Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 30, 2010
    Ashley from NC 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.

    I'm going on a trip in a couple of weeks and am worried about the food situation. I don't eat a lot and always have excess food to throw away. Are adults allowed to get food from the kids menu at counter service restraunts? This would help a lot.

    Hi, Ashley! The short answer to your question is "Yes." You can order a kids meal for yourself from a quick-service restaurant since no one knows for whom you are ordering the food. However, you need to be aware of a few issues. If you're on one of the Disney Dining Plans, you will have an adult DDP and will not be allowed to order kids' meals. Also, a few quick service restaurants do not have kids' meal options available. In addition, you may grow tired of eating typical kid's fare like chicken nuggets, hot dogs and pizza during the course of your trip.

    Our family usually does what we call "creative" ordering when we're at quick-service restaurants simply for the fact that we have a large family and our little ones are light and picky eaters. Sometimes, a hostess will hand guests a written copy of the menu upon entrance to a quick service restaurant -- that's when we take a moment to decide who wants what and how we're ordering. Then, the big kids take the little ones to the bathroom to wash up, and they collect utensils, napkins and condiments. (Can you tell that we've practiced this pattern a few times?)

    I step up alone to order for the entire family. If we're not exceptionally hungry, sometimes we will split adult meals and add an extra side dish or two, and sometimes I will order kids' meals for everyone and subsidize the adults' meals with snacks we've brought from our room. Then again, a side dish such as a small salad, a cup of soup or an egg roll is occasionally all we need. I tell you all this because there are other ways to eat lightly without having to get a kids meal each time, and by studying the quick service restaurant menus at or at, you can plan your meals and snacks ahead of time -- which can save you time and money.

    I hope that your time at WDW is magical! Have a great vacation!
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