Disney World Tables In Wonderland

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Disney World Tables in Wonderland

Disney World Tables in Wonderland is a great way of getting a discount on dining at Disney World if you are a Florida resident, Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member.

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Formerly known as the Disney Dining Experience, Tables in Wonderland gives cardholders a 20% on food and beverage purchases at most Disney World restaurants.

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Surprisingly the 20% discount also includes alcoholic beverages when you use your Tables of Wonderland card.

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How Much Does Tables in Wonderland Cost?

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The Tables in Wonderland card is a significant discount and those eligible should definitely consider if the $150 annual cost of the card is a good choice.

The cost is $175 for Florida residents who are not annual pass holders.

Disney Tables in Wonderland is open to those eligible aged 21 and over. You have to show proof of eligibility at Guest Services locations to purchase the card.

Each Tables in Wonderland card is good for food and dining purchases for up to 10 guests per card. You can get a second card at a cost of $50.

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To be eligible for a second Tables in Wonderland Card you must both live at the same address and both be aged 21 or over.

Also if you lose your card you will be charged $50 for a replacement.

It used to be that you could extend your card validity for up to 13 months as it expired on the last day of the month in which you bought it. So if you bought it on 1st March 2017 it would expire 31st March 2018.

Unfortunately, that loophole has now been closed and your Tables in Wonderland card is valid for 12 months from the day that you bought it.

Where Can You Buy Tables in Wonderland

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The easiest way to purchase a Tables in Wonderland Membership is to go to Guest Services at any of the four Disney World Parks.

You can also call (407) 566-5858. However, you will have to wait for 3 to 4 weeks for your Card to be delivered if you purchase by phone.

What do you need to prove you are eligible for Tables in Wonderland?

  • Florida Residents need a valid photo ID and proof of Florida residence.
  • Annual Passholders need a valid photo ID and your Disney World Annual Pass.
  • Disney Vacation Club Members need a valid photo ID and a Disney Vacation Club Membership ID or Membership Card.

Tables in Wonderland Gratuity

For all Tables in Wonderland purchases, an 18% gratuity will be added to the check.

This gratuity is added on to the pre-discount amount.

Therefore, if the check is $100 in full the gratuity will be $18. The check will be discounted to $80. If you add the tip the total is $98.

Some people use this calculation to say that Tables in Wonderland only gives you a 2% discount.

However, this simply doesn’t hold up. Most guests are adding a gratuity of around 18% anyway.

So in the example, you would normally pay $118. However, the Tables in Wonderland cardholder would pay $98.

Yes, I agree it doesn’t work out to 20%. The percentage discount amount will depend upon the gratuity percentage. It’s not 20% exactly, but it’s still a big saving.

 

Will Tables in Wonderland Save You Money?

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Depending upon the way that you dine at Disney World it may be that the Tables in Wonderland card is a better deal than the Disney Dining Plan if you are staying at a Disney resort.

You do not need to be staying at a Disney resort to use your Tables in Wonderland membership for dining at Disney.

It is also a better deal than using your Disney World Annual Pass dining discount.

Gone are the days when your Disney World AP could get you up to 20% off many of the Disney World restaurants. For most Disney World restaurants now the maximum discount with an AP of whatever type is 10%.

Therefore the additional 10% making a total of 20% discount off Disney World dining could make it worth it if you plan to dine at Disney World fairly often.

Anyone who has dined at Walt Disney World knows that your check can very quickly reach a high level! A 20% discount off that has to be an attractive proposition.

How much do you have to spend to break even if you purchase a Tables in Wonderland Card?

If we do not take into account any other possible discounts a Florida resident would have to spend $875 at eligible Disney World restaurants to start to feel the benefit of the discounts.

That math is a bit more complicated for an Annual Passholder as they would already get a 10% discount for most restaurants. If we ignore this and simply factor in the price of purchasing the Tables in Wonderland Card you will get to feel the benefit at a $750 spending point.

DVC Members will also hit the break-even point and go into savings mode at $750 spent in Disney World Restaurants.

For anyone who has ever dined at Walt Disney World, you know that $750 isn’t that difficult to spend! Particularly when you know that you can use the Tables in Wonderland discount for up to 10 guests for a year. You can even stretch that to 20 guests if you have 2 cards.

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It is tempting to compare the Tables in Wonderland savings with the Disney Dining Plan. However, I think that this is the wrong approach as it is a very different concept.

There are those who adore the Disney Dining Plan and would not visit Disney World without it. However, it is a very different concept to the Tables in Wonderland Card.

The first and very obvious difference is that you do not have to be staying at a Disney World Hotel Resort to have a Tables in Wonderland Card. However, this is an essential requirement to be eligible to purchase a Disney Dining Plan.

Many guests save money with the Disney Dining Plan. However, within that concept is the fact that you are trying to save money on meals for the whole day. Therefore you are counting discounts on snacks and quick service meals.

Tables in Wonderland will not save you anything on a Mickey Bar. However, it will save you money on most of the restaurants at Walt Disney World if you want a full-service meal.

I think that trying to compare savings with the Disney Dining Plan as against the Tables in Wonderland Card is like comparing apples to oranges. It just isn’t talking about the same thing.

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Tables in Wonderland is a great idea for certain Disney World guests. The biggest savers will be those who love Disney World and live close by.

These guests probably aren’t going to stay in a Disney World hotel. They will just drive from home.

They may have a Florida Annual Pass but if they are going to dine frequently in Disney World restaurants that 20% discount is very tempting. Particularly if they have up to 9 friends to help them enjoy that discount!

How can you save if you will dine with more than 10 guests including yourself? If you buy the additional Tables in Wonderland card for $50 the discount can extend for up to 20 guests.

This is probably not that common a scenario, but if you know this is going to apply to you and you are eligible you really should think about buying a second Tables in Wonderland card.

Tables in Wonderland Blackout Dates

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There are blackout dates when you cannot use the Tables in Wonderland discount.

As might be expected, the Tables in Wonderland card can’t be used on

  •  Mother’s Day
  • Easter Sunday,
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day.

Tables in Wonderland Benefits

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Aside from the 20% discount at many Disney World table service restaurants, Tables in Wonderland cardholders also have other benefits.

  • Free Valet Parking at Disney Springs and Walt Disney World Hotel Resorts when you are dining with a Tables in Wonderland reservation. This is for one vehicle per membership.
  • Free Disney World theme park parking for the sole purpose of dining at a Disney World park restaurant using your Tables in Wonderland Card.
  • If you arrive at a Disney theme park before 5 pm you will have to pay for parking at the Auto Plaza (unless you have an Annual Pass which gets you free parking). You will then visit Guest Services on your way out of the Disney World park after your meal. If it is less than 3 hours you will be reimbursed for your parking. If it is more, then you won’t get your money back.
  • If you arrive at a Disney World theme park after 5 pm just show your Tables in Wonderland Card at the Auto Plaza and they will let you in for free. No need to claim it back.

The bottom line is that parking is only free or reimbursed if you are using it for the purpose of dining with your Tables in Wonderland Card.

You can’t spend a whole day in the Disney parks, add on dining and then expect free parking. It isn’t going to happen.

Tables in Wonderland Restaurant List 2019

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Not all of the Disney World restaurants accept the Tables in Wonderland discount card.

