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Gotta Love Eeyore
09-01-2007, 07:17 AM
Is anyone else disappointed with the selction of food on the kid's menus? I don't recall the choices being so limited on the kid's menu last time we went on the DP. If I am looking at this correctly, my 9yo son isn't going to be very happy about this. I mean what is up with a place named "PIZZAfari" not having a PIZZA on the kid's menu? Or no burgers on a kid's menu for a place that mainly sells burgers and sandwiches to adults (Liberty Inn, Cosmic Ray's, Peco's Bills, Pinocchio's)??? In fact, I can't find a single place he can get a burger in all of the MK?!? And at Epcot, it looks like he will need to eat at Morroco if he wants a burger!

It is not like he is an extremely picky eater but a kid can eat only so many chicken nuggets or chilled chicken plates.

Has anyone else had better luck feeding their kids? :confused3

Mom of 3
09-01-2007, 08:49 AM
A lot of the choices aren't very good. Especially for my almost 7 year old that likes more adult fare. Since we have 3 of us that count as adults and 2 as children. We plan to order a lot of 3 adult meals and just share at lunch time. The kids can use their credits for breakfasts or when we go to Pizza Planet or other places that do have a good choice for kids.

I'm determined not to sweat it, since I don't eat that much DS7 can have most of my meal and DS4 can share with his dad.

I'm not going to even stress if we don't use all the credits. Since it is all free, so long as we get enough to eat we'll be happy. I don't think we bought any additional food last year. We ate dinner desserts for breakfast or bought a box of doughnuts for 1 snack credit and had one each for breakfast.

Skylarr29
09-01-2007, 09:00 AM
I thought child and adult credits were not separated at counter service locations... if that is true and I didn't hear incorrectly than you can order whatever you like at a cs location for your son and they won't know the difference.

Mom of 3
09-01-2007, 09:09 AM
Well, that's not entirely true. If your card says 3A and 2C and you try to order 5 adult meals they are going to tell you no. If you get in one line and DH in another line and you order 3A meals and DH orders 2 adult meals then they probably aren't going to know.

Skylarr29
09-01-2007, 10:02 AM
Well, that's not entirely true. If your card says 3A and 2C and you try to order 5 adult meals they are going to tell you no. If you get in one line and DH in another line and you order 3A meals and DH orders 2 adult meals then they probably aren't going to know.


Ahhhh, I see! Thanks for the clarification.

skater
09-01-2007, 01:15 PM
My DS 9 almost cried when he looked at the menu at Pinnochio Haus - he's especially upset that he can't order a "real" desert. We'll probably order him one OOP.

caracap
09-01-2007, 01:30 PM
My sister is there now, and has also complained about the variety or lack of variety. She said she is paying OOP for a lot of his CS meals.

bicker
09-01-2007, 03:10 PM
Katiebell did a lot of great research on this a few months ago and came up with a fantastic list of all the great child meal options available on the Dining Plan, for both CS and TS -- much much better than it looks at first glance of the menus or a casual walk-around the parks:

Here's CS:

MK --
Casey's Corner: has no kids' menu, kids have same options as adults.
Pete's Doggone Good Dogs: no kids' menu, same choices as adults
El Pirata y el Perico: taco, cookie, and beverage
Main St Bakery: doesn't look like there's a kid' menu, so same options as adults.

AK -- CS not great options for kids
Flame Tree: chicken wings or hot dog (may be ok)
Tusker House: mac and cheese or chicken drumstick (may be ok)
Pizzafari: cheese quesadilla may be ok, but there is no pizza for kids! If your kids want pizza, go to Pizza Planet in MGM, WPE in DTD, or Tangierine in Morocco (isn't that funny?? ).

