By Becky Seely Nenstiel, LBAC Travel Dream Vacation Maker – Contact Becky here!
When you speak with someone who’s been on a Disney Cruise, they will tell you that it is truly a unique experience. One of the key factors in this ‘magical’ experience, is the world class dining you’ll experience once aboard!
When it comes to dining, Disney makes it easy for their guests (as they often love to do) by assigning you to a dinner rotation – to be sure you experience all the magical eats there is on board! All you have to do is show up at the restaurant on your rotation! Each of Dream’s three themed main dining restaurants — Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden and the Royal Palace — has their own appeal, and they all have elaborately themed decor — would you expect any less from Disney? Our dining rotation included: The Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace for two nights, followed by Animators Palate. The menus changed every night, so there was always something different to try! Kid’s menus were available each night as well! Probably my favorite thing about this dining experience is that, as you rotate among the three themed restaurants each night, your servers follow you and get to know your personal preferences. If you’re not sure where you’re assigned, just look at your key card! Your dining rotation is printed on it for you. Don’t care to visit a formal dining room for a meal? That’s okay too – Disney has you covered!
Cabanas (Deck 11) is a food court with food and drink stations and a large selection of hot and cold buffet items. Seating is indoors or out. My husband went every morning for breakfast. It’s open for breakfast 7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (including the famous Mickey waffles!), lunch 12 pm – 2 p.m. and dinner 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., though the hours can vary slightly each day. There’s also a late-night pirate buffet held there on Pirate Night. Look for the cute “mine, mine, mine” seagulls from “Finding Nemo” above various food stations.
Flo’s Cafe (also on Deck 11) is three “Cars”-themed dining windows. Tow Mater’s Grill offers up burgers, sausage, grilled chicken and chicken fingers. Luigi’s Pizza serves slices, and Fillmore’s Favorites comprises a salad bar and a sandwich station with paninis and wraps. It’s open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., with late-night pizza at Luigi’s from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
For a snack, Eye Scream is a soft-serve ice cream station located on the opposite side of the pool deck from Flo’s Cafe. You can serve yourself from a rotating selection of flavors. There are no toppings available, but you can bring your own or get creative and snag a to-go pack of cereal from the buffet at breakfast and crush it up. We were always too full to indulge!
For a more refined, adults only experience both Palo and Remy are available for a small up charge. These are truly unique and elegant dining experiences. Palo features Italian cuisine, while Remy features French fine dining. Both also offer a brunch with a large (and very tasty I must say!) variety. Reservations are necessary to try either establishment. We were lucky enough to dine in Palo twice – for Dinner and Brunch and it was my favorite food on the ship. Absolutely delicious and beautifully plated.
Palo’s Unique Dining Experience
Even on the visit to Castaway Cay, you won’t go hungry, as Cookies BBQ is served on the island featuring all the regulars – burgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken, salads, and desserts. If you spend the day at the adults only Serenity Bay, enjoy a steak too!
Dining Options on Castaway Cay!
While there are many, MANY things to love about a Disney Cruise, the food will definitely be one of the things at the very top of your list!
Contact Becky Seely Nenstiel, LBAC Travel Dream Vacation Maker here, to start planning your Disney Cruise today!