frustrated with the dining plan
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We've had this conversation before, and it's nearly as bad as discussing politics, because ...
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Seriously. Kids being picky about food is not always the result of being "[fed] junk when they are young".
I, for example, was a very picky eater as a kid. It wasn't from a medical or psychiatric condition. Nor was it due to being fed junk food - I was a kid before microwaves, for one.
But I hated the taste of bell peppers, squash, eggplant, zucchini, and liver. Still do, in fact.
Added to that, I hated the texture of cooked onions, solid bits of tomato, and similar - plus, the above items. And cucumbers with large "seed areas". Pickles, same thing.
Then there's my aversion to almost every kind of shellfish out there; it's not an allergy, it's not even the flavor - for all I know, Lobster is pure ambrosia - it's the idea of eating something multi-legged and exoskeletal. They might as well be spiders, roaches, beetles, and other not food critters, to me.
And finally, straight-up tomato - as opposed to ketchup, spaghetti or pizza sauce, etc - is a tast so vile and disgusting, that my worst horror story from Basic Training for the U.S. Army is having to eat two stewed tomatoes.
My mother did not raise me on a diet of chicken nuggets and french-fries. Like I said, I was a child before the advent of microwaves, and on top of that, we were always quite poor. Our first microwave was a gift from my grandmother, when I was sixteen.
My father was an absolutely gifted cook, and my mother was always pro-healthy-eating - and always fought tooth and nail with me over what I would or would not eat. One night, they absolutely insisted I finish what was on my plate, including vegetables I did. Not. Like. I think I was six years old, or maybe only five.
I sat there (with no toys, no books, no TV, just a quiet kitchen, and a plate of now-cold food in front of me) until around 3am, when they finally gave up because they wanted to go to bed. Note, dinner had been at ~6pm ... I was so adamantly opposed to eating those vegetables, I sat there for nine hours ... and it wasn't me who relented.
The next day, guess what plate was brought back out of the fridge? Yep: those vegetables. And guess what I did? Yep: sat there, refusing to eat them. All day long.
Some kids, just will not eat some foods. Nothign short of strapping them to a chair and literally FORCE FEEDING them, will change that.
My point of this was that places like WDW and pretty much every where else has fried non nutritious food only on their kids meal. And I said that most people do not feed thier kids chicken nuggets and fries everyday so why should that be all that is offered on the kids meals at restaurants. And there are people saying that their kids "only" eat pizza and chicken nuggets etc, and can't get them to eat better food, and my point was if that stuff was never offered to them in the first place then the kids would not "only" eat that stuff because they would have never had it. You can't eat what you do not have. And I was not saying to "force feed" anybody anything. And as far as what people like to eat, your tastes change all of the time and they say you should keep giving kids foods over and over because something they might not like so much now they might learn to like later on. I still stand behind the point that as parents it is our job to make sure kids eat a healthy diet for their growth and development. I never knew anyone whose parents let them eat just junk and grew up fat thank their parents for it when they were adults. I know everyone is different and there are very stubborn kids that make it challenging and parents do their best, there are ways to get your kids to eat healthier without as you say "force feeding" them, which I never said to do.
It's funny that there is always a lot of talk about food,the quality,quantity,and especially the price. The thing is, if you've been there before you know what's going to be on the menu and how much it costs. Disney is not going to please everyone all the time. They have a business to run,and for the vast majority of us,they do a terrific job.
"Life can be as easy as a fall,it's all so easy once you just let go."
Since there does not seem to be any new information being added to this thread that is helpful to the Original Poster I am going to close this thread. In the future please remember to address the OPs concern/question in a helpful and respectful way.