Here are the basic facts regarding children under three years of age in Disney parks and resorts:
- Kids under three get into the parks for free. Documentation of your child’s age is not required however, cast members sometimes ask children their ages. If your child turns 3 during the trip, he does not need a ticket as his age is based on the first day of vacation.
- Kids under three eat free at buffets with paying adults.
- Under-threes are not required to be on the dining plan for your group.
- The first child under the age of three does not count against the room occupancy requirement. Additional children will count, however. For example, value resorts sleep four. A family of five may stay in a value if one of the children is under age three. But, a family of six may not stay in one value room, even if two of their children are under three because one of those children will count with regard to the room occupancy limit.
Have a 3-year old who’s a big eater? If you’re going during free dining, you might consider adding your not-quite-three-year old to the reservation as a paying guest. While you’ll pay for her park ticket, you won’t have to worry about having to buy her meals out of pocket.