MGM -- CS options not great for anybody, but...
Catalina Eddie's: don't see kids' menu? same options as adults?
Toy Story Pizza Planet: no kids' menu, same options as adults
ABC Commissary: doesn't get reviews, but kids' meals includes fried fish and vegetable noodle stir fry, specifies fries and soda available on request

Epcot -- some really unique and appetizing-sounding CS options for kids:
Cantina: beef burrito and soft drink
Electric Umbrella: standard chick nuggets and mac & cheese, but also turkey and cheese pinwheels, at least it's something different...soda and fries on request
Fountain View: don't see kid's menu -- same choices as adults?
Sommerfest: no kid's menu -- same choices as adults
Sunshine Seasons: sweet and sour chicken, mac & cheese, mini sub, chicken leg (this is a very popular CS for great adult choices, too)
Yorkshire Fish Shop: no kid's menu -- same choices as adults
Lotus Blossom: egg roll and beef fried rice
Tangierine: burger, pizza, or chicken tenders, all with fries and drink
Yakitori: teriyaki chicken w/veggies, rice, and soft drink

DTD
WPE: chicken fingers, mac & cheese (the GOOD stuff), cheese OR pepperoni pizza
EOS: PB&J, grilled cheese, turkey and swiss, pizza sandwich
Food Quest (in Disney Quest, requires admission): pasta, burger, hot dog
Cooke's: fish, battered chicken skewer, baby sausages, all with chips (fries)

Here's TS:You didn't mention what TS restaurants you are planning on going to, but here are some of the kids' menu items for some of the more popular places:

50's PT:
Grilled Fish of the Day served with whole-grain pilaf, veggies, and yogurt parfait
Garden Salad
Meatloaf
Ice Cream Sundae
Fruit Salad

Alfredo's:
Spaghetti Al Pomodoro - with Alfredo's tomato sauce and meatballs
Penne alla Panna e Formaggio - penne pasta with cream and parmigiano cheese
Strawberry or Electric Blue Slush
Kid's Cappuccino - hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles

Le Cellier:
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
Grilled Steak

Marrakesh:
Beef Kabob
Chocolate Mousse

Rose and Crown:
Shepherd's Pie
Bangers and Mash

Tempura Kiku:
Shichi-Go-San - shrimp with fresh vegetables, dipped in a light batter and fried, served with steamed rice, child dessert

Coral Reef:
Smoked Fish Chowder or Lobster Soup
Grilled Chicken Breast served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Grilled Mahi Mahi served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Coral Reef Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
Build Your Own Sundae

Concourse:
Grilled chicken or Grilled steak
Ice Cream (make-your-own sundae)

Maya Grill:
Grilled Chicken Parmesan served with pasta
Fried Ravioli served with marinara sauce and french fries
Beef Tenderloin Tips served with french fries and corn
Fried Shrimp with french fries and raspberry dipping sauce

Olivia's:
Grilled Fish of the Day - served with whole-grain pilaf, veggies, and yogurt parfait

Whispering Canyon:
All-you-care-to-Enjoy BBQ Skillet
Roasted Chicken Drumsticks with yukon gold mashed potatoes
Chunkwagon - A sundae served with a chocolate chunk cookie
Worms in the Dirt - Chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and gummy worms

Cap'n Jacks:
Linguini Provencal served with diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil and Parmesan cheese

Raglan Road:
Young Shepherd's Pie - Traditional Shepherd's Pie with our contemporary twist to this favorite dish
Bacon Beag - Oven-roasted loin of bacon with a honey glaze served with braised cabbage and creamed potato

That's just a sampling, and I picked the most unique items on each of those menus -- of course there were plenty of chicken strips/burgers/mac and cheese too, but if you are looking for variety and more interesting choices for your kids, it's out there.

skater
09-01-2007, 04:05 PM
It strikes me funny that CS at MK includes the taco place that has never been open during our trips (that's OK, we'll take the down times :goodvibes ), the bakery (are there good lunch items there - I'll check the menu), and hot dog joints. Aside from MK, the list seems long, but in reality, the choices are very limited. I realize why Disney does this (and I can accept ), But I still see the sit down choices as: buffets, and a very few "surprises" like the $2 steak option at Le Cellier. And the CS choices involve a lot of sharing :) . Disney World is for everybody, but is heavily marketed to kids and families - I don't think it would cost Disney much to add a few more fun things to kid's menus.

CarolAnnC
09-01-2007, 04:13 PM
You know, I have to sit here and reminisce back when my girls were small children - we took perhaps 4 trips to WDW from the time they were infants till they were teens. Money was very tight but we wanted to give them the chance to experience the "magic" if at all possible while they were still young enough to believe...

Anyway, we would budget in one meal in a restaurant during the trip and the rest was either fast food offsite, or more often, cereal and peanut butter sandwhiches in the room. Even at that, it was a stretch for us to make those trips.

