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Old 03-30-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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DDP & kids

My wife and I like the convenience of the DDP. I especially like knowing all of our meals are paid for when we get there.

Our beef (no pun intended) with the DDP is that kids seem to have the same few options ( Mac & cheese, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets) at every single sit down restaurant. Our two daughters are very healthy, non-picky eaters and we were a little frustrated by the lack of options (the exception being the rainforest cafe), almost enough to reconsider using the DDP.

Sorry if this has already been posted, but can anyone else tell me if they feel the same and how they've dealt with this issue?
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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I agree. The same kids choices are found at buffets too. All kids chicken nuggets, pizza etc. are exactly the same too no variation. It's funny you would think Disney would serve higher quality food to their youngest biggest fans.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:23 PM   #3
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I'd have to agree. We tend to seek out signature restaurants that offer more 'grown up' choices for kids, and at buffets we encourage DD to choose from the whole buffet rather than just the children's section.

They are adding more "whole meals" to the kids menus which are much, much healthier, and Be our Guest is causing quite a stir for having left the usual suspects of the kids menu all together. It does seem to be improving!
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:45 PM   #4
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I agree. The same kids choices are found at buffets too. All kids chicken nuggets, pizza etc. are exactly the same too no variation. It's funny you would think Disney would serve higher quality food to their youngest biggest fans.
That's the thing...the adult meals are so high quality, it's a head scratcher that the kids' meals are so uninspired. My girls love salads and quinoa and healthy food just as much as hotdogs and grilled cheese. I know it's cheaper to buy frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets in bulk, but you know what? It's cheaper to rent a beach house for a week than do WDW. I'm making an investment, they should, too.

It doesn't have to be elaborate, just give me some variety - soups, salads, more fruit and veggie options, etc.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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I would wager that the majority of kids like whats on the kids menus as this is pretty standard across the board wether at WDW, Applebees or the Olive Garden.

I would like Disney to leave some of the standard fare on the menu but add some new stuff. I do like that Disney has healthy stuff like grapes and carrots but this to seems to be at all kids places and I think after a couple days that will get old.

Be nice to have more variety.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:03 PM   #6
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[QUOTE=ironpig70;47960348]I would wager that the majority of kids like whats on the kids menus as this is pretty standard across the board wether at WDW, Applebees or the Olive Garden.
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My problem isn't so much with what's on the menus - my daughters like chicken strips and cheeseburgers as much as anyone else - but the lack of alternatives. During our last WDW trip, they pretty much ate the same thing at every table service restaurant we went to and we tried several. It'd just be nice to add a salad to each menu and maybe one item specific to each menu.

To the whoever suggested that we not do the DDP, we have considered that option for this very reason. For now, the peace of mind and savings associate with the Disney plan is enough to make us think twice about dropping it. Maybe we need to look harder for other places to eat, which is why I posted this in the first place, to get some suggestions.

I've seen BoG suggested several times. Where else have you all had luck with good kid options?
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
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Maybe we need to look harder for other places to eat, which is why I posted this in the first place, to get some suggestions.

I've seen BoG suggested several times. Where else have you all had luck with good kid options?
My young niece loves the salmon at the Grand Floridian Cafe. And the buffet at Biergarten was a huge hit. Le Ceiller is a hit too, though now that all meals are 2 dining credits it is a bit pricey. But they have steak, salmon, grilled chicken, and pasta on the kids menu.

Tutto Italia was very accommodating with regards to adjusting menu items to taste. We have enjoyed all our meals at the Liberty Tree Tavern too. For lunch they have a chicken and pineapple flat bread on the kids menu. Along with mac & cheese and pasta in red sauce.

Those are the places we have eaten that come to mind. There is a link to the menus on the Disboards. They are very helpful!
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:36 PM   #8
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Don't go on the Dining Plan. That's the solution. If there were "better" choices for kids on the DP it would more expensive and probably not offer the same value.


We are vegetarian, and most kid offerings (beyond the mac&cheese and occasional grilled cheese) are meat. That's not helpful for us! Since the cost of the kid's plan is what helps the total plan's cost make more sense, but the kid's plan doesn't make sense for DS much of the time, the whole thing makes no sense for us. Not to mention, the plan doesn't really work for the adults, based on what we normally eat.

Therefore, the plan isn't for us. Might not be for the OP, either.

