Surprisingly the 20% discount also includes alcoholic beverages when you use your Tables of Wonderland card.
How Much Does Tables in Wonderland Cost?
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.
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.
How To Purchase Tables in Wonderland
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 will 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 card holder 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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day.
Tables in Wonderland Benefits
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
Not all of the Disney World restaurants accept the Tables in Wonderland discount card.
Here is a list of Tables in Wonderland Restaurants 2019.
Early Dining is usually at 5.45 and Late Dining is at 8.15. These times may be a bit later on Disney Alaskan and European cruises.
Early Dining is by far the most popular. The reason for this is largely because there are lots of families with young children on a Disney cruise. You probably don’t want to eat at 8.15 if you have a four year old.
When my children were younger I always wanted to have Early Dining on a Disney Cruise. However, since they have got older I much prefer Late Dining.
Why? The Servers have more time to spend with you on Late Dining.
You also see the first show of the evening in the Walt Disney Theater. The first showing tends to be less crowded that the later one, so you do not have to arrive quite so early for a seat.
If you have late dining and don’t want to see the show it is also a great time to do other things on the ship. The adult pool is usually very quiet at this time.
It is also a good opportunity to ride the Aquaduck if you are on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream.
If you have tried to change from late to early seating but it just hasn’t been possible, there is still a service which may help you.
This is the Disney Cruise Dine and Play. This great idea is aimed at children aged between 3 and 12 who are going to the kid’s clubs.
If you are on the late seating mention to your Servers that you want to use the Dine and Play Service.
They will ensure that your children’s meals are brought out first so that they can but their dining time down to a minimum.
Around 9 pm members of the kids clubs team will stand at the back of the restaurant. They are waiting to escort your children to the clubs so that you can enjoy your meal in peace.
How To Change Your Disney Cruise Dining Time
If you are not happy with the Disney Cruise Seating Time that you have there are ways that you can try and change it.
The first thing you should do is before you board. Call Disney Cruise Lines or ask your Travel Agent to call. You can then ask to either be changed or if that isn’t possible, to be put on a wait list for your desired dining time.
Disney Cruise Lines always tries very hard to accommodate a guest request to do this.
Sometimes you will hear that your dining time has been changed prior to getting on board the ship.
Other times you will have to wait until you get on board to try and change your Disney Cruise dining time.
When you reach the port and check in you will be give a paper Navigators which will give you the details of what is happening on the ship. It will always show you the place where the Disney Cruise Dining Team will be when you board the ship.
As soon as you get on board go to the place that is shown and talk to the Disney Dining Team to see what they can do to move your Dining Time for you,
Disney Cruise Embarkation Lunch Options
What many guests do not realize is that there are a number of choices for lunch on the day that you board the ship.
Most guests will head straight for the buffet. Whilst that is a great option it is good to know that you do have alternatives.
On each Disney Cruise ship there is a sit down lunch in one of the restaurants on Embarkation Day. Most guests walk straight past the restaurant on their way to the buffet!
The sit down lunch is at Triton’s on the Wonder and Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic. As you usually board on Deck 3, you really don’t have very far to go to lunch!
On Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream you should head to Animator’s Palate if you want the a la carte lunch.
Disney Cruise Concierge have their own location for lunch. They can either have the buffet type snacks available in the Concierge Lounge, or go to the new sit down exclusive lunch located in one of the restaurants.
The Concierge Lunch is offered in Tiana’s Place on the Disney Wonder, Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Magic and Enchanted Garden on both the Disney Fantasy and the Dream.
Concierge Guests have a special lunch menu which is not available in the other dining rooms. It includes Poached Lobster Salad and Roasted Beef Tenderloin.
Cabanas Buffet is the place that most people choose to have their Disney Cruise Embarkation Lunch. For good reason!
Although the first lunch is the most crowded you will ever see the buffet, you will not find it too difficult to find a seat.
There is plenty of selection and even the most picky of eaters will find something to eat at the buffet.
Be careful though not to find too much to eat. It is very easy to put on weight very quickly!
Disney Cruise Rotational Dining
You may have heard that Disney Cruise lines has a concept called Rotational Dining. What is this?