Are we perhaps placing too much emphasis on food for the children? I am only thinking this because the whole WDW experience, the characters, the rides, the shows are what I always felt were the primary reason for the vacation.

I know myself, had I been given the chance, I would have lived on bread and water if only I had been able to visit WDW or DL as a child... I would like to see everyone enjoy their meals, and by all means if one can afford it, to enjoy as many restaurants as possible. But, I think the emphasis on exact food choices is perhaps being overexaggerated. This is partly why school districts are now receiving so much flak from parents and children as soda and candy machines are being removed from school lunchrooms and more healthy choices are being introduced.

Let's try to keep a positive attitude for the children, and encourage some of the healthy choices we see in Katiebelle's post. The Disney Magic should be the focus of trip planning and not what is offered on the menu in some restaurant in the parks...

Mermaid_Ariel
09-01-2007, 04:50 PM
Are we perhaps placing too much emphasis on food for the children? I am only thinking this because the whole WDW experience, the characters, the rides, the shows are what I always felt were the primary reason for the vacation.

But, I think the emphasis on exact food choices is perhaps being overexaggerated.

I have to agree. As an adult, dining is part of the vacation experience for me - but when I went to Disney World as a child, I hardly remember or cared about what I ate for that matter. I was too busy tracking down Chip n Dale and seeing everything there is to see. :rotfl:

I remember the only thing I cared about was ice cream and getting a soda because I was hot. :lmao:

ajsmommy1129
09-01-2007, 04:56 PM
We went twice last year, both times on DDP, and never once was our DS told "no" about eating from the adult menu, to a certain extent. He had the Pizza at Pizzafari (sp, the one in AK) had a chicken finger basket at Columbia Harbor House, alfredo sauce on his pasta at L'originale (even though it wasn't on the children's menu )...I can't count the times the CMs let him have his way. Whoopsie Daisy at WCC even had them make a vanilla mud pie because...gasp...I am so embarassed...my child does not like chocolate! (Yes, I am sure he is mine. He is a dead ringer for my DH, who also doesn't like chocolate. Go figure.) Rather than complain, politely ask, can DD/s have a children's portion of blah, blah? I think you will all be pleasantly suprised. As long as you don't ask, can my four year old have the 22 oz sirloin, when it is obvious you are going to give it to an extra member of your party NOT on the DDP, most CMS will try a nd work with you.

skater
09-01-2007, 07:16 PM
You know, I have to sit here and reminisce back when my girls were small children - we took perhaps 4 trips to WDW from the time they were infants till they were teens. Money was very tight but we wanted to give them the chance to experience the "magic" if at all possible while they were still young enough to believe...

Anyway, we would budget in one meal in a restaurant during the trip and the rest was either fast food offsite, or more often, cereal and peanut butter sandwhiches in the room. Even at that, it was a stretch for us to make those trips.

Are we perhaps placing too much emphasis on food for the children? I am only thinking this because the whole WDW experience, the characters, the rides, the shows are what I always felt were the primary reason for the vacation.

I know myself, had I been given the chance, I would have lived on bread and water if only I had been able to visit WDW or DL as a child... I would like to see everyone enjoy their meals, and by all means if one can afford it, to enjoy as many restaurants as possible. But, I think the emphasis on exact food choices is perhaps being overexaggerated. This is partly why school districts are now receiving so much flak from parents and children as soda and candy machines are being removed from school lunchrooms and more healthy choices are being introduced.

Let's try to keep a positive attitude for the children, and encourage some of the healthy choices we see in Katiebelle's post. The Disney Magic should be the focus of trip planning and not what is offered on the menu in some restaurant in the parks...



You bring up some good points. I appreciate you giving your opinions in an honest non-judgemental way. Maybe some of us are too worried about this. I do feel sorry for my almost 10 yr old and it would be hard for him to not get the cool deserts that the rest of us get (that's why we share or purchase one). My kids have also been trained to eat a lot of different foods including some that I never would have touched at their ages :lmao: . Maybe this is why its been disappointing for my 9 yr old to be very limited. I will point out that my kids are in no way spoiled - Disney is our one splurge of the year - we almost never go out to eat and this year we did very little in order to afford this trip (also made possible by free dining :goodvibes ) In thinking about it, I guess I still feel like there should be more fun choices for kids at Disney world of all places :goodvibes . You'd never see a kid in a Disney commercial eating carrot sticks :rotfl: . But saying all that, there is no way that it will affect our trip - we have learned how to work around it, and there's certainly enough Disney magic to make it a wonderful time!!!! Thanks again for your thoughts.