Here is a list of Tables in Wonderland Restaurants 2019.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant (Dinner Only)
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Jungle Navigation Co Ltd Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Epcot

  • Akershus Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France (lunch only)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • The Garden Grill
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose and Crown Dining Room
  • Rose and Crown Pub
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Spice Road Table
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Hollywood and Vine
  • Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano
  • Sci-Fi Dine in Theater
  • Tune-In Lounge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantasaurus
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Tusker House Restaurant

Disney Springs

  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
  • Dockside Margaritas
  • House of Blues Restaurant and Bar (excludes Sunday Brunch)
  • Frontera Cocina (lunch only)
  • Mario and Enzo’s Ristorante
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Planet Hollywood (includes merchandise but excludes Stargazers Happy Hour
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Splitsville Dining Room (excludes bowling and merchandise)
  • STK Orlando
  • Terralina Crafter Italian

Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort

  • World Premiere Food Court

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

  • Intermission Food Court

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

  • End Zone Food Court

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Boma – Flavors of Africa
  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar
  • Jiko- The Cooking Place
  • Sanaa
  • Victoria Falls Lounge

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Landscape of Flavors

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Beaches and Cream Soda Shop (excludes take out)
  •  Cape May Cafe
  • Martha’s Vineyard

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

  • Belle Vue Lounge (excludes breakfast)
  • Big River Grille and Brewing Works
  • ESPN Club
  • Flying Fish
  • Trattoria al Forno

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Maya Grill

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

  • Crockett’s Tavern
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review (8.30 pm show only)
  • Trail’s End Restaurant (excludes take out shop)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

  • 1900m Park Fare
  • Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room
  • Citricos
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Mizner’s Lounge
  • Narcoossee’s

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Olivia’s Cafe
  • Gurgling Suitcase

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • “Ohana
  • Kona Cafe
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (late only)

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Everything POP Shopping and Dining (excludes merchandise from shop)

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
  • Scat Cat’s Club

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • River Roost

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill
  • The Turf Club Lounge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Territory Lounge
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Ale and Compass Restaurant
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

  • Garden Grove
  • Il Mulino
  • Kimonos
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s Bluezoo

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

  • The Green Cabin Room
  • Wind and Waves Bar
  • Wind and Waves Grill

Sadly Victoria and Albert’s will no longer accept the Tables in Wonderland card from August 1st, 2014 onwards.

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Disney Cruise Ship Staterooms To Avoid

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When you book a Disney cruise your choice of a stateroom is one of the most important decisions that you need to make. There are so many things to do on a Disney cruise that you may not plan to spend much time in your stateroom.

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However, what you must be sure of is that you are making the right choice. Which Disney cruise ship staterooms should you avoid?

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Here our guide will help you make the best choice of Disney cruise stateroom – and avoid the ones that may leave you wishing that you had stayed on dry land.

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Disney Cruise Stateroom Size Is Important

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Disney cruises have some of the largest staterooms at sea. They are up to 25% larger than average cruise line cabins. That makes a huge difference when you compare Disney with other cruise lines.

However, not all Disney cruise staterooms are created equal. As you would expect, the general rule is that the lower the price, the smaller the stateroom.

The different stateroom categories can be split into four. On a Disney cruise, you can choose from an Inside, Outside, Verandah and Concierge stateroom. Within those categories are different choices as well.

If you pick an Inside stateroom these range from the Standard at 184 square feet up to 214 square feet for the Deluxe Inside Stateroom. Those extra square feet may make a huge difference to your family.

So that you can get an idea of exactly what a Standard Inside Stateroom is like on the Disney Wonder and Magic, I have made this video for you:

Always think carefully about the type of stateroom that you choose. If you want help with more detail about the different categories you can read this

If you are choosing a stateroom on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream here is a guide with lots of pictures and videos.

A Disney Cruise Stateroom With A View?

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Usually, the least expensive staterooms on a Disney cruise are the Inside cabins. These staterooms do not have a direct view of the outside.

I say usually the least expensive. However, sometimes the Outside Staterooms are priced only slightly higher than the Inside Staterooms. So it always pays to check.

If you sail on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream you will have a virtual porthole in an Inside Stateroom. The virtual porthole is a unique feature for Disney cruises.

The virtual porthole has a video feed that shows you what is happening outside the ship. If you watch carefully you may even see Mickey and his friends.

Virtual portholes are not available on the Classic Ships, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. The technology simply wasn’t there when these classic Disney ships were launched. Even though they have been reimagined they did not add the virtual portholes in dry dock.

If you want a real view of the ocean you need to book either an Outside or Verandah stateroom.

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One choice is an Obstructed View Outside or Verandah Stateroom. This usually means that your view will be obstructed by a lifeboat, post or panel.

The degree of obstruction varies a lot. Some you would barely notice the obstruction, but others really do block your view.

The bonus of Obstructed View Staterooms is that they are usually offered at a lower price than others in that category. You just have to weigh up how important the view is for you and balance that against the price difference.

Disney Cruise Verandah staterooms are the most popular available. The luxury of having your own balcony is much sought after and many think that it is well worth the extra cost.

To help you choose a stateroom on one of the Disney Classic Ships we have written this comprehensive guide to help you.

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Disney Cruise Alaska Staterooms

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There is a lot of debate over whether a balcony stateroom is essential for a Disney Alaskan cruise. Obviously, if the cost is not important to you, then it is an easy choice. A balcony is definitely the way to go.

However, for most people, the cost is an important factor. Are you going to be missing out if you do not have a balcony for an Alaskan cruise?

The best way to put it is that you will have a different cruise experience. I have found that in general, when you have an inside stateroom on a Disney cruise, you do not spend much time in your room. This is absolutely fine as there are so many things to do on the ship.

However, an Alaskan cruise is different. You have to consider that a big part of the cruise to Alaska is the scenery.

You will probably find that you want to spend a lot of your time on Deck 4 Promenade Deck so that you can take in the amazing sights. There are comfortable deck chairs there on Deck 4.

On most cruises on the Disney Wonder, you will rarely see anyone on Deck 4. However, on an Alaskan cruise, it is the preferred spot for many people. At certain times good luck getting a chair!

Many guests sail very happily in an inside stateroom on a Disney cruise. Our advice is to compare the prices of the staterooms and see just how much of a premium you are paying for a balcony. A compromise is an Outside stateroom.

Sea Sickness Anyone?

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One of the things which don’t get talked about very often is the possibility of experiencing seasickness on a Disney cruise. It happens.

Seasickness is rare and we can thankfully say that even in hurricane conditions we have never had a problem. However, some people do.

If you are concerned about seasickness you should pick a stateroom which is midship and on a lower deck.

Other advice would be to pick an Inside Stateroom as it is closer to the middle of the ship and you will experience less motion.

However, others would say that a Balcony Stateroom would be a better choice as you could see the horizon.

 

 

Are Some Disney Cruise Staterooms Noisy?

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Different locations on the ship are noisier than others. The quietest places on the ship tend to be at the end of the corridor and on the middle decks. Look carefully at the Disney Cruise Ship deck plans.

If you are on the highest deck under the pools you may hear music and sun loungers being moved. If you are on the lower decks you may hear the sound of the anchor being lowered when the ship gets into port.

Staterooms near the elevators get more foot traffic with people passing to get to their cabins. You may want to avoid a stateroom directly opposite the laundry as well.

Always look at the Disney cruise ship deck plans to see what is above and below your stateroom.

This may be another reason to avoid Deck 1. Some people report that they would not choose this deck again as they could hear a lot of mechanical noise, particularly during docking.

Of course the lower you are on the ship the closer you are to the engines and you may hear noise from that or the machinery for putting down the anchor.

I have sailed on many different locations on the Disney ships. I have never been particularly affected by noise in any part of the Disney ships.

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Is A Disney Cruise Guarantee Stateroom a Good Thing?

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A Disney Cruise Guarantee stateroom has advantages and disadvantages. By booking a category guarantee you are saying that you will accept any stateroom either at the level you have booked or above.

For example, if you book an Outside Guarantee Stateroom you are booking a minimum of an Outside Cabin. You can’t be downgraded to an Inside, but there is a remote chance you will be upgraded to a Verandah.

However, the possibility of an upgrade is just that – a possibility. It does happen, but it is rare.

Never book a Guaranteed Stateroom thinking that you have a chance of an upgrade. It really is unlikely.

Always make sure that you are happy with the category that you have booked. That free Disney cruise stateroom upgrade will probably not happen.

The advantage of a Guarantee is the price. Usually, you will get a lower price on a Guarantee that you would for a specified stateroom.

The disadvantage is that you will not know which stateroom you will be allocated until very shortly before you set sail on your Disney Cruise.

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For some people this is fine. However, for those who want a stateroom in a particular location they need to book a specific stateroom so that they can be sure of getting what they want.

However, I think that if you are prepared to take a bit of a chance then a Disney Cruise Guaranteed Stateroom is a great option. I have booked them a number of times after being tempted by the great rate.

One other thing you need to know about Guaranteed Staterooms on the Disney Ships is that if you book more than one stateroom they may not be located together. I have done this and had rooms allocated close by and others where we were on different decks.

Disney cruise lines always do what it can to keep guests on the same reservation close by. However, it is not guaranteed. If you want staterooms next to or opposite each other you must book specific staterooms and not a guarantee.

Disney Cruise Stateroom Location, Location, Location

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Is it important that you are close to the restaurants, the pool or the buffet? For some, this really doesn’t matter, but other guests really like to be close to certain places on the ship.

