This week let's talk dining on Wish! Disney puts so many details into their dining locations that no matter where you choose to eat it is about more than just food. There are the 3 main dining rooms along with the 2 adult only dining locations, plus the buffet type, and pool deck food court. There are other places to grab snacks and stuff too.
Back in the late 90s when Disney Cruise rolled out their first ship they debuted a whole new way to do the main dining room on a cruise with rotational dining. On all other ships you ate dinner in the main dining room every night at the same time and same table. Disney made dining so much more fun by having 3 main dining rooms and having guests rotate each night to a different dining room but their serving team also goes with them.
Wish still offers rotational dining but it is a bit different than the other ships. Wish is pulling more characters into dining with Worlds of Marvel and Arendelle. Then the 3rd option is 1923 which is actually 2 smaller dining rooms with a Roy side and a Walt side.
This is going to be your quiet, more upscale of the 3 dining rooms. There are so many things to look at all around that you might find yourself wanting to explore instead of eat. I went back in to walk around during the day when it wasn't serving food just to look at all the art. Dinner in here was wonderful. I order the filet for dinner and I have to admit I love a cruise where the main dining room includes stuff like that on the menu. If you are not able to snag a reservation in Palo or Enchante then 1923 will be the next best thing. If you are cruising with the kids this is the one you might want to send them off to the kids club so you can enjoy a nice dinner.
Worlds of Marvel
I will be honest this was my least favorite dining room. Part of it was all the noise and tvs constantly playing but I was also expecting something a bit different too. I was hoping there was going to be some kind of cool interactive portion other than just pushing a button. The food was good and I get that they tried to theme the food to the Marvel characters. I was thinking of this as being the Animator's Palate of Wish but it is not. While the kids (and some adults) might enjoy Antman and Wasp making an appearance I don't really like having characters at dinner.
If you have been on the Magic in the past couple of years you will notice the similarity between Arendelle and Rapunzel's Royal Table. Both are themed around planning a party with live singing on a center stage. Even though it was a bit noisy and also involved characters making the rounds to the tables I did enjoy this one more than Marvel. The food had a bit of a Norwegian theme which ties in really well and was really good.
This is the buffet type dining area. It is set up similar to Cabanas but yet somehow seemed easier to navigate and just a little more upscale. I love that Disney made it a buffet type that no one is serving themselves. Cast Members at each station will plate your food for you. The one thing that is a bit of a pain is no trays so you might have to either balance a couple plates at once or make a few trips. Be sure you walk all the way to the back of the market even though each side has the same stuff the back has totally different things, and usually some of the best stuff. Be sure to check out all of the cool design details like milk bottle lights and colander shades. The posters all around are fun too.
Mickey and Friends Festival of Food
This was one of my favorite places to grab food. While I liked the pool deck food stations on Dream and Fantasy it always just seemed too busy in that area. Wish has tucked the pool deck food stations into a quieter spot and offers many more options. There are 5 stations (just like there are the fab 5). My favorite was Mickey's Smokestack Barbeque. The pulled pork, mac-n-cheese, and sweet potato fries were just as good as any BBQ place I have been to on land. I always love the soft serve ice cream station on every ship so I of course stopped by Minnie Ice Cream! Donald's Cantina almost always had a line so while that wasn't my favorite it was a clear favorite of others onboard. I was told if you like Chipotle you will love Donald's Cantina. Goofy's Grill is where you can grab all your usual grilled faves. Daisy's Pizza Pies served a few different types of pizza. Personally I would head right to Festival of Foods as soon as I boarded instead of Marceline Market.
Palo and Enchante
These are the adult only dining options and I didn't try either on my short cruise so I can't review the food but I was able to tour both and they look like they would make for a lovely romantic evening. These also have an extra fee whereas all the other locations I talked about today are included in your cruise fare.
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