CarolAnnC
09-01-2007, 07:59 PM
Oh thank you so much for appreciating my post. I am so glad it was understood and taken well...

I was sitting here tonite and thinking about when I was a kid watching The Wonderful World of Disney on TV and salivating over shots of Disneyland on some of the shows...Those Mickey balloons and the Mickey ears hats were just to die for, lol. It's funny because I also don't recall anything about meals there, but cotton candy, oh yum. To die for lolol.

tripletots
09-01-2007, 08:03 PM
We were at Pizzafari last Friday. I ordered 4 pizzas and then told the CM that I wanted to pay OOP for 3 more pizzas for my three 9 yos. He said we could order the pizzas on the DDP just not dessert. Since 2 of my children are considered adults, we just shared dessert with the younger ones. In Epcots, Liberty Inn, I ordered 3 extra mickey rice crispy treats and paid OOP. That way everyone got a special treat. By the way, anyone know what happened to the dreaded sugar free jello. We spent all winter and summer teasing my little ones that jello was going to be their only dessert and they didn't even have it. I don't let my kids have aspertame, but I did notice that the lemonade is sugar free in a lot of places and the brownie is also sugar free. We just avoided it.

SmallWorld71
09-01-2007, 08:06 PM
FWIW - Not trying to start a controversy, just give some facts. I just returned from Disney w/ free dining today and nowhere on my dining card/ticket/room key did it say how many adults and children we were. We were 3adults /2children and at Pizzafari we ordered 4 adult meals and no kids meals because my 2 youngest wanted to share a pizza. When I asked the lady at the register if that was okay, she gave me a kind of strange look and said my order was fine. The only places we dined where they cared about the # of adults and children were the table services. Don't know if this is true for everywhere or not?:confused3

bicker
09-02-2007, 06:24 AM
I don't think it would cost Disney much to ...Corporations aren't in business to have things cost them ... they're in business to make profit. So I think the critical thing is for them to see how they could make more profit doing as you suggest rather than as they're currently doing. If they don't see a way, I wouldn't expect them to change.

bicker
09-02-2007, 06:28 AM
Are we perhaps placing too much emphasis on food for the children?Indeed, and you're right that thirty years ago this topic wouldn't have gotten a second thought. However, to be fair, our whole society has become more inclined towards food as the focus.

I know myself, had I been given the chance, I would have lived on bread and water if only I had been able to visit WDW or DL as a child...My first trip was as an adult, because my family simply couldn't afford such a vacation, so I know what you're talking about.

I would like to see everyone enjoy their meals, and by all means if one can afford it, to enjoy as many restaurants as possible. But, I think the emphasis on exact food choices is perhaps being overexaggerated.ITA on both points.

kaytieeldr
09-02-2007, 06:38 AM
I'm pretty sure they still have the gelatin (note: never the name-brand we've been using); and sugar-free does not necessarily mean aspartame.

skater
09-02-2007, 07:23 AM
Corporations aren't in business to have things cost them ... they're in business to make profit. So I think the critical thing is for them to see how they could make more profit doing as you suggest rather than as they're currently doing. If they don't see a way, I wouldn't expect them to change.


I understand that :confused3 . But doesn't a small chocolate chip cookie for example often cost less than grapes?

bicker
09-02-2007, 07:26 AM
I'm not sure that it is as clear-cut a choice as that.

Gotta Love Eeyore
09-02-2007, 07:37 AM
Gawsh, I didn't mean for this to become a heated discussion of how our society puts more emphasis on food or for it to become about kids being more priviledged today than when we were little. I really didn't mean to get everyone fired up.

However, we were all bouncing around when free dining was offered (well, I know I was) because as adults we knew we could eat whatever we wanted for the length of our trip. It was me and not my son that noticed that maybe this wasn't such a great deal for him. Im all about making kids try new foods, but this is vacation and if Mom and Dad are chomping away on alot of yummy stuff that we normally would not eat at home, then I think it would be disappointing to a child to be served chilled chicken and sugar free jello. Maybe I am wrong.

I still find it weird that Pizzafari has no pizza on the kids menu, but Morroco has Chicken Tenders, Hamburgers and Pizza.

skater
09-02-2007, 02:15 PM
Gotta Love Eeyore - I think its a slightly bigger deal when you have a 9 yr old - they tend to eat more and might be interested in a bigger variety of foods. Also, you're right - the deserts can be a little tricky. It was a little difficult last year for my then 8 yr old son because he didn't enjoy being the only one limited to a few choices - he especially did not enjoy the desert limitations. We shared with him or course and sometimes gave him one of our deserts - I think it was the whole not wanting to be the only one limited on vacation! I'll say it again - he is in no way spoiled - we rarely eat out and when we do, I severly limit his choices. I guess its the expectations for Disney World that made him feel a little disappointed. It certainly wasn't a huge factor in the scheme of things - we had an incredible vacation - it was just a little disappointing at times. The one thing that always comes to mind is at Teppanyaki when he was the only one who couldn't order ice cream. It just struck me as weird that a child at Disney World couldn't order ice cream :goodvibes . Of course, I gave him mine (and I could have purchased one), but it just seemed un-Disney like :rotfl: . This year, I have some ideas to make him (and our new 5 yr old :banana: ) feel less limited. Regardless, I'm sure we'll have another wonderful time. I guess the point of my little rant is to say, I get what you're saying! And I think its OK to be a little disappointed with the children's choices.

kaytieeldr
09-02-2007, 02:45 PM
Gawsh, I didn't mean for this to become a heated discussion of how our society puts more emphasis on food or for it to become about kids being more priviledged today than when we were little. I really didn't mean to get everyone fired up. Aw, don't worry about it - happens all the time around here! Let me see if I can think of the 'hot' issues on the Dining boards:
No variety in kids meals
Kids have plenty of choices
The cut-off age for kids should be older (aka my 12 year old eats like a bird)
My nine-year old is an adventurous eater and should be able to order from the adult menu
All the restaurants offer the same food for adults
All the restaurants are taking steak off the menu and adding different items
The Dining Plan is perfect
The Dining Plan is causing the downfall of humanity
Kids run wild in the restaurants
People forget 'Disney is for the kids'
Guests on the DDP get treated worse than other Guests
Guests on the DDP get treated better than other Guests
Guests on the DDP get treated exactly the same as other Guests
All the bars are making the same drinks
Including the tip with the DDP means the servers ignore you because the tip is guaranteed
Removing the tip from the DDP means I have to tip out of pocket (and, worse, calculate the tip) and it's unfair
And so on, and so on, and so on... :teeth:

Mermaid_Ariel
09-02-2007, 04:19 PM
Aw, don't worry about it - happens all the time around here! Let me see if I can think of the 'hot' issues on the Dining boards:
No variety in kids meals
Kids have plenty of choices
The cut-off age for kids should be older (aka my 12 year old eats like a bird)
My nine-year old is an adventurous eater and should be able to order from the adult menu
All the restaurants offer the same food for adults
All the restaurants are taking steak off the menu and adding different items
The Dining Plan is perfect
The Dining Plan is causing the downfall of humanity
Kids run wild in the restaurants
People forget 'Disney is for the kids'
Guests on the DDP get treated worse than other Guests
Guests on the DDP get treated better than other Guests
Guests on the DDP get treated exactly the same as other Guests
All the bars are making the same drinks
Including the tip with the DDP means the servers ignore you because the tip is guaranteed
Removing the tip from the DDP means I have to tip out of pocket (and, worse, calculate the tip) and it's unfair
And so on, and so on, and so on... :teeth:

Mustn't forget that refillable mugs "for life" is a hot button as well. :rotfl:

kaytieeldr
09-02-2007, 05:11 PM
Ah, right - thanks!
Is that for the life of the vacation?
Or for the life of the mug?
Or for the life of the Guest? :teeth:

Gotta Love Eeyore
09-02-2007, 06:04 PM
Ok, now ya'll are making me life...re-fillable mugs...:lmao:

The truth of the matter is, it is really me that will be eating a lot of chilled chicken. I'll cave in and give him my meal...it's a Mom thing I guess.

Really, no ice cream? Bizarre.

