Agree! My 12 and 14 year old would still prefer the kids menu in many restaurants.We are at Skippers Canteen and just ordered the child portion steak for my 15 year old. I was told they’ve made a change to pricing and that for anyone over 9 ordering from the kids menu, they will charge you separately for each item of the meal, entree, sides, drink ect. I’m really disappointed with this change because we chose several restaurants knowing my son would prefer the kids menu to the adult menu because he doesn’t have an exotic palate. Disney really is out to wring every dollar they can out of people.
It was the kids steak. The online menu doesn't state the size, but I'm going to guess it is probably 3-4 oz of steak based off the size of other Disney kids meals. They didn't get an adult sized steak for $11.Imagine complaining that you got a steak for $11 in 2022. I can't get a steak at Applebee's for $11.
I some cases I agree in this particular case I don't. Most TS restaurants don't allow adults to order off the kids menu so why should Disney be any different. The problem is that people feel entitled(not saying this poster is) at Disney and expect to get everything they want regardless of the rules.Threads like these make me realize that for a select few people, nothing Disney could do would bother them. If Chapek flogged you on the way in to MK, and stole your wallet, someone on Disboards would defend him. Thank you sir, may I have another?!
Welcome to Disney CEO Bob "Cheap"eks new Disney. It's all about how much money he can extract from each customer. It's one of his favorite talking points during a Disney quarterly earnings call.We are at Skippers Canteen and just ordered the child portion steak for my 15 year old. I was told they’ve made a change to pricing and that for anyone over 9 ordering from the kids menu, they will charge you separately for each item of the meal, entree, sides, drink ect. I’m really disappointed with this change because we chose several restaurants knowing my son would prefer the kids menu to the adult menu because he doesn’t have an exotic palate. Disney really is out to wring every dollar they can out of people.
They sure are,it’s tolerated at home and then they expect the rest of the world to tolerate it as well.This should fire people up...
Picky eaters are a parenting decision.
I agree that the TS portion sizes are very big, but I also think the food quality of the kids meals is pretty poor. My kids might want mac and cheese or chicken fingers once on a week-long trip, but certainly not every day or every meal. We usually end up doing the opposite of the OP... adult entrees for the kids, which they share with each other or us.If it’s not allowed, then I get one of my daughters to split something with me or order something my husband likes so he can have my leftovers.
Perfect solution as well!I agree that the TS portion sizes are very big, but I also think the food quality of the kids meals is pretty poor. My kids might want mac and cheese or chicken fingers once on a week-long trip, but certainly not every day or every meal. We usually end up doing the opposite of the OP... adult entrees for the kids, which they share with each other or us.
She did not say they told her the base price would be the entree price. Even if they did it makes no sense and that idea I don't find fair.I apologize for not being clear. Let me try again . It appears that both she and I were told that the meal would now be priced a la carte for each component, with the entree component being the “base” or “starting” price. Logically, we both should have been charged $13 for the steak plus $2/ $3 (depending on the direction of the wind and whether the moon was in Jupiter, apparently) for each of the sides. However, this did not happen for either of us. We were both charged a lower “base” cost of $11 for the steak, which resulted in the menu price of $13 charged for the steak ending up with one side actually being included if charged at $2. Does that make more sense? Otherwise, we should have been charged $13 plus $2/$3 for each side, which is not how either meal was actually billed.
I think it’s completely fair to price the entree on its own at the menu price. Perhaps that’s an unpopular opinion, but offering a $13 four-ounce steak does not seem to me to be looking out for only their own financial interests.
Disney's structure has always been that someone in the 9/10 range is considered a Disney adult even at dining. For a la carte restaurants that Disney owns, they have been fairly lenient with this except when the DDP is in play. BUT in the outside world most restaurants I know are very strict about this (and I understand). I also have a disabled son and in the outside world we have gone to some specialty restaurants where they were kind enough to offer/allow him to use the child's menu. Most places do not - and that is on us to figure out where and what he will eat.Wow! So 10 year olds should be forced to eat adult portions and selections? I have some pretty picky kids. I’d be paying more for them to pick at or not eat their food. I pay those prices at the buffets, and prix fixe meals. But I also don’t choose to do many of those. My son has autism btw. So when I say he’s not going to eat adult entrees at a place like Skippers Canteen I’m not just making him order from the kids menu to be cheap.
I wanted to bring this up because it is often brought up as a way to save on food or for people who have had bariatric surgery ect. And eat smaller portions. With a drink, this would have been a $20 meal. And I wasnt told the new pricing structure up front. It was after we had already given our order, as an oh by the way, nor was I told what the actual breakdown would be until I got the bill. To the person who commented about the dessert, that is one of the side options with the kids meal.
I also follow the Disney food blog, Dis and several Disney FB groups. So I consider myself fairly Disney Knowledgeable, but I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere.
Eventually the pricing will be standardized, sounds like they haven’t gotten there yet.
This is such a ridiculous and broad statement. And really, even if it was accurate, what is your point? I'm an adult picky eater and it baffles me how many people are rudely interested in or bothered by what I do and do not eat. It's really none of anyone's business, but my parents tried everything when I was a child and quite frankly it got to a point where it made no sense for this to be a constant battle. And before you jump to conclusions, it had absolutely nothing to do with a power struggle as a child. Do I eat more now than as a kid? Some things yes, some things no. However, I was raised to never be rude in public or private regarding food options. Never expected a separate meal to be made for me. And never expected people to work around my food limitations.This should fire people up...
Picky eaters are a parenting decision.
I’ve never really understood having an age cutoff for a “child’s“ meal. It’s priced as a child’s meal because it’s a small portion, not because it’s a great deal for the consumer. It’s not like if you are a 20 year old ordering a child meal you suddenly get a huge portion. I’ve ordered child’s meals at the quick service restaurants (because I wanted a small portion) and no one cared. I do realize that’s it’s a common practice at many restaurants to have an age cutoff for the children‘s menu, so I can’t really blame Disney for doing it…..although to me it still makes no sense.
That’s very interesting. I guess that makes a lot of sense in many cases. However, I highly doubt that childrens menu items have aver been loss leaders at Disney, although I do agree that the profit margin is less (and probably more in line with profit margin on everyday menu items at chain restaurants outside of a theme park.) Having said that, I’m not opposed with marking up menu items on the child menu in line with standard markup for over 9/adult patrons. It would be nice for something to be written in the menu like “Childrren’s menu items available for adult purchase: ask your hostess for pricing options.”Child's meals are actually usually loss leaders or priced with a lower markup than adult meals. They want to bring parents in to purchase food/drinks and they want to get kids ingrained into eating in restaurants as a life-long habit.
So, Disney is now seeking to adjust the pricing of these meals for 10+ to eliminate the deal pricing and to represent the true equivalent reality of total cost (fixed and variable - someone has to pay restaurant overhead costs) + markup to the restaurant that all the rest of their adult menu pricing is based on.
What's so funny Denise W? People are just stating that they can't eat adult menus for whatever reason, and that kids of 10 can't either. Some have medical problems that affect how much they eat too. Can't see what' so funny everytime someone says something like that.Agree! My 12 and 14 year old would still prefer the kids menu in many restaurants.