Disney in a Minute: What is an Adult?

We’re here with a series of quick posts, “Disney in a Minute,” bite-sized nuggets of information that can better help you understand a Disney term or planning topic. Enjoy!

What is an Adult?

Disney in a Minute: What is an Adult?
The girl on the left may still have missing teeth, but Disney considers her an adult.

For many purposes, if you’re at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or on a Disney Cruise Line ship, you become an adult at age ten. Yep, Disney considers people ages ten and older to be adults for pricing on tickets, the Disney Dining Plan (currently on hiatus), fixed-priced restaurants, tours, and several other situations. If you’re choosing a date to visit, be aware that you may be able to save significant money if you visit when your child is age nine rather than waiting until she turns ten.

While Disney will begin charging adult prices for tickets and food when your child turns ten, there are some exceptions to this rule. Guests must be at least 14 years old to go into the theme parks on their own. And for legal purposes, sometimes a Disney adult is a real adult. You must be at least 18 to be the lead guest on a hotel reservation. And, of course, you must be at least 21 to purchase or consume alcohol.

Let us know what Disney topics you think merit a minute of explanation!

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