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  • On Jun 2, 2009
    Tanya from NY Asked

    Hi Panel we are frequent Disney travelers my autistic son is now 10 and we always get the dining plan . Do you know if we are at a table service restaurant and he didnt like anything on the menu could he order off the childrens menu instead ?

    If you were not on the Disney Dining Plan, the answer to your question would be, "no problem." When paying out of pocket, guests of any age can order from any part of the menu. I recently dined with my sixty-something year old mother at WDW and she often ordered from the children's menus as a means of portion control. And my big-appetite daughter began ordering adult meals when she was about seven year old.

    If you are on the Dining Plan things become a bit more complicated. On the Plan, guests ages 3-9 are counted as children and guests ages 10-up are counted as adults. Kids are supposed to order from the kids' menu and adults are supposed to order from the adult menu. So, theoretically, your son will need to order adult meals. However, in practice, I can't see any cast member giving you a hard time about getting a less expensive child's meal instead of the adult meal he is entitled to. Simply explain your situation to your server and they will be likely to accommodate you.

    One thing to think about ... since your son is now ten, you will be paying the adult price for him to be on the Dining Plan. If you think that he will frequently be ordering children's meals, then you're probably not doing the most financially sound thing by being on the Plan. Paying the full adult price for him to eat children's meals is something you need to think about as you continue your travels at WDW.

    Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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