• On Oct 31, 2017
    Robin 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.

    What do I do when my 10-year-old is now considered an adult but he will most likely not eat anything on that menu? Should I skip the dining plan or can he still order off the kid's menu?

    Hello Robin! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Much like when a child turns 3, parents need to make some difficult decisions when a child turns 10 in regard to purchasing Walt Disney World Theme Park Admissions and determining whether the Disney Dining Plan is a suitable fit.

    The good news is that when redeeming credits on the Disney Dining Plan, Adults are able to use their credits to select from the Kid's Menus at most of the Dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort. If a child is a picky eater, Dining Locations will try their best to accommodate the needs of the child. 

    The downside to this is that it is not considered a valuable use of credits to redeem Adult Disney Dining Plan credits for the often cheaper kid's menu items. Your child will still be required to purchase a Disney Dining Plan for ages 10 and older.

    I have balanced both options on various Walt Disney World Resort vacations with my family and find that the Disney Dining Plan is ideal for vacations where Dining Experiences are a priority, such as for multiple Character Dining Advanced Dining Reservations or Dinner Shows like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, and not as necessary when we are focused on more Theme Park related experiences.

    Bon Appétit!

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Hello, I’m Todd – fun dad to two super kids, a beautiful princess and adventurous pirate, and husband to a loving wife. By day, I work as a storyteller and high school teacher, where I help others find their own stories through the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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