10 year-old ordering off the child's menu at Disney restaurants

10 year-old ordering off the child's menu at Disney restaurants

by Christopher
(MA)

 




"There is no way my 10 year old can order off the adult menu. He just does not eat enough. Will Disney question his age if I order off the kids' menu? He will be 10 but he's not big for his age. I'm buying him the adult ticket to get him in the parks, but don't want to waste money on the adult meal at some of these restaurants. Do you think I can get away with it?"

A big pile of food

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Hey, Christopher. The quick answer is yes, you can do it. It's not really a problem. Not really. There are some exceptions to that, but for the most part, yes, your 10-year old son can order off of the kids' menu. Even adults at the quick service restaurants can order off the child's menu, so that's not really a problem. It can be done. Not a problem at all.

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Sometimes at the table service restaurants there could be a little problem, but a 10-year-old that is not big for his age, it's not really going to be that much of a problem. Disney does know that they're on an adult ticket if you use your MagicBands. If you pay cash, Disney's not even going to know, but there's a lot of information now on the MagicBands that will tell them that.

Even if you don't use his MagicBand, your whole family's information is on every MagicBand so they would technically know that he is 10 years old, but they're not going to question it. He can order off the child's menu. The worst thing that could happen is he might have to pay the adult price. If you're going to somewhere like a buffet he will have to pay the adult price, but for the most part, yes, he can order off the child's menu.

The problem does come in if you're using the Disney Dining Plan. The Disney Dining Plan, if he is 10 years old he will be on the adult plan. If he's got an adult ticket he's going to be on the adult plan, so he will be charged the adult credit. He cannot use a child's credit. You can still order off of the child's menu, but you're going to get charged the adult credit.

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So, the bottom line is, yes, your 10 year old son will be able to order off the child's menu, but if you're using the Dining Plan he will have to have the adult level of the Dining Plan and use those adult credits. Hope that helps, Christopher.

 

 

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Oct 11, 2017
Another Option
by: Catherine

Another option is to pay OOP at Table Service Restaurants (this won't work at buffets) ONLY for the child and let them order what they want. The credits are assigned to the reservation, not the individual person. You can use the extra credits toward meals that are signature dining. For example, if you pay OOP for 3 table service meals for your child (party of 3, Mom, Dad, 10 YO)then you have 3 extra credits that can be used towards dining at Cinderella Castle or California Grill. If your child wants mac and cheese or a burger or chicken fingers you are saving the credits for a better benefit.

Oct 06, 2017
1st Time NOT Using Dining Plan
by: Lorraine

Thanks, Dad. This is the reason I will NOT be using the Dining Plan on my next trip. My daughter turned 10 during our last trip, so we got away with one last child ticket/meal plan. Next year, she will be 12. She is tall and simply will not pass for 10, but sometimes she eats like a bird and is content with Macaroni and Cheese or a Burger. Other times, she has a big appetite and will order grilled salmon off the adult menu. I plan to just budget our meals and pay for them with my Disney Chase Visa or Disney gift cards.

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