Whats up with Kids menus?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by mjl1969, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Merbean09

    Merbean09 Mouseketeer

    May 24, 2012

    But the radioactive sauce is the most yummiest!!!! ;) :lmao:
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  3. shan136

    shan136 Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2010

    Not this...(btw there was a time I would've agreed with this but I have met many adult picky eaters)
  4. geishagirl81

    geishagirl81 Mouseketeer

    Feb 5, 2009

    you should count yourself blessed lol. :rotfl: I have a four year old. and a six year old. I always maintained that I an not a short order cook and my kids must eat the balanced meals I make or go hungry . oh the food I have thrown out over the years. My kids have extraordinary stubborn personalities. by sticking to my guns and not offering "kid" friendly options I had their doctor tell me to fatten them up sadly. so now they must at least take one bite of what I make, but I do offer some other options so long as they include a veggie and fruit. so while the mom in me would prefer fish of the day oher chicken strips, if they are at least eating a variety of foods, I can live with it. so I agree . with the op, kudos to Disney for putting together a more sophisticated kids menu, but I don't want to plead with my kids to eat on vacation...but now that I think of it I think a cheeseburger is pretty nonadventureous kid fare...
  5. busymommy2pink

    busymommy2pink Lost in Neverland

    Apr 21, 2011

    I tend to agree with you! My three year old will inhale the fish of the day and veggies! I read her and my 6 year old the menus and they were so excited..they get sick of "kid" offerings. These offerings in the park are so rare compared to standard kid fare. I'd like to see a great mix of BOTH in all restaurants...but thankful to see these type of items finally coming out! My kids don't eat processed foods and adore all fruits, veggies, fish, etc. They hate hamburgers, hotdogs, mac and cheese and will occasionally tolerate pizza, but they have to want it.
  6. tiggerificamanda

    tiggerificamanda Earning My Ears

    Jan 20, 2013

    I print out the menus ahead of going. My kids look at them during travel time and decide ahead of time what they like and don't like and sometimes it changes where and when we dine. It gives them something to do to help with the anticipation and excitement. It also gives them some control and responsibility for how our trip will be. A tone setter... They know what to expect when we get where we are going and what their options are. It also keeps us from having a hard time deciding when they are hot, tired and soaking wet from an unexpected shower. This will not be for every family though. It is just something that works well for ours. Sometimes the kids will talk about a new food they tried at disney and ask to make it at home! It takes about 15 tastes of a food for a person to know if they like it or not! Sometimes maybe, we just need to keep trying :)

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  7. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    I did the exact same thing when my daughter was younger. So many people here peruse the menus, but never think to have their kids do the same, and then they ask all sorts of questions about whether their kids will find anything they like at such-and-such restaurant. Do a dry run with your kids before making your ADRs and see what sort of reaction you get. Or do it after making your ADRs if there is still plenty of time to change your plans.

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

    Oct 5, 2007
    My 16 year old son, the foodie who loved escargots and Brussels sprouts from birth, whole heartidly enjoys Kraft Mac & Cheese, made with the powdered, phosphorescent, yellow/orange sauce! rotfl: Now Disney's Mac & Cheese, won't eat it! :crazy2:
  9. MtheBravest

    MtheBravest Earning My Ears

    Dec 30, 2012
    I'm excited to see some other options. My 5 yo got so tired of kid options last year, I know she'll be happy to see food more like what we serve at home.
  10. maggiew

    maggiew If she hates to be wet, then how does the survive

    Feb 19, 2003
    When Be Our Guest first opened, I looked at the menu and thought to myself, "Wow. They did a good job of offering something besides the typical kid fare (mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, etc.) but making it simple enough that kids will still like it! I mean it is a plain steak, chicken, pasta, fish.

    I was really surprised by the controversy this menu has caused. I know there was a lot of talk about the adult menu too. (Why no real French food? Why is the food too French inspired? ;))

    I don't know about other people, but I choose a restaurant based on what I think my family will eat. I go to the place that best serves our needs. For example, when my kids turned 10, I knew that going to fixed-price places wouldn't work for us because my kids don't eat much. So I picked a la carte places where we could get what they wanted and we paid accordingly. We threw in a few character breakfasts now and then.

    I also would love to try the dining plan and make the most of it. But I also know that we would never eat that much food. (Normally we can get 2 adult entrees and maybe an appetizer and still have food left for the 4 of us - with 2 teen girls.) So we have never done the dining plan because it doesn't fit how we eat.

    My point is, if the kids menu doesn't fit how you eat, look for something else. Don't try to change the menus to fit your needs.

    If you really want to try the restaurant, try other options. Are there adult appetizers they could eat? Is there a way to alter the food available so the kids will eat it (leave off sauce, etc.) Or feed the kids ahead of time at a counter service place, adults order entrees and maybe kids can have their dessert there???

