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Ordering Off the Kids Menu

by Jenn
(Colorado Springs, CO)

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“Hi Dad!

We have a 10 year old daughter (11 by the time of our trip) who has some sensory processing issues (medically diagnosed) and she has a lot of trouble with food. The more flavors and textures, the more trouble she has. The bland foods like the chicken nuggets on the children’s menu are her best food friends.

Yet, for some reason you have to be nine and under to be a kid at Disney World? Is there any way around this? I have no intentions of spoiling our very expensive 1st trip to Disney World by trying to force her to eat things that Disney insists she eats. Any advice?”

Better to Ask Forgiveness…

Howdy Jenn,

An old adage I’ve used a lot is “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission”. Meaning sometimes you just have to do something and if someone say something about it, you just ask forgiveness.

I think this applies to you. I’ve never heard of any server asking the age of a child when an order is taken. In fact I don’t think they even ask adults who order off the children’s menu how old they are.

I’m pretty sure this is something that Disney doesn’t enforce (except at buffets where an adult will be charged adult prices). Here’s a question to the Mom’s Panel (which only puts out official Disney policy) about adults ordering off the child’s menu.

It’s for sure not a problem at Quick Service restaurants especially with Mobile Ordering, the servers never know who the meals are for. At Table Service restaurants, it could be a problem, but again, it’s something that Disney doesn’t enforce.

How would they know

Besides, how would they know your daughter was 11 and not just a big 9 year old?

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Jenn, nothing to worry about here. Your daughter can have all the chicken nuggets she wants. Yes, technically you have to be 9 or younger to order off the children’s menu, but Disney lets anyone do it. Even adults.

If any one bothers you about it, just tell them she has a medical issue and I guarantee you it will be OK.


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Apr 23, 2019 Contact Customer Service.
by: Rebecca

I have kids with food intolerances and sensory issues, and I have food allergies. You can call ahead or email and let them know about your daughter and her medical problems. They will put a note in your account and any restaurant will know about this issue ahead of time. I have never had a bad experience at a Disney restaurant and the staff has always been accommodating. We love to go to Disney because it is the one place we vacation where we don’t have to worry about food. I hope you have a great time on your first trip!

Apr 09, 2019 Great news!
by: Jenn

I appreciate your input so much! Really put my mind at ease. Thank you Dad!

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