Family dining
  • On Oct 6, 2018
    Rhonda from TX Asked

    does a child have to order a meal in a disney restaurant, or can they share mom's plate?

    Hi Rhonda,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I have found that children and meal times at Walt Disney World Resort can be an adventure on their own! Children under the age of 3 are expected to share a meal with a parent or family member. In fact, if you are using a Disney Dining Plan, children under 3 do not receive meal entitlements because they are expected to share. If you have a child under 3 who happens to be a big eater, you can always order a meal for them and simply pay out of pocket. 

    For children ages 3-10, the rules change just a bit. If you are dining at a buffet, character experience, prix fixe meal, or dinner show you will have to pay for your child. If you are dining at a quick-service location your child is welcome to share your meal. At table-service restaurants other than the exceptions listed above, it is up to the location if they allow sharing. I will say, I have never been turned down when I asked if I could share a meal with my daughter. Be sure to ask your server as you are seated to be sure. 

    Rhonda, thank you for visiting us with your question. I hope you'll let us know if we can help you further with Disney Dining Plans or with any other questions you may have!
    Wishing you a magical vacation,
    Amy H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hey, Howdy, Hey! I'm Amy H. and I have been a fan of Walt Disney World since my first visit during the Magic Kingdom Park's opening year. I am married to my favorite person in the world and together we have a teenaged son and daughter plus an assortment of animals. We have been visiting Walt Disney World since before the kids were born so I have a family of experts supporting me. No matter the ages or size of your traveling party, I'd love to help plan your trip to Walt Disney World! Learn More About Amy

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