Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 14, 2012
    Farrah from AR 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.

    Me, my DH and DS (9) have DDP, and I read that his age has to order from the kids menu. The kids menu are often very limited, is there a way to upgrade (even if more $) or will we have to pay OOP so he can get what he wants?

    Hi Farrah,

    My family uses the Disney Dining Plan nearly every time we visit the Walt Disney World Resort.  We were in a situation similar to yours when my son was eight years old.  He is a big kid with a healthy appetite so sometimes we needed to get creative with our Dining Plan credits.  Here are some of the strategies we used:

    1.  Eat at as many buffets as possible.  Children can eat whatever they want from the menu, just like the adults.  If you have a son with a big appetite, this is a great value.

    2. At mid-day, I'm often not in the mood for a big meal, so occasionally I would eat my son's kid's meal and he would eat my adult-sized portion. 

    3.  Have your son order from the kid's menu, but pay out-of-pocket for an extra side dish.  This is still less expensive than paying for an extra adult meal.

    4.  Use one of your adult credits for your son when necessary.  Pay out-of-pocket for a less expensive meal at another time during your vacation.

    I think you'll find, Farrah, that you can make the Disney Dining Plan work quite nicely for your family.  Feel free to ask a follow-up question if you need more advice.

    Best wishes as you plan your magical Disney adventure!

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