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Old 08-05-2010, 09:01 AM   #16
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These are mostly sit down dinners which my family cannot afford to attend.
That's true, but most counter service places where your kids are being offered nuggets & dogs, the adult fare isn't much better!

Yakitori House is awesome, and Flame Tree B-B-Q is good too (although not as "different" as YH).

Not sure if OP uses DDP or not, but if not, it would be very easy to accommodate a "better" dining experience. Just order some adult items a la carte or visit some different stands (fresh fruit etc...) and voila! a good meal

Besides, it is a vacation, not indicative of how you would eat day to day, so personally, I don't think a few days of crap will kill you and I really don't mean to belittle the OP's and others remarks, because some of it is true! Just wanted to offer what options there are out there.

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:02 AM   #17
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50's prime-Time kids menu (I left off the nugget/dog/etc...options)
Grilled Fish of the Day - served with whole-grain pilaf, veggies, and yogurt parfait $8.50
Kids' Picks
Choice of 1 Appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert - $8.50
Appetizer:
Chicken Noodle Soup OR Garden Salad
Meatloaf
Fruit Salad

Mama Melrose
Grilled Fish of the Day served with whole-grain pilaf, veggies and yogurt parfait $7.59
Kids' Picks
Choice of 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert - $7.59
Garden Salad
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
Cheese Pizza
Pepperoni Pizza
Spaghetti or Penne Pasta - topped with tomato sauce, meat sauce or cheese sauce
Fruit Salad

Sci-Fi
Kids' Complete Meals
Cheese Pizza - served with veggies and sliced apples $8.99
Meaty Macaroni - ground turkey with marinara sauce, topped with mozzarella served with veggies and fruit salad $8.99
Kids' Picks
Choice of 1 Appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert - $8.99
Appetizer
Tomato Soup OR Garden Salad
Entrees (not great offerings)
Macaroni & Cheese OR Hot Dog OR Cheeseburger
Fruit Salad

Flame Tree B-B-Q
For Guests Ages 3-9
All meals include choice of 2 sides: grapes, carrot sticks, applesauce or fruit punch gelatin
Choice of: 1% milk, Small Bottled Water or Apple Juice
Baked Chicken Drumstick $4.99

Yak & Yeti
$7.49 for Ages 9 and Under
Add a Kid-sized portion of milk or apple juice in a souvenier cup.
All items served with choice of carrot sticks, applesauce cup, fruit punch gelatin or chicken fried rice.
Mini Burger
Vegetable Lo Mein
Chicken Bites
Egg Roll

Nine Dragon's
All Meals Include choice of 1% milk, water, or juice
Appetizer
Pot Stickers - classic sauteed pork and vegetable dumplings $3.68
Vegetable Spring Rolls $4.68
Entrees
Sweet and Sour Chicken - with Sesame Bread $7.68
Lo Mein and Meatballs - beef meatballs and savory noodles $7.68
Deluxe Entree
Lo Mein, Sweet & Sour Chicken and Meatballs - served with Carrots $9.98
Desserts
Ice Cream - Strawberry Red Bean or Caramel Ginger $3.98

Yakitori House
Kids' Pick
Teriyaki Chicken with mixed vegetables, steamed rice and a child size soft drink $6.89

Liberty Tree Tavern
Kids' Picks
Choice of 1 Appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert - $7.59
Appetizer
Garden Salad OR Chicken Noodle Soup
Entrees
Sliced Turkey OR Macaroni and Cheese
Desserts
Fruit Cup OR Ice-Cream Sundae

Tony's Town Square
Appetizer
Carrot and Celery Sticks - with Ranch Dressing OR Garden Salad
Entrees
Cheeseburger Calzone OR Spaghetti and Meatballs OR Multigrain Pasta Primavera OR Mickey-shaped Cheese Ravioli - with an Alfredo Sauce and topped with Crispy Pepperoni
Also available off the menu:
Chicken Nuggets
Soft Drinks Available Upon Request
Desserts
Fruit Cup OR Ice-Cream Sundae

Not defending WDW, but there are options out there for kids that are not nuggets & hot dogs, sometimes you just need to look for them.
BTW, I've had the kids picks fish meal at 50's Prime Time and it's very good! The adult portion was just too big for me and the kids was just right.

Also, these are not the complete menu's nor a full list of dining locations,FYI. I just pulled some of the "better" options off some of the menu's.
Thank you! Too bad I already made my ADRs!! I think we might have to add one of these for the heck of it.

