The food on Disney Cruise Line is plentiful and delicious. So is it worth the price to book a separate dining reservation at Palo? I have now dined at Palo for brunch and dinner, and both times have been worth it! I will give Palo Brunch an edge over dinner though. Check out our Palo Brunch Review on the Disney Magic.
How to Get Reservations at Palo on Disney Cruise Line
You may be asking what is Palo? Don’t I get to eat everywhere for free on Disney Cruise Line? Mostly yes. There is an extra charge for Palo and Remy. Palo dining is limited to Guests 18 and older (adults only!) and is $30 per Guest for both brunch and dinner.
To get a reservation for Palo, you’ll need to go online in your Disney Cruise Line account and the Planning Center. A Palo brunch reservation is harder to get in my opinion, because there are usually more dinner nights. I wasn’t able to find a reservation for Palo brunch before we embarked on our cruise. There was an open time during our Marvel Day at Sea, but I wanted to spend all my time doing Marvel things and didn’t want to miss Marvel Character experiences.
So I booked a dinner, and then crossed my fingers we could find one when we boarded the Disney Magic. As soon as we did board, I sent my family to lunch and ran down to Lumiere’s or Carioca’s (sorry, I can’t remember) where members of the dining team are stationed to assist you with reservations or changes in seating times. Luckily they found an open time for us during another day at sea!
What to Expect at Palo Brunch – Palo Brunch Review
We made a reservation for noon, so we could help the kids with a late breakfast and then took them to the Kids Club. Side note: this is one of the reasons I love Disney Cruise Line. My kids enjoy going to the Oceaneer Club, and I can go on a date with my husband. My older kids can do their own thing and text me if they need anything.
Palo is located on the 10th Deck Aft on the Disney Magic. You’ll also find the fancy bathrooms there with the real towels to dry your hands. None of that paper towel business here. We checked in and waited for a couple of minutes. Then we were shown to our table, and they explained how it worked.
There’s a buffet when you walk in and then there’s a menu you can order off, too. We did both, naturally.
Palo Dress Code
Palo does have a dress code, just so you are aware. According to Disney’s website, “Please be advised that tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops or tennis shoes are not permitted at Palo. We thank you for your understanding and your cooperation with the following dress requirements at both dinner and brunch.”
- Men: dress pants or slacks and collared shirt; jacket is optional
- Women: dress, skirt or pants with a blouse
- Jeans may be worn if in good condition (no holes)
I wore a skirt and blouse with some sandals. I read somewhere else sandals weren’t allowed, but that’s all I brought. Nobody said anything to me about them. My husband wore khakis and a button down shirt. I think we both would have dressed up more if we had gone to Palo dinner. I saw other women in nice slacks and sundresses.
Palo Brunch Food
Now for the good stuff. Usually with buffets, I’ll expect a bit of a downgrade on taste, but not here. Every single thing was incredible. The service is top-notch, and that just makes it even more of an experience. People rave about the mimosas (which are included in the $30 price). My husband and I don’t drink alcohol, so they were so nice and brought us sparkling apple cider.
On the buffet, there was everything you could imagine. Breakfast foods, lunch foods, hot foods, cold food, seafood, breads, cheeses, salads, fruit, dessert, etc.
We also ordered off the menu! Our server wanted the perfect Mickey waffle. He rejected one they sent out, because he didn’t feel it was up to standard. You don’t mess with the Mickey waffle!
I also tried the Eggs Benedict which was delicious! At this point, I was stuffed. Really stuffed. I had carbs as an appetizer, eaten more off the buffet, ordered Eggs Benedict, they made me special hot chocolate in fancy glasses, and our server came by and said I had to try the Veal Saltimbocca. Well, if you insist.
It was so tender. It just melted in my mouth.
Palo Brunch Desserts
I always say the food side and the dessert side are different in the stomach. I always have room for dessert. Always. At Palo though, I was hurting to make room. But being the warrior I am, I attempted the task.
The desserts are mini-sized, so they’re perfect to try a few or 15. I did eat like 5 Palo dipped strawberries. I was crying inside that I couldn’t fit more in my stomach.
So my only complaint was the Pistachio Chocolate Slice. I had high hopes, but I thought it was dry. It kind of made me a little glad that there was at least one thing that wasn’t perfection. It’s hard to live up to.
After our server suggested we take a walk around the ship if we needed to make more room, we laughed, and said we were finished. So then he shows up with this. Not even kidding.
And do you think I ate it? You betcha. There were bits of a meringue-like substance on top of this lava cake. Food coma doesn’t even begin to describe what I felt. But man, was I happy.
Is Palo Brunch Worth the Price?
Yes, 1000% yes. Palo Brunch is absolutely worth the price. I mean $30 a person is nothing for this food experience. And it really is an experience. It’s not just stuffing yourself full of food – you can do that on any restaurant on the ship.
Everything from exquisite cuisine, to the excellent service, an adults-only atmosphere, the blend of flavors, the ambiance, the view. Palo Brunch was the very definition of practically perfect. Do yourself a favor and book Palo Brunch for your next Disney Cruise Line vacation!
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