The most popular location is to be close to the pools. Others may want to be lower on the ship so that they are closer to the shops and entertainment.

The Disney Wonder and the Magic are much smaller ships than the Fantasy and the Dream. Location doesn’t matter quite as much on the classic ships as things are not placed so far apart.

I personally would avoid staterooms on Deck 1 of the Disney Wonder and Magic. Deck 1 has Inside Staterooms and Outside staterooms. However, Outside staterooms have two small porthole windows. We think this restricts the view quite a lot compared to the outside staterooms with one porthole.

However, Deck 1 staterooms on the Classic Disney Ships do not have access to the aft elevators. Therefore it can be a little more challenging navigating around this ship.

If this slight inconvenience is not a problem then it can be a good choice if the price is a consideration.

Disney Cruise Stateroom Starboard or Port Side?

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Should you book a Disney cruise stateroom on the port or starboard side of the ship? As we are talking about the best views here it really doesn’t make any difference which side of the ship you are in if you have an inside stateroom. However, if you have a stateroom with a view it can make a difference.

If you are sailing to Castaway Cay we prefer staterooms on the starboard side. This is because you get the best views of Castaway Cay when you are arriving in the morning.

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Disney Cruise Connecting Staterooms

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If you need a connecting stateroom on a Disney cruise then there are plenty available. Particularly on the Disney Dream and the Fantasy. These can give you a convenient set up if you have children but still want separate space.

If you have balcony connecting staterooms you can have a very large balcony as the partition can be pulled back.

However, if you are just having one stateroom we would suggest avoiding a connecting stateroom. Depending upon who your neighbors are you can sometimes hear them. A lot.

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Win a Stay in Disney’s Riviera Resort

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Did you know that Disney’s new Riviera Resort is set to open on December 16, 2019? Now you can win a stay in a One-Bedroom Disney Vacation Club Villa at Disney’s Riviera Resort!

The newest Disney Vacation Club Resort takes the castles and fairy tale villages of Europe as it’s an inspiration. This is now the 15th Disney Vacation Clun Resort available and it promises to be one of the most innovative.

The new Disney Riviera Resort has something for everyone and includes Studio, One, Two and Three Bedroom accommodation. It is unique as it is the only Disney Vacation Club resort to offer Tower Studios which are designed to accommodate just 2 guests. 

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Guests of the Riviera Resort will have easy access to all the Disney parks as they are connected to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the new Skyliner transportation system.

 

Now you and up to 3 guests have the chance to win a Disney World vacation. The winner and 3 guests will stay for 4 nights in a one-bedroom villa at Disney’s Riviera Resort. 

The prize also includes round trip coach airfare for up to 4 guests to Orlando International Airport. The winner will also receive ground transfers to Disney Riviera Resort from the airport. This will be on Disney’s Magical Express transfer bus. 

The lucky winner and guests will also receive a 3- day Walt Disney World® theme park tickets with Park Hopper Option so they can explore all of the Disney parks. The prize also includes a $350 Disney Gift Card.

The estimated value of this Disney World giveaway is $8,498.

This Disney World giveaway is open to all aged over 18 and resident in the US. The closing date is at 11:59:59 PM ET on January 10, 2020

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Disney Cruise Line – Can You Really Take Alcohol Onboard?

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Disney Cruise Line has a relatively liberal policy that allows guests to bring a limited amount of their own alcohol on board their ships.

It used to be even more flexible. Up until September 2015, there was no limit on how much alcohol you could bring on a Disney cruise.

It isn’t quite that generous now, but the Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy is still pretty generous compared to others.

Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy

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However, those days are long gone and you need to be aware of the Disney cruise line rules about bringing alcohol on board the ship.

Most cruise lines do not allow this as of course they want to sell you their, usually highly-priced, alcohol.

Most cruise lines will confiscate any alcohol found in your bags at embarkation.

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Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage.
You can also bring on the same amount at each port-of-call.

Note that this specifies only wine, champagne or beer. We are sure they won’t argue with you if you bring sparkling wine and not champagne!

The previous rules allowed you to bring any type of alcohol. In reading comments online many are upset that they won’t be allowed to bring other liquor on board.

Some guests were bringing their own alcohol as mixers. According to the new rules, this now won’t be allowed.

Any alcohol found in checked baggage will be removed, stored and given back to you at disembarkation.

Don’t think that you can sneak alcohol onto a cruise. They will find it! Carry on luggage and checked luggage goes through an x-ray machine and it will be found. 

The main reason that Disney doesn’t want you to put alcohol in checked baggage is that bottles can break and ruin not only your luggage but other passengers’ luggage.

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If you are traveling by air to your Disney cruise port you may not have time to pick up some bottles of wine. If you want to bring wine you will have to put it in checked luggage on the airplane.

These Wine Bottle Protector Sleeves are great for keeping wine safe in your suitcase. Just remember to get them out and put them in hand luggage when you board your Disney cruise.

The rules have always said that you can only consume alcohol you bring onto a Disney cruise yourself in your stateroom. This will not change. There always have been, and probably always will be those who take alcohol into bars and restaurants.

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Yes, of course, all you need to do is get a glass from the bar on a purchased drink and then put your own wine in it. But really? Do you want to cheat the system like that?

There will always be those who will and perhaps Disney will now start enforcing this policy.

If you want to drink wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corkageDisneycruisealcoholpolicy fee of $25.00 per bottle.

A Disney cruise really just doesn’t have the emphasis on drinking that some other cruise lines have. We have sailed on many Disney cruises and can’t remember having ever seen anyone intoxicated.

 

But many are upset that this is just an example of Disney taking away previously enjoyed privileges. Let’s just hope that the free soda is not next on the list – this is a rare deal for a cruise line.

Also please Disney don’t introduce a drinks package like some of the other cruise lines. This can create an all you can drink mentality which you really don’t want on a Disney cruise.

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Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy – Duty-Free On Board And Alcohol Purchased In Port

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It would seem that if you buy alcohol on a shore excursion Disney will also allow you to bring this on board, but only beer and wine subject to the general rules.

If you really want to search out 2 bottles of wine or some beer on your port time then it doesn’t seem like Disney wants to stop you.

If you buy alcohol in the duty-free store on board you will not be allowed to take it to your stateroom but it will be given to you on disembarkation.

All of this, of course, applies only to guests aged over 21. All guests on Disney cruise line much be aged 21 on over to be served alcohol.

The exception to this rule is on sailings that embark and disembark in a port in Europe. On these sailings, you can be served alcohol if aged 18 and over and a beverage consumption form was completed when you checked in.

Disney Cruise Line – Can You Take Alcohol Onboard?

What Drinks are Included on a Disney Cruise?

Never say nothing in life is free. Well, it really isn’t free as you have paid for your cruise but you will get free drinks at the Captain’s Reception held on a formal night.

Sometimes it is served a Castaway Cay Club Members reception and at Disney Vacation Club presentations. However, on the recent DVC presentations, we have gone to this seems to be a thing of the past. Now you get a bottle of water!

Here is a guide to explain the availability of free drinks on a Disney Cruise.

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Uber from LAX to Disneyland

Uber from LAX to Disneyland

Are you thinking of taking an Uber from LAX to Disneyland? If you are arriving at Los Angeles airport and visiting the Happiest Place on Earth you need to know how to get from LAX to Disneyland. 

One of the best options is to take an Uber from LAX to Disneyland. 

Distance from LAX to Disneyland

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The LAX to Disneyland drive time is hugely dependant upon traffic. Los Angeles is notorious for its heavy traffic at most times of the day, with peak hours between 6 am and 10 am in the morning and 230 pm to 630 pm in the afternoon.

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In moderate traffic, the LAX to Disneyland drive time will be around 45 minutes. In heavy traffic, this could increase to around 90 minutes.

 

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How Much Is An Uber From LAX to Disneyland?

Here are the estimated costs of an Uber from LAX to Disneyland in December 2019:

Pool  $49.65

Uber X $54.38

Comfort $59.08

Uber XL $81.42

Select $120.14

Black $155.97

Black SUV $195.26

Lux $237.56

Remember that all of these prices are estimates and will vary according to time of day and demand. If you request an Uber at a busy time you will pay a higher rate.

Can Uber Pick You Up at LAX?

Unfortunately LAX does not allow Uber to pick up directly on site, with certain exceptions. The only Uber which can pick up at the LAX terminal is Uber Black and Uber Black SUV.

