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Old 10-09-2012, 05:05 PM   #31
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I don't really get bent out of shape one way or the other. There are to many places to choose from for me to focus on what one restaurant serves. If we are interested, we will eat there. If not, we will eat somewhere else. If revenues are great, the menu will stay. If the restaurant stays empty (don't really see this happening), then changes will be made. I guess I do think that Disney will save themselves some grief by putting at least one "typical" kids meal on the menu. Then there are choices for everyone.

Have said all of that, I do have to admit that meatloaf made into shapes (Mickey's head, in this case) does kind of creep me out. Again, just a personal preference, but I don't like my meat made into shapes.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:05 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Robo View Post
But, they LOOK weird.
Very difficult to overcome.

In what world do you live that those items look weird? The chicken breast looks like, we'll, a chicken breast.
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My oldest son would have. He can't now but only because he's not a kid.

I remember one time, he was probably about 5 or 6, he picked some cauliflower off a relish tray. I was just sure he didn't know what it was. He told me had tried it at a friend's house and he liked it. He's always like to try new foods.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #34
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Besides the sandwich, DS would eat any of those. I don't know where he gets it though. At Coral reef he asked for the kids fish and ate almost all of it. He will NOT eat a grilled cheese sandwich or mashed potatoes though.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #35
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My son, who is four, will be thrilled, actually. And mommy is pretty darn excited, too. We have never prepared separate "kids meals" in our house--DS eats what we eat. And we do not eat mac and cheese and processed chicken.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:12 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by Raenstoirm View Post
I have to ask, if none of that food appeals to your kids, what on earth are you feeding them at home for dinner? All of that stuff is on our rotation here at home, and any child that eats dinner in my home (nieces, nephews, friends' kids) all eat whatever the grown-ups are eating without complaint. My nephew's (age 2) favorite food is a spinach, feta and egg white wrap in a spinach tortilla.

I agree totally the kids meals look like normal family dinners to me. I am always amazed by the shear number of posts saying their child will only eat chicken nuggets, pizza or Mac & Cheese etc. Really?
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:17 PM   #37
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This begs the question, who will REALLY have the problem with the menu? The child who isn't really old enough to know better or the parent who decides that the menu doesn't look good for their child?

Every child I know eats what is put in front of them, the only time a problem arises if when a parent or accompanying adult creates a fuss.

I'm overjoyed WDW is taking steps to combat the 'nuggets' and 'burgers' habit that many children have by offering new and exciting food. I personally would be loving the food if I was back to my childhood days.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:17 PM   #38
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I think there are plenty of entrees that a kid will eat and I'm willing to bet that they will substitute out fries for any of those sides of veggies.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:20 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by TDC Nala View Post
This appears to be the direction Disney is going.

I think the food court at Art of Animation got similar complaints when they didn't offer chicken nuggets or burgers as children's meals, I think they do have pizza though. I remember one person saying they'd still stay there, but would walk to Pop Century to eat so their kid could get nuggets.
I agree I think this is the direction Disney is going. I was at AoA and I know they got complaints about the kids meals but personally I think it's a good plan to diversify.
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Originally Posted by sjs314 View Post
I agree totally the kids meals look like normal family dinners to me. I am always amazed by the shear number of posts saying their child will only eat chicken nuggets, pizza or Mac & Cheese etc. Really?
Add me in as another who doesn't get what the fuss is. This looks like good food to me, and my kids wouldn't have had any trouble eating it when they were small. Even my extremely picky eater always ate plain chicken breast, even back when she thought hamburgers and hotdogs were "gross".

It IS sad, if all a child will eat is junk food. Personally, I'd think the parents would be grateful for any help overcoming that ("See Precious? This is how REAL princesses eat!"), instead of defending their child's right to eat nuggets at every single dining venue.

And I say this as someone whose daughter once came running home from a birthday party weeping inconsolably because they'd served her Ice Cream Cake. Ice Cream Cake! Imagine the horror. I sent her right back to apologize to the poor hostess, who'd never imagined that any child on the planet wouldn't love Ice Cream Cake.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #41
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I know that my toddler-aged child is in the minority when I say that she eats broccoli and string beans by choice.

Her favorite meals at Disney have been at the Signature restaurants that offer her food that is not breaded or fried. And she certainly prefers steak to meatloaf.

I guess my family is OK with menu options that are healthier than the typical pizza, mac-n-cheese, and chicken nugget selections.

But let me also tell you, she gets more than her fair share of 'junk food' when visiting Disney.

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:23 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by mdsoccermom View Post
And the problem is...?

Sorry, but I'm not seeing the issue here.

I weep for humanity if grilled steak, carved chicken sandwich and pulled pork on a children's menu are considered bad things.
I agree. ALL FOOD has potential to be kid friendly if the adults who are in their world treat it as such. I don't understand the phenomena of "kid food".

Speaking only for my child, the first time we tried the dining plan, she was considered a child and disliked it immensely. We were relieved the next time when she could order what she wanted. Lesson learned.
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I think the kids' BOG menu is a leap in the right direction, but I think most kids will need a step in the right direction... They need something between here and there...
Meatloaf made with veggies and bulgar? Great! DD10 was actually thrilled with this option!
But turkey meatloaf?? She will cringe the minute she reads "turkey" and I guarantee she won't even try it.
She also loves pulled pork but I agree that photo looks very unappetizing!
Carrot ketchup? Why not homemade tomato ketchup made more healthy?
Multigrain pasta? We eat it but many won't.
I think Disney could have found a middle ground here.
I hope Disney does customer feedback like they did at Art of Animation's food court.
We look forward to dining at BOG in January but I have a feeling DD won't be loving the meal choices.... And she us a pretty good veggie/healthy option kind of eater. Time will tell with reviews. I can't wait to read about them!

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I will say that I am sure they could have done a better job with making the food look better in the pictures (using a food stylist who would have made the food appear moist and a bit more fresh). However, I find absolutely nothing wrong with the menu at all. My son would for sure eat meatloaf, grilled chicken breast, or the steak. He would not eat the pork. If the mahi mahi were salmon that would be his first choice.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:24 PM   #45
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I wish my kids would eat that stuff. It does look like they'd at least be able to get plain pasta and grilled cheese easy enough.
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