Mealtimes aboard the Disney Dream are memorable entertainment experiences for families and guests of all ages – including adventures to a colorful coral reef, a park-like conservatory and a regal banquet hall where dinner includes a full course of fun. The elaborately themed restaurants and distinctly Disney touches combine with world-class cuisine to please the palate and satisfy all of the senses.
With Disney, guests expect the unexpected, so 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.
Animator’s Palate on 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 for a one-of-a-kind experience that will captivate the entire family.
The venue is wall-to-wall whimsy inspired by classic animator’s studios. There’s a marble-inlay flooring design interpreting pencils and paint brushes at the entrance reinforced by pillars throughout the restaurant fashioned like huge pencils and brushes. There are 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.
As a special nod to Mickey Mouse, the contemporary dining room features red and yellow colors and a trademark design – Mickey Mouse pants with two bright yellow buttons.
But after diners are seated, the restaurant goes through a transformation: Guests are magically transported to an undersea world where views of a coral reef environment are all around them. That sets the stage for a special visit from Crush, the sea turtle from the DisneyPixar film “Finding Nemo.”
More than 100 video monitors on the walls of the restaurant are involved in the dinner show experience. From an initial appearance as art sketches, the monitors become “windows” on a shimmering undersea world.
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.
The cuisine matches the character of the restaurant, creatively combining fresh flavors with culinary flair to please guests’ palates, with selections such as smoked salmon tartare, stir-fry vegetables, lemon-thyme chicken and a trio of veal. Wines from California and the Pacific Rim complement the menu.
Royal Palace is an elegant restaurant inspired by the classic Disney films “Cinderella,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Disney Dream guests feel like royalty as they are immersed in the lavish surroundings.
Splendid décor includes a hand-blown centerpiece chandelier with glass slippers accents, luxurious custom carpeting with a pattern of flourishing roses in regal tones, and ornate marble floors – including a “family crest” of multi-hued inlay featuring a tiara crown, glass slipper, rose and apple (with a bite out) greeting guests at the entry. Chair backs embellished with gilded emblems in the same motifs add to the aristocratic air of the room.
Grand, hand-painted portraits of the princesses – Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) – and their princes grace the far wall. Portholes providing spectacular views of the ocean are framed with majestic, tiara-topped window valances.
With meticulous attention to detail, many of the restaurant’s features are modeled precisely from the inspirational films. The Royal Palace’s circular floor plan, fluted columns and iron railing work are all recreated from the “Cinderella” ballroom scene. Wall sconces are fashioned after those seen in “Beauty and the Beast.”
At Royal Palace, guests feast on world-class continental cuisine. The menu includes dishes fit for a monarch, including lobster and jumbo shrimp, escargot, Dijon-roasted rack of lamb and beef tenderloin with lobster medallions. The wine list features an excellent selection of Old World wines. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at this restaurant.
Enchanted Garden is a whimsical, casual restaurant inspired by the gardens of Versailles. It features a dining environment that magically transforms from day to night.
Upon entering Enchanted Garden, guests will feel as though they’ve arrived at a conservatory in the rolling hills of France. There are white trellises, spring-green arches and original artwork depicting lush greenery. More than 600 light panels arch across the ceiling like a glass canopy, emulating the light outside.
Custom glass “flower” light fixtures drop down from above. Ornamental 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. When guests enter at dinner time, the restaurant is an enchanting evening scene with a twinkling field of stars overhead. The light-fixture flowers “bloom” and become infused with color, wall sconces open to become beautiful folding fans, paintings are illuminated in a nighttime perspective 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 grilled New York strip steak, pan-seared sea bass and lobster ravioli. A scrumptious selection of desserts includes a selection of gelatos during the day and a grand finale chocolate display with infused truffles and hand-made confections at night.
Disney Cruise Line introduces a new concept in casual dining with Cabanas food court, a free-flow restaurant featuring a variety of food and beverage stations.
Inspired by California beaches 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. Surfboards, kites 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 of an eclectic array of cuisine served from 16 specialized food stations, each designed like a beach cabana with colorful awnings and providing delicious offerings.
Dishes freshly prepared include American classics, comfort foods such as pizza and pasta, grilled specialties, stir-fry, savory soups and fresh salads. One cabana features a skilled sushi chef preparing bite-sized sushi delicacies. 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.
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.
Eye Scream, 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 – 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.
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.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.