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  • On Feb 10, 2011
    Stacey from NJ Asked

    My son will turn 10 a few weeks before we arrive at Disney. We're planning to get the Dining Plan and he will be considered an adult. But is he permitted to order from the Children's Menu sometimes if he likes those meal choices better?

    Hi Stacey! My son loves that at 11 years old he is considered an adult at Walt Disney World, but he doesn't want any part of the food on the adult menu! While you're not allowed purchase a child's dining plan for kids over 9, your ten-year-old is welcome to order meals from the kids' menu if nothing on the adult menu appeals to him. My son usually orders from the children's menu, and we've never had any problem doing so. (Even adults are allowed to order from the kids' menu if they want.)

    Obviously, the cost of a child's meal is much cheaper than the cost of an adult meal at Disney, so using your son's adult dining plan to pay for kids' meals is not the most cost-effective use of his meal credits, unless the restaurant gives him an adult-sized portion, which some restaurants will do. At other (non-buffet) restaurants, you may want to consider asking the server if you can pay for your son's kiddie meal out-of-pocket instead of using his dining plan credit. Then, other adults in the family could use his adult credits toward their more expensive meals.

    Hope this helps! Have a magical vacation! 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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