Kids CS Credits & Menus FAQ & Q&A

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Tricia1972, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. koryandleslie

    koryandleslie Mouseketeer

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    I am taking a 9 year old with me to Disney. Call him spoiled, whatever you may, but he likes good food. We have been on cruises and he sits at the dinner table and orders a steak, not mac-n-cheese.

    Looking at the Dining Plan and not sure about this. For example, my husband and I would like to go to Tony's one night. While we are eating pretty good food, my nephew gets to choose fish, mac-n-cheese or spaghetti. Other places he doesn't even have that many options. Am I missing something? Can he get an adult item, just in a smaller portion?

    We may have the Quick Service for free, but upgrade to the DDP for $10 p/adult/meal. How much would it cost to upgrade the child from Quick to Adult DDP?
     
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  3. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala <font color=red>1937, what a year that was<br><fon Moderator

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    Assuming you are talking about upgrading from a child's basic DDP to an adult basic DDP and not deluxe, it would cost $30 per night in a non-peak period and $35 per night in a peak period to upgrade just the dining plan. If you are on a package reservation with tickets, you must also purchase an adult park ticket for the upgraded child, so you would need to add the difference between the adult and child park ticket.

    There's no way to upgrade unless you register the child as 10 years old, and if you do that, they need an adult park ticket.

    If you are on a DVC reservation or an annual passholder ticketless package, then you don't need to worry about the park ticket but you still need to register the child as 10.

    If you're on free dining and upgrading from QS at a value, you need to first register the child as 10 years old and they'd then have an adult QS plan free. Then you would upgrade to basic. The cost to upgrade the adult QS plan to adult basic is $10 per night. You'd need to pay the $10 per night plus the difference between the adult and child park ticket.

    And a child on the child's DDP must order from the child's menu, they're not entitled to a smaller portion of regular menu items.
     
  4. goin' again!

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    I actually have the opposite problem. My DS 11 would much rather order from the childrens menu but now will have to order from the adult menu. Will he be able to order from the children's menu and use an adult dining credit?
     
  5. Tricia1972

    Tricia1972 <font color=green>I love late night snacks<br><fon Moderator

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    He will have no problem doing that. Another thing that has been reported is that occasionally TS locations will make adult sized portions of kid items when using an adult credit.
     
  6. goin' again!

    goin' again! Mouseketeer

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    Thanks! He would rather eat nuggets that almost anything else!:)
     
  7. 2Tiggies

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    Can you go and order from there if you aren't staying at the resort? I don't care about getting adult meals for kid credits but I see they have nachos on the menu and we are planning a visit to CSR one afternoon.
     
  8. MarinaDelRay

    MarinaDelRay Earning My Ears

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    With the DDP, do my kids (all under 9) have to order from the kids menu? I have noticed at the value resorts where we will pobably be staying there looks like only 3 or 4 choices? For instance, at POP Century there doesn't look like there is a hot dog for them on the kids menu. This food thing for picky kids is stressing us out!
    Thanks
     
  9. Tricia1972

    Tricia1972 <font color=green>I love late night snacks<br><fon Moderator

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    Yes, they will need to order from the Kids menu. Disney's written policy regarding this is very clear to that effect.

    You could upgrade your kids so they are above the age of 9 (in Disney's eyes). If you do this you will need to upgrade both your dining plan and park tickets, but the benefit is that your children could always order from the adult menu. (You could also upgrade some of your kids, if you think that they could share their adult meals and use the kid credits for mostly kids meal breakfasts)

    You could also just order an extra appetizer or side dish for your kids to split and satisfy their more adult palate.

    Also, the first post of this thread lists locations that do not have a kids menu, and where you can use a kids credit to order an adult meal. Also in the first post are kids menus for all park CS locations.
     
  10. dance2874

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    OK, a few yrs ago when we went and DD was under 3 she got the dining plan for free during free dining with our reservation. I didnt buy a park ticket for her but she was listed on our reservation so she got the credits. Now it seems that children under 3 do not get dining for free during free dining unless they have a park ticket as well...correct? DS is under 3 and a BIG eater. I am not looking forward to having to pay OOP for his meals when ours will be free.

    Anyone know for sure?
     
  11. Tricia1972

    Tricia1972 <font color=green>I love late night snacks<br><fon Moderator

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    We had the QSDP in January, and though our 22 month old son was listed on the reservation, he did not get any dining plan credits.

    In order to get dining plan credits, you'll need to purchase park tickets for the free dining plan.

