Remind me how the DDP works for a 2-yr-old

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by kkayluvsdis, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. kkayluvsdis

    kkayluvsdis DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2008
    Hi All,

    Just wondering what the rules are for a 2yr old traveling with a family on the ddp. I seem to remember that they are allowed to eat off of adult plates? Is this still the case? He most likely would need a full meal most of the time so I'm wondering how you have dealt with this? Just pay oop for the 2-yr-old?

    Thanks in advance!!
    -Kelly :wizard:
  2. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    Children under 3 do not receive a set of dining credits.

    At any restaurant, the child may eat off the plates of the other party members.

    At any fixed price, buffet or family style restaurant, the child gets their own plate for free.

    At an a la carte restaurant or a CS, if you purchase a separate meal for the child, you must pay for it OOP.
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  4. scrappinginontario

    scrappinginontario DIS Veteran

    Nov 7, 2010
    Just confirming....

    My friends are travelling with their 2yo twins so the kiddos do not have any DDP credits.

    Most of their meals are buffets but they will be eating supper at Kona Cafe one night.

    If the parents order 1 or 2 children's meals for the kids, should they be prepared to pay OOP for those meals?

  5. angieoatman

    angieoatman Earning My Ears

    Oct 11, 2011
    Do you have to call to get the free dinning plan if you don't want it for everyone in your party?? I have a very picky 4 year old that doesn't eat much at all.
  6. Cafeen

    Cafeen DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2009
    The dining plan in general (and by proxy the free dining plan promotion) applies to everyone in your party (in your room). There is no way to get it for only some of the people if they are included in the package. (Assuming they are 3 or older).

    Depending on where you are staying and the rest of the party, a room discount may be another option (typically better than free dining for 2 adults starting at deluxe rooms). However, if you're concerned about 1 child, and the rest of your party will be utilizing the plan, you'll probably make out just fine even if he doesn't eat much.
  7. plutolovr

    plutolovr DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 1999
    Of course they have to pay for those meals. Children under 3 are only allowed to eat for free at buffets and when eating off of parents' plates.
  8. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001

    You must get the dining plan for everyone in your party age 3 or over. There's no way to leave someone off while getting the plan for others on the same room reservation.
  9. realhousewife

    realhousewife Mouseketeer

    Jan 8, 2011

    What is a "fixed price" restaurant? Can you give me some examples?
  10. Neverneverland

    Neverneverland Earning My Ears

    Sep 5, 2011
    I think by "fixed price" they mean something like CRT breakfast - where there are just like 1 or 2 options that everyone has to get ?
  11. Mikey'swife

    Mikey'swife Mouseketeer

    May 8, 2011
    At buffets under 3 eat free, at CRT they bring a small plate of something breakfast was french toast sticks :thumbsup2 for free and juice.

    At regular places you can either share, or pay oop. We have other kids so our 2 year old always shared the food on the table. We did occasionally get him just a cup of soup or a child side if we thought he would want something different (he loves soup ;)) These items were usually cheap 1-2 dollars.

    We always had plenty but then my 2 year old will eat steak and veggies and anything that DH and I will eat.

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