Can an Adult Order a Kid’s Meal at Disney?

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Disney foodies can eat their way through Disney with ease. There are so many ways to make meals out of snacks, festival tastes, or new dishes from restaurants! But what about those who have a smaller appetite, or even less advertised, the folks with a more picky sensibility regarding Disney dining? Many Disney guests want to know if an adult can order a kid’s meal at Disney.

Here is the honest answer…

Can An Adult Order A Kid’s Meal at Disney?

Can An Adult Order A Kid's Meal at Disney?
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Short answer: Yes. An adult is free to order a kid’s meal for lunch, dinner, or otherwise. But there are a few things you should know before you walk off planning on kid’s meals for every day of your Disney vacation.

After speaking with the Disney culinary team, you should know they have planned a “yellow food” at every Disney Park eatery. This means that chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese, fries, or noodles are available at every establishment. Mostly found on the kid’s menu, these meals allow diners with preferred sensibilities to dine without worry.

But what if you are an adult with these preferences? Don’t worry. Disney actually has you covered. You can order these items, too.

Ordering A Kid’s Meal at Disney Quick Service

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Each quick-service restaurant is a counter-service-style establishment. You and your party can approach the counter (or a register, such as at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn) to order a meal or use the My Disney Experience app to Mobile Order your meal where applicable. Mobile Ordering makes the process faster and more streamlined.

The menus at quick-service restaurants are posted overhead for ease of selection. They are also available on your mobile device if you order ahead of time via My Disney Experience.

The kid’s meals will be posted, with choices of side AND a drink, making a fabulous package deal. Oftentimes, adults can order a small portion to match the smaller price and receive it at the counter without hesitation. There is no red tape to go through; simply choose your meal and enjoy it!

Ordering A Kid’s Meal at Disney Table Service

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The harder part of the deal is here, at Disney’s table-service dining restaurants, such as locations like The Plaza Restaurant or Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom.

Often, guests are unsure of the process here to order the children’s meal entrée choices. While you are free, as an adult, to choose the pasta or chicken nuggets, you will be given an adult entrée portion at an adult price. This means you get to choose your food but get a portion that will fill you up, too!

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Sometimes, guests have reported pushback from cast members, saying that the selections on the kids’ menus are only for guests under the age of 10. Disney’s policy here looks to be that the choice may lie at the Cast Member’s discretion, which is sticky.

Disney’s own Disney Parks Moms Panel, turned planDisney reports that you should check the policies at each restaurant (particularly at Walt Disney World Resort) as the policies can change from place to place. They also mention that the adult portion at an adult price shouldn’t be a problem, either.

There are also locations such as Be Our Guest Restaurant or Chef Mickey’s, which have a prix-fixes menu. This means you’ll pay a set fee for adults (ages 10 and up) and a set fee for children (ages 3-9) regardless of what you order from the prix-fixes menu.

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So how about you? Are you a kid’s meal lover? What are your favorite selections at a Disney Park? Leave us a comment below!

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