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Old 05-09-2018, 02:40 PM   #1
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My son who will be 18 when we go this December, has mild autism. His food palate is usually limited to chicken tenders, spaghetti, hot dogs, the occasional cheeseburger and breakfast foods. Most of the meals I am planning are at CS but I would like to do a couple TS. Is there a big issue with him ordering the chicken nuggets from the kids menu? or going to the "kids" area at the buffets? I don't care about using his Adult TS credit for the kids food, but wasn't sure if this would be ok.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:47 PM   #2
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I don't have a definite answer for you, but I would think if you explained the situation to the host/server/cashier, they would accommodate you. You could always contact WDW should you wish to know before your vacation. Only phone # I can find that I would call if in your situation would be the same number you make ADRs with::
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I know there is no issue eating from the kids area at the buffets, as I see adults doing that all the time. And I don't think there would be a problem ordering from the kids menu at a TS. Like you say, you'd probably have to use an adult TS credit. They may even offer to make it an adult size portion for him.

FYI, Sci-Fi has Buffalo popcorn chicken on their appetizer menu and it's a huge portion of chicken fingers. I get them whenever we go there. They are spicy though.
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I can tell you from our trip in March that I ordered 2x off the kids menu and neither time did the server say anything or even flinch at my request (I did pay adult TS credits though). Both portions were huge so I assume they gave me an adult portion of the kids food. As far as the buffets, those are definitely not an issue as adults eat from there all the time. Honestly Disney is so good with food requests...they truly just want everyone to have a magical experience.

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Thank you everyone. I was pretty sure it would be ok, but wanted to see your thoughts. This trip is geared toward him, but I was hoping to get a few TS meals for myself that didn't involve pancakes and eggs.
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I would check the menus on AllEars.net to be sure the kids menu has things to his liking. Some TS have "all the usual suspects" and some are quite limited.

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I have a teenager with autism who has texture issues. At 50's Prime Time he likes the kids meatloaf so they will do a double portion of that for him. At Narcoossee's he loves the mickey pasta so they will do a double order of that for him. I'm pretty sure he eats off the adult menu everywhere else but you shouldn't have any problems. We stopped doing the dining plan when he became a Disney adult because it didn't make sense to be using adult dining credits for kids meals.
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Shouldn't be a problem. I have a 14 year old DS with autism and his self-imposed diet is so limited it's driving me nuts. At home he'll only eat chicken nuggets of grilled hot dogs for dinner. But he won't eat nuggets or HD when we go out. At WDW he'll have fries for dinner every night. My summer mission is the get him to add some kind of protein to his repertoire. Pray for me, lol
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I can't imagine you would have any trouble at all. I know I have taken from the kids buffet for myself many a times and no one has every said anything. I would hope no one would as they don't know whether I have a child at the table or not I'm getting food for.

As for regular TS meals, I don't even know if you'd have to explain. I would think a simple statement from your son of "I know it's on the kids menu but I would like to get this for dinner" would be enough. The CM will probably tell you that they'll have to charge you the adult credit but since you're already aware of that, I can't see there being any problems.
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My son who will be 18 when we go this December, has mild autism. His food palate is usually limited to chicken tenders, spaghetti, hot dogs, the occasional cheeseburger and breakfast foods. Most of the meals I am planning are at CS but I would like to do a couple TS. Is there a big issue with him ordering the chicken nuggets from the kids menu? or going to the "kids" area at the buffets? I don't care about using his Adult TS credit for the kids food, but wasn't sure if this would be ok.
There should be no problem at all; Disney only cares that the food is paid for.

If you really wish to be certain, you can have your son's autism noted on all your ADRs. Then just mention it to your server, and ask for a kids' menu for your son (if it's not a buffet - at the buffet, just find the foods he'll like, and point him in the right direction).

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On our January '14 trip, one of us has a .... well, not an allergy to seafood per se, but a very strong nausea response to even the smell of most seafood. When I made our ADRs, I made sure that was noted on each of them, and then mentioned it to our servers. They still treated it like an allergy; the chef came out to talk to her about what she could have or not. Even if she ordered something off the regular menu, the plate was delivered by a separate CM, and came complete with a little yellow flag (to help avoid any chance of cross-contamination).
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