Each Disney Cruise Ship has three sit down restaurants. They are different on all the ships although each of the ships has Animator’s Palate.
All of the Disney Cruise restaurants are brilliantly themed.
On the Disney Wonder you will find Tiana’s place which is based upon the Princess and the Frog movie. Here you will actually meet Tiana and listen to her performing her favorite songs.
Also on the Disney Wonder, Triton’s is themed around The Little Mermaid. Whilst Ariel herself does not make an appearance you will find a lot of subtle movie references in the decor. This includes the huge mosaic at the back of the restaurant.
On the Disney Magic you will love to dine at the all new Rapunzels’ Royal Table. Lots of singing and dancing with Rapunzel and her friends.
On the Disney Dream you have Royal Palace and on the Disney Fantasy it is Royal Court. Both restaurants are themed after the Disney Princesses. The theme is subtle and the restaurants are beautifully decorated in rich tones to give them a luxurious atmosphere.
All of the ships have Animator’s Palate. This is to celebrate the art and innovation of Disney animation. There are two very distinct shows in Animators Palate. One might even bring out the Disney artist in you!
The rotational dining concept is unique to Disney. On each cruise you will dine in each restaurant at least once (with the exception of the very rare 2 night Disney Cruises).
This not only gives you the chance to explore and enjoy each of the very unique restaurants. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know your servers as they will rotate around the dining rooms with you,
I have spend many months on Disney Cruises. The Servers have ranged from very good to exceptional. The standard of service is very high.
Disney Servers will make sure they know you by name, know your drinks preferences and pretty soon will learn which food you will enjoy the most. They are very knowledgable about the menu, so always ask for recommendations.
For more about the food on a Disney Cruise including lots of pictures and menus Click Here.
Disney Cruise Secret Menu
You may have heard about the Secret Menu on a Disney Cruise. Sometimes when you are in the dining room you will see the table next to you being served with dishes that you did not see on the menu.
How did they get this special food?
We first discovered the ability to request different food many years ago when we mentioned to our Indian Server that we loved Indian food. The next day we had a table full of delicious Indian dishes brought to our table.
We could still order from the Disney restaurant menu, but each night we got this additional treat. We have heard others have also asked if they can have a different kind of cuisine and their Server will do their best.
Just remember that this is not something which is guaranteed. So if your Server can’t help you just be respectful and accept that for some reason it’s not available. There is always something on each Disney Cruise restaurant menu to tempt you.
Table Size on a Disney Cruise
A lot of people are concerned about whether or not they will be sitting on a table with other people on their Disney Cruise.
Generally the table sizes are for 4, 6 or 8. There can be variations of this so that larger parties can be seated together.
However, unless you specifically request a private table you will likely be seated with other people.
Many people love this but for others it really isn’t their idea of fun.
You can always request just to be seated with your party and no one else.
It can be stressful dining out when you have to deal with food allergies. However, Disney Cruise Lines is expert at accommodation guests with food allergies.
As soon as you book you can ask for a note to be made that you have food allergies. The dining room staff will have this communicated to them so that they know from the minute you arrive that you have special dining requirements.
I have sailed with people who had specific dietary needs and they have always been highly impressed by helpful everyone is on a Disney Cruise.
One of the most challenging places to deal with a food allergy is a buffet. However, the team in Cabanas do everything they can to help.
When you arrive in Cabanas simply approach any Cast Member and they will help you. They can direct you to the foods to avoid and also cook up any special items that you need. For instance gluten free pancakes at breakfast.
You Servers in your rotational dining restaurant will also know of your allergy. They will talk through the menu with you.
Each night they will give you the menu for the following day so you can see what is available for you. If you order ahead things can often be adapted to accommodate your dietary needs.
Disney Cruise Dining Tips Room Service is a Treat
You know sometimes when you are staying in a hotel and you really want room service? Then you look at the menu and decide it isn’t worth breaking the back for?
There are so called “Secret” items too. Ask for a Mickey Bar and your wish will be granted. Pie of the Day is also not on the menu but will be brought to you on request.
Asking for Cookies and Milk to be delivered to your room each night seems like pure luxury. However, you can do it as often as you want on a Disney cruise.
