Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Nov 26, 2022
    Christy from AZ 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 the 2.5 year old in our party need to be included in the reservation for sit down dining or because they are under 3 we don't include in the final count?

    Hey Christy! Thanks for stopping by planDisney!

    I'm so excited to hEAR about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort!  I'm a BIG proponent of taking children to The Most Magical Place on Earth as babies and toddlers because even if they don't remember each and every magical moment of the trip, you will! I promise you'll find so many moments to remember! 

    Even though your little mouseketeer is considered a "Guest of Mickey" and does not need a Theme Park Ticket or Theme Park Reservation to enter the Parks throughout your stay, you will certainly want to include them in your final count when making Advance Dining Reservations at the Parks, Disney Resorts Collection hotels and Disney Springs. While you will not be charged for your toddler at table-service dining, the restaurant does need to account for every party member when setting up the table and adhering to occupancy requirements.  

    If I were you I would definitely be looking into adding some extra-special Character Dining Experiences to my trip.  Even the youngest children somehow feel the spark of magic that comes with a smile or a hug from a character pal.  Check out Chef Mickey's, Garden Grill Restaurant or Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera if you're looking to meet some of the "Fab 5" or look for a reservation at The Crystal Palace to spend time with your friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.  I promise you won't regret it!

    Enjoy every moment of your trip!
    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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