If you’re a foodie, you can have a really good time on a Disney cruise! It’s no joke to say I gained about 7 pounds on our Alaska cruise – the food is delicious and almost everything is included in the price of your cruise fare already. Dining on the Disney Wonder was a great experience, whether it was for a 4 course meal at dinner or just a quick bite for breakfast.
Since it’s Disney the dining on the Disney Wonder is also really well themed. The restaurants are beautiful and each location has its own style of cuisine. We were able to try most of the restaurants during our 7 night cruise and a lot of the food items, so I wanted to share an overview of dining on the Disney Wonder!
Let’s start with my favorite, Tiana’s Place! This is the newest restaurant on board as it was recently added just a few years ago, and the themeing is incredible. It’s inspired by Princess and the Frog and has an old New Orleans style to it. There is a jazz band playing while you dine, people are invited to get up and dance, and Tiana herself makes some appearances and walks around the restaurant. The food, of course, is Cajun/Creole – some highlights include sausage fritters, hot crab dip, and of course beignets! Read my full review of Tiana’s Place here.
This is another fun, uniquely Disney experience. We ate here twice, and before one of our meals we were asked to complete a drawing. Towards the end of the meal they actually “animated” our drawings and brought them to life on the screens around the restaurant! There is an Animator’s Palate on all the Disney Cruise ships, though the “gimmick” is different at each one. The menus are identical on all ships. Some food highlights include black truffle pasta, ginger-teriyaki beef tenderloin, and a chocolate fudge cheesecake. Read my full review of Animator’s Palate here.
Triton’s is the third restaurant in the regular dining rotation included with your cruise. It has a somewhat subtle Little Mermaid theme and a French influenced menu. The food is good but out of the three main restaurants it is probably my least favorite just because it’s not quite as exciting as the other two. The Grand Marnier souffle for dessert here is one of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten though. Menu highlights include escargot, a roasted duck breast, and of course that Grand Marnier souffle!
One of the best meals I’ve had in my life, Palo is a signature restaurant with a surchange, but at an extra $30 per person it is completely worth it. They do a brunch once or twice during the cruise as well as dinner every night. The menu is Italian inspired but also seafood heavy, which I love. We did brunch it was incredible – it starts with a huge buffet featuring lots of seafood, tons of different types of cheese, salads, breads, Italian favorites, and more. Then you can also get a plated entree. There’s a dessert buffet as well. Food highlights are basically everything, but favorites of mine include the crab legs, smoked salmon pasta, chocolate lava cake, and champagne jello. Read my full review of Palo brunch here.
Cabanas is the buffet up on the top deck by the pool, which is good for breakfast and lunch when you just want a quick and easy meal. I like having the more fancy options of a sit-down restaurant (especially when it’s included in the price!), but sometimes you just want something simple and easy. Cabanas is definitely one of the better buffets I’ve ever come across. The dishes are more basic too for those with simpler taste – you’ll find beef, chicken fingers, french fries, etc. A few of my favorites from the buffet are the crab claws, mac and cheese, and the different kinds of bread and rolls available.
Room service is another great option on your cruise that is included in your fare! It’s not an extensive menu but you can get a full meal through room service with options like sandwiches, salads, and burgers. You can also just grab a snack or appetizer – the cheese plate is a popular choice! They also do a cold breakfast in the morning if you need things like cereal, toast, pastries, coffee, or juice. There is a card you can fill out the night before with what you’d like and what time it should be delivered and they will bring it to your room the next morning. I’m not typically a huge breakfast eater so I love this option.
This isn’t the best pizza or anything, but it’s open more hours than most food locations, including later into the evening. So if you need a late night snack or something in the middle of the afternoon it might be a good bet!
Pete’s Boiler Bites
This is the place if you just want a simple burger, french fries, chicken fingers, etc. They are usually open for the lunch to early dinner hours, from about 11am-6pm.
Over here you’ve basically got the same deal as Pete’s Boiler Bites, but with more healthy options. You’ll find salads, wraps, sandwiches, and fresh fruit. They also have a build your own salad bowl which is a fun option, and feels a little more fresh than some of the pre-made or prepackaged stuff.
Eye Scream Treats
Unlimited free soft serve ice cream?? This is definitely one of my favorite spots on the ship. They always have your typical chocolate and vanilla, but there are usually other specialty flavors on different days too, including banana, strawberry, and blueberry.
This is mostly at coffee shop that serves “fancy” coffee for an extra fee, but they have free pastries available as well. Their signature coffee drinks as very good and I treated myself a few times on board.
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Have you experienced dining on the Disney Wonder? What’s your favorite restaurant?