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Old 07-29-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Can I add my niece to my reservation so my son can get a dining plan even though she

isn't going to be there? We are DVC owners so we don't need to buy a ticket package in order to add the dining plan. My son is going to be 4 months shy of 3 years old and so we can't add the dining plan for him. However, if I add my niece to our reservation, I can then use "her" credits for him. But is this allowed? I am paying for it and the room holds 4 people plus 1 infant. So we aren't breaking any capacity rules. Otherwise, we have to pay oop for him and usually we use our TIW card but we decided not to renew it for our December trip, as it expires in September and 3 out of our 9 days have blackout dates.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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They never really "check" to see if everyone is there, do they, so I think you would be ok. What about rounding up and putting him as a 4 year old on the reservation? Since you won't have to buy him a ticket on the reservation, I think it would be ok.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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At all the character meals and buffet restaurants, there's no cost for him since he's under 3 so does he really need credits to use anyway?
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #4
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As PP suggested, just change his age to 3 or 4 on the reservation instead of adding an entire person. Then he'll receive the dining plan with much less effort.
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As PP suggested, just change his age to 3 or 4 on the reservation instead of adding an entire person. Then he'll receive the dining plan with much less effort.
This makes more sense to me as well. Much easier and changing the age of your child has been allowed in the past. But, since he will be 2 and free at buffets, etc. wouldn't it make more sense to keep him at 2 and pay OOP for the meals/snacks he will eat? It will cost about $19/night for the basic DDP for a child. If you are staying 8 nights, that will run about $160. Would you spend that on your 2 y/o meals/snacks, not inc. buffets? If so, then upgrade him to 3 y/o, if not, just pay OOP. The basic plan for 8 nights will inc. 8 TS, 8CS, 8 SC, and 1 refillable mug for an 8 night stay.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:59 PM   #6
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As PP suggested, just change his age to 3 or 4 on the reservation instead of adding an entire person. Then he'll receive the dining plan with much less effort.
But if his age is changed, won't he need a ticket? There goes any savings...
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But if his age is changed, won't he need a ticket? There goes any savings...
The OP is a DVC member so they can book a dining plan without buying tickets.
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I don't want to change his age. I will talk to a member services and see what they suggest.
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The OP is a DVC member so they can book a dining plan without buying tickets.
Yes, but I'm pretty sure changing his age will come back to bite them at some point.
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Yes, but I'm pretty sure changing his age will come back to bite them at some point.
Not really. They aren't going to argue with it. People change ages all the time in the system to get adult credits for their children during free dining.
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This makes more sense to me as well. Much easier and changing the age of your child has been allowed in the past. But, since he will be 3 and free at buffets, etc. wouldn't it make more sense to keep him at 3 and pay OOP for the meals/snacks he will eat? It will cost about $19/night for the basic DDP for a child. If you are staying 8 nights, that will run about $160. Would you spend that on your 3 y/o meals/snacks, not inc. buffets? If so, then upgrade him to 4 y/o, if not, just pay OOP. The basic plan for 8 nights will inc. 8 TS, 8CS, 8 SC, and 1 refillable mug for an 8 night stay.
That's how I'd do it personally.

I don't know why the OP would have a problem changing his age but is okay with adding a phantom guest...
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That's how I'd do it personally.

I don't know why the OP would have a problem changing his age but is okay with adding a phantom guest...
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Yes, but I'm pretty sure changing his age will come back to bite them at some point.
I believe that once he's in the system with a phantom date, he's in the system for future visits. So when he's 9 but 10 in the system, he'd need an adult ticket and adult dining plan vs the kid one. That'd probably only be an issue if they go during the few months that they're fudging but you never know.
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I believe that once he's in the system with a phantom date, he's in the system for future visits. So when he's 9 but 10 in the system, he'd need an adult ticket and adult dining plan vs the kid one. That'd probably only be an issue if they go during the few months that they're fudging but you never know.
You can change it back. It's not a big deal. The OP would just have to let them know.
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And just to clarify for the PP who suggested he would eat free at buffets because he is only 3. 3 year olds do not eat free. 2 year olds do. Once they turn 3 you have to pay for them.

I also don't see the moral dilemma of changing his age to four when the original idea was to add someone on that is not even really going to be there.
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