If you love your coffee as soon as you wake up why not order a hot carafe of coffee to be delivered the evening before? The coffee will still be warm in the morning and you won’t have to be woken up by room service in the morning to receive it.
Breakfast in bed or out on the balcony is always a treat. Just put out the breakfast card before 3 am the night before and breakfast will be delivered at the time you choose.
Can’t find your breakfast card? It is located in the desk drawer when you board your cruise. If you can’t find it then just ask your Room Steward for some extras and they will be happy to help.
Remember that most items on the Room Service Menu are free, but this does not include service. Always tip your Server. You can either do this in cash or by adding a tip to the slip you will sign.
One thing that few people realize though is that Room Service will not just leave the items in your room after 9 pm unless you are there to receive it. Also the person who is there has to be over 18.
Disney Cruise Coffee
You can get free coffee in a number of places on the ship. There is a free drinks station on the pool deck on each of the Disney ships.
This drinks station is open 24 hours a day so you can always get your coffee or soda fix at any time you need one.
You can also get free drip coffee in any of the restaurants or at Cabanas Buffet.
If you want specialty coffee you will need to pay for this. One of the best places to enjoy a cup of coffee is in the adults only Cove Cafe. I often forget to ask for a proper cup, but they will always give you one if you ask!
One thing which isn’t widely known is that you can get a Coffee Card from Cove Cafe. If you buy 5 coffees you will get the 6th one for free.
This is a pretty good deal. Always remember to ask for your coffee card in the Cove Cafe as the Cast Members often forget to mention it.
There are ways to get over the mediocre coffee problem without having to purchase it on board. If you are really clear about the type of coffee fix that you need, you can bring your own on board.
You can easily pack this in your suitcase and then use the water from the pool deck to make your own coffee.
If you want to use your favorite ground coffee you can just pack that with this Bodum Travel Press.
Disney Cruise Character Breakfast
We all know just how expensive a Disney Character Breakfast can be. However, it is included in the price of some Disney cruises.
The Disney Cruise Character Breakfast is only offered on cruises of 7 nights or more.
You do also have to plan ahead if you want a Disney Cruise Character Breakfast. Gone are the days when you simply had a day and time allocated to you and you could just go to breakfast at the allotted time.
Now you need a ticket for a Disney Cruise Character Breakfast. It is free, but nevertheless you need one or you can’t get in!
Tickets are available online in your Cruise Personalizer. As soon as you are able to book activities online you should grab one of these tickets. They do run out.
If they are not available on line as they have all been allocated, do not give up. Sometimes guests cancel before sailing so it may be available online again.
However, if at the time that you board you still haven’t got a ticket for the Disney Cruise Character Breakfast you should go to Guest Services to see if there are any available. They usually have some, but it is on a first come first serve basis.
Disney Cruise Late Night Snacks
If you are still hungry later in the evening you will still be able to find some late night snacks.
You can always call room service in the early hours in the morning if you get a sudden need for a sandwich or the Cake of the Day.
However, all of the Disney Cruise ships also have late night snacks available in one of the bars. You can check the location and times in your Disney Cruise Navigator.
Disney Cruise Palo
Disney Cruise Palo is an adult only dining experience. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to dine at Palo.
Palo offers Dinner and Brunch. Dinner is served at Palo on every day of the cruise, but Brunch is only served on Days at Sea.
You can make a reservation for Palo prior to sailing by booking online with the Disney Cruise Personalizer.
Either Dinner or Brunch is an additional charge of $40 .
Palo Brunch offers a huge buffet selection. You can also order from the a la carte menu.
If you do not get a reservation prior to boarding do not worry. Often all of the Disney Palo reservations are taken online and it shows as not available.
However, if you want a Palo reservation and you do not have one by the time you board you need to take a look at your embarkation day Cruise Navigators.
This will show you where the Disney team will be so that they can take care of your reservation. Usually, they will have something available, but you do need to make sure that you take care of this as soon as possible after you board.
Should you book Palo Brunch or Palo Dinner? We have written a Comprehensive Guide which you can see here.
Disney Cruise Remy
If you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or Dream you can look forward to the ultimate dining experience at sea.
