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Here is everything you always wanted to know about Disney Wonder dining.
Disney Wonder Restaurants
There are three restaurants on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. Disney is known for it’s innovative Disney Cruise Rotational Dining on it’s ships.
Disney Cruise Rotational Dining
What is Disney cruise rotational dining? Each night you dine at a different Disney Wonder restaurant. However, the innovative part is that your wait staff move around with you. Therefore you always have the same Head Server, Server and Assistant Server.
This rotational dining concept works really well. as you get to know your servers and they get to know your dining preferences so that they can make your dining experience even better.
With rotational dining you will experience each of the Disney Wonder restaurants.
The Disney Wonder restaurants are each very different. The three restaurants on the Disney Wonder are Animator’s Palate, Tiana’s Place and Triton’s.
You will dine in each Disney Wonder restaurant at least once during your cruise – unless you are sailing on one of those very rare two night Disney cruises. If you are sailing for more than 3 nights you will visit a restaurant more than once.
As soon as you check in and get your room key you will see some letters printed on it. This will show you your dining rotation. A is for Animator’s Palate, TI is for Tiana’s Place and TR is for Triton’s.
Disney Wonder Cruise Seating Arrangements
There are two Disney Wonder dining times. The first seating is at 5.45 and the second is at 8.15. Most Disney cruise line guests want the early dining. It is particularly popular as many people on the Disney cruises have young children. Not many toddlers want to start dinner time at 8.15!
You can choose your dining time on a Disney ship online with your Cruise Personalizer. However, it is likely that if you book late or don’t log in early enough, that first seating on the Disney Wonder will already be gone.
If that happens don’t despair. You can try and alter your Disney cruise dining assignment when you get on board. There will be Disney Wonder dining staff available (usually in the Promenade or Azure Lounge) to see if there is any room for you on first seating.
What are the Disney cruise seating arrangements. There are standard tables for 2,4,6 and 8. If you want to request a private table on a Disney cruise you should call Disney cruise lines before you board the ship. The further in advance you do this the better. Disney cruise lines always grants these requests if they possibly can.
On our recent Disney Wonder San Diego Cruise we requested a table for 2 and this was no problem. We were seated just the two of us at a table for four.
If you do not request a private table on a Disney cruise you may be seated with others on a table. Many people enjoy this as it is a good way to meet other guests. However, if you do not want this then make sure you make a request ahead of time for a private table.
If you are unhappy with your Disney cruise table assignment you should speak to your Head Server as soon as possible. They want to make you happy and will often be able to seat you somewhere else.
Disney Animator’s Palate
This is perhaps most guests favorite restaurant on the Disney Wonder. Animator’s Palate is on all of the Disney ships. It really set a new standard for innovative design at sea.
Disney Wonder Animator’s Palate is certainly a very different dining concept. The theme is of course animation. As soon as you approach the restaurant you will see that the emphasis is on bold design.
There are two different shows for Animator’s Palate on the Disney Wonder. One is the show where Mickey Mouse appears, and the other is where you very own animation will come to life.
You do not get the Turtle Talk with Crush show on the Disney Wonder. Apparently the technology for that was not possible for the Disney Wonder dry dock. The Turtle Talk shows only appear on the Disney Fantasy and the Dream.
When you arrive in the restaurant you will notice that almost everything is black and white. Even the corridor as you approach the restaurant is in bold black and white design with just one splash of color for the Animator’s Palate sign. The tables, chairs, walls, even the waiter’s outfits are in black and white.
Looks at the walls and you will see drawings of your favorite movies. Again, no color at the moment, but you will recognize many of the great Disney movies such as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story. You will see many of your favorites here.
As the dinner progresses you will start to notice changes on the walls. Sudden flashes of color will appear and the pictures on the wall start to come to life. To animate of course. The pictures and the room becomes filled with color.
At some point after the entrees are served you may notice that your wait staff will be absent for a little while. The reason for this soon becomes clear. The music starts and Mickey arrives! His famous music from the Fantasmic! show plays and he dances around there room.
It’s difficult to explain, but the arrival of Mickey Mouse on a Disney cruise is always an emotional moment for me.
They certainly know how to put on a show in Disney Wonder Animator’s Palate and this makes it most guests favorite dining rotation. Be aware that if you are in the restaurant for 2 nights for dinner the show will only be shown on the first night of your rotation there.