Mom of 3
09-02-2007, 06:15 PM
Honestly, I have a big 7 year old, almost 8, and he definitely prefers adult food to the kid selections. At home we eat healthy adult fare. DS7 just pulls a face at some of the kids selections. I plan on being the good mother and sharing my meals at TS with him. At CS we'll pay OOP if necessary.

For my kids the food is a big issue because they want to try lots of different things that they wouldn't normally get to try. They don't want to eat mac'n'cheese, chicken strips, or cheese pizza. For apps they want to try the adult selection not chicken noodle soup, veggie sticks or a garden salad.

We have 4 buffets planned for our 9 TS so that solves a lot of the problems.

amw
09-03-2007, 08:23 AM
I don't want to be flamed here... but I think WDW has a great selection for children compared to other amusment parks. Our local park -- Canada's Wonderland -- doesn't have kids' meals. They don't even sell milk or juice for children, pop only.

I have always been pleasently surprised by the offerings at Disney. Back in 2003, well before the latest healthy eating program was introduced, I was able to get milk, chocolate milk, or juice as a substitute for pop and I was able to carrots as a substitute for fries. That set the benchmark for future visits to other parks, and no one else has lived up to the options. I also liked the fact that every park had produce carts where you could get grapes/apples/bananas etc.

I have not been on the Dining Plan yet. Perhaps it has spoiled some people's expectations. My DDs never expect dessert with every meal -- certainly not with a CS. Keep in mind that the Dining PLan for children under 9 is $9.99. I think they are offered quite a bit of value for that cost.

Perhaps if a 9-year-old wants more selections, is a very good eater, and wants the adult foods, they should pay the extra $$ and be considered an adult? :confused3 That would avoid disappointment with the "kids" meals.

Maybe Disney should have kids meals that are themed to the restaurants they are offered in, but even in their current "limited" selections, they are FAR, FAR, better than any other parks. JIMO.

Terapin
09-03-2007, 09:00 AM
Hiya. The food choices are somewhat important to us as we eat really healthy most of the time (organic, whole grain, little junk, no pop, lots of fruit and veggies) and when the kids eat junk, their behavior changes and it sets a new low bar for the next meal. Of course, they will be allowed to eat nuggets and french fries as some of their meals, we just need to be able to make healthy choices most of the time to offset those choices. And while I cringe at the kids choosing cotton candy, I will allow it at least once! We eat meals together, and so this too is important for us, so we are planning lots of table service meals. We chose the deluxe dining plan for this reason. We also don't eat aspartame or other artificial sweeteners as there is nothing wrong with some sugar in moderation, so the jello and sugar-free brownies don't seem like healthier options to us. I am hoping that the table service means that we can give them things off our plate to supplement the kids choices, and because on a whole, the table service meals seemed healthier than the counter service meals. We'll see what happens: we'll just try to make the best choices with what's in front of us.

Angela Kay
09-03-2007, 09:19 AM
Ok, now ya'll are making me life...re-fillable mugs...:lmao:

The truth of the matter is, it is really me that will be eating a lot of chilled chicken. I'll cave in and give him my meal...it's a Mom thing I guess.

Really, no ice cream? Bizarre.

It really makes no sense for mom and dad to be sitting down with a cheeseburger at Pecos Bill's...a burger place...and there's no cheeseburger on the kids menu! I'm not going to eat cold chicken and I'm sure not going to serve it to my kids.

We payed OOP for a lot of my DS's lunch CS meals and used the leftover CS for breakfast. Another CS option...and we used it a few times...was to order the double cheeseburger and then just pay OOP for an extra bun.

bicker
09-03-2007, 11:43 AM
Perhaps if a 9-year-old wants more selections, is a very good eater, and wants the adult foods, they should pay the extra $$ and be considered an adult? :confused3 That would avoid disappointment with the "kids" meals.That makes a lot of sense, and very effectively addresses concerns about children wanting pizza at pizzerias, hamburgers at hamburger eateries, and steak at steakhouses. :thumbsup2

Angela Kay
09-03-2007, 12:05 PM
That makes a lot of sense, and very effectively addresses concerns about children wanting pizza at pizzerias, hamburgers at hamburger eateries, and steak at steakhouses. :thumbsup2


No, not really. If you add them as an adult, then you have to pay to upgrade their ticket and also in a lot of cases you have to pay for the extra adult in the room. That alone its $25 a day. It's by far cheaper to pay OOP for an extra meal here and there.

