Disney Cruise Line Dining Rotation: The Disney Cruise Line boasts a unique approach to Cruise Dining. The rotational dining system allows guests to enjoy each of the three themed restaurants on board each Disney cruise ship. Animator's Palate, Parrot Cay, and Lumiere's (Disney Magic) or Triton's (Disney Wonder). On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy the restaurants include Animators Palate, Cabanas, Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace, Palo and Remy. One of the best parts of cruising is trying different cuisines. Don't be afraid to try something new! If you don't like it, your server can get you something else (or bring you more if you love it!).
When you get your Key To The World Card, you'll notice a series of letters. This is your dining assignment. For example, if you have APL, your rotation will be Animator's Palate, Parrot Cay and Lumiere's. On a longer cruise, you will visit the same restaurants again, but the theme and menu will be different. You will also find tickets with your assigned seating time, restaurant schedule and table number in your stateroom. That will follow you for the duration of your Disney cruise.
On your first night, you will be introduced to your Server and Assistant Server (they will follow you from restaurant to restaurant each evening). You will be amazed at how attentive the wait staff can be - don't be surprised if they learn all your names right away (and even what you prefer to drink and how you like your food prepared!).
Main seating on the Disney cruise ships is at 5:45 pm and Second seating is at 8:15 pm. On the Dream's Caribbean and Bahamian sailings, your dinner seating time determines which evening show you will have tickets for. If you have Main dining, you will have tickets to the 8:30 show. Second dining will have tickets to the 6:15 show.
Special summer sailings (including Alaskan and Mediterranean sailings) may have dinner at 6:00 and 8:30 pm. On the 7 night Disney cruise, you'll dine in each of the three themed restaurants at least once. On the 3 night Disney cruise you will have the opportunity to dine in each restaurant once, and on the 4 night Disney Cruise you'll repeat one restaurant. Adults 18 and over on all of the Disney cruises may make reservations for Palo, an adults-exclusive restaurant on Deck 10. Keep in mind that if you make a dinner reservation at Palo's while on board the 3 night cruise you will miss the opportunity to dine at one of the restaurants in the regular dining rotation.
Seating Assignments and Requests:
You will most likely be sitting with other passengers at dinner. Private tables for your party can be requested but cannot be guaranteed, but part of the fun of cruising is meeting new people! So, don't be shy - you might just make new friends and meet interesting people.
Be sure to request your preferred seating time and table size when you make your cruise reservation. Disney Cruise Line will do their best to accommodate you. You can also ask to be waitlisted for the dining time you prefer. If for some reason you don't get what you requested, there is a time and place listed on your Personal Navigator on Embarkation Day where you can make dining changes once onboard.
If you are traveling with a group you can have your reservations linked by Disney so that you are seated at the same table. They may be able to combine tables for a large group that wish to dine together. Disney or your travel agent will be able to help with this. You will be seated with the same people at your table for every night of your cruise. If you aren’t going to be dining in the dining rooms, you should notify your server.
Here's a brief description of each of the Disney Cruise Line restaurants:
Animator's Palate: (Disney Wonder, Disney Magic)
This innovative restaurant transforms itself from black and white to full color as your meal progresses. Scenes from classic Disney films adorn the walls, and as each course is served, colors are added to the scenes. Be prepared for a fun and festive surprise end to your meal. (NOTE: When dining at this restaurant for the second time during your rotation, the "show" will not take place.) Menu
The show at Animator's Palate on the Dream is different than on the two classic ships. Instead of the room changing from black and white to color, there are TV screens on the walls around the restaurant. Throughout dinner, with "Undersea Magic", characters from "Finding Nemo" swim by to play interactive games with the children. Crush will even occasionally stop and have conversations with diners!
This restaurant has changed yet again on the Disney Fantasy. Like on the Dream, the Finding Nemo characters will visit the tables to chat with guests during "Undersea Magic". But new on this ship, guests will also experience "Animation Magic",
an interactive dinner show that will involve the guests in the animation shown during the meal. Guests are invited to draw Disney characters on placemats when they first come into the restaurant; servers will collect the completed drawings, which later show up as animation on screens around the room. The guests' names will be shown and will later receive their drawings back with a special animator's stamp added. The show uses special Disney-created software to bring the drawings to life, along with a brand-new musical score and never-before-scenes from Disney films.