Aside from these, I'm also a little disappointed in the WDW kids' meal options-- DD loves food and doesn't really eat the kids' options... 'Till then, I'm doing buffets so she can eat what she wants!
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:03 AM   #18
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If you're willing to do TS meals rather than all QS, there are most certainly some great options for kids in a LOT of places...we have been thrilled with the choices for our kids for dinners. Obviously the buffets allow for endless possibilities, but there are some great grilled fish, chicken and beef items on nearly every menu, and almost everywhere allows for fresh fruit as a side or desert. Tepan Edo has been my kids favorite since they were 23 months old. I think QS meals in general are bad for our diets (adults or kids) Disney does a better job at making it more enjoyable for the adults that's for sure...but many are still loaded with fats and carbs... But they can be yummy! We try to limit our QS style eating to once a day, and pack healthy snacks/add ons to help round out the meal. (grapes, carrots, cucumber slices, cheese strings etc.) then we opt for a sit down meal For dinner where I know the kids can get the proper fuel to have them ready and healthy to hit the parks the following day!
We usually only do quick service for lunch and to be honest a lot of the time we skip lunch but dinner is always TS. But I'm not even speaking of Disney alone. It seems like everywhere that options are limited.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:11 AM   #19
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eh, just share meals or order off of the adult menu. No one says that kids have to eat off of a kid's menu.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:22 AM   #20
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eh, just share meals or order off of the adult menu. No one says that kids have to eat off of a kid's menu.
Yes, that can be done but it's not the point. Why has it become ok to serve our kids this crap for a lack of a better word.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:26 AM   #21
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I am trying to work my head around this as well. We eat pretty clean at home... when we go out I will let my DD5 have the occasional McD's chicken nuggets and fries. With water... her choice! LOL. She usually gets this about once every three weeks... at other restaurants she gets something more substantial.

If we happen to go to McDs more than that I sub apples for her fries. She's usually pretty good about it. She really just wants to go for the PlayPlace anyways! LOL.

These CS menus are one of the main reasons we chose the DxDP. It does seem though that many places will sub grapes or carrot sticks for fries, but from what I've read (we haven't been there yet), it is not every place.

It's not just Disney unfortunately - a lot of Counter Services places are just horrible. I will usually automatically put some of my salad etc on her plate.

A lot of places (don't know about Disney) will give a kid a sub of a small handful of green salad vs fries if you ask nicely and they have it unpackaged. As long as it is cost-effective for a restaurant - they are usually pretty much there to please.

I wouldn't be shy at a TS to ask for grilled chicken to replace the tenders. A similar amount wouldn't likely cost more for the restaurant. I would also be willing to pay an extra dollar or two if I had to. A lot of chefs/cooks I know are health conscious and are very kind to go the extra mile making sure kids get good nutrition.

It's not so bad if you are going out occasionally here at home and she gets 'treat' food, but I am putting a plan of action into place for two weeks of it while we are there.

I'm starting to get into the habit of only asking her what she wants from things I've preselected (lucky she can't READ! LOL) so often 'fries' will not be on the menu.

I'm thinking most of our snack credits will be spent on bottled water and fruit (with the occasional Dole Whip, Mickey Bar, gooey cookie I keep hearing about!) I will also be asking to do substitutes where ever I'm not totally in agreement with a kid's meal. They may, they may not, but I can be pretty nicely persuasive and if they can't I will share some of mine with her.

We are also planning on doing breakfast in our room most mornings (using a lot of two-credit meals for shows etc.) So I can feed us oatmeal with raisins, flax and wheatgerm (I'm bringing a kettle and bowls!)

One thing I'm finding when travelling is how hard it can be to get a person's daily fibre. I've already purchased some fibre pills. There is nothing worse than feeling bloated when you are vacationing.

Even though we have what we have available and even though it is not 'right' in my opinion to be 'leading' on these eating habits for our kids so nonchalantly, I still think you can work around it, even if they have their fill of grapes and carrots for a week.
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Yes, that can be done but it's not the point. Why has it become ok to serve our kids this crap for a lack of a better word.
because that is what the majority want, and it is cost affective.
Restaurants are there to make a profit, pure and simple. And, as people have said, for many vacation food/eating out food is a treat, not the norm.

What people choose to feed their children in general is a matter of personal choice. Obviously nutrition is not a big concern for many. As a soapbox, you will have many years of complaining about others if you choose. Or you can just feed your child healthy food and go on with life.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:58 AM   #23
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Actually, healthy eating is cost-effective and what people want when they are educated on it. Have you seen any of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? It is really eye-opening.

Most people do NOT want to be overweight and unhealthy. But it is easier.

I do 100% agree it is a parent's and a personal responsibility to do what is best nutrition-wise for their family... but it is systemic as to HOW ingrained it is into the North American culture and sad to see how processed and sugar-filled everything is. How KFC, for example, challenges families to "Give Mom a break" and go out and get a bucket of chicken!! Ya, I'm SURE that's what mom was hoping for on Mother's Day! LOL.

I do think a 'food revolution' has started. Yay! And people speaking up is the reason WHY McD's now carries salads and you can get carrots and grapes and such for CS meals.

I highly doubt nuggets will ever be removed off a menu, nor do I think they need to be, but I look forward to other healthy foods being added.

