Disney Cruise Line has some great food to offer. With their rotational dining system that’s exclusive to Disney, guests onboard these ships can be rest assured that they’re getting some high quality food, all included with the cost of their cruise. But what if you want something a little more elevated? Enter Palo. Palo is on the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy. And it’s adult only, so it’s a perfect escape. Palo offers brunch and dinner, and this reservation is available at an extra cost. Read on to learn all about Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder.
Dining on the Disney Wonder
Dining on the Disney Wonder works just like it does on the other four Disney Cruise Line ships. There are three main dining rooms that guests can enjoy at dinnertime, being able to experience all of them with Rotational Dining. You can learn all about Disney Cruise Line’s Rotational Dining System here. Disney Wonder’s three main dining rooms are Triton’s, Tiana’s Place, and Animator’s Palate. Plus you can find a slew of amazing Disney Cruise Lounges onboard too! Check out the Restaurants on the Disney Wonder for the roundup.
In addition to the three main dining rooms on the Disney Wonder, there are also quick service options. Cabanas is the buffet that’s open for breakfast and lunch. And on deck 9, there are plenty of fast options to enjoy. Pizza, burgers, and the famous chicken tenders are all available near the pool area at different food stations.
Palo is the only adult-only restaurant onboard the Disney Wonder. And they serve brunch and dinner. Generally, these meals are only served on sea days. However, this can change with your itinerary. Additionally, reservations are required to dine at Palo, regardless of the meal. Currently, in 2023, the cost is $45 per person to dine at Palo for brunch.
Palo on the Disney Wonder
This Italian-inspired restaurant is simply stunning. With beautiful views from any angle, Palo is located on Deck 10 of the Disney Wonder, in the aft. As soon as you enter this area of the ship, you can immediately notice that it was indeed intended as an adult only space. “Palo” in Italian means “pole”. And here you will find that even further, it’s referring to the poles on the canal boats in Venice. The entire restaurant pays homage to Venice in one way or another and it is simply stunning. They don’t overcrowd the restaurant, and the tables even feel like you have a bit more space.
Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder
Brunch is hands down one of my favorite meals. So, when we finally had the opportunity to try Palo on the Disney Wonder, I was ecstatic to say the least. At $45 per person, I was definitely intrigued to see if Palo would live up to the hype.
Palo has a vast menu for brunch offering anything from Mickey Waffles to Chicken Parmesan to Flatbreads. The Brunch starts out with each person receiving a prosecco-based drink to start, included in the charge. This can be either a mimosa or bellini or just prosecco! If someone in your party is under 21, or just doesn’t drink alcohol, they have the option of non-alcoholic options, like the Cipriani Bellini, which is peach puree and sparkling water.
After your drinks have been served, your server will bring out way too many pastries. Is there such a thing as way too many pastries? Unlikely, but it’s a lot of pastries. Both savory and sweet. All delicious. You can order from the antipasti menu if you want something additional. And then it’s time for soup. We tried both soups and they were both delicious.
In terms if entrees, you can order pretty much as much or as little as you’d like. We only ordered 1 entree each, but the table next to us ordered several per guest. Either way is fine! The price doesn’t change based on your meal selection. So order what you like. But keep in mind, additional alcohol will cost you extra.
After your entrees, yes you do get dessert! We love dessert, so of course this was a major win for us. They have some of the most luxurious desserts to be had onboard. Our server asked if we wanted to choose, or if he could choose for us, and we were feeling adventurous, so we let him pick our desserts.
Palo Brunch Menu
The Palo Brunch menu can change from time to time. But as of the writing of this post, the photo above indicates the most up-to-date menu on our sailing.
As you can see, the menu has plenty to choose from. Whether you’re craving breakfast foods, lunch foods, sweet, savory, or a little of everything, Palo has you covered. We ordered the antipasti with sliced prosciutto, Chicken Parmesan, and Margherita Flatbread. All were delicious. The chicken parmesan is probably the best chicken parmesan I have ever tasted. I don’t think I realized what I was missing out on by not serving mine with risotto until now! Absolutely next level. If you’re a chicken parm fan, I highly recommend giving this a try. And yes, this was for brunch. If you want more breakfast-y types of foods, they have them. This is just what we chose!
The dessert menu is filled with Italian desserts, and it’s truly a wonder to behold. As I mentioned, we let our server choose our desserts for us. And we received Warm Amaretto Chocolate Fondant, Buttermilk Panna Cotta, and Italian Zabaglione. These were all really wonderful and we could easily have had more. And you can! As with the rest of your meal, you can order as much as you want.
Is Palo Brunch worth it on the Disney Wonder?
That depends! We personally think it is well worth the cost of $45 to have brunch at Palo. Not only is the service above and beyond the already incredible service onboard Disney Cruise Line, but the food is a level up as well. If you’ve cruised with Disney a lot, then you’ll know that the menus are often pretty similar from sailing to sailing. And the food is generally quite good, but it can get boring after a while. So we also appreciate the chance to add a few other things in the mix as well.
How much is Palo Brunch?
Currently, Palo Brunch is $45 per person.
Is there a dress code for Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder?
Yes there is! You can find the dress code for Palo here. Basically, it just needs to be something a little more than what you’d wear around the rest of the ship. We wore casual dresses and never felt underdressed. They do understand that you’re on vacation and may not have your finest ballgown available. So you don’t have to dress to the nines, but you do want to make a little effort.
How long does brunch at Palo take?
This will all depend on the size of your party, how much you order, and how quickly you eat. This is not a rushed experience by any means though, so you should allow around 2 hours for the complete meal. Obviously, if you skip antipasti or dessert, you can expect it to take a little less. If you order multiple entrees, then it may take a little longer.
How to get a reservation at Palo on the Disney Wonder for brunch
There are a couple of ways to get a reservation for brunch at Palo. When your booking window opens up, based on your Castaway Club status, you can try to get a reservation then. These open at 12am EST on the day of your window, and you’ll want to be on right at that time. If you’ve booked your cruise through a travel agent, they can do this for you!
If you’re not successful in getting a reservation when your booking window opens, keep checking! There are cancellations all the time, and you never know when one might pop up. Additionally, there are often more spots available once you board. Head to either Guest Services, Palo, or another dedicated area (this changes on each cruise, so you just have to find out where to sign up) and see if anything is available. Sometimes there won’t be any availability, but they can put you on a waitlist.
Brunch at Palo is perfect for a mid-morning date, a girls’ trip or just for when you want a meal that’s a little extra special. And it goes to show, Disney Cruise Line isn’t just for kids! Overall, we would 100% recommend the adult-only dining experience at Palo. It’s a slight change of pace, the food is high quality and delicious, and it’s one of those things that makes you feel like you’re truly on vacation.
Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .