We talk a lot about the normal menus in Disney World, but what about the KIDS menus?
If you’re heading to Disney World with little ones, you’re gonna want to know where to get the food that kids are going to LOVE. (Most kids aren’t crazy about trying all the unique international food booths around EPCOT’s World Showcase — sorry.) So we checked out which Disney World restaurants have the best kids meals.
We hope you’re hungry because it’s time to take a look at some awesome kids meals.
We’re going to look at both quick-service (fast food-style) restaurants and table-service (sit-down) restaurants in our search for the best kids meals in Disney World.
Just a note on adults and kids meals. Adults are not supposed to order off of kids menus, but often Cast Members will let you do so at Quick Service spots if you ask. It’s really a case-by-case basis, and it depends on the restaurant and Cast Members working there. Sometimes a restaurant will give you a larger portion and correspondingly charge more for it if you’re an adult ordering off the kids menu. Just ask the staff or your server if you can order a kids meal for yourself, and please remember to be respectful and polite, even if they tell you no!
Let’s jump into the restaurants and menus now!
Quick-Service (Fast Food) Restaurants
Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
One of our absolute favorite spots to eat in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Satu’li Canteen. This restaurant is located in the Pandora section of the park.
It’s serving up delicious, customizable bowls of different kinds of meat, veggies, grains, and sauces. Depending on what meat you get, the bowls range in price from $12.99 to $17.49.
The adult-sized bowls are pretty darn big, so it’s a good option if you’re really hungry. The kids menu has the same custom bowls in a smaller size for about half the price. The kids bowls are $8.49 – $9.49.
But our favorite kids meal here is actually the Cheeseburger Steamed Pod, which is a bao bun stuffed with ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickle, and cheddar. It comes with vegetable chips and a mandarin orange, plus a drink. The whole meal is $8.49.
The adult version of this meal comes with two of the Cheeseburger Pods (for $12.79), but we’re usually plenty full after one (especially since it comes with two sides).
Click here to learn how to make Cheeseburger Pods at home!
Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Also in Animal Kingdom, you’ll find Nomad Lounge. This is an awesome spot for adults, with a long list of specialty cocktails and some options for small plates. But the menu can also be good for kids!
On the kids menu, one of our favorite items is the Shredded Beef Tacos. This meal comes with two beef tacos, plus kids get to choose two sides from this list: green beans, basmati rice, seasonal vegetables, white cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, fresh fruit, or a cookies and cream brownie.
Altogether, the kids meal is $14. That’s about the same price as most of the small plates on the menu, and we think the kids’ meal has at least as much food as those dishes.
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Woody’s Lunch Box in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
We’re heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next, where we’re planning to stop at Woody’s Lunch Box. This is a great place to grab lunch, but be aware that it can be hard to find a table since it’s also super popular.
First of all, we have to mention the breakfast at Woody’s. There’s a Kids Breakfast Bowl — which is tater tots smothered in smoked brisket country gravy, scrambled eggs, and some green onions — for $5.49. The meal also comes with a mandarin orange, tater tots, and a drink.
This is one of the BEST breakfast deals we’ve found on property. So when you’re heading into Hollywood Studios and everyone’s rushing to Slinky Dog Dash, follow the crowd until you get to the ride, then veer off and go to Woody’s Lunch Box instead for a delicious and very affordable breakfast.
But if you’re stopping here for lunch instead, there’s some great kids meals on the menu in the afternoon as well. One of our all-time favorites is the Grilled Cheese, and we ask for a side of Tomato Basil Soup instead of Potato Barrels (tater tots).
The Grilled Cheese is a half-sandwich with melted provolone, cheddar, and American cheese on grilled sourdough bread. It comes with a side (like we said, we love the soup — especially for dipping) and your choice of drink as well. You can get the full meal for $6.79.
Read our latest review of the breakfast bowl at Woody’s Lunch Box
Docking Bay 7 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Over in Galaxy’s Edge, you can find Docking Bay 7. This restaurant has food from a galaxy far, far away, and it’s pretty much normal food just with strange names and sometimes weird shapes.
You can get “Tip Yip” (fried chicken) on the adult menu for $15.49, and there’s a slightly smaller portion on the kids’ menu for $9.99.
The kids’ meal comes with a piece of fried chicken, house-made macaroni and cheese, roasted vegetables, and a drink. In our opinion, this meal is plenty filling, so why not save some money on your lunch?
We’re going to transition now to the sit-down restaurants, and we want to just remind you that officially, the kids menu is for children ages 9 and younger. Most of the time, if you have a kiddo who is a bit older looking to order off the kids menu, you can simply ask. But remember, this is a case by case basis and the Cast Member may not always be able to accommodate.
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Table Service (Sit-Down) Restaurants
The Boathouse at Disney Springs
The Boathouse is a restaurant in Disney Springs, which is the big center for shopping and some dining in Disney World.
