Jackie P (15 Posts)

I have visited the Disney Parks, (Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts) over twenty-five times, visited Aulani, and sailed nine times with Disney Cruise Line on all four ships in the fleet. Having a special needs family member places another dimension of planning for and visiting the Disney Parks and sailing with Disney, and I have to say that it is these vacations that have allowed us to see the greatest developmental improvements in our now teen aged son.


Dining options with Disney Cruise Line are both varied and plentiful. With a large variety of dining options, Disney Cruise Line caters to all people, regardless of food preference or dietary need. The options include quaint coffee shops, immense buffets to authentic French and Italian restaurants. Disney Cruise Line also includes your daily non-alcoholic beverages and room service in your cruise fare. The only drinks they charge for are alcoholic drinks, canned soda, bottled water and specialty coffees.

One of the cruise industry first innovations is Disney Cruise Line’s rotational dining. This concept allows you to visit one of three themed restaurants on each night of your cruise. The convenience of this concept revolves around the fact that your serving team (server, beverage server and head waiter), move with you as you rotate. Your dining team learns of your preferences, dietary allowances, they make suggestions for meals and make every effort to enhance your experience. Might I add that they quickly become a part of your extended family.

The three rotation restaurants have two dinner seatings, typically 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. On some itineraries, such as the Mediterranean ones, the dining times are a little later accommodating guest arrival from port adventures. Furthermore, the added convenience of rotational dining saves guests from making dinner reservations. Guests, during booking, request which seating they prefer, as well, they can request changes to their rotation. Guests may also make dining changes once on board by visiting Guest Services and/or speaking with their head server. Guests on the second dinner seating have the advantage of the ‘Dine and Play’ option. Simply inform your server you would like to participate and your server will pace your child’s meal in time for pick up at the entrance of the restaurant by a Youth Club Counselor. Your child or children will continue to enjoy their evening with fun activities while you and your spouse can continue to enjoy the remainder of your dinner. Finally,children are welcome to eat their entire meals at the Youth Clubs on those date night evenings, allowing you and your spouse the remainder of your evening.

Pictured below in order: Enchanted Garden (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy), Animator’s Palate (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder rendition), Carioca’s, (Disney Magic) and Lumiere’s, (Disney Magic).

    Enchanted Garden    Animators Palate Disney Magic    Carioca's Disney Magic    Lumiere's 1

All four ships also offer specialty adult only dining at Palo, an upscale Italian restaurant. Reservations should be made in advance through Disney Cruise Line’s online Planning Center or by calling. As well, guests may attempt to book once on board. A nominal per person surcharge will apply. Palo offers brunch and dinner on select sea days.


The two newest ships in the fleet, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, also offer a fifth table service restaurant called Remy, which is an adult only, upscale French restaurant and offers brunch and dinner for a per person surcharge on select sea days.


Disney Cruise Line has counter service eateries on the pool deck level on all four ships, which offer pre-made sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit, pizza, chicken strips, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, french fries and salads, as well as the best soft served ice-cream at sea!

Goofy's Galley    Eye Scream Disney Fantasy

The buffet on board the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is called Cabanas, on the Disney Wonder the buffet is called Beach Blanket. This buffet eatery offers a bountiful breakfast and lunch. At dinner it converts to a sit down, table service restaurant serving meals similar to the rotational dining rooms.

Cabanas, Disney Dream

Room Service is available to all guests twenty-four hours a day. Guests in concierge level have an almost unlimited menu selection choice and guests in other categories have an extensive selection from Room Service to be found in the catalog on the dresser. Everyone can order Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars both in the dining rooms and for Room Service. The milk and cookies just before bed are a real treat too, don’t forget to order that.

Mickey Bars Med

The coffee shops make the best plain and specialty coffees. All come with a charge, but I feel are reasonably priced. Don’t forget that ‘Coffee Fanatic’ frequent buyer card. The sixth coffee is free. If you have unused credits at the end of your cruise, save your card, as you can easily redeem them on your next sailing. Pictured below, Cove Cafe on the Disney Dream. Guests are free to use laptops and the Intranet here too, for a fee.

Cove Cafe

Theme nights are offered on cruises that are three nights or longer. They are Pirate Night, Till We Meet Again (last night of sailing), the Captain’s Gala, and the Prince and Princess menus. All dining rooms serve the same menu on theme nights.

Guests will never feel hungry sailing with Disney Cruise Line, that is a promise!

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