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Old 09-01-2012, 03:10 PM   #16
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We were just on the Wonder and the macaroni and cheese was shaped normally and was listed as "Minnie's Macaroni and Cheese". We only encountered Mickey shaped pasta once and I think that was with the the meatballs.
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The cruise is the perfect chance to get the kids to try new foods. There are so many options and they can try as many different plates as they want. If you give the kid a choice of a few things and let them pick it might help. If they miss a meal they will be fine, they are not going to starve themselves, and as someone said earlier when they are hungry enough they will eat what you give them.

Use this opportunity to let them try new things and experiment. When else can you order whatever you want and if it isn't to your liking try something else without having to pay for each item?
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:11 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by karyn0995
Thanks so much for that link! Extremely helpful.

And to anyone who is wondering no I am not a short order cook and no he will not "eat what's available if he's hungry enough." I wish it were that easy trust me!! At one point in time I thought the same way...surely he will eat at some point. We learned the hard way that it's just not going to work that way (which is why he and other kids like him are referred to as PROBLEM eaters not picky ones).

We've battled this for years and as it turns out, this is a very real medical challenge for our son. He has an oral sensory disorder which may get better with time or it may get worse. From the thread that jilljill provided we're not the only family who is facing this.

If anyone else has helpful advice or encouragement please let me know.

Completely understandable! My DS has many special needs, and I think a lot of people see these things as being spoiled, or equating it to struggles their kids have had... But you are right, it is very different! Glad it sounds like he will have some options on your trip!

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My youngest is a problem eater as well. One of the things he will eat is ramen noodles, so when cruising I will pack some for emergency in case there is nothing he will eat at the meal. They have always been good about preparing it for him. Maybe they could do the same with Mac and cheese? Worst case scenario, you just pack it back up and bring it home again.
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Okay, just reading my previous post and I am thinking it might come across the wrong way. I am not trying to imply your child is "spoiled" with food. I was trying to say that this might be a good opportunity to try other foods and maybe they will find something else that works for them.

Have to say that the staff is very helpful and if you give them the heads up at the first meal they will do whatever they can to help you.
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Originally Posted by Eleblanc
Okay, just reading my previous post and I am thinking it might come across the wrong way. I am not trying to imply your child is "spoiled" with food. I was trying to say that this might be a good opportunity to try other foods and maybe they will find something else that works for them.

Have to say that the staff is very helpful and if you give them the heads up at the first meal they will do whatever they can to help you.
I thought Your point was very good, it is a good time to see if there are new things he may enjoy without the pressure! My post wasn't referring to your suggestion

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I can sympathize as DS 9 has some of the same issues, but they have lessened as he has gotten older. He had a wonderfule experience on the cruise. Our first lunch onboard was at Enchanted Garden. DS looked at the buffet and took nothing. We told him he could get something up on deck afterward and he sat at the table and was waiting for us to finish. The head server saw that DS was not eating and asked what the problem was. We explained that he was "very picky" and the head server asked what he would like and offered mac n cheese (nothing like kraft and DS would not eat it the entire cruise) or chicken fingers and fries. DS asked for the chicken and fries and soon had a platter in front of him.

At breakfast the buffet was great as he found plenty of pancakes, waffles, hash browns, bacon, sausage etc.

Lunch was never a problem as there are plenty of chicken, fries, pizza, hot dogs, rice and pasta on the buffet.

At dinner we looked at pictures before we went and we set a goal for him to try one new thing. He decided he would have the wild boar. He loved it and still talks about it. For the rest of the week they were very accomodating from providing lettuce only salads with italian dressing, to mixing and matching items from various entrees and having the oreo cookie sunday every night for him for desert.

Of course it would have been much harder if we had taken him when he was 4. It has been hard but we make progress all the time, building on this that he currently eats. Good luck it will get easier.

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Originally Posted by karyn0995 View Post
I am so happy to hear your DS enjoyed the Mac n Cheese. I am hoping mine does as well. If I may ask, was the M&C shaped like Mickey or "normal" pasta? Most kids would enjoy the Mickey pasta but not DS.

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Pasta is bigger then Kraft, but was normal and not mickey shaped,so your DS will be able to tell by looking at it that it's different. It is also a bit softer in texture which was fine for my DS.
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Well, if all else fails, you can always order room service and you can get cereal for him from that.

I loved my cruise but really couldn't handle the food at all. I ordered steak and a baked potato for dinner every single night except for the night that I gave up and didn't order any dinner at all. Mostly I just ate bread for dinner. Perhaps your son will do the same? I can tell you that I survived by eating decent breakfasts and eating bread for lunch (couldn't handle the lunch food either) and dinner.