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I agree. The same kids choices are found at buffets too. All kids chicken nuggets, pizza etc. are exactly the same too no variation. It's funny you would think Disney would serve higher quality food to their youngest biggest fans.
Kids do not have to eat off of the kid area at the buffet. At Tusker House, our fave buffet meal, DS gets a bunch of mac&cheese, then puts all sorts of interesting things around it, like the pearl couscous, etc etc.
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I agree. The same kids choices are found at buffets too. All kids chicken nuggets, pizza etc. are exactly the same too no variation. It's funny you would think Disney would serve higher quality food to their youngest biggest fans.
You do realize that kids and anyone can eat whatever they want off a buffet. Kids are not limited to "kids choices" at buffets. This is why buffets are often recommended for parents who have concerns similar to the OP's who really want to get the dining plan.

They have traditional "kid foods" because that's what the majority wants. There are a lot of options at Disney for those who are inclined to research, though.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:27 AM   #10
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My husband and I took our then 3 1/2 y/o GS to WDW last Feb (2012). Knowing this kid had a more cultured palate, is not allowed to eat very much of the typical kids food at home, and has been eating out with his parents since he was born, so is very well behaved in restaurants, we chose to do the DxDDP. I booked almost every character meal Disney offers, so he has the choice of all items on the buffets. As far as other TS meals, he enjoyed Yak & Yeti, Ohana, 50's Prime Time, Coral Reef, Whispering Canyon, Paradsio 37 and T Rex. He did get a hamburger/mini hot dog combo meal at Paradiso 37 and a dino chicken nugget meal at T Rex, but otherwise did not eat a hamburger or chicken nugget all week. I didn't realize that kids don't get a 'real' appetizer on the DxDDP, so most meals he shared our appetizers and was then satisfied with his entree. I did look on the menus at Allears before I made ADRs, to make sure he had some decent options. This kid is not a fan of chicken nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, etc, so I was concerned that he might actually starve down there, even on the DxDDP or that I'd be forced to eat his kids meals, while he noshed on mine. lol However, we found plenty of 'real food' for him to eat, just by doing our research ahead of time.

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:12 PM   #11
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I originally thought this also. My 11 year old who has all the adult options prefers the child options he flat out refuses to eat any meat, pizza, PB&J, grilled cheese, mac and cheese and fruit is pretty much it for him. Our daughter who just turned 7 and a child for disney dinning eats a variety and very healthy, we have spent hours (literally) looking at menus, both counter service and table service. 3 of our 7 nights will be at differnt buffets that we thought offered something for every one of our family members, the other 4 were restraunts that had many options. There is a couple of occasions that I think my 11 year old and 7 year old will swap plates.

I agree with the poster that mentioned checking out resorts. I LOVE the menu at our resort and have heard so many great reviews that a couple of the days we will be eating there. we had planned to go back for some swim time and maybe for my youngest to nap (she has a heart condition and tires easily) so those days we will be hitting up the CS there, POR, they offer an option of make your own salad and make your own pasta along with several others.
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Don't go on the Dining Plan. That's the solution. If there were "better" choices for kids on the DP it would more expensive and probably not offer the same value.
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Sorry, but I have to disagree with all of you. If you do some research you can find a lot of variety for kids meals. Look at the menus on line ahead of time. We have easily found things like salads, steak, fish, turkey, meatloaf--there IS a lot of different food available. And healthy choices too. But you have to look for them.

Btw, keep in mind for every person who complains about the lack of variety, there is someone complaining that the food is so strange their kids won't eat it. Be our Guest has a menu that is not all mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, and there has been a huge uproar over it!
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Look at the menus here on the info side of the boards, or on allears. There is more than nuggests and mac and cheese for kids. Just off the top of my head, BOG as pp mentioned, Biergaten has roast chicken and potatoes, Chefs has fish, LTT lunch as turkey and mashed potatoes, 50's has grilled chicken and grilled fish.
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Sorry, but I have to disagree with all of you. If you do some research you can find a lot of variety for kids meals. Look at the menus on line ahead of time. We have easily found things like salads, steak, fish, turkey, meatloaf--there IS a lot of different food available. And healthy choices too. But you have to look for them.

Btw, keep in mind for every person who complains about the lack of variety, there is someone complaining that the food is so strange their kids won't eat it. Be our Guest has a menu that is not all mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, and there has been a huge uproar over it!
If you know some of these resurants by heart would you pm me with them? DS is a picky eater and I am planning our first trip for next year and am struggling with going on DDP...I want to so that dh and I eat one good meal a day that we normally wouldn't if we were home! Thank you!!
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