Disney Cruise Lines Remy restaurant is fine dining at its best. It is comparable to the experience at Victoria and Alberts in Walt Disney World – without quite so much sticker shock.
Well, you do have to be prepared to shell out some serious money, but this exceptional dining experience is simply the best at sea.
Themed after Pixar’s Ratatouille movie you will find a lot of subtle design details in the restaurant. What’s not to love about a restaurant which even has a stool for you to rest your purse on?
The Champagne Brunch is one of those Disney cruise experiences which you must have at least once. Costing $75 per person with an additional $30 if you have the optional champagne pairing, this is not an inexpensive experience. However, it is worth it.
Remy Dinner is available for $125 per person. The Wine Pairing adds another $105 per person. Again, it is a fabulous experience and one which you should try at least once.
Disney Cruise Dining Tips Cove Cafe
The adults only Cove Cafe is a great place to grab a cup of specialty coffee or just spend some quiet time relaxing.
You may have heard about the Disney Dream Secret Rooms. Do these Disney Dream secret staterooms really exist?
Disney Dream Secret Rooms
Disney Dream Secret Staterooms most definitely do exist! Here we have written the most comprehensive guide available to the Secret Rooms on Disney Dream.
This guide includes pictures and videos so that you can decide which choice is the best for you.
Read on to find out how you can sometimes snag a bargain stateroom on the Disney Dream if you simply know where to look.
What do we mean by Secret Staterooms? Obviously, there aren’t any actually hidden staterooms on the ship. If you look at a Disney Dream deck plan all the staterooms are shown!
However, not all staterooms are created equal. It pays to know exactly which stateroom you are booking.
The ones the insiders know are the Disney Dream Secret Rooms.
A Disney Dream Secret Room is one which offers what many would be considered an upgrade. So a Verandah for the price of an Outside Stateroom.
Although here we are referring to the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, the Disney Fantasy is identical.
So when we talk about the Dream everything still applies to the Disney Fantasy.
First we need to understand a few things about the Disney Dream stateroom categories and how they are priced.
Disney Cruise Lines has a number of different categories of stateroom on all of their ships.
For the non-concierge staterooms on the Disney Dream the Categories are numbered 11 to 4.
Category 11 are Standard Inside Staterooms
Category 10 are Deluxe Inside Staterooms
Category 9 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms
Category 8 are Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms
Category 7 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Navigators Verandah
Category 6 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah
Category 5 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah
Category 4 are Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah
So as you can see the lower the number the higher the category.
Price tends to be higher if the category is higher. For example, a Category 11 Standard Inside Stateroom will cost less than a Category 9 Deluxe Oceanview.
So Category 11 and 10 are the Inside Staterooms,
Within those Categories there are also subdivisions which are denoted by Letters A to E.
So for instance you can have a Category 11A Stateroom, a 9B or a 4E.
What do the letters mean? They are different types of stateroom within the same Category.
The letters show you that whilst the overall type of the room is the same there are differences.
These differences usually relate to location or view. Higher decks are seen as more desirable. So a Category 11A stateroom is on a lower deck than an 11B.
Sometimes the letter relates to the view. So it could mean that the balcony stateroom has an obstructed view.
Why does this matter and why do people look for the Disney Dream Secret Rooms?
Price. The cost of a Disney Cruise is determined by the Category of Stateroom that you book.
All identical Categories will be priced the same. For example , all 4Es will be at the same price, all 9Cs will be offered at the same price.
However, not all Category 4s will be the same price.
The exciting part about looking for a Secret Stateroom is that you will get a Stateroom that is a little different. The design of the ship means that there are certain staterooms which are a little different.
These staterooms don’t fit into the “Usual” Category. This means that you may get an upgrade without paying an increased price for it.
In other words, you get a Balcony Room for an Outside Stateroom price.
Disney Dream Secret Verandah Staterooms
What are the Disney Dream Secret Verandah Rooms? When the Disney Dream was first launched they were named as Category 6 Staterooms.
However, Disney Cruises began receiving complaints that some of these Staterooms had an obsturcted view.
As these Category 6 rooms were priced the same as those with an unobsturcred view, guests started to complain.
Disney listened to what people were saying and decided to designated these Staterooms as Category 7A, These are now priced at a lower rate than the Category 6 and above.