I like very simple food and the Disney food is way too complex for me. There is a bread basket at every meal on your table and you can get refills on this. Hopefully this will help your son. By the way, you also can get fresh fruit up on the pool deck. Slices of cantelope and things like that--it really was quite lovely.

You can make this work and get through the week and have a wonderful cruise. We loved our cruise. I just made sure I took the stairs instead of the elevator to counteract all that bread, LOL!
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We sail on the Fantasy 2 weeks from today and I am starting to stress. DS, who is 5, is a PROBLEM eater which is much different, and significantly more challenging, than a picky eater. His food choices are limited to about 5 things max and I am really starting to worry about his options. Things he will willingly eat include Kraft Mac n Cheese (HAS to be Kraft and yes he can tell the difference), cereal, waffles, all fruits and veggies, salad, bread and sometimes franks & beans.

On occasion he will eat pizza without sauce, or hot dogs that have NO MARKS or color. If there is anything on the hot dog to make it look "weird" he will swear them off his food list for a few months.

At home I secretly puree and mix food in to his Mac n Cheese to supplement his diet but I know this won't be possible on the cruise. I'm not betting on him eating M&C on the cruise, though, because I'm guessing it won't be Kraft. The last time we visited Disney he refused the Mickey pasta because it doesn't "look right" to him. So my questions are:

How likely is it DCL will allow me to bring packages of the microwaveable Kraft M&C on board and will they prepare it in the kitchen for him?

Will he be allowed to order breakfast items at dinner? Cereal, waffles, pancakes are always good.

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You're obviously used to managing his eating and I think everything will go great. There were fresh fruits on the kids menu every night. I let my DD eat whatever she will and would be hard-pressed to find a day in the last 4 months that she didn't have chicken nuggets at some point. On our cruise, I think she ate the chicken strips at lunch and supper every day. Relax and have a great cruise!
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Cabanas' will be your best friend. It's open for breakfast and lunch and you can carry things out. It's got boxed cereals, milk cartons, lots of different cut up fruits, etc. I brought my own re-usable containers, loaded them up and kept them in our fridge.

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:26 PM   #27
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As a child therapist, I have worked with a wide variety of children food issues. It has a lot to do with tactile sensitivity, anxiety, routine, etc. I can also relate personally with my son who has ADD. He just turned 13yo and we are finally able to go places without bringing fruit salad! We share your struggles and can empathize. It has improved significantly with age and my friends son's issues are significantly less now that he's in college. Hang in there. I bet you could start a poll of how many thousands of parents would love to see Disney serve craft mac & cheese, then forward it to Disney. Probably not in two weeks though, but you would be praised by many future cruisers. Good Luck!

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:53 PM   #28
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We had our first cruise this May on the Fantasy. My DD, who is also 5, eats a very limited number of things. She doesn't eat mac'n'cheese or chicken fingers, won't eat most types of bread, especially won't eat buns, not even most kinds of pizza, if that gives you an idea.
Of the five of us, she is the only one who lost weight (just a bit), the rest of loved the food and gained weight.

I learned as we went, figuring things out a bit more each day. I started off having her try the regular kids offerings, but that never went over well. Then I started asking for something offered on the kids menu paired with something not on the menu that she might actually eat (ex.watermelon). I ended up just ordering for her the night before, and even that didn't always appeal to her. She mostly ate french fries, watermelon and strawberries.

They definitely can bring items not on the menu. Talk with your server the first night, let him/her know what the situation is.

I was a bit stressed that it didn't seem DD ate enough, but she did eat. We let her eat as much as she wanted, only limiting the amount of dessert type items she could have at one sitting (to prevent a sugar overdose). As I mentioned earlier, she did lose a bit of weight, but the cruise was only one week. I brought her vitamins on the cruise, and she gained back the weight after returning home to her normal foods.
I think she also was tired from the change in routine and all the activities, the pool/aquaduck/splash zone, the detective agency, and the activities in the kids club. This may have affected her appetite as well.

If we cruise again, I would bring a box of her favorite cereal because they didn't have it on board, and maybe a few things that can be kept in our room and eaten as needed.

I'm sure you will still have a great cruise! Good luck!
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:22 PM   #29
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Hi! As I am reading these posts and other similar ones I am so thankful our special needs daughter (9) is a great eater! She is a super slow eater but will eat almost anything! My DS5 on the other hand has always had issues with food. Even as a baby he wouldn't eat any baby foods with meat in them. He also has to smell everything before he eats it! LOL. It sounds like DCL is great about everyone's food issues! When we go on our cruise in November we will encourage everyone to try new stuff but it is a vacation!!!
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I like very simple food and the Disney food is way too complex for me.
What do you mean, exactly? How was the food too "complex"?
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