One of the reasons many families choose to travel to Walt Disney World is the Resort’s offerings for kids and the way they cater to the whole family.
You want to eat in a real restaurant with three small kids? Sure, no problem at Disney World. You need a space to change your baby’s diaper, feed them away from the hecticness of the main park spaces, or buy first aid supplies for your little ones? They’ve got you covered! But when it comes to high chairs and booster seats at Disney World, what does the situation look like right now?
We’re taking a look and sharing all the details with you!
Are High Chairs Available?
Generally speaking, throughout Disney World’s restaurants, you’ll find a decent supply of high chairs. Of course, availability can vary, so that’s just something to keep in mind. Depending on your location, you may find either plastic or wooden options.
The chairs are generally fixed-height and tray-less. You’ll push the chair right up to your table, so the table itself functions as the child’s eating surface. Because of this, you may want to keep a supply of disposable placemats on hand.
What Do You Do If You Need A High Chair?
At Table Service restaurants, when you check-in for your dining reservation (either in person or via Mobile Check-In), Cast Members will ask for the ages of the children in your party. They may specifically inquire about the number of high chairs and/or booster seats you need.
At Quick Service restaurants, there is usually a stack of high chairs located along a wall in the dining location. At larger locations, there may be several stacks of chairs. High chair supply and availability, however, will vary depending on the restaurant.
At Quick Service spots, you will generally need to grab the chair yourself and bring it to the table where you will be sitting. You may also need to or be able to ask a Cast Member to get one for you.
If you’re staying in a Disney World Resort hotel, you can generally request an in-room high chair for the length of your stay. According to a Cast Member we spoke with recently, this is something you would want to request when you arrive as they said it is not something that can be done ahead of time.
You could try to call Disney or the hotel directly to see if they will be able to note your request on your reservation ahead of time, but be sure to also speak with the Cast Members at the hotel when you arrive. There is no cost to get these high chairs at the resort.
We also asked whether getting a high chair is something that would only be available at Disney’s Vacation Club Resorts or if it is available at all of Disney World’s hotels. The Cast Member said you should be able to get this at any Disney World resort, but again, things will depend on availability.
We would recommend calling the resort you’ll be staying in ahead of time just to confirm whether they generally have high chairs available for you to use in your room.
You’ll also generally find high chairs at Disney World’s Baby Care centers in the parks.
You can look into potentially purchasing a folding high chair that attaches to a regular chair, purchasing a high chair of your own and having it delivered to the resort, or renting a high chair depending on your needs and wants.
It may also be a good idea to bring a high chair cover that you can place on any high chairs you use in Disney World. You can then remove these and wash them as needed.
What About Booster Seats for Slightly Older Kids?
While high chairs are generally available throughout the parks, finding a booster seat can be a bit more challenging.
The vast majority of Table Service restaurants generally do have booster seats available, although the supply of boosters can be more limited than the supply of high chairs.
Booster seat availability at Quick Service restaurants can be noticeably limited. They are more likely not to have boosters on hand. If you have a smaller kiddo who needs a booster seat and you plan on doing a lot of Quick Service dining, you may want to practice eating at a few simple restaurants at home without a booster. You can practice with different seating positions to see what is both most comfortable and safest for your child’s size (and which position is most likely to allow them to focus more on eating and less on wiggling!).
There are many inexpensive, portable booster seats on the market as well. But bringing one with you can add another level of bulk to the already vast amount of equipment you might be lugging around with you as the parent of a young child. If you are going to buy one, you’ll want to look around for what is best for you.
And that’s a look at the current situation with high chairs and booster seats in Disney World. Your ability to get a booster seat or high chair in Disney World is entirely based on availability, so always be aware that you could end up going without.
We’ll keep an eye out for more updates and let you know what we find.
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What have your high chair experiences been at Disney restaurants? Have you found what you needed? Is there anything you wish that Disney did differently? Let us know in the comments!