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Kids’ Dining

Kids’ Dining

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We don’t know about your kids, but when he was younger, our son Alexander wouldn’t touch pepper-seared grouper or seafood Creole with a ten-foot pole. Alexander and many other kids prefer the kids’ menus available at each table-service restaurant (and adults can order from these menus, too!). The menus vary slightly and are kid-friendly. Here is a typical menu:

appetizers (chicken noodle soup or honeydew melon boat); main courses (Mickey’s macaroni and cheese, Minnie’s mini burger, crusty cheese pizza, chicken strips, Mickey pasta, roasted chicken, or vegetable croquettes); desserts (Mickey ice cream bar, chocolate pudding, caramel custard, or assorted ice cream); drinks (milk—whole, low-fat, skim, or chocolate; soda, juice, water). Smoothies are $3.50 each.

And, yes, the menus come with kid-pleasin’ activities, like word searches and connect-the-dots. Crayons are also provided with meals.

If you are the lucky parent of children who will try anything, rest assured that your kids can dine from the adult menu, too. The adult fruit plates were our son’s favorite as a toddler, and over the years he's become quite the foodie, in part from sampling what the cruise line has to offer.

Kid-friendly items are offered elsewhere outside of the restaurants, too. The snack bars and buffet on deck 9/11 also serve plenty of kid favorites like pizza, burgers, and hot dogs. KidTip: “Don’t be afraid to try a bite of something new! Mickey’s food is good.”

If your child is checked into Oceaneer’s Club and Lab at dinnertime (a good idea if you want a quiet meal), food is brought into the club for them around the start of the first dinner seating.

Dine and Play (for ages 3–12) is a help at the late dinner seating. Give your server a heads-up when you arrive. Your child’s meal will be expedited, and about 45 minutes later children's program counselors arrive to escort the kids to Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab.

While lunch and dinner are provided for kids checked into Oceaneer’s at mealtimes, no snacks are made available. You can check them out and take them to get a snack.

Younger children may find it hard to sit through a meal in a table-service restaurant. If you ask your server, you can have your child’s meal served at the same time as your appetizers to curb their impatience. And the servers are typically great at entertaining the kids. Of course, you may prefer to do casual dining or room service on some nights.

Babies in It’s a Small World are given apple juice and crackers, as appropriate for their ages—you may also bring food for them. The dining rooms don’t have pre-made baby food—you may want to bring a small food grinder to make your own. Infant formula (Similac and Isomil) is available in the ship’s shop, but supplies are limited. Disposable bottles are also sold on board. Whole milk is available at no charge from room service and from the beverage station on deck 9/11 aft/mid.

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Top Photo Slice: Mickey Bar for Dessert at Dinner (℗ 53321) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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