There are lots of tasty options on the regular menu, but our experience with the kids menu has been just as good. The kids meals are fairly basic — there’s popcorn shrimp, a burger, mac ‘n’ cheese, or a fried chicken sandwich. But kids love these meals since they’re familiar and tasty. PLUS it doesn’t hurt that the meals come in little paper “cars.”
Even though the food doesn’t sound too exciting, it’s really good quality. And all the meals come with a choice of a side (carrot sticks, fruit cup, or fries) and a drink. Altogether, each kids meal is $10. Most adult entrées are between $20 (sandwiches) and $50 (steak) here, so if you’d be happy with a more basic meal, you could definitely save some money.
There are really solid options here for your little ones (or picky eaters).
Read Our Most Recent Review of the Boathouse Here
Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
The Grand Floridian Café is located at — you guessed it! — Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
Adults can get dishes like Miso-glazed Salmon ($28), Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($25), or a New York Strip Steak ($36). But you’d be surprised by how similar the kids’ menu is.
Off the kids menu, you can get Miso-glazed Salmon ($13), a Grilled Chicken Breast ($12), or a Grilled Flat-Iron Steak ($15). And the kids’ meals come with two sides and a beverage as well. The portions for these entrees are definitely smaller, but the addition of the sides make them a good-sized meal anyways.
The side options for kids are Sautéed Green Beans, Sticky Rice, Fruit Salad, or Worms in Dirt. The Sticky Rice is a favorite with some of the kids we know who’ve eaten here.
So if you’re looking for a high-quality meal without the big portion size, you’ll want to head down to Grand Floridian Café and take a look at the kids menu there.
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Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Olivia’s Café can be found at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.
This café serves a few different kids meals for $10 each. One of our favorites is the Buttermilk-Fried Chicken Strips. The meal also comes with a beverage and your choice of two sides: green beans, brown rice, a fruit cup, or a yogurt parfait.
The chicken strips are fried just like the adult version, so it’s a very similar meal. Pro tip: we’ve asked for southern gravy to go with the chicken (the gravy comes with the adult meal), and we got it on the side of the kids meal at no charge. Again, this may not always be the case but the addition of the gravy is great,
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’50s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
’50s Prime Time Café in Hollywood Studios is super fun for kids for a number of reasons: The servers are sassy and funny, there are TVs by some of the tables playing old shows, and the theming and decor are absolutely amazing.
But another reason for kids to love this spot is the great kids menu you’ll find here. Kids can get grilled chicken or chicken strips, but one of the best deals is the kids’ salmon, known as Goofy’s Salmon. The meal comes with two sides from this list: green beans and carrots, corn, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, stained glass dessert (whipped pineapple fluff with gelatin cubes), or a seasonal cupcake.
Don’t you love that a cupcake is a side option? Lots of the kids meal side options include some kind of dessert, which we think is important.
You can get the whole meal (plus a drink) for $13.
Read our most recent review of ’50s Prime Time Café
Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom
OK — the kids menu at Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom might be the best one we’ve seen yet.
This spot has a few different options for kids meals, including Congo Connie’s Coconut-Curry Concoction, Sizzling Savanna Grilled Steak, Junior Skip’s Macaroni & Cheese, and Chef Tandaji’s Crispy Chicken. All of those sound amazing.
The kids meals are between $10 and $13, and they come with a drink and two sides from this list: Steamed Broccoli, Seasonal Vegetables, Fingerling Potatoes, Jade Rice Blend, Seasonal Fruit, Monkey Banana Bites, or Volcano! Cake.
Tell us where else you can get a curry or steak meal for under $15 in Disney World. We’ll wait.
Check out our DFB Video on Skipper Canteen here!
And that wraps up our list of the best kids meals in Disney World! Keep on following DFB, and we’ll let in on the best tips and secrets for your Disney vacay.
Can’t you just order most of the to-go meals through Mobile Food Orders? I don’t think they will refuse to give it to you when you go to pick it up.
Sandra G says
RickTR, if you are ordering at a QS, no one is going to follow you to the table to make sure a kid is eating the meal. TS places may or may not be willing to let you order a kids meal. I did have success ordering an adult portion of mac and cheese for myself at our resort food court when it was only listed on the kids menu, so it doesn’t hurt to ask if you want a larger or smaller portion or meal.
Lee Anne says
We took our granddaughters to the Be Our Guest. They happily gave our 10 year old a kid’s meal, and charged us the Adult price. No biggie for us. We just wanted her to eat what she liked. (I was concerned my 32 year old Asbergers son would not eat the adult meal, but they had rolls so he was okay. They were SUPER nice.
Lee Anne says
A nice thing about the Be Our Guest restaurant is they had chicken nuggets and French fries along with their listed menu items. So helpful.
Shawn K. says
I’ve never had a problem ordering from the kid’s menu for my wife for counter service meals. No one has ever asked, and as someone mentioned previously, with most of these types of venues going to mobile I doubt it will ever be an issue.