August 4, 2022

Where to eat and drink on Disney’s new cruise ship

July 9, 2022, 7:25 p.m. As we wrap up our coverage of the Disney Wish media preview, let’s take a look at some of the other food and beverage options aboard the new Disney Cruise Line ship.

I’ve already written about the three rotating dinner assignments on the wish, so please head over to those posts if you haven’t already read them. The Frozen and Marvel dinner posts also include videos of their performances, if you want to watch them from home or wherever you read.

Wish’s two paid adult dining experiences weren’t available for meal service during the media preview, but we were able to peek inside both. Upon wish, the Disney Cruise Line’s Palo was redesigned as the Palo Steakhouse. The focus remains on Italian cuisine, but a $45 prix fixe menu is available along with a selection of USDA Prime and Wagyu cuts, ranging from $20 to $62. Here is the menu:

Palo Steakhouse menu

The new upscale dining experience on the Wish is Enchanted by chef Arnaud Lallement, the Michelin-starred chef of L’Assiette Champenoise, near Reims, France. Hosted by Lumière from “Beauty and the Beast”, Enchanté promises international dishes with seasonal ingredients prepared with French technique. The “Collection” tasting menu is $195 with an optional “champagne trip” of $140. The six-course “Passion” meal is $120.

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Enchanted menu

And the space looks amazing. Follow our visit:

Not looking to spend more on your meals while browsing the Wish? My favorite no-cost option was Marceline Market, the expansive buffet-style restaurant aft of Deck 11, home to Disney Wish walk-in dining.


Marcelina market. This photo is courtesy of Disney. All others by the Niles family.

Marceline Market replaces the Cabanas Restaurant found on other DCL ships and offers buffet dining on select days for breakfast and lunch, with table service at dinner. Only ate here for a brief mid-afternoon snack on embarkation day and for breakfast on our day at sea.

Charcuterie board
Charcuterie board from Marceline Market

But after trying some of the other options on the ship, I would choose to head to Marceline Market as my first option after the three rotating food locations. The rest of the Niles family gave Marceline Market high marks for its fine selection and excellent quality.

At the other end of deck 11 – literally and figuratively – is the Mickey and Friends Festival of Foods. That this food court at the end of the pool shares a name with the Disneyland parking lot should have been my first red flag. There you will find five food stalls: Mickey’s Smokestack Barbecue, Donald’s Cantina, Daisy’s Pizza Pies, Goofy’s Grill and Sweet Minnie’s Ice Cream (soft towel). A Disney source said the first two were new to the Wish, so those were the ones we tried for lunch on our day at sea.

Mickey's Smokestack BBQ Plate

The BBQ seemed redundant after our lunch at Cookie’s on Castaway Cay the night before, but we went anyway. Brian got a great plate here, with a tasty brisket showing a clear smoke ring. Still, the plate I had had an almost tasteless brisket, despite being a fattier cut.

But even the slightest plate of barbecue beat anything we ordered from Donald’s Cantina. To be fair, we’re from Los Angeles, where Mexican food is looking for someone setting up in a sidewalk tent next to a 99-cent-only store at 10 p.m. – not a fast food window owned to the company .

Bowl
Burritos

The made to order bowl and burrito looked good. But the flavor we were hoping for never made it on board. We tried to spice things up with the side sauces, but Brian best described the red salsa as “smoky water”. Let’s come back to Marceline next time.

Note that the Fête des Gastronomies closes shortly after the youngest go to bed and that the Marceline Market is only open at designated meal times. For 24-hour dining, your option on the Disney Wish is free room service. (Tip your server!) This is where we turned to test out Disney’s vaunted chicken strips later that evening.

They passed. My crew then dutifully reported that they shot down the delicious offerings so quickly no one managed to take a shot. But they captured the room service cheese plate on our patio.

Cheese plate

For lattes and morning coffee, the family’s choice was the Cove Café, in the adult-only section aft and atop the ship. You can find paid espresso drinks in most Disney lounges, but the Cove Café was the only place in Wish that most resembled a trusted neighborhood cafe, where you want to hang out while enjoying your morning fuel. (or afternoon).

latte art

As for lounges, we’ve already written about the much-hyped Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge: What Is Disney Thinking With Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge?

But our family favorite was the place right outside the door of Hyperspace Lounge – The Bayou. Set under a ceiling of magnolia blossoms, this “Princess and the Frog” themed lounge offered the usual excellent Disney service along with satisfying cocktails and tasty donuts, all without the waiting and clamoring to wait. inside the adjacent Star Wars-themed bar.

The Bayou

Other lounges on board the ship included the nautically themed Keg & Compass (the easiest place to get a table for a quiet drink on board) and Nightingale’s, a piano bar which also hosts many paid drink tastings from the Wish.

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For more Disney Wish coverage, please see our recap article: All Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s New Disney Wish.

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