For years Animator’s Palate was the outstanding Disney Wonder restaurant. However, Tiana’s Place is definitely giving it a run for it’s money since the Disney Wonder dry dock. Now it’s a really close call as to which is the best Disney Wonder cruise restaurant.
Disney Wonder Animator’s Palate Menu
The food style In Animator’s Palate is described as Pacific Rim. To be honest I am not quite sure if that really works or if the food is consistent with that theme. However, the food is good and there is plenty of choice.
For our latest Disney Wonder cruise we particularly liked the Smoked Salmon Tartare appetizer.
The absolute must avoid is the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes. They have been on the menu for years and really need a rethink. We had the Seasame Halloumi Parcels for our entree and were not too impressed.
Way too much sweet potato and you really couldn’t taste the Halloumi.
I particularly enjoyed the Sticky Date Pudding on our latest Disney cruise.
Disney Wonder Restaurant Tiana’s Place
Tiana’s Place is the newest restaurant on the Disney Wonder. It replaced the somewhat tired and never that great Disney Wonder restaurant, Parrot Cay. I admit I was sentimentally attached to Parrot Cay. However as soon as I saw Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder this was soon forgotten.
Tiana’s Place is of course themed around the story of The Princess and The Frog. What better idea for a Disney Wonder restaurant than one that takes it’s inspiration from a Disney Princess who realizes here dream of opening her own restaurant.
The attention to detail in Tiana’s Place is of course Disney perfect. Even down to the menus which are an exact copy of the picture of the front of the menu from the Princess and the Frog movie.
Take some time to really look at the small details. The china ware plates are beautiful, with a picture of Prince Naveen as a frog on their delicate design.
You will get the chance for plenty of quality time with Princess Tiana. She appears with The Crawfish Crooners to sing such favorites as “Dig a Little Deeper”.
However, Tiana spends most of her time walking around the room and visiting every table just to check that all the Disney Wonder diners are having a great time. They most probably are.
However, sometimes it seems that Tiana doesn’t quite make it into her restaurant as planned. On our latest Disney Wonder Cruise Tiana did not show up. We weren’t told why.
Whilst Tiana’s Place is beautifully themed and Tiana herself is a joy (if she turns up), there is one thing I really don’t like about the restaurant. The noise. The band is great but it is just too loud.
A lot of other guests feel this too so I am not sure why Disney doesn’t take note. Just turn the levels down a bit and Tiana’s Place would be practically perfect!
Tiana’s Place Menu
Tiana’s Place Appetizers
Boudin Sausage Fritters with minced Pork and Boudin Sausage, Breaded and Fried, served with a Bourbon Aioli
Prince Naveen’s Cajun Charcuterie Board – cured Pork Shoulder, Duck Rillette, Duck Pastrami, Saucisson, Cajun Egg, Spiced Mustard and Pickles
Sautéed Gulf Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage, Grilled Green Onions and a Smoked Barbecue Sauce
Ahi Tuna Tartare with Mango, Pine Nuts, Radish and Wasabi
The Herbed Brioche with Roasted Onion Dip is one of the best breads on the Disney Wonder. It is very difficult to stop eating it!
Soups & Salads
The New Orleans Seafood Pepper Pot -a Creole Bouillabaisse with Calamari, Shrimp, Scallops and Flat Leaf Parsley is really tasty and I usually order this.
Other options are:
Mama Odie’s Creamy Tomato Soup with chopped Cilantro
Iceberg Wedge with Pepper Jack Cheese, bacon, Tomato, Basil and a creamy Thousand Island Dressing
Pickled Gulf Shrimp and Satsuma Orange Salad with Confit Red Onions, Spinach Leaves and Frisée Lettuce
Tiana’s Place Vegetarian Entrees
Eudora’s Artichoke Ravioli with Sautéed Spinach, Lemon Butter, Sage and Pecorino Cheese or
Honey-Roasted Butternut Squash with Celery and Bell Peppers simmered in Tomato Sauce with Greens and White Rice
Tiana’s Place Entrees
Charlotte La Bouff’s Bucatini Pasta with Pancetta, Oyster Mushrooms, Eggplant, Spinach, Peas, Basil and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Cajun Spiced Sea Bass on Shrimp Jambalaya with crisp Fennel Salad and Rémoulade
Roasted Creole Half Chicken with Toasted Corn, Pecan Brread Pudding, Buttered Chard and Chicken Jus
James’s Roasted Pork Tenderloin sliced Pork Tenderloin with White Rice and Greens on an Andouille Sausage Stew
Big Daddy’s Roasted Prime-Rib of Beef with a double Baked Potato, Broccolini, sweet Roasted Carrots and a Red Wine Veal Sauce
Disney Wonder Triton’s Restaurant
Triton’s is the most elegantly designed Disney Wonder restaurant. It is located on Deck 3 mid ship and like all of the Wonder restaurants seats approximately 462 guests. Triton’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The beautiful statue of Ariel which stands outside the restaurant is one of the first things that you will see when you board the DIsney Wonder.