Category 7A on the Disney Dream is called a Navigators Verandah.
This is a bit confusing for anyone who has sailed on the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder.
On the Classic Ships the Navigator’s Verandah is a very distinct type of Stateroom. It has fully enclosed outside space.
It can’t really be called a balcony as it is not open to the outside.
There aren’t any Navigators Verandahs like this on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream.
The term Navigators Verandah on the Dream Class ships just means it has an obsturcted view.
There are 22 out of the 24 Category 7A Navigators Verandah Staterooms which have an Obstructed View.
Some of these are less obstructed than others! So even within this Category there are some better rooms to look out for.
These Secret Verandah Staterooms are on Decks 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the Disney Dream.
This video shows an example of one of the Navigator’s Verandahs on the Disney Dream. This shows Stateroom 6178 which we think is one of the more obstructed views of that Category.
The best of the Disney Cruise Secret Rooms with Verandah are 8022, 8164, 8520 and 8662. The obstruction is minimal and if these staterooms are available you should consider if they offer what you need for a better price than the category 6 Staterooms.
This is an example of one of the best Disney Dream Secret rooms. Stateroom 8022:
Next on the desirability scale are 7022, 7170, 7520, 7668, 9012, 9152, 9164, 9512, 9652, 9664. These have more of an obstruction, but are still great choices.
The least desirable, as they do have quite a significantly obstructed view are 5024, 5524, 6178, 6678, 7182, 7680, 8176, 8674.
Here is a video showing Stateroom 6178 which has one of the most obstructed views.
The balconies in these two Staterooms are so small that they can’t fit a chair. However, they do have a built in bench which seats two.
What you have to remember about these Disney Dream Secret Rooms is that you will be getting a Verandah but paying for an Outside Stateroom. So really it doesn’t matter how much of an obstruction it is, you are still getting great value from one of these Staterooms.
Secret Large Oversized Disney Dream Staterooms
There is another Category of Disney Dream Stateroom which some guests may want to consider, as they are larger than the standard size of that Category.
These Oversized Staterooms are all in the 8A Category and there are only eight of them available. Some are handicapped accessible.
The first type of Category 8A Staterooms on the Disney Dream have an L Shaped living and sleeping area and an open plan design.
They do not have the privacy curtain that all the other Staterooms have on the ship.
They also do not have a split bathroom or a tub. As they are handicapped accessible they have a large shower area with a curtain in the corner of the bathroom.
These Secret Rooms on the Disney Dream are 5018 and 5518 on Deck 5. There are more available on Deck 6 namely 6012, 6014, 6016, 6510, 6512 and 6514.
Staterooms 6014 and 6016 connect and so do 6512 and 6514. Each of these rooms has a support pole in the living and sleeping area.
All of these Staterooms sleep 4 guests so can be a great choice for families who want some extra space and don’t mind the unusual bathroom arrangement.
The second type of Category 8A is also oversized, but have a divider wall between the living and the sleeping area. These Disney Dream staterooms are still only one room because although there is a wall it does not separate the areas completely.
These don’t have the split bathroom either, but as they are not handicapped accessible they are smaller than the other Category 8A bathrooms. They do have the tub though so some people may prefer this.
There are only 4 Staterooms on the Disney Dream and Fantasy like this. They are 5020 and 5022 which connect and 5520 and 5522 which are also connecting.
This video gives a great view of what these unique staterooms look like.
Disney Dream Secret Connecting Staterooms
Sometimes you want to book more than one stateroom on the Disney Dream. Many of the Staterooms in all Catoegories are connecting Staterooms.
Just like in a hotel room, your Connecting Stateroom will have a door between each cabin which is lockable from each side.
These are a great choice for families, particularly if you have young children who are not yet old enough for a separate cabin.
However, what many guests don’t realise is that whilst some Staterooms do not have a connecting interior door, they do have a connecting Balcony Door.
Most of the Verandahs on the Disney Dream and Fantasy are able to be connected. You simply ask your Room Steward to unlock the steel door which separates the Verandahs.