Carioca's: (Disney Magic)
This Main Dining restaurant is named after Donald Duck's amigo in Disney's The Three Caballeros. It features South American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor resembles a Brazilian marketplace with South American architecture, festive during the day and elegant at night. A mural of the Three Caballeros decorates the main wall.
Enchanted Garden: (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy) Enchanted Garden serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as a Main Dining restaurant. During the daytime meals, the ceiling is a bright blue sky. For the evening meal, the Enchanted Garden transforms itself from day to night with a starry sky full of constellations. The decor is made to feel like you are eating in the famous gardens of Versailles, France. You are surrounded by white trellises, arches and landscape artwork. Lighting becomes part of the artwork, with the fixtures designed like glass flowers and light posts lining the center aisle. The glass flowers "bloom" at night and become colorful, as the rest of the gardens open as well. The centerpiece is a seven-foot tall fountain with a Mickey Mouse statue in the center.
Royal Palace: (Disney Dream) Royal Palace is a Main Dining restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor is inspired by classic Disney Princess films.
Royal Court: (Disney Fantasy) This restaurant serves French-inspired, continental cuisine and is inspired by the classic Disney films Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty. Designed to look like a palace, some of the features include a whimsical chandelier, lighting fixtures made to look like Cinderella's Carriage, mosaic tile murals of the princesses and hidden images of glass slippers, apples, roses and tiaras. Royal Court is a new restaurant for the Disney Fantasy.
With its 270-degree ocean view from high atop the ship on Deck 10, Palo has the loveliest view of all restaurants on the ship. Palo is adults 18 and over only, and reservations are required. This restaurant features outstanding Northern Italian cuisine prepared to order.
The view from Palo is spectacular due to the restaurant’s location on the ship, but please keep in mind that the view is only “viewable” before sunset. Around the perimeter of Palo is a walkway, which at night is illuminated by bright lights. After sunset, the only things visible from Palo are those bright lights and a reflection of the interior of the restaurant. We would certainly not let this deter us from taking an available reservation at a later time, but we like to let guests know that an earlier reservation is often easier to get and offers the addition of the spectacular view and sunset. A new feature on the Dream and Fantasy is the option to dine outside on Palo's private teak deck.
Because your server does not follow you to this restaurant, a $25 cover charge per person is applied. In addition to dinner, Palo brunch (Palo Brunch Photos ) is served at Palo on days at sea. Reservations are required to dine at Palo.
A tasting menu is available at Palo - "Esperienza del Vino". This five-course dinner will be paired with Italian wines. The cost is $59 above the standard Palo charge. The menu is subject to change.
Dress code: During dinner, gentlemen will be required to wear a dress shirt. Gentlemen wearing polo shirts, t-shirts, Tommy Bahama style shirts, etc will not be allowed admittance. Jackets and/or ties are recommended but not required. Notices will be in the Personal Navigator, on the Palo reservation card and a sign outside the elevators on deck 10 will contain this dress advisory. The Resort Casual dress code for brunch remains unchanged.
Remy (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy) This adults-only premier dining location is on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. The French-inspired restaurant is named Remy, after the star of the hit film, "Ratatouille" and uses seasonal ingredients from around the world.
Chef Arnaud Lallement from l'Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant in France, and Chef Scott Hunnel from Walt Disney World's signature restaurant Victoria & Albert's have teamed up to create the new menu. Dinner starts with a signature chilled Champagne cocktail and features eight or nine small courses. Remy has ocean views from its top deck location and is decorated in Art Nouveau style. Images of the character Remy are hidden throughout the design.
This meal has a $75 fee, plus $99 if you want wine pairings with your meal.
Dress code at Remy on all cruises:
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Guests have a few options for casual dining options. Each ship has a buffet that is open for breakfast and lunch (Beach Blanket Buffet on the Disney Wonder, and Cabanas on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy). The main dining restaurants are also open for breakfast and lunch. There is open seating for these meals, meaning you can eat in any restaurant and at any table you choose. 24-hour room service is also available.
Cabanas is a Casual Dining restaurant that serves fresh food favorites. You have the option of eating indoors or outdoors on the pool deck. Cabanas is a buffet that also serves a few made-to-order food choices for breakfast and lunch. At dinner, the restaurant becomes a table-service dining room serving Main Dining specialties. Cabanas is most easily accessible from the Aft elevators.
