Does Palo ever bend age rules?

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  1. gzmtlock

    gzmtlock Mouseketeer

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    We're going on our first cruise on the Dream in a couple weeks. It's our first cruise in several years, a three-nighter. Our kids are older now - DS will be 18 in March, and DD is a very mature 16 year old. I'd forgotten that there is no semi-formal night on the 3-nighter, and both kids were really looking forward to dressing up.

    I'm wondering what the chances are of us sweet-talking Palo into letting the four of us dine together one night? I know they're both under age, and the rules say they're not allowed.

    Has anyone had any luck with getting Palo to bend the age rules? If so, any tips to share?
     
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  3. shoes99

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    No chance. Everyone has to be 18 or older, they never bend the age requirement rules for Palo.
     
  4. Gilland18

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    This is one rule Disney does not fail to enforce. No one under 18.
     
  5. MouseMomx2

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    As others have said, this is one rule they won't bend. They wouldn't bend it for your nealy-18 son, let alone your much-too-young daughter. Think about it, if they bent the rule for you they would have to bend it for anyone else in your situation. In my opinion, it is inappropriate to ask for such a favor.

    DCL is actually quite strict about keeping all of the Adults Only areas completely 18 and up. Our kids have been sailing DCL since early elementary school age. They are both now old enough for Palo and feel like they have earned something special.
     
  6. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    Thank goodness no. That is one area where they are able to strictly enforce the age requirements. Both of my kids know that they have to wait until after they turn 18 to go to Palo.
     
  7. gzmtlock

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    Thanks to those who let me know that this is a rule that is not bent; it's helpful to not get our hopes up.

    I appreciate the adults-only areas; my husband and I have enjoyed them for years. But I am curious - how did your children "earn" going to Palo? Merely by reaching 18?

    It was a simple question I asked, and I don't feel it deserved any attitude.
     
  8. Bonniec

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    Of course it would cost a lot more, but if you book a royal suite you can have Palo delivered to the room for your kids. The royals on the older ships during off season is not too bad for costs. (Well, compared to the Fantasy anyway, lol.) I just wanted to throw that out there as an alternative.
     
  9. gzmtlock

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    Now this I love! If we could afford the royal suite, we'd order Palo and eat in our jammies, not even bothering to dress up! That would be an even more awesome memory!!:rotfl2:
     
  10. MouseMomx2

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    There was absolutely no attitude meant in my post. I was simply saying that it is a rule that won't be bent and that I feel it is inappropriate to ask for special treatment, nothing more. I am sorry you read it in a different tone.

    Perhaps I should have used the word achieved instead of earned. They looked forward to going for many years and are now able to. It was a really great moment for each of them.
     
  11. Cruiser76

    Cruiser76 Earning My Ears

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    I dont think any attitude was meant, just that by knowing that certain area's are meant for adults, and some for minors that they have waited and respected that, and when they have reached that milestone in their lives that enables them extra privileges and hence more responsibility in their actions, consequences, and the consequences their actions have on others, they respect them and appreciate them more.
    That is not to say that your 17 year old doesn't already know them, just that not all do the same age do, and there has to be a threshold that is maintained for the good of those that wish to dine with adults only.
    Any person 18+ not acting 18+ in Palo or Remy will be ejected either way! :rotfl:
     
  12. lanejudy

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    There's no reason your family can't dress-up on any given night, regardless of what others are wearing. With the "cruise casual" atmosphere, even on semi-formal or formal nights there are people in the MDRs who aren't all that dressed up and others in tuxes and evening gowns. I say if you have teens who WANT to dress up, by all means do so as a family and enjoy the evening!

    Enjoy your cruise!
     
  13. disneywonderfun

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    On one cruise, we literally had every dinner delivered to our room from Palo. I will mention our kids are not interested in ever repeating that experience. They like the fun of the MDR's. I suspect we will have several dinners delivered on our next cruise, but only after we take the kids to the MDR!

    DWF
     
  14. Cruiser76

    Cruiser76 Earning My Ears

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    Congratulations and well done for you and your other half for being able to afford that experience.
    Not sure that help's the OP in anyway though?
     
  15. disney1990

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    The 18 years olds earned the right to go to Palo; just like a 21 year old earns the right to finally drink alcohol. Sorry, but DCL does not make exceptions.
     
  16. woody73

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    No, unless your names are Aly & AJ.

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    I am not sure you noticed, but my response was specifically to the posting that mentioned to the original poster that one could book the Royal Suite if you wanted to have your kids enjoy Palo. That is why I included that specific post to my response. And, no, I really do not think congratulations are in order. But, my post was relevant to the thread despite yours not really being anything but an attempt to attack somebody taking the effort to post information that might be helpful to some. I guess I should give you some slack since it appears you just signed up for this board. Nevertheless, you should try to be more cordial in your posts in the future. The point of the board is for an informative and healthy discussion. Only responding to the original post is not conducive to a discussion among the members.

    DWF
     
  18. bumbershoot

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    People on discussion boards discuss. Sometimes not every post is directly right to the original poster. Like this one. Or yours, for that matter.



    OP, I hope you guys do a dress-up night! That sounds like fun. :goodvibes We're doing a 3 day as well, and I was bummed to find there's no formal night, since I am now able to fit into the dress/gown I wore for formal night on our honeymoon cruise. (only took 8.5 years to get there!) Maybe I'll have dress-up night on my own. :goodvibes
     
  19. EastYorkDisneyFan

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    True but that was in the private room and for security reasons.

    Sent from my Samsung Galexy Ace using the DISBoards app
     
  20. Bonniec

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    How do you know what the OP can or can't afford? Sounds more like jealousy on your own end. It was good information and quite frankly, if you look very carefully, sometimes the royal suite is pretty affordable.


    OP, this question seems to come up often and it always seems to get some harsh replys. I understand why you would ask the question. I have 3 kids 18, 18, and 6 and all are very calm and quiet. Personally, none of mine would have any insterest in Palo. They care more about how many burgers and ice cream cones they can get on the ship :lmao:. But as a parent, I can understand wanting to bring mature teenagers to Palo for something special.

    People get very worked up because they want to be sure it is adult only and stays that way. Because even though people SAY they have mature kids, we all know the reality is that some kids are a total nuisance. So I agree Disney shouldn't bend the rules.

    We are a family that prefers to do everything with our kids and I don't care about adult time. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) But I am sure we will still get that because our kids will probably dump US. :rotfl:


    Disney bends the rules on a lot of issues so it isn't surprising that someone would ask the question. I don't get why people get so snarky with responses. But anyway, no they won't budge at all on this one or on excursion ages either. :( That's the one I am bummed about. My son will be 7 and wants to do the jet ski tour and parasail but the age is 8 and Disney doesn't budge on that. Guess we will just have to go again the next year. :thumbsup2



    Regarding Palo, I have a question. If the parents dine there, can they take anything to go for their kids?



    ETA:
    What's the back story on that about? I'm nosey!
     
  21. mmouse37

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    Ok...keep it nice people. Please remember that it is often hard to dicipher a person's intent in the writtin form without seeing body language and other indicators of their meaning....so....take each post with a grain of salt and don't be so quick to judge others.

    Since the OP's question was answered I am closing the thread.

    MJ
     
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