Dining for 10....6 adults and 4 children

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Martyap, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Martyap

    Martyap Mouseketeer

    Aug 25, 2012
    New to this board and I do not know all the abbreviations yet so please excuse me. We are staying at Port Orleans, next July, park hopping and Dining+.

    Our grandkids (9,9,10,8) are good eaters with eclectic tastes and don't always go for the mac and cheese or chicken finger choices. The quantity is not my concern, rather the quality of choices.

    So far I booked only the 10 year old on the "adult" plan. Was this a mistake?
    I know there are buffets but we do plan reserving regular menu type restaurants more often than buffets.

    Knowing how hot the summer is, I'm guessing we will spend some afternoon time at the hotel pool and then head out to dinner before spending more park time in the evening.

    Any suggestions would really be appreciated.

  2. BuzznBelle'smom

    BuzznBelle'smom <font color=red>There are tomato-ey paw prints all

    Mar 18, 2002
    Your best bet is to go to allears.net and look at the menus. You're right that there are a lot of chicken fingers/mac and cheese type meals on the children's menus. A lot of places do have a choice or two that are more sophisticated, but you'd have to look at the actual menus to see if it's something that your grandkids would eat.

    I know some people do upgrade 9yos to the adult plan for more quantity or options, but that could get pricey, especially for 3 of them.
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  4. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    Upgrading three kids on a paid (not free dining offer) plan is going to be expensive. I'd pick a lot of buffets or family-style served meals, and scour the menus for counter service places that have offerings for kids that are more to their liking - or find the few CS that do not have a children's menu.
  5. smiths02

    smiths02 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2009
    Agreed. It would probably just be cheaper to pay out of pocket for extras than to upgrade the kids.
    If you aren't doing a lot of buffets...perhaps you should just skip DDP altogether
  6. brymolmom

    brymolmom DIS Veteran

    Jun 8, 2005
    The kids plan is doable with careful planning. Kids don't need to get nugget'd to death during the trip.

    Plan a bunch of buffets - kids can eat adult or kids options. Choose places like Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Sunshine Seasons, any of the CS place in World SHowcase, Main St Bakery or Starring Rolls Cafe for your CS meals. Eat at a signature restaurant for one meal. Use kids CS credits for breakfast items and then split a few adult CS meals. Give the kids a 'snacks' meal here or there (muffin, icee plus a fruit can make a meal).
  7. scojos

    scojos <font color=peach>I want to be Tinkerbell and fly

    Jan 10, 2006
    upgrade one and take it in turns or share the adult meals?? im one of the ones who paid to upgrade dd to an adult.... was it worth it? deffinetely!! did she eat all the food? no, but it meant no oop expenses, a better choice of the menu and we had desserts to go and that covered bfast in the room! alot of places will box up any main meal not eaten too, and we had micromaved pizza and steak for bfast lol!! hey, we were on holiday! i would consider it, no way would she have eaten off the kids menu, too repetitive (tho kiddie size portions of adult meals are often available if you ask;)

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