• On May 4, 2020
    Missy from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are considering a trip in the fall. We have been before, but my children were younger then. My 9 year old is an adventurous eater and will not enjoy the chicken nugget kids menu. Can he order off the adult menu with the child's dining credit?

    Hi Missy!

    Dining at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite vacation activities! In fact, I've been making dining reservations for my Fall trip just this week! The most difficult part of planning is to picking which restaurants to dine at!

    While children's dining credits need to be used with the children's menus when a children's menu is offered, there are some creative ways to make our adventurous eaters happy! In general, buffet and family-style restaurants will offer lots of variety for everyone in your dining party. While these restaurants offer kid-friendly food stations, they also offer great dishes that anyone can try. Two great options, which always top our dining list, are 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort and Boma - Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You'll also find that quite a few quick-service restaurants do not offer specific children's menus, so kids have the full menu to choose from!

    At other restaurants, you can also choose to pay for a meal out of pocket, if there are truly no options for your child. Sometimes simply adding an appetizer from the adult menu can really make a difference in your meal!

    One other great option for adventurous diners - adult and children alike - is the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. Disney Dining Plan snack credits are often accepted at most of the food kiosks and outdoor kitchens. There are so many delicious options to try during the festival, that we can often eat multiple meals while wandering through World Showcase! While it isn't guaranteed, many festival booths will also allow Disney Dining Plan participants to exchange a quick service dining credit for up to 3 snack credits. If this is allowed, all 3 snacks need to be used in a single transaction.

    I hope this helps! Have a great time planning your Fall vacation, and be sure to visit us again if the Disney Parks Moms Panel can help with any additional details.


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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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