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My only three disappointments from recent trip

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by starjazz, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    If you want food for your two year old, you have to purchase it. Unless you are at a buffet and then you can get what you like for your two year old. Disney has no obligation to feed your two year old for free.

    I found this for Kids' meals at CRT for lunch an dinner:
    Kid's Picks

    (Pick One)
    Bite-sized Cheddar
    Cheese and Grapes
    Garden Salad with Ranch Dressing

    (Pick One)
    Cheese Pizza
    Chicken Nuggets

    (Pick One)
    Decorate Your Own Dessert - Choice of: Frosted Cupcake or Vanilla Ice Cream
    Yogurt Parfait
    Sliced Apples
    No Sugar Added Raspberry Sorbet

    (Pick One)
    Small Bottled Water
    100% Apple Juice
    1% Milk

    Kid's Whole Meals

    For a Nutritionally and Well-balanced offering, Kids Complete Meals below are available. These meals include an entree, a vegetable/side, a dessert and a choice of one (1) beverage listed above.

    Beef Tenderloin - served with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and a Yogurt Parfait

    Turkey Pot Pie - topped with a Cheese Biscuit and served with a Yogurt Parfait

    Roasted Chicken Leg - served with Whole-Grain Pilaf, Broccolini, and Sliced Apples
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  3. starjazz

    starjazz DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2012
    True - I wouldnt expect anything for free and it wasnt a big deal...we gave her food from our plates, so the 2 yo didnt starve or anything. But buying food wasnt presented as an option.

    And yes, the pizza did come with a bowl of grapes, and a cupcake that she adored, but the main course options were pizza or nuggets. She was not given another choice...certainly not any of the fancy things you listed above.

    But I'll freely admit, maybe it was our fault for not knowing any better than what the server offered.

    Either way, not a huge problem as i mentioned. I just thought for $30 or whatever it was for her meal, there might be better choices than the Golden Oak had to offer.

    Anywho, it was just an example. We loved CRT overall for sure. My meal was great and the princeses and atmosphere were wonderful.
  4. RedHeadedFairy

    RedHeadedFairy DIS Veteran

    Sep 13, 2012
    Yeah - the food choices can be kind of limited for the kiddos. We actually don't mind letting the kids go a little crazy on nuggets & pizza on vacation but even they get sick of it & start looking for other options.

    At 13, my niece is pretty much ordering off regular menus now anyway, but she's the Burger Queen so :rolleyes:. For DD8 I generally order a larger meal or a meal + appetizer to split with her. She also loves soup & sandwiches so we found those choices pretty available in a lot of places.

    Fl water definitely takes some getting used to, yuck. ;)
  5. North of Mouse

    North of Mouse DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Did you even look at the BOG children's menu? Very good options!
    Also Sunshine seasons comes to mind - even I had a child's dinner there one day - wasn't *traditonal* kiddie food either.

    There are so many people who complain that restaurants do not have enough dumbed down kiddie food. Then there are those that say *all* they can find is kiddie food - Disney just can't win, or please all the mommies. :confused3 Just need to look at the menus, then you'll see there are options.

    As for the water, I do not drink from the taps or fountains. It might not taste the best, but there are more unsanitary reasons why we won't touch it. Go to any CS and you can get *free* filtered ice water.

    On a trip like that, glad that was your only complaints ;)
  6. SDSorority

    SDSorority Traumatized by Magic Journeys and Haunted Mansion

    Dec 29, 2009

    We always buy jugs of water to have in the room with disposable cups (cheap at the DVC stores, or Publix or the Hess Stations), and individual bottled water to have at the parks. Though the water we get at CS and TS meals don't bother us- maybe it's filtered?? :confused3
  7. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

    Aug 11, 2000
    Goodness, the OP was just commenting on a few small things. It sounds like the trip was pretty good overall.

    I will agree with the Illuminations comments. I still like it but it sure isn't what it used to be!
  8. Ds4angels

    Ds4angels Mouseketeer

    Nov 24, 2012
    I think my 2 had nuggets once the whole time we were there:confused3
    Like others have said maybe check into the menus before you go next time?? Columbia House has a tuna fish sandwich on the whole wheat fish bun that my DD loved
  9. sharadoc

    sharadoc Visiting Disney World since 1986, happily driving

    May 6, 2008
    Duh! But I'm a trombonist LOL. I should have known that!
  10. mydisneykids

    mydisneykids DIS Veteran

    Nov 13, 2005
    I have to agree about the kids offerings.
    Mine are 20, 16 and 12 now so well out of the kids meal ages. But the kids meal choices kept us from purchasing the dining plans for many trips. There is no way they would want to eat pb&j or chicken nuggets every meal. Once or twice over the week they liked it but they would have much rather had an adult option minus the sauces/gravies. We so often would get an adult meal and let them share it, or get one for themselves and bring the leftovers back to the villa.
    I do see they do have a few more kids options now but there is still progress I feel could be made.
  11. mickeyway

    mickeyway Mouseketeer

    Jul 11, 2008
    Don't drink the water from the tap! :sick: It smells and tastes bad.