  11. Crystal824

    Crystal824 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    I agree with this. It is great to have different offerings than standard kid fare, but each menu should also offer some staple kids choices.
  12. Melodious

    Melodious DIS Veteran

    Mar 8, 2010
    This, so this. Disney can't have every restaurant offer everything. If you have four choices and two are normal food and two are for picky eaters, you've both lessened offerings for normal food and you haven't satisfied all picky eaters anyway. If a place has chicken nuggets and a hamburger and your kid only eats mac n'cheese then don't eat there. I think Disney was making a point by having no traditional kids items anyway (though I would not call the current BOG offerings adventurous)
  13. ssleblanc

    ssleblanc How many posts until I'm not a Mouseketeer anymore

    Jul 9, 2006
    I like the different choices. I've been trying to figure out how to keep my 3 year old fed on non-nugget/burger/mac & cheese meals. We rarely have those at home. As for the fish of the day - my 3 year old would gladly eat it. Just last night for dinner I cooked a fish sandwich - broiled catfish on ciabatta with a homemade horseradish sauce (mayo, horseradish, capers, diced dill pickles, and garlic), lettuce & cucumber. She loved it, as did my 12 & 13 year olds. But, she also loves shrimp, boiled crawfish, crabs and lobster. Our family eats a lot of seafood. I don't really think of us as adventurous, but I cook a lot, and my kids have always eaten what we eat. They might get mac & cheese two or three times a year, and I'll make burgers on occasion.

    There are a lot of restaurants in Disney. I don't think they all need to serve the same kids meals. That is one thing that bugs me when I am searching menus to plan our ADRs.
  14. 3pletprincesses

    3pletprincesses DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2010
    I have 4 children one being an infant. my 6 yo triplets will eat the fish of the day anyday. We normally get the deluxe plan so they get better options for dinner. We've done the regular DDP once (they were 4 yo then) and that will be the end of it. By the 4th day, they were more then tired of the regular kids menu and wanted more. I would order my meal and they would eat it while I eat their crappy chicken nuggets or whatever. Our 8th month old will probably the same. She has refused since day one to eat baby food however give her pieces of our food and she will be delighted and sushi is her favorite food minus the raw fish. We are big into trying new foods all the time and that includs the girls. I'm more then happy to see different options for children who eat regular food as suppose to "children's food". I cook one meal and that's for everyone. That's your meal and that's what you get. Don't like it, well it's just too bad because that's your meal and you get to eat it. I guess I'm just lucky and it's out of the norm.
  15. Aura of Foreboding

    Aura of Foreboding Mouseketeer

    Jul 26, 2012
    I am also very happy with the new choices. For those who have kids who will only eat mac 'n' cheese or pizza, there are plenty of options - it is nice for the kids who prefer other foods to have some options too.

    Case in point - my DD was 23 months when we went to WDW/DCL. She ate macaroni and cheese once, chicken fingers once, and pizza once (in 14 days!). She prefers steak, fish, grilled chicken, pork chops, etc... as a protein, and things like angel hair pasta, mashed (or better yet, roasted) potatoes, salads as sides.

    Do I expect all kids to eat like her? No. Do I enjoy having places where she can have a meal to her preference without us paying for an adult portion that she won't finish? Yes. I appreciate that Disney is making an effort to diversify.
  16. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    Each menu does. The menu that started this has a cheeseburger on the kids menu. Can't get anything much more of a kids staple than that.
  17. Halbleib1

    Halbleib1 DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2007
    I have no problem with the healthier menus but the meatloaf at BOG looks unappealing even to me. We ordered it for my kids in Dec. They love meatloaf but took one bite at BOG and didn't touch it again. I didn't try it but it looked very dry and overcooked. I have no problem with having some of the normal options on the kids menu as well but it does get old. Esp when you take long trips like we do.

    I must say that some of the changes on the adult menu at QS locations were disappointing though. I was very disappointed in the flatbread pizza at Pinocchio Village House. The crust was way too hard and it did not have enough sauce so it was very dry. Also the sauce was not very good either. I much preferred the old pizza there. I understand wanting healthier options but it needs to taste good as well as be healthy. I was also disappointed with some of the menu changes at Pop. Particularly the removal of the cheesesteak wrap.

    Much of the food at Disney could use improvements in the taste dept. Esp the pasta at the buffets. I understand they are feeding a lot of people but they are supposed to be chefs and they are putting out a warmed up can of tomato sauce with some meat in it. At least that's what it tastes like to me.. You can do pasta on a large scale and have it taste much better than they do. . Also it doesn't make much of a difference what buffet you pick as they all have pretty much the same food. This also gets old. I must say this last trip when I left Disney I was sick of the food and ready to come home. When we go back I think we will be looking at other options for food. We have had the dining plan for all 6 of our trips but I don't know that we will get it the next time even if they offer free dining.
  18. Halbleib1

    Halbleib1 DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2007
    My kids can not have any dairy due to a metabolic disorder and I agree they are usually great dealing with this. Our trip in Dec I found them to be less helpful at some places. The chef still came out at ts and a manager at qs but their choices at a handful of places were pretty limited. Hoop Dee Doo for example: we were not able to get any substitution except the corn was able to come without butter and for dessert they had popsicles. They no longer have toffuti or rice dream. They also no longer have french fries or any alternative for the mashed potatoes with milk. We also found that at most places chicken was the meat of choice as the other meats contained dairy of some sort. That was not going so well by the middle of our trip. My son was done with chicken. This trip he did not eat very much at all at ts meals. QS he ate more of but they also were still limiting. He could not have hot dogs since they switched from all beef and now contain organ meats. The dairy free buns for hamburgers are the worst. The reg buns they use to have for everyone before the change use to be dairy free and much better. Since the change they have dairy free junk buns.. These are even worst than the reg buns they now have. I am all for healthier as I said in a pp but it needs to taste good. Right now much of disney's food needs some improvements in that dept. Our first trip in April 2007 the food was much much better. It has declined year after year since IMO.

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