until the age of three, your little Mouseketeer is free! Of course, any accompanying Guests ages 3 and up will need a ticket to enter the parks.

    With that age group, I'd love to make a few recommendations that may be perfect for your little prince or princess during your visit. Magic Kingdom Park is where you will find the most rides and experiences for smaller Guests, including a large number of attractions with no height requirements. Take a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, stop to meet your favorite princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall and maybe even grab a reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table. In EPCOT, you can't miss Frozen Ever After and Turtle Talk with Crush! At Disney's Animal Kingdom, take your time exploring the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail after taking a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari! Seat your little explorer on the outer seats of the safari vehicle to be sure that the grown-ups don't block their view! Finally, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, your little one will love spending time at Toy Story Land, whether riding the rides, seeing their favorite characters or stopping by Woody's Lunch Box to fuel up for the rest of the day!

    Deborah, I'm excited for you to experience the Walt Disney World Resort from the eyes of a young child. I hope you have a magical stay!

    Until next time,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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