Mealtimes are memorable entertainment experiences for families and guests of all ages aboard the Disney Dream. There’s a full course of fun at mealtimes throughout the cruise at elaborately themed restaurants with distinctly Disney touches that combine with world-class cuisine to please the palate and satisfy all the senses. Here is what you need to know about dining on the Disney Dream.
Editor’s Note: Disney Cruise Line has suspended sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy through April 24; the Disney Dream through April 30; the Disney Magic through May 9; and the Disney Wonder through May 12. We present this article for future cruise planning.
Disney Cruise Line developed an innovative rotational dining concept that remains exclusive to the Disney fleet. While guests enjoy different restaurants for dinner each night, their servers accompany them. Thus, guests enjoy a variety of dining experiences with friendly, familiar, personalized service.
1 – Animator’s Palate
Animator’s Palate aboard the Disney Dream is a re-imagined version of the signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with wall-to-wall whimsy inspired by classic animator’s studios.
Design highlights include pillars throughout the restaurant fashioned like huge pencils and brushes, character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), film strips and other tools of the animation trade. Scenes and characters from popular Disney and Disney•Pixar films adorn the walls.
One evening on the Disney Dream, after diners are seated, the restaurant goes through a transformation: Guests are magically transported to a shimmering undersea world where views of a coral reef environment are all around them, setting the stage for a visit from Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo.”
Enter Crush, a most-excellent ambassador of the oceans and seas. The animated character swims from window to window, “working the room,” engaging guests in real-time conversation about his life and world.
For “Undersea Magic” evening, the menu features a choice of appetizers such as sesame-flavored rock shrimp and caramelized onion cheesecake, or smoked salmon tartare. Entrées range from ginger-teriyaki tenderloin to a trio of veal, or wild mushroom risotto and porcini twist. Sweet endings include a cookies and cream sundae, crunchy walnut cake and a no-sugar-added lemon mousse.
2 – Royal Palace
Royal Palace, inspired by Disney classics “Cinderella,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty,” have the lavish surroundings of an elegant dining room fit for a grand palace. The décor features ornate details and custom furnishings and fixtures that incorporate iconic symbols from the films: glass slippers, apples, roses and tiaras.
Royal Palace décor includes a hand-blown centerpiece chandelier with glass slippers accents, luxurious custom carpeting with a pattern of flourishing roses, and ornate marble floors—including a “family crest” of inlay featuring a tiara crown, glass slipper, rose and apple. The Royal Palace’s circular floor plan, fluted columns and iron railing work are recreated from the “Cinderella” ballroom scene. Wall sconces are fashioned after those in “Beauty and the Beast.”
Hand-painted portraits of the princesses—Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) —and their princes grace the far wall.
At Royal Palace, the feast isn’t just for the eyes. Guests enjoy world-class continental French cuisine. The menu includes dishes fit for a monarch, including lobster and jumbo shrimp, escargot, Dijon-roasted rack of lamb and beef tenderloin with garlic shrimp. The wine list features an excellent selection of Old World wines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at this restaurant.
3 – Enchanted Garden
Enchanted Garden is a whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles that features a dining environment that transforms from day to night.
Enchanted Garden emulates an elegant conservatory in the rolling hills of France. There are white trellises, spring-green arches and original artwork depicting lush landscapes. Custom glass “flower” light fixtures are above. Light posts line the restaurant’s center promenade. A terrace fountain with cascading water rises seven feet tall, with a fanciful cherub Mickey Mouse statue at its pinnacle.
At breakfast and lunch, the restaurant is bright with the light of a blue-sky day. In the evening, the illuminated ceiling transitions into a nighttime constellation of twinkling stars. The light-fixture flowers “bloom” and become infused with color, wall sconces open to become beautiful folding fans and the centerpiece fountain is basked in shimmering light.
The cuisine matches the crisp and airy feel of the restaurant with a seasonal menu featuring market-fresh ingredients. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style and dinner is a full-service, plated affair with specialties such as slow-roasted prime rib, pan-seared sea bass, oven-baked salmon and roasted wild boar tenderloin. A scrumptious selection of desserts includes a selection of gelatos during the day and a Grand Marnier soufflé, Tahitian vanilla crème brûlèe and no-sugar-added mango cheesecake for dinner.
4 – Cabanas
Cabanas food court is a free-flow casual dining restaurant featuring a variety of food and beverage stations. Inspired by California beaches and boardwalks with uniquely Disney touches, Cabanas offers indoor and outdoor dining on Deck 11 aft. Ocean views are all around.
Across the beach-themed dining room, tables are sheltered under palm trees and beach umbrellas. Colorful surfboards and teak Adirondack chairs add to the sunny seaside décor. Disney details also decorate the area, including a familiar flock of seagulls from the Disney•Pixar animated film “Finding Nemo.” Two hand-crafted mosaic tile walls—each more than 25 feet in length—depict a whimsical underwater scene from “Finding Nemo.”
Guests can partake in an eclectic array of cuisine served from 16 specialized food stations, each providing delicious offerings. Freshly prepared dishes include American classics, comfort foods such as pizza and pasta, grilled specialties, stir-fry, savory soups, fresh salads and sushi. To satisfy a sweet tooth, another station showcases an artful display of decadent desserts. Each morning, Cabanas features numerous flavorful ways to start the day with assorted breakfast foods and made-to-order omelets.
In the evenings, the restaurant transforms into a table-service casual dining experience, where dinner entrees are cooked to order.
5 – Flo’s Café
Guests looking for a quick bite to eat can visit Flo’s Café, located near Donald’s Pool on Deck 11. Themed to popular characters from the Disney•Pixar film “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.
6 – Eye Scream Treats, Frozone Treats
Frozen sweet treats are available from two quick-service venues conveniently located near Donald’s Pool on Deck 11. Frozone Treats—named after the ice-creating superhero in the Disney•Pixar movie “The Incredibles”—mixes delicious fruit smoothies. Eye Scream Treats—inspired by the friendly, one-eyed monster Mike Wazowski from the Disney•Pixar animated feature “Monsters, Inc.”—offers soft-serve ice cream with plenty of favorite sundae toppings.
7 – Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats
Handmade gelato and ice cream, an assortment of candy, and delectable novelty treats are available for purchase on Deck 11 aboard the Disney Dream at Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats—inspired by the whimsical candy land of the Sugar Rush race car game in “Wreck-It Ralph.” New flavors of gelato and ice cream are offered daily, along with a wide selection of toppings.
Signature sundaes include Vanellope Von Schweetz’s Race Kart Sundae, served in Vanellope’s very own race car, and Ralph’s Family Challenge Sundae, presented in a trophy cup and made with eight heaping scoops of ice cream, meant for the entire family to share.
Guests can feast on fresh, made-to-order Disney dining in the comfort of their stateroom to ensure the entire family’s cruise vacation is the most convenient and hassle-free that it can be.
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