Really, having traveled from LAX many times the traffic outside the airport is an absolute nightmare! I can see why they are restricting Uber pickups directly outside. 

For all other Uber pickups from LAX, you have to take a shuttle. Go to the arrivals lower level and there is curbside pickup clearly marked.

In theory, the Uber shuttles arrive every 5 minutes. In practice that varies! Anyone who has ever been to LAX will know what I mean!

There are a number of different Uber shuttle pickups at LAX. If you want Uber X your pick up is curbs 2,3 or 4. 

If you are taking a Comfort, Uber XL, Select or Uber Pool you go to the back portion of curb 2.

Pickups with Uber from LAX now use the PIN system if you request an Uber X/ Don’t be concerned about this as it works well and is not complicated.

These steps apply between 8 am and midnight.

You have to follow these steps if you want to take an Uber X from LAX.

  1. Go to the Uber app and request your trip. You will get a 6 digit personal identification number (PIN)
  2. Go to the Uber X PIN pick up location at curbs 2,3, or 4. You will need to join the line
  3. Tell your Uber driver your PIN
  4. Make sure you verify driver and vehicle details before you get into your Uber X car.

If you just want to make it easier for an Uber from LAX to Disneyland request an Uber Black or Uber Black SUV so that you can get picked up directly outside LAX. The cost, of course, is more, but you may want to pay for the convenience.

Is an Uber From LAX to Disneyland a Good Option?

I have many years of experience traveling from LAX and using Uber. I have tried other options and Uber usually wins. 

Your other options are to rent a car from LAX. If you are traveling internationally and arriving from another country I would suggest you really think about this.

Driving in LA is difficult. Traffic is best described as horrendous and unless you are used to driving in US cities just avoid it.

Also, if you are flying in from Europe you will be experiencing jet lag, so you really don’t want to get on an LA freeway in a rental car when you have no clue what time zone you are in.

 

 

 

Disney Dream Restaurants

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Here is the Disney Dream Restaurant Ultimate Guide. If you are sailing on the Disney Dream you will experience a fabulous variety of restaurants.

You will dine in each of the rotational dining Disney Dream cruise restaurants at least once on your cruise.

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Here is our guide to the Disney Dream restaurants so that you can get the most out of your cruise experience.

Disney Dream Restaurants

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The ultimate guide to disney dream restaurants
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The Disney Dream has a total of 5 sit down restaurants and a buffet restaurant. The Disney Fantasy has identically themed restaurants to the Dream, but they vary a little in the actual design.

Largely however you can read this guide for the Disney Dream and apply it to the Disney Fantasy.

There are 3 rotational dining restaurants on the Disney Dream cruise ship. These are Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden and Royal Palace.

The Disney Dream has 2 adult-only premium restaurants. These are Palo and Remy. Each of these restaurants has an additional charge and is open to the over 18s only.

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What Is Disney Cruise Rotational Dining?

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You may have heard people talk about rotational dining. What exactly is this? It is a unique concept for Disney cruise lines and will make your Disney Dream cruise restaurants experience very special.

On each cruise, you will visit each of the 3 rotational dining restaurants at least once. The Disney Cruise Food and Dining Experience is exceptional.

When you check in on the day of your cruise you will be given your Key To The World Card. On there will be clearly marked your dining time and table number.

Underneath this will be some capital letters. These letters show you what your dining rotation is. A is for Animator’s Palate, RP is Royal Palace and E is Enchanted Garden.

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So if your first letter is A you will know that Animator’s Palate is your first Disney Dream restaurant on your first sailing night.

When you go to your allocated Disney Dream restaurant on your first night you will meet your dining team. They will be your Server, Assistant Server and your Head Server.

These people will be your serving team for the duration of your cruise. They will move around the rotational dining Disney Dream restaurants with you.

So if you start in Animator’s Palate one night and then the next you are dining in Royal Palace your dining team will be waiting for you.

I think that the rotational dining system is one of the best things about Disney Cruise lines. The Disney cruise servers are usually exceptional. They get to know your likes and dislikes and will do their very best to make sure you have a great experience.

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The Disney Servers are particularly great with kids. They are not many places where a server will cut up your child’s food for them or make sure that they have a Mickey Mouse Ears shaped design of ketchup.

Often they know puzzles and have time to spend with the kids at the end of the meal.

It is good to know that you will be seeing familiar faces at dinner each night of your cruise. Usually, you will like your servers so much you will make sure that you request them on your next cruise.

It is just another way that you are made to feel that going on Disney cruises is returning to a familiar place with friendly familiar crew members. This really is part of the Disney difference.

Disney Dream Dining Times

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What are the Disney Dream dining times? There are two sittings for the Disney Dream Cruise Restaurants.

Early Dining is at 5.45 pm. Late Dining on the Disney Dream starts at 8.15 pm.

These dining times allow you to see the entertainment in the Walt Disney Theatre for the time you are not at dinner.

The most popular Disney Dream Cruise dining time is for the first seating at 5.45 pm. This is largely because guests with young children want the earlier dining time. 8.15 pm is too late for most guests dining on the Dream with young children.

Early Dining times are always the ones that go first. If you book late you may not be able to get your first choice if it is Early Dining. 

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If this happens you can ask to be put on the waiting list for the earlier time. Sometimes this is resolved before you board the ship. However, if it isn’t you need to go to see the dining team as soon as you board the ship to see if they can help 

Disney always does everything it can to accommodate a guest request for their preferred seating. However, sometimes it simply doesn’t work out.

If you have children and are on Late Dining you can ask for them to be served their meal first. The Kids Counsellors will be waiting at the restaurant door for those kids who want to be taken directly to the kid’s clubs after finishing their meal.

The adults can then finish their food at a more leisurely pace knowing that the kids are happy in the kids club.

Late Dining does have the advantage that on disembarkation day you will have a later breakfast, therefore a bit more of a lie-in!

Disney Dream Dining Dress Code

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What is the Disney Dream Dining Dress Code? For the Disney Dream main dining restaurants, there really is one rule only. That is  “no swimwear or tank tops”. 

The dress code for Palo and Remy is different. You can read about that in our Disney Cruise Dress Code Guide.

Disney Dream Animator’s Palate Restaurant

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You will find Animator’s Palate on all of the Disney cruise ships. I am betting that you will find it on the new Disney cruise ships when they start being launched in 2021.

Animator’s Palate is such an iconic Disney cruise feature you really need to experience it at least once.

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The decor in Animator’s Palate is simply stunning. Make sure that you take some time to walk around the restaurant at the end of your meal to explore the shelves and pictures on the wall.

The first thing that you will notice is the screens on the wall. Animator’s Palate has a very memorable dinner show involving Turtle Talk with Crush. Yes, Crush really can hear what you are saying. He may even swim over to your table to talk with you!

Animator’s Palate is often a big hit with the kids because of it’s interactive features. However, the adults also really appreciate all the attention to detail. Even the plates are beautiful!

Disney Dream Restaurants Animator’s Palate Menu

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Animator’s Palate menu has lots of great choices.

Disney Dream Animator’s Palate Appetizers

Sesame flavored rock Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake — with Asian Barbecue Sauce and topped with Micro Greens

Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist — served with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Smoked Salmon Tartare — Capers, Onions and Micro Greens topped with American Black Caviar, Seasoned with Cetric Salt

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Black Truffles Pasta Purseittes — Pasta purse filled with Truffle scented Cheese and coated with a delicate Champagne Sauce

Disney Dream Animator’s Palate Soups and Salads

Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup with Bacon Bits and Chives

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup — Garnished with Chives and Drizzled with Sour Cream

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Vine Ripe Tomato Salad — Bell Peppers and Onion Brunoise topped with Micro Greens and Herb dressing

Curly Endive, Arugula and Watercress Salad — Sliced peaches, Toasted Almonds and tossed with a Sherry Vinaigrette

Bread Service

Herb Foccacia and Ciabatta Bread with a Roasted Garlic Dip

Disney Dream Animator’s Palate Entrees

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Grilled Pacific Black Cod — with Sauteed Morel Mushrooms on a yellow Split Pea Puree

Animator’s Trio of Veal — Grilled Tenderloin, pulled Shank and Tortellacci Pasta with a Sun-dried tomato and Sage reduction and garnished with a Potato Crisp

White Shrimp Pennette Pasta — Tossed with a Basil and Reggiano Parmesan Cheese Sauce and topped with Parmesan Cheese Wafer