Disney Concierge Secret Staterooms
Just as with the Category 4 to 11 Staterooms, some of the Concierge Staterooms are better than others. This is true even though some are in the same Category and you will pay exactly the same rate for them.
If you want the larger balcony and are booking a One Bedroom Concierge Stateroom you should choose 11002, 11006, 12000, 12006, 12012, 12506 or 12512.
This is a video of Stateroom 11006 on the Disney Fantasy which is identical to the Disney Dream. As you will see, it has a great size balcony.
There are also some Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah which have the larger balconies. These are Staterooms numbered 11004, 12008, 12010, 12508 and 12510 on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.
One Concierge Stateroom which has a completely unique design is 12000. This is a One Bedroom Concierge Suite which is located between the two Royal Suites on the ship.
Stateroom 12000 is designed so that it can connect with either or both of the two Royal Suites to form one huge suite of cabins at the front of the ship.
What this means is that when you walk into 12000 there is a corridor with connecting doors on the left and right to the Royal Suites on either side.
The advantage of Stateroom 12000 is that it is a large balcony. The disadvantage is that people on Deck 13 above can look right down onto it. So if privacy is of high priority you may want to look at one of the other Disney Concierge Secret Staterooms.
Disney Cruise Stateroom Amenities
All of the Category 4 to 11 Staterooms on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have certain features in common.
Here is what you can expect to find in your Disney Dream Stateroom.
Beverage Cooler. This really has to be called a Beverage Cooler and not a refrigerator as it doesn’t get particularly cold. You can also request that your Room Steward brings you some ice. There is an Ice Bucket already in your room.
You will also find four small glasses in every stateroom. It is much nicer drinking wine from a proper wine glass though. Your Room Steward will also be happy to bring you wine glasses if you ask. Or you can bring them from one of the Disney Cruise Bars.
Disney Cruise Staterooms are larger than average and very well designed. This means that there is a good amount of storage space.
To make things even easier for packing at home and then unpacking in your Stateroom I always suggest Packing Cubes
Once you have tried packing cubes you will wonder what you ever did without them!
On the Disney Dream and Fantasy you will find a coffee table which has a hinged lid and storage space inside. The only thing that you have to do is make sure you remember that you put things in there! It can be easy to miss this when you are packing to get off the ship.
There is also a large desk and small backless stool which fits underneath the desk. There are shelves and cupboards either side of the desk to provide plenty of storage.
You will also find Disney Cruise Postcards and other stationery for you to use on the cruise or take home with you.
I always use the desk space for charging the many electronic devices we have. Lots of sites tell you to bring power strips on a cruise as there aren’t many outlets. However, power strips are prohibited on a Disney cruise. If you try and bring one on board with a surge protector it will be confiscated.
You will find an electronic safe located in the closet in the corridor. It is useful as it will hold important documents such as your passport and small valuables. Unfortunately, it will not hold a laptop.
There is a hairdryer provided. It will be located in one of the desk drawers. There is nothing wrong with it, but a lot of guests bring their own.
Every Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy stateroom has its own adjustable thermostat.
You will also find a desk phone and two Wave Phones. The desk phone is useful for calling Room Service and Guest Services.
The Wave Phone was a great idea in theory. It is designed so that guests could each take a phone and call or text one another.
It was introduced before the majority of guests had cell phones that used apps. To put it into context this was the time that some people used walkie-talkies to communicate on the ship. Yes, it really did happen and not that long ago!
However, the Wave Phones are not great. Texting is really difficult and the phone does not easily fit in a pocket. Technology moves on so fast and unfortunately, Disney was ahead of its time.
I never use the Wave Phone. It is so much easier to use the texting facility on the Disney Navigator app on our own phones.
Every Disney Cruise Stateroom has a flat screen television. It is mounted on the wall on a moveable arm so you can angle it for the best view.
The Disney Dream stateroom television has a number of channels including of course Disney Channel. The great thing about it is that it has television on demand with a large selection of Disney owned movies.
Some people miss the fact that the shows which are staged in the Walt Disney Theatre are also shown on the television. If you miss a show or want to see it again, you can watch it on the television.
Another great feature is the live map which shows you where you are and the speed the ship is sailing.
