Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 9, 2015
    Chad from MN 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.

    My family is planning on returning to WDW summer of 2016. We plan on purchasing the dining plan, but our daughter will be 10, and children's menus say for ages 3-9. Does she have to order off the main entree menu? She would prefer "kid friendly&quo

    Hi, Chad!  Anyone who has reached the age of 10 counts as an adult for all things Walt Disney World, and that does include the dining plan.  You will be charged an adult price for the Disney Dining Plan for your 10 year old daughter.

    In some cases, you can request an adult portion of a children's menu item.  I have had experiences with someone who has been offered a more generous portion of chicken nuggets and french fries from the children's menu for an 11 year old who couldn't find anything on the adult menu she wanted.  I also know of a couple of other experiences where the server brought a child's meal for an older child who was on the adult dining plan.

    I do want to say, however, that if you think you might have concerns in this area, the dining plan may not be your best option.  It's a great way to budget for your meals on your vacation, however, if you think you may end up really just ordering kids' meals for your daughter, she won't really get the same value out of her dining plan.  On the flip side, you could pay out of of pocket for all of her meals and use the extra credits to enjoy a signature (two credit) dining experience.

    Happy planning, Chad, and if you need any other help, come on back and see us!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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