Stir-Fry Vegetables on Fried Noodles, Hearts of Palm and oyster Glaze

Lemon-thyme Marinated Organic Chicken Breast — With Sour Cream Mashed potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables and Grain Mustard Jus

Black Bean Chipotle Cakes — over Corn Kernels and Brown Rice topped with Tomato-Cilantro Salsa

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Marinated Angus Beef Tenderloin — carved to order on Wasabi Mashed Potatoes with Bok Choy and a Tamarind-Barbecue Reduction

Arugula Leaves and Grilled Vegetable Salad — topped with sliced Beef Tenderloin, Marjoram, Bacon and Ranch Dressing

Disney Dream Animator’s Palate Desserts

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Sweet Temptations — Trio of Crunchy walnut cake, Pineapple Financier, and Lemon Mousse

Crunchy Walnut Cake — Dark chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Coulis

Pineapple Financier — Almond Cake Served with Whipped Cream

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake — With whipped cream and raspberry coulis

Cookies and Cream Sundae — Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Wafer Cookies, and Whipped Cream

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Lemon Mousse with Mango Coulis and Dark Chocolate

Dense Chocolate Cake — Brownie, Caramel Sauce, and Whipped Cream

Disney Dream Enchanted Garden Restaurant

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The Disney Dream Enchanted Garden Restaurant is perhaps the most elegant of all on the ship. It is located on Deck 2.

Enchanted Garden serves dinner every night as part of your Disney Dream restaurant rotation. It also serves a buffet breakfast and on sea days it is open for lunch.

The decor in Enchanted Garden is stunning. The Enchanted Garden restaurant decor was inspired by the gardens in the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

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Take a little time as you approach Enchanted Garden to really look at your first impression. As you walk through the door you will notice how beautifully “framed” the entrance is. It is like walking into a stunning European garden.

There is a long aisle that has round booths on either side. At the end is a fountain which is the focal point of the restaurant. Of course, you will see Mickey on the top of the fountain.

Look up to the ceiling. The lighting is beautiful. During your meal, the sky will change from daylight to sunset. During desert, the scene will transform to the night sky on a starry evening.

The booths in Enchanted Garden are the most sought after places in the restaurant. You can try requesting one but it is not guaranteed.

Disney Dream Enchanted Garden Menu

The Enchanted Garden Menu on the Disney Dream is, as you would expect from the decor, French-themed. As with all Disney cruise restaurants, there is something for everyone.

Enchanted Garden Appetizers

Cucumber Garden Roll: Filled with Julienne of Carrots, Bell Peppers and Zucchini, flavored with Cilantro and dressed with White Shoyu and Lemon Dressing

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Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower: With Crispy Noodles and Wasabi Dressing

North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli: With roasted Garlic and sweet Basil scented Tomato Juice

Thyme and Garlic Brioche: Filled with Lobster, Morels, and Porcini Mushrooms and Leek Stew in a light Buttermilk Cream

Enchanted Garden Soups and Salads

Heirloom Tomato Soup: With Sour Cream, Croutons, and Basil

Cream of Green Asparagus: With Crabmeat and Asparagus Tips

Spinach and Raspberry Salad: Tender Spinach tossed with fresh Raspberries, Toasted Pine Nuts, and crumbled Gorgonzola and a Raspberry Vinaigrette

Romaine Wedge: fresh crisp Romaine topped with a creamy Romano Dressing and homemade spiced Croutons

Enchanted Garden Bread Service

Multi-grain Loaf and Country Current Bread with Chickpea-Garlic Purée

Enchanted Garden Entrees

Caramelized Sea Scallops: With Roasted Asparagus, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Pearl Pasta garnished with Caramelized Leeks and Veal Jus Reduction

Roasted Pork Tenderloin seasoned with Smoked Salt: Citrus-flavored Polenta Cakes and oven-roasted Carrots, Parsnips and caramelized Granny Smith Apples

Pan-Seared Sea Bass: With Fava Beans and Pea Risotto and a Sweet Chili Glaze

Marjoram Scented All-Natural Chicken: Half a Chicken served with oven-baked Sweet Potatoes and sautéed Baby Spinach

Slow Roasted Prime Rib: Thyme-roasted Vegetables, Double-baked Potato, Horseradish, and Natural Jus

Cucumber Garden Roll: Filled with Julienne of Carrots, Bell Peppers and Zucchini, flavored with Cilantro and dressed with White Shoyu and Lemon Dressing

Thyme and Garlic Brioche: Filled with Lobster, Morels and Porcini Mushrooms and Leek Stew in a light Buttermilk Cream

Pearl-Barley Cakes with Shallots, Leeks, and Rosemary: Over sautéed Julienne of Carrots, Root Celery and Leeks with a light Saffron sauce

Glazed Portobello Mushrooms: With Brown Lentil and Parsley Sauce and Sun-dried Tomato Cream Drizzle

The Enchanted Garden Tuna Salad: Sushi Grade seared Tuna on Organic Field Greens, Micro Greens, Wakame and Squid Salad, Sesame Seeds and White Shoyu and Lemon Vinaigrette

Disney Dream Enchanted Garden Dessert

Warm Sticky Date Pudding – served with Butterscotch Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream and Phyllo Crunch

Chocolate Garden Torte – with Coffee Creme and Caramel Soil

Orange Yogurt Cake – with Citrus Syrup and Vanilla Sauce

Chocolate Brownie Sundae – Peanut Butter Brownie Bites with Rich Chocolate Ice Cream Whipped Cream, and Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Southern Style Pecan Tart – with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

No Sugar Added Dessert

Lemon Raspberry Mousse Bombe – Citrus Lemon Mousse embedded with Fresh Raspberries

Disney Dream Royal Palace Restaurant

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The Royal Palace restaurant on the Disney Dream is themed to celebrate the Disney Princesses and Princes. The decor is wonderfully lavish, creating a luxurious feel to this Disney Dream restaurant.

Reds and golds are beautifully used throughout the restaurant to give it that regal feel. There are lots of paintings of the Princesses lining the wall.

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A fabulous touch is a breadbasket in the shape of Cinderella’s Coach. I wish they had that for sale in the store!

Disney Dream Restaurants Royal Palace Menu

The menu at Royal Palace is French-inspired. This is perhaps the best menu on the Disney Dream. It is certainly one of my favorites. It has some items on this menu which are also included at Triton’s on Disney Wonder and Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic.

Disney Dream Royal Palace Appetizers

Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast — with Gewürztraminer Gelée and Pomegranate Glaze

Double Baked Spinach Soufflé — Coated with a Three-Cheese Cream

Escargots Gratins — Herb-marinated Snails with Finely Chopped Mushrooms, topped with Garlic Butter and Breadstick

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Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp — White and Green Asparagus, Micro Greens and Lemon-Dill Dressing with Horseradish Cream

Disney Dream Royal Palace Appetizers Soups and Salads

Avocado-Citrus Salad — with Iceberg and Radicchio Leaves and an Orange Vinaigrette

The Comtesse Du Barry’s Soup — rich velvety Cauliflower Cream, topped with Salmon Caviar Croutons

Royal Market Queen Salad — Cherry tomato, Cucumbers, Peppered goat cheese and a Raspberry Vinaigrette

Belle’s French Onion Soup — with Gruyére Cheese Crouton

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Bread Service

Warm Herb Brioche with an Olive Spread

Disney Dream Royal Palace Entrees

Royal Palace Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Medallions — Sautéed Snow peas and Marquis Potatoes with a Cognac Reduction

Oven-baked Salmon Royale — Crowned with King Smoked salmon and Horseradish, Crust accompanied by Sautéed Swiss Chard, Truffle-infused Cauliflower Purée and White Wine Beurre Blanc

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Roasted Wild Boar Tenderloin — Sweet Carrot and onion potato cake with a Red Currant Reduction

Grilled Farm-Raised Organic Chicken Breast Salad — Romaine Lettuce, Herbed Croutons, Cherry Tomatoes and a Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Double Cut Rack of Lamb with a Dijon Crust with fine Green beans, Gratin Potatoes and Rosemary Jus

Pan-Seared Tofu, Roasted Zucchini, Eggplant and Red Peppers on Israeli Couscous with a Lime Cilantro Drop

Baked Farm-Raised Organic Chicken Breast filled with Escarole, Raisins and pine nuts on Wild rice with a red wine reduction

Wild Mushroom filled Pasta in a Vegetable Broth topped with Watercress, Shaved Parmesan Cheese and a Paprika Oil Drizzle

Disney Dream Royal Palace Desserts

Grand Mariner Souffle served with Grand Marnier Creme Anglaise

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Apple Tart Tatin Caramelized Baked Apple served with Vanilla Ice Cream

Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brûlée with Almond Biscotti (Gluten-Free without Biscotti)

Strawberry Shortcake Sundae – Strawberries, Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Shortcake

Classic Opera Gateau – Layers of Joconde Sponge, soaked in Coffee Syrup, Chocolate Ganache and Rich Buttercream

No Sugar Added Dessert

Duo Chocolate Slice – layers of Brownie and Truffle Mousse with a Berry Creme

Disney Dream Cabanas Buffet Restaurant

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You will probably find yourself spending quite a bit of eating time in the Cabanas Buffet. Serving breakfast and lunch every day as well as an a la carte dinner menu, this is the place.