Most of the Disney Dream staterooms have a very thick privacy curtain. This is very useful as it separates the living area from the sleeping area. This is great as the living area converts to a sleeping area. So the curtain gives you privacy when sharing.
One of the features that Disney Cruise lines is known for is the split bathroom. What is this? Instead of one room there are two spaces for the bathroom.
One room has the toilet and a sink. The other has a small bathtub with shower and an additional sink. The split bathroom idea is brilliant as it helps with the morning rush where everyone wants to use the bathroom at the same time!
One of the most talked about features of all Disney Dream staterooms is the complimentary H20 Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Body Lotion. These are really high-quality products which are supplied for your use.
It was great when you got the small bottles and your Room Steward would leave more every morning and night.
However, those days are over! Now you have large bottles which are refillable. This is to help cut down on the waste of individual bottles. Also most likely to stop so many of the individual bottles walking off the ship!
If you want to take some of the H2O products home with you then you can buy them in the Disney Cruise Store on board. Or you can Order Them at Home to Save Money
Have you ever stayed in a Disney Dream Secret Stateroom?
You may have waited months or even years for your Disney cruise. Finally, the day is here. You are about to board your Disney cruise.
What are you going to do on that first day of your Disney cruise? How will you get the most out of embarkation day on one of the Disney ships?
Disney Cruise Tips
Disney cruise veterans may know exactly what they are going to do as soon as they board the ship. Disney Cruise first-timers may have no idea what they want to do. They can be totally overwhelmed about what to see and do.
We have spent many months on Disney cruises and can give you some ideas of do’s and don’ts for your first day upon the Disney ship.
DON’T automatically head straight to the Disney ship buffet. Unless you want to follow the crowd.
The Disney Cruise Ship buffet Cabanas is pretty much where everyone else will go when they board the ship. On all of the Disney ships there will be an alternative dining venue. Ask a Cast Member where to eat to avoid Cabanas.
We always much prefer to go to Enchanted Garden on the Fantasy or Dream or Triton’s on the Wonder. It is so much more relaxing.
DO head straight for the Disney Aquaduck if you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or the Dream.
Make sure that you pack your swimming gear in your carry on luggage so that you can avoid the longer lines that will soon form. Be among the first to ride Disney Aquaduck while everyone else is in the buffet!
DO Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App before you leave port. This will mean that you can use it to see daily onboard activities, menus and schedules.
The Disney Cruise Line Navigator App is free to download and use on board the ship. You can even use the onboard chat facility to text fellow passengers for free.
DON”T be hit with cell phone call and data charges. Always investigate what you will be charged for if you use your cell phone at sea.
Charges can be excessive. You really don’t want the shock of a huge cell phone bill when you get home. We always switch to airplane mode to be safe, the minute that we leave port.
DO change your rotational dining seating if you are not happy with your allocation. Disney cruise lines always do what they can to accommodate your requests.
If you have early dining and really wanted the later seating your request will usually be accommodated.
DO make reservations for Palo on all the ships and Remy on the Disney Dream and Fantasy. Although many of the reservations will have been made prior to sailing they usually have some available.
Check out your Navigators App or schedule to see the number to call or the lounge to visit to talk with the dining reservation Cast Members.
DO visit Guest Services to see if there are any tickets left for the ticketed only events. If you haven’t yet scheduled your Disney Character Breakfast or Meet and Greet with Princess Anna and Queen Elsa there may still be tickets left.
DO go to the Senses Spa and make your reservations if you haven’t already done this online. The popular treatments such as the Couples Spa do book early onboard a Disney Cruise.
If you want a length of cruise pass for the Disney Rainforest Room you really need to book this on your first day as they only sell a limited amount.
DON”T forget to take lots of photos. You will have many amazing memories from this Disney cruise. It is so easy to take hundreds of photos which will remind you of happy times for many years ahead. You may also want to consider buying the Disney Cruise Photo Package. Click Here to find out how to save money on this option.
DON”T skip the mandatory lifeboat drill. It is usually at 4 pm just prior to sail away. It doesn’t take very long and provides you with essential safety information. They do know who skips it and you will have to attend another event if you don’t make it to the first.