    (There is a ticket exemption for those staying on DVC points, but those staying on DVC points are exempt from free dining. Since you mentioned free dining, I assume that you aren't staying on DVC points)
     
  12. TDC Nala

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    Nope, children under 3 are not supposed to get dining credits. If you got them without registering the child as 3 years old, it was a mistake (in your favor, but still a mistake). You would have to register the child as 3 years old to make sure they got credits, and then you'd have to buy a park ticket.
     
  13. Miss Mo

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    I'm interested to hear what people say about this. I have read that unless you have a park ticket then under 3s don't get the dining plan. However, we booked online with Disney and our 2 year old was automatically added to the dining plan and we were charged something like £40 to upgrade him to the DDP from the QS that was free. We had no option about this, we were automatically charged for him when we upgraded our own plans. We phoned Disney UK to check and the cast member said that it had changed and 2 year olds counted!! Hmm! I have seen nothing about this anywhere but we thought we'd cross everything and hope that he gets on the plan, if it is an error it's Disney's error right?? But I certainly don't want to have to pay for a park ticket in order to get the dining!

    mo x
     
  14. dance2874

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    When I called and booked my trip on Friday I asked the CM to be sure. Under 3 are free admission and do not get dining credits but you are welcome to share with them. So we decided to book mostly buffets so we can easily share with him and he can share our CS meals. He eats more than my 7 yr old so it will probably work out to share with her anyways.

    I am positive back in 2005 when we went and DD was under 3 that she was also given credits but I guess it all changed.
     
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    Things might be different with Disney UK, but with US if you're not on the record as 3 years old you don't get credits.
     
  16. Tricia1972

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    I just don't want you to feel that you are not getting a service now that you got in 2005 when you went to Disney, so I did some research. From everything that I've read in the 2005 Dining Plan posts. Kids under 3 were never given credits on the MYW Dining Plans. I didn't research the old Silver or Gold plans, but all of the posts that I read from 2005 indicated that kids from 3-9 got credits and those under 3 had to share. Link to one of the posts from 2005

    Disney has changed how they show credits on the receipt since then, but she was not given additional credits in 2005 unless you aged her so she was 3. Maybe you just used some of your credits for her :confused3

    I found a few images of old dining plan brochures, just to confirm what I was reading in old posts on the board. I tried to shrink this photo so I could post it here, but it's gigantic. http://www.explorethemagic.com/images/disney-world-dining-plan.jpg this is one of the old brochures (it hit when I did a google search for 2005 brochures)

    Hope this helps set your mind at ease. :goodvibes
     
  17. MommyRobin

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    I'm confused - if CS places can't differentiate between a child's meal and an adult meal, how are they going to monitor whether or not we get an adult meal for them? We are on the dining plan, but I was hoping to get my 2 kids an adult meal to share between the two of them.
     
  18. TDC Nala

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    CS meals for which you paid a children's price are to be used to order from a children's menu where they are available - this is Disney's written rule that appears in all dining plan literature. Disney's rule does not say you may use children's CS credits for adult meals in all instances.

    The DIS has a policy about posting information regarding breaking a clearly stated rule of Walt Disney World. This sticky is to assist parents in finding children's options they like.
     
  19. Honeystar120608

    Honeystar120608 100% Canuck

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    I know the Turkey Leg is massively huge, and my ds won't even eat enough off of it. But he wants to be like daddy had have his own. So, I just wanted to varify that he can indeed use his Child's Snack Dining Credit (meal not snack) to get a drink and the turkey leg as long as it's not at a kiosk..is this correct?
    Also I just wanted to be sure that my kids can get the cookie ice cream sandwiches in MK and the funnel cakes...I believe they are a snack credit, but they can use a snack credit on one right?
     
  20. TDC Nala

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    I have heard the cookie ice cream sandwiches may be in the process of being phased out as snack credits but the only place I saw reported you currently cannot get them is Dino Bites in AK.

    If you get the turkey leg at Toluca Legs or at Lunching Pad you may use a child credit, as these restaurants have no children's menu. Please see the first post on this thread.
     
  21. Miss Mo

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    That's what I thought!! Our tickets have arrived and there are our vouchers for flights for all 3 flights, room details, park ticket vouchers for DH and myself but not for our 2 yo DS but the DDP vouchers there are 2 adults and one child - the child voucher actually says "Child age 3-9" and underneath says "Child age 2" :confused:

    I'm thinking if this is Disney's mistake and we've been charged they surely can't take it away from us or force us to pay a park ticket can they?? We did tell them we thought they were wrong! I am now totally psyched up that he'll have his dining all paid for (and I won't need to share any of mine :lmao:)

    mo x
     

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