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Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

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Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

We will be staying at Disneyland Park in mid-September (beginning of Halloweentime) for 5 nights (Sat-Thus) with two children under age 3 (5 months, and 2 1/2 years). It is my understanding that under 3 is considered "Disney's guest" and so they do not need park tickets and get free dining.

1. Should we bring their birth certificates to the park and for DL dining? Obviously, we would prefer not to carry these documents with us through the park.

2. Will they receive tickets that we can use for fastpass attractions that they can go on, such as WOC? Or do they not need tickets since DH and I will have tickets?

3. Tentatively, we plan to do 2 character meals- Goofy's for Sat dinner, and Storytellers for breakfast on Thus, when we depart for San Diego. Will Sat dinner be too crowded (ie, less time with characters)?

4. We will be in the park for 3 days- M, T, & W. Two days are early entry for DCA, so we intend to use both of these mornings at DCA, and then switch over to Disneyland. Is there an entry between the two parks where we would not have to go through security again? (We will have parkhoppers and be staying at a DL hotel.)

Thank you in advance for your time! This forum is fantastic, and has been so helpful with our planning.

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1. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

1. Should we bring their birth certificates to the park and for DL dining? Obviously, we would prefer not to carry these documents with us through the park.

You don't need their birth certificates.

Do you mean the character meals are free?

2. Will they receive tickets that we can use for fastpass attractions that they can go on, such as WOC?

I don't think they'll receive a ticket. One of the DE's should know for sure.

Or do they not need tickets since DH and I will have tickets?

4. We will be in the park for 3 days- M, T, & W. Two days are early entry for DCA, so we intend to use both of these mornings at DCA, and then switch over to Disneyland. Is there an entry between the two parks where we would not have to go through security again? (We will have parkhoppers and be staying at a DL hotel.)

No, you cannot go between the two parks without going through the ticket line. However, security is outside the esplanade.

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2. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

While those under 3 are not charged admission to enter the parks, they do not get free dining.

No need for the Birth Certificates if they clearly are under 3. If the 2 and half year old looks older, maybe a copy of a Birth Certificate might help out, but not really needed. (One of the basic tricks the Cast Members use, they just ask the kid how old they are, most don't lie ;).

No need for a Fastpass for those under 3. If you need to use a Child Switch pass, the adult gets the Fastpass, and then the second parent can go straight back in the FP line.

touringplans.com/disneyland/…rider-swap

As for the security check, the Main Entrances of both parks have a shared Main Entrance Plaza area, where the Ticket Booths are located. This area is part of the secure area, and you can go between the parks without having to be pre-screened.

As for the Character Meals, not sure, some hopefully someone else will come in and add to this thread.

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3. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

Theres no free dining that Im aware of for under 3 inside of Disneyland, or at least I have never seen it.

No, no ID is required for under 3. If the 2 year old happens to be larger for thier age, its possible they may ask to see ID when you go inside the Park, but Its doubtful Imo since they are still quite a bit under 3. However Adults with 3 day and up Parkhopper may have to show a Photo ID each time they enter either Park.

The use of the Fastpass system requires a Disneyland ticket. Rides that would require Fastpasses are not going to be available for a 2 year old to ride, since there are height restrictions and the 2 year old would not be tall enough to ride.

Heres more info on what rides have height restrictions ect at Disneyland

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions/

For the World of Color, under 3 would just go in with you and your Fastpasses to the viewing area with no questions asked

The two Park entrances are located directly across from each other, while the Security check points are located to either side, so you would not have to go through Security to hop back and forth to each Park.

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/maps/

Keep in mind that your dates would have shorter hours during weekdays in Sept. Something like 10am till 8pm, M-Thurs. With no Fireworks or Fantasmic shows except on the weekends, Fri,Sat,Sun. But usually with a nightly World of Color show.

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4. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

Let me add, if you do go to a Character Dining meal, those under 3 are not charged and you can grab some food/drink for them. But elsewhere you will be charged for any food you order.

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5. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

Thanks everyone for your responses.

Happy- Looks like some FP attractions (Roger Rabbit and Buzz Lightyear) do not have a height reqt, and my toddler is tall enough to do Autotopia. Would he not need a FP as long as DH and I have one?

Thank you again!

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Correct, a child under 3 does not a FP if the Adult has one. Read the link I gave about the Rider Switch program.

>>On FASTPASS / FastPass+ attractions, the park may handle switching off somewhat differently. When you tell the worker that you want to switch off, he or she may issue you a special "rider exchange" ticket good for three people. One parent and the nonriding child (or children) will at that point be asked to leave the line. When those riding reunite with the waiting adult, the waiting adult and two other persons from the party can ride using the special ticket. <<

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7. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

You guys are awesome! Thanks for the help.

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8. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

Ooh, sorry I forgot there are still 2 rides total that your 2 year old could go on that has a Fastpass.

However, Buzz lightlyear does not have a Fastpass anymore, so Im not sure why Disneyland is still listing it as having a Fastpass available.

Keep in mind though, that the Roger Rabbit ride can be a little too intense for smaller children, and some other rides even though they may reach the height requirement may not necessarily be suited to a smaller child.

Edited: 12 July 2013, 20:44
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Thanks, Happy!

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10. Re: Under 3 yrs at DL, dining & security questions

I should also mention that some of the rides in Fantasyland although anyone can ride really would likely not be a good idea for your 2 year old. Alot of the indoor ones are considered "dark rides" and are a little too intense for smaller children, especially Mr Toads Wild ride, its quite intense. Really the mildest ride in that area, and also the one that is the most popular is Peter Pans Flight and is a wonderful ride, but it does dip and jerk a little.

Whats usually suggest also with smaller children is when you get to Disneyland, you let them pick the first few rides at least, and make sure they are ones that you can clearly see all of the ride basically, so they are eased into things at Disneyland, and not just go on a ride that you may not be sure they would be ok with, and then they sometimes wont go on any more rides. You can take a look at the Disneyland.com website with your 2 year old, as it shows usually photos and some video of different rides for you to look at to see what your youngster may be interested in.

Edited: 12 July 2013, 22:22