For quick and easy fast food on the Disney Cruise Line, Pinocchio's Pizzeria and Pluto's Dog House serve pizza and hot dogs, burgers, chicken fingers, etc. at various times each day. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Scoops (on the Disney Wonder) offers up ice cream and fresh fruit. On the Disney Magic and Wonder, you will find Daisy's De-Lites, Pete's Boiler Bites or Goofy's Galley, a great spot to pick up a light snack such as wraps and fruit. There is also a milk, water, soft drinks, lemonade, tea and coffee station (Joffrey's brand) on Deck 9 aft that is available most of the time each day.
Guests looking for a quick bite to eat on the Dream or Fantasy can visit Flo's V8 Café, located near Donald's Pool on Deck 11. Themed to popular characters from "Cars" – Luigi's Pizza, Tow Mater's Grill and Fillmore's Favorites – this quick-service option serves snacks such as burgers, chicken tenders, pizza, fresh fruit, salads and sandwich wraps.
Eye Scream, Frozone Treats: (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic)
Frozen sweet treats are available from two quick-service venues located near Donald's Pool on Deck 11. Frozone Treats – named after the ice-creating superhero in the "The Incredibles" – mixes fruit smoothies. Eye Scream – inspired by Mike Wazowski from "Monsters, Inc." – offers softserve ice cream with plenty of favorite sundae toppings.
The Disney Cruise ships offer a "Pirates IN the Caribbean" evening! A pirate-themed dinner is followed by a deck party featuring Captain Hook, Captain Jack Sparrow or Captain Mickey. Guests are welcome to wear pirate attire if they'd like.
The Disney Dream will have a few additions to the evening that aren't available on the other ships. Captain Jack Sparrow will host "Club Pirate", a high-tech dance party on the deck. "Buccaneer Blast" is a new fireworks spectacular that is synced with music and includes even more fireworks than in the past!
Disney Cruise Line has a "Cruise Casual" dress code for evening dining. As part of the "Cruise Casual" policy, it is asked that you do not wear tank tops or swim wear to the dining rooms. Shorts and jeans are allowed.
On the 3- and 4-night cruises you will have one night that is designated "Optional Dress-up (Semi-Formal)". It is suggested that gentleman wear a shirt and tie and ladies either a dress or pantsuit. 7-Night cruises will also have a "Formal" night. Many men will wear suits and women will wear a formal dress.
As noted above, Palo and Remy have their own dress policy.
"Pirate Night" is a popular event on the Disney Cruise ships. Guests are encouraged to wear pirate attire to dinner - some even go all out and wear full pirate costumes!
While the schedule is subject to change, here is what you can expect:
|Monday||Day at Sea||Formal|
|Thursday||Day at Sea||Semi-Formal|
|Sunday||Day at Sea||Formal|
|Monday||Day at Sea||Casual|
|Tuesday||St. Maarten||Pirate Theme|
|Thursday||Day at Sea||Semi-Formal|
|Salads and Appetizers
Southwestern Caesar Salad
Blackened Chicken Quesadilla Salad
Mexican Tortilla Soup with Fried Tortillas
Chicken Noodle Soup
All Hands on Deck Cheese Platter (A selection of international cheeses served with crackers)
Fresh Fruit Bowl
Sandwich Island (potato chips upon request)
Ham/Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
Focaccia Sandwich (With grilled zucchini portobello mushroom and aioli)
Tuna Salad (in jumbo brioche)
Chicken Fajita Wrap
All American Fare
Macaroni and Cheese
Mexican Fiesta Pizza
Vegetarian Delight Pizza
Meat or Vegetable Lasagna
Cake at Sea (Ask the stateroom service team for daily cake selections)
Big Island Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Snacks, Wines and Beverages Packages
M&M's (14 oz)
Buttered Popcorn (5.5 oz)
Salted Peanuts (4.5 oz)
Salted Cashews (5.5 oz)
6 Domestic Beers (Budweiser, Bus Light, Coors or Miller Light)
6 Imported Beers (Heineken, Amstel Light, Beck's or Corona)
3 Imported and 3 Domestic
Choice of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, ginger ale, or orange soda
6 Bottled Mineral Waters (16 oz. Evian)
24 Bottled Mineral Waters (16 oz. Evian)