If I had to pick one thing that I anticipated the most about our Disney cruise, it would be the food. I’m a total foodie, especially when it comes to trying new food and exploring new dishes. There is very little that I won’t try. But cooking is actually not my favorite thing, especially when it comes to doing it three times a day, every day for a family of picky eaters. I love my family but it seems I’m the only adventurous eater which makes cooking rather boring and cumbersome to me. So the idea of not having to lift a finger in the kitchen for four wonderful, glorious days was appealing for me.
Let me tell you, the food on the Disney Wonder definitely lived up to my expectations. These are the top experiences that made my foodie heart soar.
The quick-service dining locations on the Wonder are all located on deck 9. Cabanas, the buffet, is located on Deck 9 Aft. Outside on the pool deck, Daisy’s De-Lites, Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, and Pete’s Boiler Bites serve those who need a quick bite between swims. Eye Scream and Sully’s Sips round out the quick service options with soft-serve ice cream in the self-serve variety and smoothies or alcoholic drinks. (Please note, while most food and fountain drinks are included in the cost of your cruise, any specially made drinks and alcoholic beverages are an extra fee.)
My pick for the best quick-service option is easy. A chicken gyro in a pita with lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad, hummus and a garlic aioli sauce was my go-to lunch almost every day. I paired it with some ketchup and fries.
Also available at Pete’s Boiler Bites are the standard kid’s foods- hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. The quick service options are comparable to the quick-service locations at the Disney parks. The best food is located in the main dining rooms as well as Palo, the 18+ restaurant.
I love seafood but I don’t make it very often at home because it’s expensive and I’m the only one in my family who likes it. So I try to order it as often as possible when we eat away from home. It’s no surprise that my choice for best appetizer was the iced lobster and jumbo shrimp from Triton’s. The flavors blended so well and it left me wanting more. I only wish it came as a main course.
Best Main Course
The main course is where it is tricky for me to choose a favorite. The food was all so good it’s hard to pick between the salmon at Triton’s, the osso bucco at Palo and the lemon-thyme marinated chicken from Animator’s Palate. They were all amazing. But if I had to pick one, it would be the salmon, because… sea food (surprise surprise.)
Dessert is another one where it is hard to pick a favorite. I have a major sweet tooth when it comes to desserts so making me pick a favorite is impossible. But my two favorite were the strawberry shortcake sundae from Triton’s and the caramel macadamia nut cheesecake tart from Tiana’s Place.
The first indication that showed me I was going to be in foodie heaven was my very first dinner at Animator’s Palate. That’s why I pick the lemon-thyme marinated chicken with sour cream mashed potatoes and roasted veggies as my choice for best presentation. I mean, who wouldn’t want their veggies expertly arranged in perfect cubes around the main course? Sure beats just plopping them on a plate like I do at home.
The food on the Disney Wonder met and exceeded all my expectations. The presentation of every dish was outstanding and the flavors enjoyable. I highly recommend a Disney cruise to satisfy any foodie’s heart.
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