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Old 01-22-2014, 10:28 AM   #1
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
Biergarten has a kids buffet with chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, etc.

No experience with BOG making an alternative menu but hopefully someone else will have a response.
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:31 AM   #3
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
Biergarten is a buffet, so you pay the buffet price no matter what you eat. Even if they would make the chicken/fries/buttered noodles for you, do you want to pay that price for that?

As to BoG, does the lunch menu have anything you'll eat? If not, how about just going for a cupcake at lunch? Or make a later ADR and just have dessert? You'll still get to experience the place, but not have to eat. Most reports are they will not make something that's not on the menu. You can leave off sauces or trade sides with another side on the menu, but not create your own menu.
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:55 AM   #4
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A couple of thoughts:

I have traveled with picky eaters (my kids when they were young), I have carried small packets of ketchup and peanut butter to make things easier for them in restaurants. I would feed them a piece of fruit or yogurt before we went to restaurants. Always had pretzels or crackers for them to nibble in a restaurant. But we always made them order a meal where we were, sometimes they liked it and sometimes not. We tried not to agonize over the $$ issue and focus on the experience.

One trip they both were on a plain chicken breast kick.... we were able to order that at many disney restaurants without anyone blinking an eye at us. At SAI my son ordered a "deconstructed" quesadilla, meaning everything separate and unassembled (chicken, cheese, tortilla, sour cream). The waiter was amused but did bring just that and DS was happy.

Vacation is a time to try to expand your horizons, we can point to a dinner at Teppan Edo when my son about 9 and stopped being so picky. DD dared him to eat "seaweed salad", he did and surprised himself that it "wasn't bad" from that point going forward he was much more open to trying new foods.

We took our kids to Beirgarten and they found things to eat. The atmosphere is very fun and we were glad we tried it.

I know it is easy to say "don't reinforce" picky eating and much harder to do but having lived through it I am so glad we encouraged our kids to try new things and Disney is so accomodating. They are both in college now and normal eaters.

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Old 01-22-2014, 12:14 PM   #5
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
I have two pretty picky eaters in my family. DH's all time favorite restaurant is Biergarden. He loves the food.......the kids not so much. I would not mind paying the kids price, but paying the adult price when they eat very little is tough for me. DD did not eat anything last time and just got Chinese take out afterwards.

The atmosphere, servers, Ompa Band and sitting with other diners is why we still all go. For us the experience is worth the kids not eating their money's worth. While we are on vacation, I let those worries go and just enjoy.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:18 PM   #6
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
I don't want to sound snarky so please don't take the wrong way but it's more common to look at the offerings before making a reservation. And I'm not just talking Disney World.

Experiencing a place is great but at buffets, if you sit down, you will be charged the price of that buffet. Most offsite buffets have you pay before you are even seated and I would not like Disney World to do that (walk up to Biergarten and have the entire meal on there before you are led to your table) but it could happen.

At the other places, look at the ENTIRE menu. If something is listed on that ENTIRE menu, ask if it can be served individually. Look at the children's menu. If you like chicken nuggets, ask if those can be served to you. You aren't on the dining plan so credits are not the issue. Also, remember appetizers can make for enjoyable meals. Look at desserts - something good there? You don't have to have a "full and complete" meal anywhere at Disney World. Find ONE thing and go from there.
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
Biergarden is a buffet and as such the food is prepared "in bulk" and not really able to be modified to your taste.
It has been reported at BOG that they will make minmal, if any, changes to the food preparation or substitution.
I do not think it is reasonable to go to a restaurant and expect them to prepare something (chicken, fries or buttered noodles) for you that is not on their menu. Most all restaurants will work with you to simplifiy a menu item they are preparing by leaving off a sauce or switching out sides etc. But you can not expect them to totally prepare something just for you.
If you do not like the menu offerings, you should seek out a restaurant where the food offered looks good to you and your family. With over 100 TS restaurants in WDW I am sure you will find somewhere you will enjoy.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:23 PM   #8
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I am a SUPER picky eater and Biergarten had plenty for me to eat. The menu sounds a lot scarier for picky eaters than it really is.....
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I am a picky eater and I love Biergarten! Spaetzle is definitely like a buttered noodle and their schnitzel is just breaded chicken or pork. They also have potato dumplings and the kid section like someone else mentioned. If you go for lunch, it's a lot cheaper. BOG our daughter just had the pasta marinara. Pretty basic.
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We are not on the dining plan. I made reservations for BOG, Biergarten, Hollywood and Vine, TRex and Via Napoli. After going through the menus just now, I discovered that there is not much for me or my children to eat at Biergarten or BOG. Those places are both so expensive!! Do they really ONLY make what's on the menu or can you ask for chicken and fries or buttered noodles? I want to "experience" those places, but not if we are paying all that money and not eating the food. :-(
I don't want to seem snarky either. I do not mean my thoughts that way. But Biergarden is a buffet and as such the food is prepared "in bulk" and not really able to be modified to your taste.
It has been reported at BOG that they will make minmal, if any, changes to the food preparation or substitution.
I do not think it is reasonable to go to a restaurant and expect them to prepare something (chicken, fries or buttered noodles) for you that is not on their menu. Most all restaurants will work with you to simplifiy a menu item they are preparing by leaving off a sauce or switching out sides etc. But you can not expect them to totally prepare something just for you.
If you do not like the menu offerings, you should seek out a restaurant where the food offered looks good to you and your family. With over 100 TS restaurants in WDW I am sure you will find somewhere you will enjoy.
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As a parent who has a child will choose to go hungry over eating something she really doesn't want, I choose restaurants only after I've made sure that there's at least something on the menu that she'll eat, otherwise we skip it the restaurant. There are several restaurants I would love to try but I can't find anything that my 13yo would eat (she's limited in what she can order as she has allergies so foods have to be easily modifiable to be safe for her and only a certain portion of the menu can have this done) then I won't book the ADR.

You might be surprised by just how much there is at Biergarten that picky eaters might eat. They have deli meat, cheese, fruit, hot dogs (by another name but still that's what they seem like), roasted chicken, and from what others are saying they also have a kids area with chicken nuggets and mac & cheese, plus I remember there were other things my non-adventurous child would eat as well.

I've read many reports of BOG refusing to make ANY changes, even just things like leaving the sauce off the pasta.
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We have not gone to several different restaurants at Disney World because of our 2 picky eaters in the family (my husband and daughter (12) are the picky eaters. We have fed our daughter before eating at restaurants many times and she has then just eaten dessert while we eat dinner. At a Disney buffet you can't feed them first because they charge you anyway.

I would personally cancel both reservations and either eat counter service or find a restaurant they will eat at and schedule that.

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I totally understand your worries - I'm a mommy to what I thought was the world's pickiest eater. But, he eats like crazy at Disney? He knows now, when we're at the restaurant, to make the most of what is offered and no one has ever gone hungry. We've actually used it to our advantage and have had him try a ton of new things! You may be surprised! Good luck
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:25 PM   #14
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I have three year old twins with autism. They are very, very picky eaters. I have ADRs set up for both BoG and biergarden for our trip in May and I'm not worried. Biergarden will be easy with the kid buffet and at BoG we will buy them some counter service that they will eat and take it with us.
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You could always pretend that restaurants at Disney World are like real world restaurants. If the menu doesn't match your needs, don't go there. Problem solved.
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