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mericletwins 01-08-2013 01:38 PM

Ordering off the Children's Menu-revisited
 
I searched through old threads and read quite a lot about this, but there isn't really much that is recent. We are planning on going in August with our then 14DD, 14DS and our 13DS. I know that they are adults in Disney eyes and for the most part they are pretty adventurous eaters, however there will be times that they just won't be hungry enough to eat an adult meal. We will not be using the DDP, so credits are not an issue. Does anyone have any recent experience with someone that is older ordering off the children's menu?

If it is going to be a huge hassle we could have them split meals, but then we have to go through the hassle of having them agree on a meal. Is it possible to just order an appetizer in a TS restaurant? Is that frowned upon? The restaurants I'm particularly interested in are the Flying Fish, Yachtsman, Narcoossees and Artist Point, but I haven't made ADRs yet, so that may not be where we end up.

lililoo12 01-08-2013 02:48 PM

a lot of times I eat like a bird and just order an appetizer as my dinner. It is not frowned upon. ordering off the kids menu TS is though if they are not 9 and under. splitting meals also isnt an issue unless of course it is like a skillet you have to be charged for two just like a buffet

BEASLYBOO 01-08-2013 04:27 PM

If you are paying out of pocket and not doing buffets, it should not be an issue! We eat at a great many TS restaurants, Raglands, Le Cellier, Via Napoli, BOG, Chefs,...... and all allowed our picky 11-12 young ladies to order from the kids menu at the kids price. The only resistance we faced at Thanksgiving came from Marrakesh, and I told the waiter it shouldn't matter we weren't on the DDP and if it was a problem we would all eat elsewhere, and he said OK! With 5 adult dinners and a bottle of wine, and 2 kid dinners he knew where is bread was buttered!

MariMouse 01-08-2013 06:41 PM

No Problems
 
We were just there in December and we did not have a problem at all! All the waiters were fine with it. I have two teenager girls who are very picky, light eaters. We had the Dining Plan but paid out-of-pocket for kids meals at some TS meals and then used the extra credits for meals that needed 2 TS credits. It actually worked very well for us. :thumbsup2

ttintagel 01-09-2013 08:54 AM

There are no guarantees, but as long as you're paying OOP most restaurants will accommodate you.

stargazertechie 01-09-2013 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by ttintagel (Post 47131508)
There are no guarantees, but as long as you're paying OOP most restaurants will accommodate you.

I don't see why a restaurant would frown upon using an adult TS or CS credit for a child's meal- that's more money in Disney's pocket.

The other way around though (Using a child's TS or CS credit for an adult meal) doesn't fly

ttintagel 01-09-2013 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by stargazertechie (Post 47131654)
I don't see why a restaurant would frown upon using an adult TS or CS credit for a child's meal- that's more money in Disney's pocket.

Because it makes their bookkeeping harder. When you're feeding thousands of people a day, those little bits of extra work add up.

MinnieGirl33 01-09-2013 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by mericletwins (Post 47123247)
. We are planning on going in August with our then 14DD, 14DS and our 13DS. I know that they are adults in Disney eyes and for the most part they are pretty adventurous eaters, however there will be times that they just won't be hungry enough to eat an adult meal.

:eek: This is a concept I just can't wrap my brain around... OK, maybe for a girl but teenage boys not being hungry enough??? :goodvibes

As long as you are paying out of pocket you can absolutely order an appy as your entree. Sometimes all we do is order drinks & a few appys. Never been an issue.

kiddisney 01-09-2013 11:52 AM

it shouldn't be a problem - i'm here now & have ordered off the appy menu for lunch & dinner (more appealing) and have also ordered off the kids menu - and if they said they wouldn't let me - then i wouldn't order anything - and let everyone else eat - and go o/s & get a snack - and they wouldn't get any tip from my meal - so it's in their best interest in letting you order - if you weren't going to get anything anyway

SleepyatDVC 01-09-2013 01:35 PM

I have an DD11 and DD14. DH wants to try Todd English's Blue Zoo this trip. Looking at the menus, it didn't look like the kids will like anything off the adult menu.

DD14 has gotten very adventurous but she still wants to know exactly WHAT she is ordering and eating. Heck, I won't even know what I'm ordering even with the description. Lol. Hate to order a $40+ entree that she won't touch. DD11, alas, is still a pasta and chicken strips without any sauce kind of girl. Sigh.

In any case, the Blue Zoo's children's menu offers a lot for both of them to choose from that isn't just nuggets and pasta. Anyone with first hand experience of having older kids order from the kiddie menu there?

TIA!

robinb 01-09-2013 01:41 PM

We ate at Jiko in December and asked for a kids menu for my 13-year old DD. They had no problem giving one to her. She ended up ordering a special vegetarian item from the adult menu.

If your kids are actually hungry but not adventurous, I have heard that many places will make an adult portion of kids meals.

baler31 01-09-2013 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SleepyatDVC (Post 47134703)
I have an DD11 and DD14. DH wants to try Todd English's Blue Zoo this trip. Looking at the menus, it didn't look like the kids will like anything off the adult menu.

DD14 has gotten very adventurous but she still wants to know exactly WHAT she is ordering and eating. Heck, I won't even know what I'm ordering even with the description. Lol. Hate to order a $40+ entree that she won't touch. DD11, alas, is still a pasta and chicken strips without any sauce kind of girl. Sigh.

In any case, the Blue Zoo's children's menu offers a lot for both of them to choose from that isn't just nuggets and pasta. Anyone with first hand experience of having older kids order from the kiddie menu there?

TIA!

I have been with friends where the older children ordered from the children's menu and don't recall them even questioning it.

My kids actually like various kinds of fish and they always try something new there and just get them to grill it without a lot of the sauces etc.

disnut8 01-09-2013 06:23 PM

Disney is no different from the outside world. Just went to trivia last night and ordered an appetizer of clams. Husband ordered the appetizer of sausage bits. Not a blink of an eye.

Why would Disney be any different? :confused3

nkereina 01-09-2013 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by disnut8 (Post 47138143)
Disney is no different from the outside world. Just went to trivia last night and ordered an appetizer of clams. Husband ordered the appetizer of sausage bits. Not a blink of an eye.

Why would Disney be any different? :confused3

Because the outside world doesn't view children 10 and older as adults, and the outside world doesn't have adult and child table service credits. OP's question is a pretty common one :thumbsup2

jakenjess 01-09-2013 07:35 PM

We've had one restaurant at Disney refuse to let our over-10 YO order off the children's menu, and that was Tutto Italia. This was a couple years ago, so maybe they've changed their policy since then. Have never had a problem anywhere else.


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