Disney could offer a childs burger at the burger places. Mc Donlads has been doing it for years at about $3 per meal. As far as steak, my DS had steak at Le Cellier and Concourse...both were offered on the childrens menu.

kaytieeldr
09-03-2007, 03:45 PM
While I, too, warn about the added ticket cost and the potential additional adult charge, those would NOT happen in the same year.

The difference in ticket prices between adult and child ranges from $11.72 per day for a one day pass to $4.05 per day for a ten day pass (across the board, doesn't matter what features you add).

Yes, if you increase a child's age now to make him or her a Disney-adult for purposes of the free dining promotion*, instead of having to pay the extra adult charge for that child in 2016 you'll have to do it in 2015.

Disney does not offer a child-size burger at the burger places because adults order those to save money - and Disney wants adults ordering adult menu items. Disney does not offer a child-size pizza at the pizza places for the same reason. Disney DOES offer burgers and pizza on the menus at OTHER places, and since Pizza Planet does not have a kids' menu, children can order anything on the menu.

*Free dining only, because it's highly unlikely but not completely impossible, that someone would pay an additional $27 or $28 to put their child on the Adult DDP at other times of the year; as has been stated many times in the past, the Dining Plan is NOT for everyone, and this would likely be an example of that.

disneyjunkie
09-03-2007, 03:49 PM
No, not really. If you add them as an adult, then you have to pay to upgrade their ticket and also in a lot of cases you have to pay for the extra adult in the room. That alone its $25 a day. It's by far cheaper to pay OOP for an extra meal here and there.

Disney could offer a childs burger at the burger places. Mc Donlads has been doing it for years at about $3 per meal. As far as steak, my DS had steak at Le Cellier and Concourse...both were offered on the childrens menu.

You could have him listed as a 10 year old. :confused3

You'll have to pay for the park passes but not the extra adult fee.

Debby
09-03-2007, 04:40 PM
Is anyone else disappointed with the selction of food on the kid's menus? I don't recall the choices being so limited on the kid's menu last time we went on the DP. If I am looking at this correctly, my 9yo son isn't going to be very happy about this. I mean what is up with a place named "PIZZAfari" not having a PIZZA on the kid's menu? Or no burgers on a kid's menu for a place that mainly sells burgers and sandwiches to adults (Liberty Inn, Cosmic Ray's, Peco's Bills, Pinocchio's)??? In fact, I can't find a single place he can get a burger in all of the MK?!? And at Epcot, it looks like he will need to eat at Morroco if he wants a burger!

It is not like he is an extremely picky eater but a kid can eat only so many chicken nuggets or chilled chicken plates.

Has anyone else had better luck feeding their kids? :confused3
We just got back from a week of free dining at Disney. The children's menu was unacceptable for my 9 year old who has a taste beyond chicken nuggets and pizza everyday. They really need another catagory for children ages 8-14. These older children need more food than what is currently offered and cannot eat the amount of an adult menu. My 11 year old ordered off the adult menu each day and had a good selection, however so much food was wasted! Disney should re-think this plan.:thumbsup2

Pumbaa_
09-03-2007, 06:05 PM
Disney has rethought this plan and major changes have been announced for 2008.

skater
09-03-2007, 06:53 PM
We just got back from a week of free dining at Disney. The children's menu was unacceptable for my 9 year old who has a taste beyond chicken nuggets and pizza everyday. They really need another catagory for children ages 8-14. These older children need more food than what is currently offered and cannot eat the amount of an adult menu. My 11 year old ordered off the adult menu each day and had a good selection, however so much food was wasted! Disney should re-think this plan.:thumbsup2



My 9 year old wouldn't waste anything :goodvibes . He easily eats more than I do (and he's thin and athletic :) ). I will probably share with him or purchase something extra for him when he needs it. That's easy to do with free dining!

Angela Kay
09-03-2007, 06:58 PM
You could have him listed as a 10 year old. :confused3

You'll have to pay for the park passes but not the extra adult fee.



I see what you're saying and it definitely makes sense since he would be under 18...but when I called about adding him as an adult on the DP, the CM told me I could do that but since he would be considered an adult, I would have to pay the increase in the ticket and the resort. We are a family of 3 adults and one child...that would make us 4 adults in one room. That could have been misinformation, but that's what I was told. We just opted to pay OOP for his few meals.