She watches over the atrium and of course it is only fitting that she is outside the restaurant which is named after her father in The Little Mermaid.
The overall decor is the most subtle and elegant of the Disney Wonder restaurants. The design is reminiscent of a golden art deco age of ocean liners. Guests are meant to feel that they are in a beautiful ballroom with chandeliers and elegant decor.
There is a huge mural depicting Ariel, Triton and Founder at the back of the room.
Whilst the atmosphere is elegant it also feels like it is the most crowded of the Disney Wonder restaurants.
The tables can feel rather close together and sometimes the servers seem to have trouble working their way around the tight spaces.
However, I think that Triton’s has the best food of all of the Disney Wonder rotational dining restaurants. The cuisine is described as American and French which of course covers quite a lot of ground!
Disney Wonder Triton’s Menu
You many want to start your day in Triton’s on the Disney Wonder as it has a sit down breakfast every morning.
Make sure that you try Triton’s breakfast at least once during your Disney cruise.
This was the Mornin’ Tug Boat – a blend of strawberries, Bananas, Almonds, Raisin Granola and Low-fat Yougurt.
Triton’s on the Disney Wonder is a beautiful restaurant. Perhaps the most grown up of all the dining rooms, it has some excellent choices on the dinner menu.
The Triton’s dinner menu definitely does have a French influence. On the appetizer menu you will find escargot, duck confit and French onion soup.
One of my favorite appetizers in Triton’s on the Disney Wonder is the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp.
Although this picture of the Breaded and Deep Fried Brie shows that sometimes presentation isn’t up to par, it tasted really good!
Disney Wonder Triton’s Entrees include Oven Baked Salmon Royale. I always really enjoy this as it is served with a delicious Truffled Cauliflower Puree.
The French influence can also be seen in the desserts which include creme brûlée, grand mariner soufflé and brioche and pannetone pudding.
This has one of my very favorite desserts – the Grand Marnier Souffle which is served with Grand Marnier Creme Anglais.
Disney Wonder Palo
In additional to the three Disney Wonder rotational dining restaurants there is also Palo. This is an adult only dining experience. This is booked separately and has a cover charge of $30 per person for brunch and dinner.
Palo is available for Brunch on Sea Days and Dinner every night.
You can book Disney Wonder Palo online via your Cruise Personalizer before you board the ship.
However, do not be too concerned if all the places are booked and you can’t get a reservation at that point. If you want to dine at Palo for either brunch or dinner you can get a reservation whilst on board.
As soon as you get on the Disney Wonder go to the restaurant booking point. This will usually be in the Promenade Lounge or the Azure Lounge. Both are on Deck 3 of the Disney Wonder and very close to the point where you board.
Usually you will still be able to get a reservation provided you do this as soon as you board.
If you have to choose between brunch and dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder I would always select brunch. Why? I just think that the whole experience of Palo Brunch is better than Palo Dinner.
You can see our Disney Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder Review
Disney Wonder Palo Brunch Menu
You have a choice of items from the menu or from the extensive choice at the buffet.
I always tend to prefer the buffet items rather than the hot items from the menu at Palo Brunch.
Who can resist those pastries?
This huge parmesan cheese is exceptional!
You will have trouble deciding which of these desserts to have.
So maybe indulge in more than one!
Palo Dinner Menu
The Palo dinner menu is also available for an additional charge of $30 per person. I think this is well worth the cost when ou consider the experience and the quality of the food.
The atmosphere in Palo in the evening is very different to Brunch. The dimmed lights and beautiful decor give it a very romantic feel.
The service is always exceptional at the dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder.
So is the food!
Which is your favorite Disney Wonder restaurant? Leave me a comment below.