Interesting news today from from a friend at Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Cruise Line has decided to eliminate the Palo High Tea option on all four ships. The change will begin with the July 22 sailing of the Disney Dream, and will roll out to the Disney Magic starting with the August 10 sailing, and the Wonder and Fantasy starting with the August 13 sailings. The Disney Dream had already begun taking reservations for the first few sailings impacted by this change, and I'm not sure how DCL is handling that - if they're offering those people who booked High Tea a brunch instead, or if they're just cancelling the reservation. Bookings for the impacted sailings on the other three ships just opened today (Magic) or will begin tomorrow (Wonder, Fantasy).
I'm not at all surprised by the change. Brunch at Palo is definitely their most popular meal, even more so than dinner, and so eliminating the High Tea in favor of a longer brunch service makes so much sense.
Put it this way: Disney called some Platinum Castaway Club members a few weeks prior to the Disney Fantasy maiden voyage to ask if we were sure we didn't want to reserve dinner at Palo. The restaurant just wasn't full.
By comparison, BRUNCH had a three-page waiting list, and they actually added an extremely rare port day brunch to accommodate some of the demand. There were still folks who couldn't get a reservation.
I know some people LOVE Palo High Tea and will be upset by this, but I'm sure their complaints will be offset by the far greater number of people who will be thrilled by more opportunity to book a Palo brunch.