Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Travel Tips Tuesday-Kids Meals

While visiting WDW in June, we had the opportunity to try some of the kids meals offered around the Parks.  As a parent of a 1 year old, the first thing I looked for was whole milk, our doctor recommendation and personal preference for Piper.  Some places offer whole milk, but others only have 2% milk.  It struck me as strange that it wasn't consistent at the parks; one restaurant would serve whole milk while the one next door would only have 2%.  We did our best to give Piper her whole milk, but every now and then I had to give in and give her the other.  It wasn't a huge problem, but it's nice to be aware of the possibilities.

Also, all of the kids meals comes with 2 sides.  Usually there is a fruit or veggie choice (carrot sticks, apples, grapes) and a dessert (cookie, brownie, applesauce).  You could also pick fries, though for a 1 year old, we never did.  Most times, I would feed her the entree (usually chicken nuggets or a  hamburger, but we found a turkey and cheese sandwich at the Starlight Cafe) and the fruit, but save the veggie or applesauce for a snack later.  The kids meals have a lot of food for a reasonable price.  At the San Angel Inn in Mexico, we ordered her a cheese quesadilla that came with veggies and rice.  It was WAY more food than a 1 year old could eat, which meant my husband and I ate off her plate, too!  Of course, we ordered from the menu as well, and 3 entrees between 2 adults and 1 little one is a lot of food!
Piper at Portobello our first night

One of the perks about traveling with infants and toddlers is that there is NO charge for sharing your food with your child under 3.  Even the buffets don't charge for children under 3 (1 of Jenn's 5 reasons)!  Piper ate off my plate at the 50's Prime Time Cafe (as well as several other places) and she loved it!  Most of the time we didn't need to order her a separate meal because so many restaurants have huge portions.  But, when she had her own meal, she had plenty to eat and usually leftovers for later snacking.  Doesn't that make you want to take your little ones to Disney?  It sure did for me!

See ya real soon!


  1. We took our kids when Joey was 3.5, Hayley was 2 and Emily was 10 months. We ate at mostly buffets (2 kids free!!). When we did go to counter service, we could give Emily the applesauce from Joey or Hayley's meal and saved the grapes for a later snack. We could purchase 2 kids meals for the three kids and it was plenty . . . but the buffets were the best deals for us that trip! At food courts, we also found in the broiler section (at Caribbean Beach) we could order the rotisserie chicken dinner and split that between the kids - roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable and a roll.

  2. I dont have kids (yet!!) but I love seeing how great Disney is to kids (and adults too!! :) )

    I've gotten the Disney Dining Plan a bunch of times..it'd be good for future reference so does the dining plan offer anything for kids? I always get so excited when I see little kids snacks..I'm a sucker for the tiny mickey waffles at Chef Mickey!

    xoxo http://juicylifegirl.blogspot.com/