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  • On Oct 14, 2018
    Lauren from OH Asked

    We are a family of 6 that includes a 2.5 year old. When I’m booking reservations for dining, do I need to request a party of 5 or of 6? I know it sounds silly but since he isn’t ticketed and he comes with me for fast passes, I didn’t know. Thx!!

    Welcome to the Moms Panel, Lauren!

    Indeed, when booking advanced dining reservations, you will need to include all the members of your party regardless of age. This ensures your table will have room for everyone, including Guests under the age of 3 who may need a high chair. An accurate count is needed to help manage service capacity and to comply with fire safety regulations. Therefore, your 2.5-year-old will most definitely need to be included in each of your dining reservations. So, request a party of 6.

    Children less than 3 must also be listed in your Disney Resort hotel reservation. Up to 1 child under the age of 3 can be included on any reservation without counting toward the maximum Guest occupancy for accommodations.

    The above being said, kids under 3 are considered Mickey's Special Guests, and do not require Theme Park Tickets for admission to the 4 Disney Theme Parks and 2 Disney Water Parks. Isn't that AMAZING? Which means that your littlest Mouseketeer will be allowed admittance to the Parks for FREE!

    Please read how easy it is Planning for Preschool Kids & Little Ones, and be sure to download the Play Disney Parks mobile app before your vacation. Your children will enjoy playing the interactive games while waiting for favorite attractions. Read more about it HERE.

    I hope you found this information helpful, Lauren. Please don't hesitate to come back with more Disney vacation planning questions.

    Wishing you a most memorable visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    Ritzy ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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