Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 11, 2013
    Paula Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    hi! love your panel read it everyday!! first trip to wdw coming on april 1 for 8 days bringing 2 girls 8 and 10. have ddp and have made adr but upon looking at kids menus-very sad my 8 yo cannot eat pbj and chix all week! would u suggest upgrading to dlx?

    Hi Paula! I have the opposite problem -- my thirteen-year-old son is considered an adult on the Disney Dining Plan but he prefers the kiddie food on the children's menus. It sounds like your 8-year-old is a more adventurous eater! 

    Many restaurants offer more than standard kiddie fare on the children's menus. I recommend that you check the menus for various restaurants and make your reservations at those that offer more adult choices for kids. At buffets, such as Boma or Crystal Palace, your eight-year-old isn't limited to the kiddie section and may eat the adult offerings as well. At 'Ohana everyone in your family eats the same grilled meats, veggies, potstickers and bread pudding. The children's menu at Be Our Guest offers kids grilled fish or steak at dinner and the quick-service lunch kids' menu includes slow cooked pork and mahi mahi. At Yak & Yeti kids can order Vegetable Lo Mein or an egg roll. The Epcot restaurants in the World Showcase have lots of options for adventurous kids: Grilled Tilapia or Steak Tacos at San Angel, stir-fry at Teppan Edo, or pan-roasted flounder at Chefs de France.

    The regular Disney Dining Plan includes one Table Service, one Quick Service and one snack per person per day. The Deluxe plan includes three meals and two snacks per day.  On either plan your 8-year-old would be required to order from the children's menus where available, but the Deluxe plan would allow your family to dine at more Table Service restaurants which offer more varied kids' choices than the Quick Service ones. If your family wants to have more sit-down meals or dine at several Signature restaurants, upgrading to the Deluxe plan may be worthwhile. Otherwise, you may find it more cost-effective to just pay out-of-pocket for an occasional adult meal for your 8-year-old at the Quick-Service restaurants instead of paying to upgrade the entire family's Dining Plan to deluxe.

    Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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