Dining on the Disney Wonder
A myriad of options for dining on the Disney Wonder await the Disney Cruise Line traveler. From upscale to hot dogs, the Disney Wonder has you covered. While we do not consider ourselves experts or foodies, we do appreciate and enjoy the quality of the food, service, and atmosphere of the Disney Wonder restaurants. Read on to learn about the options for dining on the Disney Wonder as well as our impressions.
From morning until late at night, you can find something tasty to eat.
- Breakfast: Beach Blanket Buffet, Parrot Cay
- Lunch: Beach Blanket Buffet, Triton’s
- Dinner: Beach Blanket Buffet, Parrot Cay, Triton’s, Animator’s Palette, Palo
- All day and into the night: Goofy’s Galley, Pluto’s Dog House, and Pinocchio’s Pizzeria
- Soda, fruit drinks, water, coffee, cocoa, tea, and ice cream are available on the 9th deck at all times.
Disney Cruise Lines came up with the idea of rotational dining and continue to use it. Prior to your cruise, you choose either to dine early (5:30) or late (8:00). You are assigned each night to a specific table service restaurant, either Parrot Cay, Triton’s, or Animator’s Palette. On a seven night cruise, you will rotate through each of these restaurants, dining at two of them twice and the third three times. You share a table each night with the same family and have the same servers every night of the cruise. They rotate with you. We really enjoy this aspect as we got to know our table mates and servers much better.
The first four nights of your cruise, each restaurant serves menu options unique to and fitting with the theme of that restaurant. For longer voyages, the menus at all three will be the same for the remainder of the nights.
Parrot Cay is the first table service option for dining on the Disney Wonder. This Caribbean themed restaurant plays music by Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, Harry Belafonte, and the like. It serves much seafood and Caribbean specialties like jerk chicken, conch fritters, and fried plantain. During the evening meal, Parrot Cay is the loudest of the table service restaurants, making it our least favorite. For breakfast on the other hand, it is quieter and much calmer than Beach Blanket Buffet. If time permitted before our shore excursions, this was our choice.
Triton’s is more formal with an “under the sea,” Little Mermaid theme and French cuisine. Triton’s excels in atmosphere being more peaceful reserved than the other table service options. The food was our favorite. We loved the decor and soft lighting. We had lunch here everyday instead of Beach Blanket Buffet. For lunch, it is the walk-in, table service option offering four courses. Triton’s is a nice rest at lunch from the fast paced days of tours and shows.
Animator’s Palette is the favorite of most passengers. With its Disney animation theme and California cuisine, it is laid back, but not too loud. Classic songs from Disney movies play overhead. Your first night dining at Animator’s Palette is a true show and an experience not to be missed. The restaurant decor and lighting start the evening all black and white, with the servers also dressed in all black and white. Gradually during your meal, the room transforms into a bright, animated spectacle, climaxing before desert with the appearance of Sorcerer Mickey Mouse accompanied by the servers, now brightly attired. This night at Animator’s Palette is one of the highlights of not just dining on the Disney Wonder, but of the entire cruise.
For something more upscale, quiet, and formal, without children, there is Palo. Palo serves the cuisine of Northern Italy in a modern setting on Deck 10 with wonderful views of the sea. A reservation is required, you must be at least 18 years of age, and pay a $30 fee per person. It is the only option for dining on the Disney Wonder that requires an additional fee. It is semi-formal requiring button up shirts, slacks, dresses, or skirts, and closed-toe shoes. We did not try Palo as we were more than pleased with the options included with our fare. You receive a complimentary night at Palo with your tenth Disney cruise. We will try it then.
Beach Blanket Buffet
Beach Blanket Buffet rests on deck 9 with the pools. It serves all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a wide variety from which to choose: seafood, pasta, stir fry, meats, cheeses, desserts, but not to the level of the Disney Dream. Beach Blanket Buffet is by far the busiest option for dining on the Disney Wonder. The food quality is overall good, but not to the level of the table service restaurants. You can dine outside though with views of the harbor or sea, and it is conveniently located near the pools.
All Day Food and Snacks
On deck 9 by the pool, you can get a quick snack or meal all day and until about 11:00 at night.
- Pluto’s Dog House serves burgers, chicken fingers, and of course, hot dogs.
- Goofy’s Galley serves more health conscious fare like fruit bowls, paninis, and wraps. The self-serve, soft-serve ice cream pretty negates the “healthy” aspect, but the banana ice cream is truly wonderful.
- Pinocchio’s Pizzeria offers a variety of pizza styles and toppings and was surprising quite good. I could not resist trying a goat cheese pizza which was delicious. They also serve cream cheese filled pretzels. We love these at Walt Disney World and were thrilled to find them here.
- Sodas, fruit drinks, coffee, cocoa, and tea are available 24/7 on Deck 9 by the pools.
- Food – All of our food at the table service restaurants was from good to excellent. The flavors were delicious and the presentations were eye-catching.
- Atmosphere – We are big Disney fans. We love decor themed from Disney animated classics. It is all tastefully done. Sorcerer Mickey night at Animator’s Palette is spectacular.
- Service – The servers are superb. Rotational dining with the same table mates and servers builds a closeness and intimacy.
- Overall, we love the Disney Wonder and Dining on the Disney Wonder is one the best things about it.
Awesome blog on everything disney, someday i hopoe to afford to go
Family Travel Escapades says
Thank you Stacy. I hope you get the chance to take a Disney cruise, too. You will love it.