If those who WANT this stuff keep asking for substitutions, even if you are shy, and are nice about it... restaurants WILL change to meet the growing demand.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:59 AM   #24
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This was probably the main reason I did not want the meal plan. My kids eat this way very occassionally and I felt a whole week of this would upset their stomachs. However, free dining came along and it was much more cost effective for us. What I ended up doing is scheduling all our TS meals at buffets so that the kids can choose other things and are not locked into the nuggets. For the CS meals, I'm thinking that they will need to pick something grilled or pasta most of the time. Because we are not paying for it, I'm also thinking of them splitting one kids meal and then sharing off of our food to bablance it out. There are good (or better choices) out there but you have to look. Two years ago we got a really nice spaghetti and meatball lunch for the kids at an AK CS meal. It was filling and yummy and not a nugget!
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I agree that eating well is cost effective. Restaurants don't run on the principles of my home. They have to make a profit feeding the masses.
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I have a kid who likes the traditional kid menus. He's in the majority, luckily. Like many kids, that's currently how his taste buds are wired, and there's no rewiring them at this point. It will change down the road....I certainly eat things now that I never ate when I was a child.

But when Disney tried to make their kid meals more healthy, all they did was make them more awful and very repetitive.

So OP just spend a little more, and go to counter service places that offer a variety, and share. It's really not that difficult.
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These are mostly sit down dinners which my family cannot afford to attend. My kids sometimes do appetizers instead, or share with us. We tend towards those restaurants that have better selections like CHH or Flame Tree.
The adult meals are really no better at most Counter Service restaurants .

My DD is a vegetarian so I have had my own issues over the years.
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because that is what the majority want, and it is cost affective.
Restaurants are there to make a profit, pure and simple. And, as people have said, for many vacation food/eating out food is a treat, not the norm.

What people choose to feed their children in general is a matter of personal choice. Obviously nutrition is not a big concern for many. As a soapbox, you will have many years of complaining about others if you choose. Or you can just feed your child healthy food and go on with life.
Sorry Indiana but you are completely missing my point. This should not be the norm. As one poster said its because of money well I find it hard to beleive that in the long run with all the medical issues that eating these types of foods bring, that it is indeed cheaper. Obviously we as parents need to stop this from happening and say that it's not ok. I'll pay the extra 15 bucks if I know my child will be eating healthy food. Even school lunches have gone down the hill. My soapbox rant is that this food is not ok and than MAYBE if more of up stood up and shared or disgust things will change.
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We've found some decent kids meals at some of the CS places. At Pecos Bill's they have a grilled chicken kids meal that my DS loves. It is strips of grilled chicken with ranch dressing to dip it in. I am pretty sure that at ALL CS places we've eaten at, you choose two sides: french fries, grapes, carrots, jello. You really have to just look carefully at the menus. I honestly think they are doing a better job with the kids meals than they have in the past. It is not ALL hotdogs and chicken nuggets anymore.

Electric Umbrella--Epcot
Kid's Picks, for guests 9 and under
All meals: $4.99 each
with choice of two: applesauce, grapes, carrot sticks or fruit punch gelatin
and a beverage: 1% milk, bottled water or apple juice box

Cheeseburger
Turkey Pinwheels
Kid's Cheeseburger

Sunshine Seasons--Epcot
Children's Selection - Sweet & Sour Chicken and Beverage $6.49
Children's Selection - Macaroni and Cheese with Beverage $4.99
Children's Selection - Make your own Mini Sub and Beverage $4.99
Children's Selection - Chicken Leg with Mashed Potatoes and Beverage $6.49

Cosmic Ray's--Magic Kingdom
Kids' Picks
(Children 9 and under)
(All Sides of Restaurant)
All meals include choice of 2 side items: grapes, carrot sticks or apple sauce
Choice of: 1% Mickey Milk, small bottled water or apple juice

Chicken Nuggets $4.99
Mixed Greens Salad with Chicken $4.99
Peanut Butter and Jelly $4.99

Here is a link that was updated on 8/3/10 with counter service menus.

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Actually, healthy eating is cost-effective and what people want when they are educated on it. Have you seen any of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? It is really eye-opening.

Most people do NOT want to be overweight and unhealthy. But it is easier.

I do 100% agree it is a parent's and a personal responsibility to do what is best nutrition-wise for their family... but it is systemic as to HOW ingrained it is into the North American culture and sad to see how processed and sugar-filled everything is. How KFC, for example, challenges families to "Give Mom a break" and go out and get a bucket of chicken!! Ya, I'm SURE that's what mom was hoping for on Mother's Day! LOL.

I do think a 'food revolution' has started. Yay! And people speaking up is the reason WHY McD's now carries salads and you can get carrots and grapes and such for CS meals.

I highly doubt nuggets will ever be removed off a menu, nor do I think they need to be, but I look forward to other healthy foods being added.

If those who WANT this stuff keep asking for substitutions, even if you are shy, and are nice about it... restaurants WILL change to meet the growing demand.
Totally agree. You can buy a perdue whole chicken and have it cut up for about $10. Fry it yourself and know what's in it or spend 25 bucks for hormone ridden food.
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