The Cabanas Buffet on the Disney Dream is very spacious. Some cruise buffets are badly designed, but this isn’t one of them. There is plenty of inside and outside seating. There are two sides to the buffet which are identical to each other. At busy times, both sides will be open.

Each side is identical. There are various different buffet stations in Cabanas. They include salads, seafood, pizzas, pasta, a carvery and many different offerings of hot food.

You are encouraged to not see this is a buffet where you have to stand in line. There is space behind the stations and in theory, you can “jump in” at any point.

In practice, you may not win the friendship of your fellow guests if you do this! Just be courteous and consider that others may be waiting.

Disney Dream Palo Restaurant

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Palo is an adult-only restaurant that you will find on all of the Disney cruise ships. On the Disney Dream Palo is located on Deck 12 Aft.

You have a choice of Palo Brunch or Palo Dinner. The Palo Brunch is served only on sea days, but dinner is served every day.

You can book prior to boarding your cruise by using your Cruise Personalizer.

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However, you can only book one dinner and one brunch. The only exception to this is if you book Palo Dinner on the first night you can also reserve an additional night on the cruise for dinner.

This is because it is more difficult to get guests to book on the first night as usually, they want to explore the rotational dining restaurants first.

I am often asked which is better. Palo Brunch or Palo Dinner? If you want to learn more about Palo and decide between Brunch and Dinner here is my Palo Review

The decor is upscale but very welcoming. The theme is of course Italy. The attention to detail is amazing. Make sure you spend some time looking around the restaurant.

You can’t fail to notice the beautiful glasswork in the foyer. It really is stunning.

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The best tables are those by the window as you get a fabulous view of the ocean.

Palo Brunch is a combination of a buffet and a la carte. You can eat as much as you want, although it can be quite difficult to choose!

Your server will show you to your table and offer you a choice of a Mimosa or a glass of sparkling wine. They will then show you the choices at the buffet table.

There is also a menu that has various breakfast and brunch hot entrees.

Palo Dinner is a very different atmosphere. Try and get an early evening booking if you want to watch the sunset from your table. It certainly sets the scene for a very romantic Palo dinner.

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The menu is, of course, Italian influenced. Your server will bring antipasti to your table and you can choose what you want. For me, this is one of the best parts of the Palo Dinner.

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The quality of the food and service is exceptional. Although the price has gone up in recent years I still think that for $40 for Palo Brunch or Dinner it is still a great value.

Wine is extra of course, but you do get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with Brunch.

Palo on the Disney Dream is certainly something you should try. It is just one of the fabulous things to do for adults on a Disney Cruise.

Disney Dream Remy Restaurant

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If you are looking for an exceptional dining experience on the Disney Dream you have to make a reservation for Remy. This is one of the finest restaurants at sea. For those of you who know Disney World, Remy is the culinary equivalent of Victoria and Albert’s.

Remy is located on Deck 12 Aft on the same deck as Palo. They are separated by the Meridian Bar which is another hidden gem on the Disney Dream. It is a small bar with a great outside space.

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Most guests only go there when they are dining at Remy or Palo but it is a great place for a quiet drink even if you aren’t dining at one of the adult restaurants.

Remy is, of course, the highly talented foodie rat chef from the Pixar movie Ratatouille. The restaurant has many very subtle references to the lovable Remy and the Pixar movie. The decor is very elegant and if you didn’t know to look for the references you may not even see them!

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Remy is smaller than Palo and has a much more intimate atmosphere. This is a fine dining experience like nothing else at sea. The service is impeccable.

Somehow your server will know when you need them and when you want them to be out of sight. What’s not to like about a restaurant that has a stool for you to rest your purse on?

The menu is of course unapologetically French. Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria and Albert’s and advising Chef Arnaud Lallement a 3 Michelin starred acclaimed owner of l’Assiette Champenoise restaurant in France, each create the menu.

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The Remy menu varies according to the season and what is available in the ship’s location. You can be assured that you will experience something very special when you dine at Remy.

Remy restaurant on the Disney Dream offers four different dining experiences. Remy Champagne Brunch, Remy Dinner, Remy Dessert Experience, and Petites Assiettes de Remy.

Remy Champagne Brunch begins with you being invited to wait in the Meridian Bar until your dining experience is ready to start.

You will then be taken into the restaurant with your fellow diners. The chef and the sommelier will explain some of the details of the food and the wine. You will be served a glass of champagne and a small plate of amuse-bouche.

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Take a moment to look at some of the wines in the cabinets at the side of the room. Some of those bottles are priced higher than a family vehicle! However, there is a more reasonable and accessible wine and champagne list.

The Brunch includes one glass of complimentary sparkling wine only. If you want anything more you can choose a bottle or the very popular Champagne Paring option.

Your server will then show you to your table and discuss the food options with you. If you have any special dietary requirements or preferences always discuss this with your server. They will go over and above to accommodate you.

There will follow a series of beautifully presented dishes for you to savor. Remy Brunch really is an exceptional experience on the Disney Dream.

Remy Champagne Brunch costs $75 per person. If you want to add the Champagne Pairing it is an additional $30 per person.

Remy Dessert Experience is for those with a seriously sweet tooth. It is a 5-course dessert menu served with coffee. It is a unique experience where the emphasis is not just on enjoying the food, but on learning more about it. Remy’s Executive Chef and Pastry Chef explain the history and concepts behind each of the desserts offered.

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The Remy Dessert Experience on the Disney Dream is available for $60 per person. There is a $25 additional charge per person when adding the wine pairing.

Petites Assiettes de Remy is a different experience where you combine small plates with a 6-course wine tasting. This is only offered on the first day of your sailing in the early evening. It is hosted by the Executive Chef and the Sommelier of Remy. Once again this is a tasting and an educational experience.

The charge for Petites Assiettes de Remy is $50 per person including the wine pairing.

These four Remy dining experiences are only available on cruises of 4 nights or longer. This means that you must be on a four-night sailing of the Disney Dream.

However, Remy Dinner is offered for each night of your cruise. This is an amazing dining experience. Though it is a splurge at $125 per person plus $105 if you want to add the wine pairing, dining at Remy really is something that you have to experience at least once in a lifetime!

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You will be served the famous Collette cocktail which is named after one of the characters in Ratatouille. This is a delicious combination of Prosecco, Grey Goose, Grand Marnier, Cassis Pearls, and Dried Pineapple. It is a wonderful start to your Remy dining experience.

You then choose from one of the two menus. You have a choice of the Saveur Menu which is the French menu or the Gout Menu which is American. Remember that if you have any special dietary needs you can tell your server and then will make sure that you are taken care of.

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I realize that Remy is a bit of a splurge, but it is worth every penny. If you had this experience on land it would cost at least twice as much and you wouldn’t have that fabulous view out of the window!

Which of the Disney Dream Restaurants are you looking forward to?

Don’t miss our Disney Dream Stateroom Guide

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The Pros and Cons of Every Disney World Deluxe Hotel Resort

Disney World Deluxe Hotel Resort

 

Here is a guide to the Pros and Cons of Every Disney World Deluxe Hotel Resort.

All of the Disney World Deluxe Hotels are amazing places to stay and it can be difficult to decide which of these will be best for your family.

