I had a friend ask me this week about ticket prices for children. Children ages newborn- third birthday are admitted into the park for free. Once a child turns 3, they are considered a child and will pay children's prices until they are 9. Once a child is 9, they are considered an adult in Disney's eyes and will pay adult ticket prices. I have heard that if you start your vacation while your child is 2 and they turn 3 during the vacation, they are still free for the trip.
Other things to know when traveling to WDW with little ones:
- Use the Rider Swap option! Adult guests can take turns riding the rides with little ones who are too small to ride. One adult rides while the other adult waits with the little one. Once the ride is over, the adults swap places and the other adult rides while the first adult stays with the little one. See a cast member at the attraction for more information.
- Use FASTPASS. This will reduce your time spent waiting in lines for select attractions. These are the "little ones" rides that have FASTPASS. Magic Kingdom: Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Hollywood Studios: Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania. Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Be familiar with and use the baby care stations at the parks! If you child is lost, a Cast Member will most likely take them to the baby care stations until you are located.
- Bring your own stroller from home (umbrella, light weight, to easily carry on transportation) or rent one from the parks. You can visit Guest Services to rent a stroller. You can get single day or multi day stroller rental. Save your receipt! If you park hop, you can take your receipt to the other parks and get one there too!
- Have a plan for each day you are at WDW. Make plans for trips back to the room for naps, relaxing or swimming. You can also play on playgrounds or play areas designed for little ones at the resorts.
- Resorts have pack n play cribs available on request for little ones.
- If you want, you can have Disney provide in room child care for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Some locations provide child activity centers for ages 4-12.
- I've heard that kids under age 3 can eat for free... but I've also heard they can only eat off their parent's plates for free or eat from a buffet for free! Either way, one less meal to buy! There are kids menus available at most restaurants and there are plenty of Character Dining experiences available with advanced reservations.
- Make reservations at the Harmony Barber Shop or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for hair cuts and "up dos" for your little ones!
- Sign up for free maps prior to your trip so your kids can become familiar with the parks!