    Yes kid menus are pretty limited but I have noticed Disney trying to upgrade it and they have gone overboard with too fancy options. Best bet go to a food court. I know the value resorts have a pretty good variety. My DD ate hot dogs, french fries, and dip dip (ketchup) everyday one vacation! princess:
  12. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    The thing is while your kids may want more variety another family may have kids that only want burgers and nuggets. I think they do have a decent mix, but finding what your kid will eat may take some effort. The only other solution would be to have huge kids menus and I don't see that happening.
  13. TygerHawks

    TygerHawks Mouseketeer

    Jan 11, 2013
    Sadly, my daughter will most likely only want PB&J and nuggets every day for every meal. In her mind food consists of bread, cheese, nuggets, and ketchup :confused3
  14. GiJohnsGirl

    GiJohnsGirl Mouseketeer

    Mar 22, 2011
    My kids have never had this problem with the exception of our first trip (we didn't know any better)-even then my son had curry for the first time and love it. Every time we ate anywhere we were offered to add on food for our one year-old. Most places have at least one kid alt to pizza and nuggets. We always mixed it up for our kids. :shrugs:
  15. starjazz

    starjazz DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2012
    Yeah, the food thing seems to have riled some folks up, because, as with everything, different strokes for different folks.

    I guess I was just saying that I found it odd that it seemed like most of the restaurants differed some in their offerings, but the one's we visited all had those same three kids items.

    I already commented earlier on BOG...we just didn't want to wait an hour to sit for lunch, and no dinner ressies were available during our stay. My kids would definitely have liked some of those options.

    And yes, as I also mentioned earlier, viewing the menus in advance probably is a wise choice...I'm just not sure it would have made a ton of difference because we usually just ate somewhere that was close to where we were when we got hungry/tired/hot.

    We got by - just packed way more of our own lunches after we caught on - a great aspect of the cabins...full kitchen. ;) And, frankly, I would have survived happily on bread and water all week to be in Disney with the perfect weather we had, and low crowds for my DD's first times!
  16. jtowntoflorida

    jtowntoflorida Looking Like I Can't Really Afford To Go To Disney

    Jan 17, 2011
    I think the OP was specifically referring to the situation at CRT, which is odd if you have a child who is under three. When we were there this past October, our two year old was offered nothing. When we asked about food for him (the year before, we had been offered buttered noodles), they said that they could give him a smaller portion of the kid's pasta dish and also brought him fruit and cheese, I believe. We said OK. We were willing to pay for it, but there was no charge for it when the check came. What was odd to us is that they didn't offer it, or comment on him at all...we had to ask. It was just strange, especially because they took a drink order for him. It's like our server didn't know what to do for food with a kid under 3. :confused3 Clearly, we resolved the issue, our child was fed, and everyone left happy, but the situation was weird. It's like the restaurant almost has a policy not to charge for kids under 3, but they also don't tell you what the complimentary options are if you don't ask.

    I'm curious...has anyone ever offered to pay for an extra kid's meal for an under three year old? It's a moot point for us now, because our youngest is now over three, but I'm still curious. It was a very perplexing situation at the time.
  17. Males1011

    Males1011 Earning My Ears

    Dec 4, 2012
  18. teedisney

    teedisney Workin' hard- Needin' a vacation

    Apr 2, 2008
    I noticed the resorts have better food options for kids. We stayed at AOA and walked to pop one night. Beef and broccoli, chicken noodle soup, stir fry, pasta. Great breakfast choices.
  19. ashg8r

    ashg8r Mouseketeer

    Jul 23, 2010
    Regarding CRT, you may not have read the entire kids menu, because the other options for kids of steak, fish, etc are there, just listed in a different section from the nuggets and pizza. It really is confusing, they should list all entrees, but they definitely have a better selection at CRT than just nuggets and pizza. (Unless there has been a major change since Dec that I am unaware of).
  20. pl4bby

    pl4bby Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2013
    I have two under two and always pay for their food if they eat, unless it is a buffet or if they eat from our meals. Kids meals are not free if you order them just BC they are under 3
  21. arcurioa

    arcurioa Mouseketeer

    Jul 9, 2008
    When my children were under three I certainly did not expect Disney to fees my kids for free, DH and I either shared our food with them or I ordered an paid for their food.

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