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This guide will help you to choose the perfect Deluxe Disney World Hotel for your vacation. We have stayed at most of the hotels ourselves and so can give you the insider view

The Pros and Cons of Every Disney World Deluxe Hotel
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Disney Magic Kingdom Hotel Resorts

Disney Grand Floridian Resort

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Pros

    • Located minutes from the Magic Kingdom on the monorail or by boat
    • Many rooms have excellent views of the Magic Kingdom and The Seven Seas Lagoon
    • Rooms are large at 440 square feet with 2 Queen beds
    • Very opulent and elegant decor
    • Lots of excellent dining choices
    • Nicely themed swimming pools and beach

Cons

      • The Price
      • Too formal for some
      • Bus transportation can be slow to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

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Best Rooms at Disney Grand Floridian

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      • Conch Building 7228 to 7231, 7328 to 7331 and 7425 to 7431 are Magic Kingdom view rooms
      • Sago Key Magic Kingdom view rooms 5139, 5144, 5145, 5242 to 5256, and 5342 to 5345.

For a detailed discussion on the best rooms go to

Disney Grand Floridian Resort Hotel – Which Are The Best Rooms?

Rooms To Avoid

      • Some Boca Chica rooms have an obstructed view out over a building

Best Suited To

Guests looking for a 5 Star experience close to the Magic Kingdom who are willing to pay the high price.

Our Rating

8 out of 10. A very luxurious hotel in a fabulous location. But the price is too high compared to other Deluxe Disney Hotels.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort Hotel

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Pros

      • Great location minutes away from Magic Kingdom by boat and monorail
      • A relaxing, laid back resort with a tranquil theme
      • Good dining choices
      • Good themed swimming pool
      • Large rooms at 410 square feet, with some 476 square feet rooms with 2 Queens
      • Many rooms have excellent views of Magic Kingdom and The Seven Seas Lagoon

Cons

      • Expensive
      • Building work in 2014
      • Not all rooms have balconies
      • Bus transportation can be slow to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

Best Rooms

      • Some 476 square feet rooms are located in the Tokelau, Rapa Nui and Tahita longhouse buildings.

Rooms To Avoid

      • Avoid rooms in the Rarotonga longhouse which are on the monorail side.
      • Parking lot view rooms in Rapa Nui.

Best Suited To

Those looking for a great location with large rooms and a very relaxed ambiance.

Our Rating

9 out of 10.

For more on this resort see our guide at

Disney Polynesian Resort

This is one of our favorite Disney World Deluxe Hotel Resorts

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Pros

      • Great location minutes away from the Magic Kingdom by boat and monorail
      • The monorail station is located inside the hotel
      • You can even walk to the Magic Kingdom
      • Very cool hotel design
      • 394 square feet Standard Rooms with Queen beds
      • Can be less pricey than some of the other Deluxe Hotels if you book the Garden Wing

Cons

      • Not Disney enough
      • Disappointing design of swimming pool
      • Some rooms close to the lobby can be noisy

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Best Rooms at Disney Contemporary Resort

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      • Tower Magic Kingdom View Rooms are the best – and most expensive
      • The Garden Wing rooms with the nicest views and the quietest position are 6116 to 6123, 6216 to 6223, and 6316 to 6323.

For our guide to the best rooms see

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Which Are The Best Rooms?

Rooms To Avoid

      • In the Garden Wing avoid rooms ending in the numbers 52 to 70 as you will only have a view of the parking lot

Best Suited To

Guests who enjoy contemporary design and don’t mind a little less “Disney” Not for those looking for a great swimming pool for the kids.

Our Rating

8.5 out of 10. We love the location, the rooms, and the views but the swimming pool and lobby areas are not our favorite.

This Disney World Deluxe Hotel Resort would be perfect if they just upgraded the swimming pool!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas

Pros

      • One of the most beautiful themed of all the Deluxe Disney Resort Hotels
      • Just a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom
      • Less expensive than some of the other Magic Kingdom Resorts

Cons

      • The only Magic Kingdom Hotel not connected to the Monorail
      • Rooms only sleep 4
      • Small Rooms for A Deluxe Resort at just 340 square feet for a standard room
      • Bus transportation only to Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

Best Rooms

      • Most rooms at the Wilderness Lodge have nice woodland views.
      • Lake views in the hotel are 4000 to 4003, 4166 to 4169, 5000 to 5003, 5166 to 5169, 6000 to 6003 and 6166 to 6169.
      • Most rooms at the Wilderness Lodge Villas have woodland views. The best are odd-numbered rooms 2531 to 2563 and 3532 to 3563.

Rooms To Avoid

      • Rooms on the 4th, 5th and 6th floor of the Hotel numbered 70 to 99 overlook the lobby and are very noisy.

Best Suited To

Families looking to get away from it all whilst still being within reach of the parks.

Our Rating

8 out of 10. Beautiful hotel, but loses points with us for inconvenient location and small rooms compared to other Deluxe Resorts.

Disney Epcot Resorts

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Pros

      • Easy walk to Epcot
      • Just a boat ride away from Disney Hollywood Studios
      • Stormalong Bay is the best swimming pool in Disney World
      • All the restaurants of the Epcot Resorts and The Boardwalk within easy reach

Cons

      • Bus transportation only to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom
      • Not many dining choices in the Beach Club itself (but plenty within easy reach
      • The Beach Club is showing its age and is due for a refurbishment

Best Rooms

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Rooms To Avoid

Best Suited To

Families who will spend a lot of time in Epcot. Great for families with kids who want to spend time in the best pool in Disney World.

Families looking to get away from it all whilst still being within reach of the parks.

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Our Rating

8 out of 10. Fabulous location and great pool, but not enough dining choices on-site, as well as needing some ‘refreshing’ of the decor.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas

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Pros

      • Easy walk to Epcot
      • Just a boat ride or 15 minutes walk away from Disney Hollywood Studios
      • All the restaurants of the Epcot Resorts and The Boardwalk within easy reach
      • Close to Boardwalk

Cons

      • Bus transportation only to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is slow as it includes multiple stops
      • No restaurants in the hotel, and ones close by are not very child-friendly
      • The Boardwalk Inn is showing wear and tear
      • No Quick Service Dining in the resort
      • Not as appealing to children as many of the other Disney hotels
      • Most rooms do not have a great view

Best Rooms at Disney Boardwalk Inn and Villas

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      • Standard rooms are 371 Square Feet with 2 Queen Beds
      • The good views in the Hotel are from odd-numbered rooms 3123 to 3255 and 4213 to 4255
      • The best view rooms in the Boardwalk Villas are odd-numbered rooms 3001 to 3033, 4001 to 4033 and 5001 to 5033

Rooms To Avoid

      • There are many rooms in the Boardwalk Inn and Villas which have very mediocre views of the parking lot and the roof of the conference center

Best Suited To

Adults or families with older children who will spend a lot of time in Epcot.

Our Rating

8 out of 10. Fabulous location for Epcot. No Quick Service Dining and not that appealing for young children. Needs attention to decor and maintenance. A lot of money for mediocre views.

Disney’s Yacht Club

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Pros

      • Easy walk to Epcot
      • Just a boat ride away from Disney Hollywood Studios
      • All the restaurants of the Epcot Resorts and The Boardwalk within easy reach
      • View of Epcot fireworks from some rooms
      • Stormalong Bay is the best Disney World resort swimming pool
      • Great water views from some rooms

Cons

      • Bus transportation only to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is slow as it includes multiple stops
      • Not many dining choices
      • No Quick Service Dining in the resort
      • Not as appealing to children as many of the other Disney hotels

Best Rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club

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      • Rooms 5161,5163,5207 and 5241 have great views of the lake
      • Rooms 5171 to 5185 have a great view of Epcot

Rooms To Avoid

      • Standard rooms have a view of either the parking lot or a rooftop.

Best Suited To

Adults without children who will spend a lot of time in Epcot.

Our Rating

8 out of 10. Great location for Epcot.

See our complete guide at:

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort and Villas

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Pros

      • The animals!
      • Has some of the best Disney World Restaurants on site
      • One of the most beautifully themed of all the hotels
      • Very relaxed atmosphere
      • Bunk beds in some rooms are a big favorite with young children
      • Large zero-entry swimming pool

Cons

      • Bus transportation only to all the other parks can be very slow. A car is recommended
      • Standard rooms are only 344 square feet
      • Rooms are dark and bathrooms small

Best Rooms at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

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      • The best views are from Kudu Trail and Zebra Trail rooms.
      • The odd number Zebra trail rooms overlook the Arusha savannah
      • The best rooms for being close to the feeding areas are on any floor the rooms numbered 572 to 584
      • Rooms numbered 541 through 555 have a great view of the feeding areas.

