Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Disney Wonder Review: The Food!

A whole post to review the food aboard the Disney Wonder?

You bet your sweet Mickey ears.

Here’s why—like everything else we experienced on our Disney Cruise, the food was out of this world. My husband and I are a bit…oh…fine, we’re food snobs. We don’t go out to eat often, and when we do we make it count. So when my husband told me that his dinner at Palo was “the best Beef Tenderloin he’d ever eaten”, I was impressed.

A Bellini for Mom, a Martini for Dad.

Palo is the super-swanky adults-only restaurant that caters to parents and provides a luxurious and leisurely meal. I was impressed that our server periodically inquired as to whether the nursery or kids club had contacted us about our children, just to make sure it was okay to proceed with the next course, or if he should tell the chef to wait.

My Palo Dinner: Gnocchi with Asparagus in Gorgonzola Sauce

We expected our dinner at Palo to be something really special, but what struck me was that every other dinner we enjoyed with our kids was also delicious. The last few days of the cruise, I would swing by the restaurant we would be dining in that evening to check out the daily menu…just so I could look forward to my meal all afternoon.

The Disney Cruise line offers rotational dining—meaning your family visits each restaurant (Animators Palate, Triton’s, and Parrot Cay) twice during your cruise. The menu changes, so even though you’re enjoying the same restaurant, the menu is different from your previous visit. Palo isn’t included in the rotation and requires reservations.

A small part of the tile mural at Triton’s.

Breakfast and lunch are available at various locations around the ship and I was delighted that there were many healthy options so readily available.

My healthy breakfast and an ocean view.

One day for lunch, we sat out by the pool. I stayed with the kids and my husband went to grab lunch. Within five minutes he was back with pizza and fruit for our girl, a cheeseburger for himself and a turkey sandwich and salad for me. I couldn’t believe how quickly he was able to grab such a variety of dishes since each meal came from a different spot on the pool deck.

In addition to fantastic food, we enjoyed the amazing hospitality of the Disney Cruise staff. A few years into this parenting gig and you become pretty accustomed to feeling like you’re putting people out by having a child in tow.

“Oh, you need a high chair?” *SIGH*

Dining on a Disney Cruise is the exact opposite of that. No one bats an eye at a crying baby, servers share magic tricks and create origami gifts, and kid’s food is served right away so that they don’t get a mad case of the fidgets while Mom and Dad enjoy an appetizer.

Quality and hospitality is much more important to me now that I’m a parent. Share delicious food with me and make my kids feel welcome and you’ve got a fan for life.


The fine folks at Disney Cruise Lines sent my family on this trip for the purposes of reviewing the cruise experience. My opinions are my own and I am happy to share them, because DANG, this trip was awesome. You should go. 

Other posts you might enjoy…

Disney Wonder Review: Fun for the Whole Family 

Disney Wonder Review: Activities and Entertainment

Healthy Living for Mom: Vacation Diet 

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  2. Amy 11/22/2011 at 10:15 am

    Did you get a Mickey Ears ice cream pop? I love those at Disneyland.

    • Erin Oltmanns 11/22/2011 at 8:43 pm

      More than once. 😉

  3. Lynn Smith 11/21/2011 at 6:43 pm

    Delicious article, Erin. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. . . a Bellini.

    • Erin Oltmanns 11/22/2011 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you! The Bellini was fantastic!

  4. Rachael Herrscher 11/21/2011 at 12:25 pm

    My breakfast really needs a view like that!

    • Erin Oltmanns 11/22/2011 at 8:44 pm

      Yes, it sure does!