10 years old eating and paying for the kids menu ?

Club Cooloholic

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Can I ask which buffet? Every time we checked in with kids, the person at the reservation desk asked the ages of the children. I suppose like everything else at Disney, it's hit or miss. If they don't ask the age of a child and don't charge the "10 and over" price, I wouldn't say anything either. But we've always had the person at the desk ask. If you check in online, don't they ask how many in the party and the ages? In any event, I sure wouldn't count on paying a child's price for a 10-year-old at a buffet or other prix fixe.
Liberty Tree, last week. Maybe because it doesn't have characters, they know there isn't much for some kids? To be fair my son doesn't like meat, didn't live thr impossible meatloaf so they didn't lose money on him, even at the kids price.
 

helenabear

Premium Member
They absolutely asked on our last trip. As I said, I wouldn't object if they didn't ask and charged the wrong price. But if people are asking if they can get away with not paying the adult price for a 10-year-old at a prix fixe or buffet, I wouldn't count on it.
My kid is 14 now so we're well beyond them asking. This month and also in March we did online check in. No way to avoid unless one lied. The only time we had exceptions to prix fixe was at Space 220. We bookec the lounge which allowed for more pick and choosing. But not entirely. My son wasn't interested in the appetizers but wanted to try the burger. In his case they did a kid pricing or close to it. Same with mine since my allergies forbid me from most appetizers. But the lounge is far more flexible and originally what I wanted to order was an allergen surprisingly so they were kinda flexible.
 

helenabear

Premium Member
Liberty Tree, last week. Maybe because it doesn't have characters, they know there isn't much for some kids? To be fair my son doesn't like meat, didn't live thr impossible meatloaf so they didn't lose money on him, even at the kids price.
But you said your kid was 9 right? So not sure that's helpful really to the discussion. If they didn't make you online check in like pretty much all are now or ask about about age that's more of an anomaly - unless your kid is small for their age.
 

Club Cooloholic

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But you said your kid was 9 right? So not sure that's helpful really to the discussion. If they didn't make you online check in like pretty much all are now or ask about about age that's more of an anomaly - unless your kid is small for their age.
He is a tall 9 yr old. They didn't ask his age. Don't know what to tell you.
BTW we also did the lounge but just did drinks as the menu didn't appeal to my kids. Why eat somewhere if nothing appeals? That's the beauty of the lounge, not stuck ordering anything of you don't want to.
 
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Chi84

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But you said your kid was 9 right? So not sure that's helpful really to the discussion. If they didn't make you online check in like pretty much all are now or ask about about age that's more of an anomaly - unless your kid is small for their age.
I think it's always worthwhile to hear people's experiences, whatever they may be. But as you said, if the kid is not 10, there's no consequence of them not asking. We were practically grilled about our 2-year-old at Storybook Dining, possibly because he turned 3 during the course of the trip? We just made sure to clarify the matter with our server so weren't charged for him. The server confirmed that the child's age for buffet pricing is whatever it is on the date you check in. In any event, we didn't find any nonchalant attitudes about pricing at the buffets.
 

helenabear

Premium Member
I think it's always worthwhile to hear people's experiences, whatever they may be. But as you said, if the kid is not 10, there's no consequence of them not asking. We were practically grilled about our 2-year-old at Storybook Dining, possibly because he turned 3 during the course of the trip? We just made sure to clarify the matter with our server so weren't charged for him. The server confirmed that the child's age for buffet pricing is whatever it is on the date you check in. In any event, we didn't find any nonchalant attitudes about pricing at the buffets.
True, good to hear experiences. We've never been grilled but we have been asked. My kid is now about as tall as his dad so there is no question. We're adult meals for him too for sit downs almost always. The whole 2 turning 3 is nice but does get confusing for servers at times too. Every place in March and June we ate, they asked us to do online check in. So they'll get it that way with ages. I find it weird they made us do online but no big deal. It allows me to double down on allergy requests easier.

He is a tall 9 yr old. They didn't ask his age. Don't know what to tell you.
BTW we also did the lounge but just did drinks as the menu didn't appeal to my kids. Why eat somewhere if nothing appeals? That's the beauty of the lounge, not stuck ordering anything of you don't want to.
First I wasn't trying to get an explanation from you. I apologize if you took it poorly but not asking for a 9 yo isn't shocking. I think with online check in now this will be a thing of the past. Only Space 220 doesn't allow for it but all else required.

Also I never said that the food didn't appeal to me. I just was limited due to allergies. The burger appealed more than the sliders for my kid - it did appeal when we booked but day of tastes changed. My 14yo doesn't have the stomach size for appetizers and main courses yet. Soon I am sure. The lounge has more options and they state you can order from either which is why we booked it.
 
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Club Cooloholic

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True, good to hear experiences. We've never been grilled but we have been asked. My kid is now about as tall as his dad so there is no question. We're adult meals for him too for sit downs almost always. The whole 2 turning 3 is nice but does get confusing for servers at times too. Every place in March and June we ate, they asked us to do online check in. So they'll get it that way with ages. I find it weird they made us do online but no big deal. It allows me to double down on allergy requests easier.


First I wasn't trying to get an explanation from you. I apologize if you took it poorly but not asking for a 9 yo isn't shocking. I think with online check in now this will be a thing of the past. Only Space 220 doesn't allow for it but all else required.

Also I never said that the food didn't appeal to me. I just was limited due to allergies. The burger appealed more than the sliders for my kid - it did appeal when we booked but day of tastes changed. My 14yo doesn't have the stomach size for appetizers and main courses yet. Soon I am sure. The lounge has more options and they state you can order from either which is why we booked it.
It's awesome that they worked around your wants. It's what often makes Disney, Disney.
 

helenabear

Premium Member
It's awesome that they worked around your wants. It's what often makes Disney, Disney.
Wouldn't call an allergy my wants.... I actually wasn't terribly thrilled with the service I received that day. Glad we experienced it, but not going back as it was very difficult to eat there. My kid was fine with eating whatever really. He just asked and they said sure but he would've been able to eat a couple of the appetizers. Someone just told him the burger was good. But the lounge is meant for more a la carte which again is why we booked as I feared (and beyond more than I ever thought so) that my allergy would keep me from eating most options.
 

Club Cooloholic

Well-Known Member
Wouldn't call an allergy my wants.... I actually wasn't terribly thrilled with the service I received that day. Glad we experienced it, but not going back as it was very difficult to eat there. My kid was fine with eating whatever really. He just asked and they said sure but he would've been able to eat a couple of the appetizers. Someone just told him the burger was good. But the lounge is meant for more a la carte which again is why we booked as I feared (and beyond more than I ever thought so) that my allergy would keep me from eating most options.
Oh yeah, I wasn't that impressed with it either. The elevator is the best part after that it was downhill, though my son liked the cards he got with his drink. The drinks didn't exactly thrill either.
 

helenabear

Premium Member
Oh yeah, I wasn't that impressed with it either. The elevator is the best part after that it was downhill, though my son liked the cards he got with his drink. The drinks didn't exactly thrill either.
We got cards too.... not sure why either. Maybe because my kid ordered a milk, who knows. The elevator is the best part for sure. The first 20mins before the restaurant was filled too was serene.
 

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