Debate Ignites: Should Disney Demand Birth Certificates from Guests?

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Disney World is known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth” seeing thousands of guests daily. Guests head to Disney World to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Disney World is home to four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each Disney park has different attractions, shows, and much more for guests to experience. Walt Disney World Resort is also home to two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

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Disney guests head to Disney to celebrate most of the time. There are birthdays, and then there are birthdays celebrated at Disney World, which is an experience that beats the ordinary and transforms a special day into an extraordinary adventure. For countless guests of all ages, celebrating a birthday at Disney World is a dream come true, a magical occasion filled with joy, wonder, and enchantment.

Disney has a list of rules and regulations for guests to follow. Sadly, over the years, guests have tried to sneak or break into Disney. Guests have been seen smuggling alcoholic drinks in water bottles or bringing children who need a ticket in.

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In a social media post on Reddit, Disney guests have had issues bringing children, and Disney Cast Members have questioned parents about their children being over the age limit.

“I’ve had an obnoxious cast member make a scene about my son being under 3,” one guest said. “He made more than a couple remarks as my family swiped in. My wife obviously had enough and took out my son’s passport and the jerk shut his mouth but didn’t even bother to apologize. For reference, my son is tall.”

Have you ever had to prove your child is under 3?
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Disney World guests have tried to sneak children, knowing they are over the ticket age into the parks. Guests have also made children lay in a stroller or tell a Cast Member they are three years old.

This Disney World guest brought their child on his third birthday. However, the parents had already asked several times if they would need a ticket due to his birthday being during the trip. Since this child was turning three on the last day Disney said the child did not need a ticket since the trip started when the child was two.

“We went 4 times with my son under 3 and only questioned once on his actual 3rd birthday. He was wearing a birthday shirt and pin and they asked that day, but I had inquired several times before the trip about the trip starting when he was 2 and ended the day after his birthday and they assured me people don’t age at Disney and he didn’t need a ticket. Well of course this day they questioned me and I was truthful and it caused a whole pile of chaos at early entry, but was eventually sorted out (and he did NOT need a ticket since the trip started when he was in fact 2.)”

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Related: Parents Abandon Child in Disney Park, Resulting in Cast Member Warning

Guests can be banned from Disney World for a variety of reasons, and Disney takes the safety and enjoyment of its guests and the integrity of its parks very seriously. Disney has a strict code of conduct and park rules that guests are expected to follow.

This includes behaviors such as line jumping, disruptive or unruly behavior, and any actions that compromise the safety or experience of others. Another way to be banned is by attempting to enter the park without a valid ticket, sneaking into restricted areas, or using counterfeit tickets, which can lead to bans and legal actions.

Do you think parents should have to prove children’s age? Let us know in the comments. 

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.


  1. Another unnecessary waste of the internet

  2. I do not believe a parent should have to prove a child’s age. My 2 year old granddaughter is tall for her age. (She will be 3 in October). I also believe that requiring a ticket for a child of three is ridiculous. I believe that the minimum age for a child to need a ticket should be 5. Ticket prices all all theme park attractions are getting to be outrageous!

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