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Old 01-22-2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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Palo Dinner vs. Palo Brunch
I've seen this question posed many times but we are traveling with a big group and we have several kids going. Knowing that the kids can't go to Palo. Is it better to do brunch so we don't miss anything as far as dinner goes with the kids? I hate to miss a special night at one of the restaurants.
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Palo Dinner vs. Palo Brunch
I've seen this question posed many times but we are traveling with a big group and we have several kids going. Knowing that the kids can't go to Palo. Is it better to do brunch so we don't miss anything as far as dinner goes with the kids? I hate to miss a special night at one of the restaurants.
Both meals a great, brunch is normally better than dinner IMHO, and brunch is on when the kids can be at thier clubs.

Dinner means that you miss out on a family meal together.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:43 PM   #3
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Find out when this Kid's Club is having their sleep over/pizza party and plan your romantic evening dinner for that night. The Palo dinner is one that I wouldn't miss. In fact we are planning a back to back to back cruise this next January and are planning a Palo dinner for each of those. Your kiddos nor you will miss out on a thing at dinner...you'll miss out on more if you don't have a Palo Experience.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:58 PM   #4
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both are wonderful but if I had to pick just one, I would go with dinner. Kids can go to clubs or movie theater (depending on age and how much freedom you give them) and won't miss you....brunch is wonderful for the daylight view, but to me food was better at dinner. you won't be disappointed with either.
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Find out when this Kid's Club is having their sleep over/pizza party and plan your romantic evening dinner for that night. The Palo dinner is one that I wouldn't miss. In fact we are planning a back to back to back cruise this next January and are planning a Palo dinner for each of those. Your kiddos nor you will miss out on a thing at dinner...you'll miss out on more if you don't have a Palo Experience.
I think they only have sleep overs on 10-14 night or longer cruises(help).

Of the 5 cruises we have been on it was only the 15 Hawaii cruise that had it and we loved it.

I wish it was offered every cruise, but think there is to many child on shorter cruises for them to offer it?
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We've done both and love them both. Others have suggested a good option for the children one night. Its kind of up to you to decide if dinner every night must be a family affair or if its OK to have an adult only dinner.

You may be interested in reading the review I did for FoodieTales about our experience at Palo for brunch and dinner. Just look for the link in my sig below.
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Say the adults do dinner. What do my 4 kids do for dinner? Go by themselves? I'd love time alone with my husband, but I'm not sure the MDR wants my 9-15 yo kids. Or do they?

Not being sarcastic, I'm honestly curious how that works. We are first time cruisers, so there's a good chance we won't get a brunch, with only 2 sea days on our cruise.
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You have a few dinner options:

1 - have an early dinner with the kids (they eat, you watch) and then ship them off to the clubs;
2 - let your waitstaff know the night before that you will be dining at Palo and that the kids will be coming down by themselves for dinner (depending on how much you trust your kids);
3 - just ship your kids off to the clubs and let them eat dinner there (I think the clubs bring in food - but others can confirm this).

My wife and I have always gone with option #1.
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Say the adults do dinner. What do my 4 kids do for dinner? Go by themselves? I'd love time alone with my husband, but I'm not sure the MDR wants my 9-15 yo kids. Or do they?

Not being sarcastic, I'm honestly curious how that works. We are first time cruisers, so there's a good chance we won't get a brunch, with only 2 sea days on our cruise.
My kids have gone to dinner in the MDR while we went to Palo. The first time they did it they were 10 and 13. We gave them the option of getting food on the top deck, but they chose the main dinner.
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We loved palo dinner on our last cruise it was a great date for me and DH.
We ordered room service for the kids and had them eat while we got dressed, then took them to the club and headed to palo.
We have brunch booked on our next cruise because of all the rave reviews here can't wait to try it, but also would like to try to see if we can squeeze a dinner in one night too.
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Thanks everyone for all the wonderful suggestions! We have decided to just book both! Since it is our first Disney Cruise I would like to make sure we try everything and I read if we have to cancel we have until 2:00 that day to decide before we are charged.
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Say the adults do dinner. What do my 4 kids do for dinner? Go by themselves? I'd love time alone with my husband, but I'm not sure the MDR wants my 9-15 yo kids. Or do they?

Not being sarcastic, I'm honestly curious how that works. We are first time cruisers, so there's a good chance we won't get a brunch, with only 2 sea days on our cruise.
We either get room services, or get them something from one of the poolside quick service type places.
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We did dinner last time and really enjoyed it.. this time we are planning to book brunch and dinner.
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Say the adults do dinner. What do my 4 kids do for dinner? Go by themselves? I'd love time alone with my husband, but I'm not sure the MDR wants my 9-15 yo kids. Or do they?

Not being sarcastic, I'm honestly curious how that works. We are first time cruisers, so there's a good chance we won't get a brunch, with only 2 sea days on our cruise.
As others have reported, the kids can go to the MDR by themselves if you choose that option.

OR other people have reported setting Palo at the opposite time to their MDR reservations (example - if you have early dining, set Palo for 8pm), then going to the MDR to sit with their children and possibly have a beverage, THEN letting the kids go to the clubs and the adults going to Palo.
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You have a few dinner options:

1 - have an early dinner with the kids (they eat, you watch) and then ship them off to the clubs;
2 - let your waitstaff know the night before that you will be dining at Palo and that the kids will be coming down by themselves for dinner (depending on how much you trust your kids);
3 - just ship your kids off to the clubs and let them eat dinner there (I think the clubs bring in food - but others can confirm this).

My wife and I have always gone with option #1.
Yes, number 3 is an option -- dinner is provided in the kids' clubs.
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