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Old 09-03-2012, 06:50 PM   #46
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Some of those restaurants you mentioned had steak or salmon on the kids menu. That's what my DS ordered.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #47
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I always notice they often don't offer kids vegetarian options. I have a niece that does not eat red meat and a fully vegetarian nephew. I also have a glutton free niece.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #48
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My thought is that "working for you" means more than just financial considerations and even dining style. It also considers the inclusions and the exclusions of the plan you are purchasing.
Exactly.

It's about more than "running the numbers". If you feel that exceptions should be made for your younger child, then it's not a good fit.

It's a PLAN. What's included in the plan is not sufficient for your family as a whole so you'd like Disney to make exceptions, therefore it may not work for you.

There are plenty of people who would like the inclusions changed, but that's not necessarily a choice at the dining establishments who are owned or contracted by Disney to accept the it.

I don't feel like my kids would appreciate the kid meals EVERY night, either. My situation makes an AP and TIW card a viable solution. Otherwise, paying out of pocket would be another option.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:19 PM   #49
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. I also have a glutton free niece.
I love the typo!!
My MIL is gluten intolerant also
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:42 PM   #50
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Great suggestions, thanks much. DD10 will already be on the adult DxDDP, so I think we will go with DD7 on the kids, unfortunately, and share our meals around. for a 10 day stay, it's a significant enough increase in price and we also don't like wasting food (all adult meal portions might be too much for DD7 for 10 days).

But, I am going to try to see if the chef(s) will accomodate us on a few meals by asking if they'll put together a kids sized portion of the regular menu for us. It can't hurt to try and I'll give feedback on the forums to let everyone know if we had any success. I'm hoping some of the resort restaurants might be a little more open to the idea....

Since there seems to be quite a few of us in the same situation, if anyone else tries this before we go in November, I would love to hear how it went and which restaurants were open to the idea.

Thanks again everyone!

I don't think they will do this - nor should they based on what you said yourself....the price difference is significant for child vs. adult which is why the adult offerings are so much better (ie: they COST more). Can you imagine if they allowed this? I'm sure there would be a whole lot more of 14 year olds who have small appetites who would 'suddenly' become 9 on the reservations...I'm having trouble getting your issue though - I checked a few of those restaurants and Narcossee's and Citricos have awesome kids options - pasta, pork loin, shrimp, grilled chicken, steak, fish.....So where exactly is your child going to get nugget'd to death?

If you mean your lunch meal...STick to buffets or just select your restaurants very carefully - For example - Tony's in MK has steak skewers and pasta on their child's menu.

My kids like pizza and nuggets - but not for every meal. It is very doable to stick to the proper kids menu and not have them eating those options every day, we've done it many times and that was with the regular DP - it'll be a breeze with the Deluxe. You just have to plan accordingly.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #51
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Kids Meals

I just upgraded my DD who will be 9 when we go to an adult ticket to get the adult dining because she is, as I mentioned in previous post, a very diverse diner. It was literally about $20.00 for the week. Granted we have the dining promo, but it was worth it. She'll have a better selection. Last year, she was a bit disappointed from time to time, so hopefully this time she'll enjoy her selections much better. Some of the signature restaurants will be more flexible with regard to making a dish. They even asked us last year at Narcoosee's about modifying for her without us even having to ask. However, I wouldn't count on that at the nonSignatures. Buffets shouldn't be a problem kidwise.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:57 AM   #52
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You're missing the point of my original premise and question. The DxDDP DOES work for the family. I've run the spreadsheets and have done very careful comparisons of the menus and price points. It is a significant savings fo us and fits our family eating habits. An early TS lunch followed by a later signature dinner is how we usually vacation.
If you plan on asking to change this or that at almost every meal, then I have to point out that the plan doesn't work for you. And I mean this in the nicest way possible. What will you do if you go to eat and the restaurants won't switch out an app for an entree or won't make a kid's sized portion of something? You will be throwing money away. That doesn't sound like the plan works for your family.

Dinsey has a pretty strong history of NOT allowing substitutions or changes for people on the dining plan. You are taking a big chance, and I certainly wouldn't bank on them allowing any substitutions. And what will you do when they tell you no? You do need to have that plan in the back of your mind.

Also, have you really taken a good look at all of the menus? They are in no way all full of chicken strips and burgers. Maybe a bit more research would be helpful. You can find thing such as steak or fish on kids menus, but you have to look for them.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:52 AM   #53
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My 5 year old truly thinks he is an adult. He was not going to be willing to eat off the kids menu while we dinned on the good stuff.
We were on the regular DDP on our last trip in Jaunary. I don't think he ever ate a kids meal. We simply share everything with him and had plenty of food. AT TS service we just told them he was going to share with us.For the Fantasmic package he had to order to get the ticket for the show so we did and it sat uneaten. We used his CS credits mostly for the 3 for 1 snack exchange and for a couple of snack meals for our always hungry teen. It worked for us.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:04 AM   #54
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You can ask. But one of the tradeoffs of selecting a dining plan is that kids have to order from the kids' menus. The TS restaurants would likely be able to accommodate lifestyle choices like vegetarianism, and allergies. Ask, you may be surprised what they'll let your kids get - or you may get that they have to order what's on the menu.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #55
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Just because I was bored at work, I looked at the kids menus from the list of the OP. I saw one place that had a burger and one place that had a pizza. I didn't see any chicken nuggets (bit I had to do this quickly). Almost all the places have steak, grilled chicken, and/or fish. So it's not hockey puck burger, dried out nuggets or cold pizza we are talking about.

I think the OP should give the restaurant the benefit of the doubt since she's never been to Disney World with her kids on the Deluxe Dining Plan. Maybe it's just too much thinking it's going to be a disaster.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:30 PM   #56
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We tend to do a lot of buffets, too, for this reason. While my ODS would gladly eat a cheeseburger at every meal (not because he won't eat anything else...cheeseburgers just happen to be his most fave food ever!), my YDS really wants variety!

Boma, Biergarten, Tusker, etc. I would love to go back to Akershus...but my boys are mortified at the thought. We all loved the cold board.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #57
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I love the typo!!
My MIL is gluten intolerant also
Hehe oops. I need to be glutton free also if that is the case!

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:13 PM   #58
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I love that I am not the only one with this issue. My littles will be 4 4 4 and 7 on our trip and I'm not even considering the dp because the will do much better splitting adult meals which I'm hoping they let them do since it would be more than the cost of kids meals. I know we picked BOG twice because has steak and all but one of my littles love steak. I wish the ratatouille was on the kids menu but he will get his own or be eating some of mine.
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