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See our complete guide at

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort and Villas – Which Are The Best Rooms?

Rooms To Avoid

      • Not all rooms overlook a savannah. Some have a view of the parking lot. We would say that if you are staying in this resort you should splurge on the savannah view.

Best Suited To

Everyone who wants to spend time close to the parks in one of the most amazing hotels in Disney World.

Our Rating

9.5 out of 10. Absolutely our favorite. We would give it a 10 if it had better transportation options. This is our top choice of Disney World Deluxe Hotel Resort.

See our complete guide at:

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

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The Cost Of A Disney Cruise – What Is Included?

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What is the cost of a Disney cruise? What is really included in the price? When you book a Disney cruise you really need to know exactly what is already included so that you can have a realistic expectation of the costs.

The good news is that most things are included in the basic Disney cruise cost. Many things are included in a Disney Cruise.

 

The Cost of a Disney Cruise

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Unlike many other cruise lines, Disney is very upfront about the costs. If you don’t want to add extras then you really don’t have to.

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Read on to find out what is already included in the Disney cruise price as well as extra costs that you may incur.

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Disney Cruise Stateroom

 

Your Disney cruise stateroom is included in the basic cost. The staterooms on all the Disney ships range from the least expensive, the inside cabins, to the luxurious Concierge Staterooms and Suites.

The basic price that you pay for a Disney cruise is based on the stateroom you choose and the number of people in the stateroom. The first two guests in the Disney stateroom usually pay more than the third, fourth and fifth guests.

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All staterooms are not created equal. You might want to read our Disney Cruise Cabins To Avoid

Sometimes you will even get a Disney Cruise Kids Sail Free deal. As you would imagine, these tend to sell very quickly so watch for updates about these as we tell you about them as soon as they are announced.

It is a long time since we saw a Disney Cruise Kids Sail Free Deal, but we always live in hope!

Here is a video which shows what is included on a Disney Cruise:

There are sometimes discount deals on Disney Cruises. Usually, these are for Florida Residents and Military Personnel.

Florida Residents also get nice discounts on select Disney cruises.

We have also seen some Disney Cruise discounts for Canadians. However, these tend to be rare.

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Discounted Disney cruises are rare. However, there are ways to save on a Disney cruise if you know what you are doing.

Disney Cruise Tips You Have To Know Before You Sail

Disney Cruise Food

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All of the food on your Disney cruise is included. You can eat very well on a Disney cruise ship without ever paying another penny more than the basic price.

There really is so much food, you definitely won’t go hungry.

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There are buffet and restaurant options for each meal. You will also find snacks, pizza and ice cream available for no extra charge.

Room service is available 24 hours a day. The Disney room service menu food is mostly free, although there are some paid for options.

There is so much food on a Disney cruise, there really is something for everyone.

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Disney cruise line is famous for its Rotational Dining concept. There are 3 main restaurants on each of the Disney ships and you ‘rotate’ around each restaurant during your cruise. You keep the same table in each restaurant, and much more importantly you keep the same servers.

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The quality of the servers on the Disney cruise line is the highest of any of the cruise lines that we have experienced. We love the rotational dining experience as it lets your servers get to know your likes and dislikes.

We always choose the same servers on the Disney ships and have got to know them well over the years.

Here is a complete guide to the Disney Wonder Restaurants.

There are specialty restaurants on the Disney ships which are charged at a premium. However, you do not need to choose these options.

Palo and Remy are exceptional, but you do not have to eat here. These premium restaurants on the Disney cruise ships are all reserved for adults only.

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All of the Disney ships have the Palo restaurant. The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy also have Remy fine dining restaurant.

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Disney Cruise Entertainment

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The Disney cruise line has the best entertainment at sea and this is all included in the basic price that you pay. Disney is of course known for its high-quality stage shows. You are sure to love the entertainment and shows on a Disney Cruise!

So often shows on cruises are a disappointment, but you will not find this at Disney Cruise Lines. There is no doubt that Disney cruise entertainment is the very best at sea.

The shows vary on each ship but there will be some entertainment each night. Our favorites are The Golden Mickeys, Disney’s Frozen and Aladdin.

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There are also lots of movies in the Movie Theater. If you are on the ship when a Disney movie is released you will usually get to see a premiere at midnight!

There are lots of activities on the ship which are free of charge. These range from trivia to learning how to draw a Disney character.

There is also the Disney Pirates in the Caribbean theme night which takes place on most Disney cruises. This spectacular pirate-themed evening is fun for all ages. It also features the only fireworks show at sea.

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You may be lucky enough to be on board when a famous Disney artist or Imagineer is on board. They will often give a presentation which is well worth attending.

One of the best which we have seen is the talks by Don “Ducky’ Williams. There was also an excellent Pixar cruise where a number of directors of the Pixar movies were on board.

Disney has recently started to offer Star Wars at Sea on select sailings. This will give you the opportunity to experience Star Wars themed events and to meet some of the characters from the movie.

Non Alcoholic Beverages

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Most non-alcoholic beverages are included in the cost of your Disney cruise. This is a huge benefit over many other cruise lines where you will pay for soda on board.

The savings of this can be huge over other cruise lines. A rival cruise line which offers an unlimited drinks package would cost $215 for our family of 5.

With Disney cruise line these drinks are included – so this is a huge saving over many other cruise lines.

There is a 24-hour beverage station on all of the Disney ships. Non-alcoholic drinks are available free in the restaurants (with the exception of specialty drinks).

Soda and non-alcoholic beverages ordered at the bar are charged for. However, you can always go to the beverage station to save on cost if you want to.

Specialty coffee is available on Disney cruises but is charged at an extra rate. The free coffee onboard is not wonderful, but it is better than most cruise lines.

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The free coffee is just about drinkable.

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You do pay for alcohol onboard a Disney cruise of course. However, Disney has one of the most flexible policies about taking alcohol on board the ship with you.

Each adult over 21 can bring two bottles of wine or a 6 pack of beer. There is a corkage charge of $25 per bottle (or you can drink it in your stateroom without charge).

For a complete discussion of the rules, you can see our article at:

Drinking Wine On Board a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Ship Children’s Programs

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The Disney cruise ship children’s programs are fabulous – the only difficult thing about the will probably be getting your child to leave them! These are all free for the programs for children 3 years and older.

If your child is aged from 12 weeks to 3 years old then the Flounder’s Reef Nursery is available at an extra charge.

What is Charged as Extra Cost on a Disney Cruise Ship?

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There are of course some things that you will be charged extra for. All excursions, or Port Adventures as Disney calls them will be charged as extra.

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Any trips to the spa or salon also have a separate charge. You may want to indulge in a visit to The Rainforest.

Phone calls and internet usage are extras too.

Professional photographs are another extra cost on a Disney cruise. It is one way that you may find yourself spending some extra money on board.

A Disney ship is a great chance to get some wonderful photos with the characters. The Disney photographers are excellent and you can purchase professional photos from them if you want to.

Remember though that you can always use your own camera to take pictures of the characters. You do not need to purchase the professional ones.

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There are usually some extra charge events like Wine Tasting. These are a lot of fun and usually, cost around $25 extra per person.

There are self-service laundry services with a small charge, as well as laundry service. You can take a huge amount of luggage on board though so you may want to skip the laundry on a Disney cruise.

Disney Cruise Ship Gratuities

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Gratuities are not included in the basic cost of your Disney cruise. Here are the recommended amounts for Disney Cruise line gratuities per guest per day.

Dining Room Server $4.50 per day
Dining Room Asst. Server $3.50 per day
Dining Room Head Server $1 per day
Stateroom Host $4.50 per day

These amounts are a guideline only and it is very easy to adjust them if you want to. We find the service so exceptional on a Disney cruise that these amounts are very fair.

It is most likely that you will want to reward your dining room servers and stateroom hosts with something extra. For more information go to Disney Cruise Tips Made Easy

A 15% gratuity is automatically added to bar, beverage, wine, and deck service tabs. You can check your account easily at any time with guest services or on your television.

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Most things really are included in the cost of a Disney cruise. We have sailed with many different cruise lines as well as Disney.

We can say that Disney is the only one that you feel isn’t continually asking for money as extras. This is one of the things that we enjoy about Disney cruise line.

It is possible to spend very little extra on a Disney cruise. It is nice not to have a shock when you look at that onboard account at the end of the cruise!

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