DO visit the Port Adventures Desk if you still need to book your excursions and activities for all ports of call. If you are still undecided about what to do on Castaway Cay you can visit our Disney Cruise Castaway Cay Activities Guide
DO sign up for any classes that you think you will enjoy. The Wine Tasting and Mixology events are very popular and do get booked up. Go to Guest Services to reserve your space.
DO take some time to walk around the ship to get orientated. It can take some time to get familiar with where various features are on the Disney ships. Remember that you can always ask a Cast Member for help!
DON’T skip the Disney Cruise Sailing Away Party. They are always a lot of fun and get you into vacation mode!
DO try out the Drink of the Day. These are a bargain at $4.75 plus gratuity. We usually find that the cocktails on the first day are rather more generous with the alcohol!
DO check out the adults-only areas on each of the Disney ships if you can. We always go to Satellite Falls on the Disney Fantasy and the Quiet Cove Pool on any of the Disney ships. It tends to be quieter on the first day.
DON”T miss the first night of entertainment. Disney cruise lines have the best entertainment at sea. The first night sets the standard and you will see some of your Disney favorite characters.
DO take the time to meet your Cabin Steward. They work incredibly hard to make your stateroom experience memorable. If you need anything extra such as blankets or pillows make sure that you ask them. They will be happy to help.
DO browse around the shops. They won’t be open until you sail away. However, the first night is the perfect time to check out what is available.
DO go to your first rotational dining restaurant. This is the first time that you will meet your Disney wait staff. They will soon get to know you and your preferences for dinner. The food on a Disney Cruise is amazing!
DO take advantage of your balcony if you have a verandah stateroom. There is nothing like watching the sunset over the ocean, or simply putting your feet up and relaxing in your own space.
DON’T forget to take the Walking Ship Tour. This is a really good way to get to know where everything is on the ship. It is usually scheduled for around 1.45 and 2.15 on the first day and repeats on select days on the cruise.
DON”T leave it too long to unpack. There is a lot of storage space in all Disney cruise staterooms. They are well thought out. It doesn’t need to take a long time to unpack.
DO take the kids to the Open House at the Youth Activities Center. Most children love the kid’s clubs on a Disney cruise and this will give them a chance to make friends early on. It will also give you the chance to go and enjoy some time in one of the adults only areas on the ship!
DO check out your Navigator’s schedule to see when your favorite Disney characters are available for meet and greet.
DON”T miss all the Disney movies which are shown on a Disney cruise. The Buena Vista Theater is a great place to watch classic and new release Disney movies.
A special treat is to watch a Disney movie on Funnel Vision at the pool. Plan to do this at least once at night after dinner and a show. There is nothing like sitting out under the stars and watching a great Disney movie.
DO savor the moment. Time on board your Disney ship seems to go so quickly. The first day is the day that you have been looking forward to. Make the most of these moments with your loved ones.
You will usually board your Disney cruise at around lunchtime. Often the very first thing that people want to do is eat! There are a number of alternatives for your Disney Cruise Embarkation Lunch.
Most people head straight to Cabanas Buffet. This has a huge selection of different things to eat. The buffet will also most likely be very crowded!
This is pretty much the busiest that you will see the Cabanas buffet for the whole of your cruise. Everyone wants to get their first test of Disney Cruise Food.
If you want a sit down lunch from an a la carte menu this is also offered. On the Fantasy and the Dream you should head to Animator’s Palate if you want the sit down embarkation lunch.
This is located on Deck 3 Aft of either ship.
On the Disney Wonder you should go to Triton’s. On the Disney Magic Lumiere’s is the place to be. These restaurants are on Deck 3 of each ship, very close to the place where you will most likely walk on to the ship.
Disney Cruise Concierge Embarkation Lunch
If you are fortunate enough to travel as a Disney Cruise Concierge Guest your embarkation lunch will be separate from the rest of the ship’s guests.
If you are a sailing Concierge with Disney Cruises you can go to Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream and Fantasy.
If you are sailing on the Wonder you can go to Tiana’s Place. On the Disney Magic, you can go to Rapunzel’s Royal Table for your embarkation lunch.
You can also dine in the general embarkation lunch location. You can have snacks in the Concierge Lounge. Or you can go to the Cabanas Buffet. You have so many choices of Disney cruise food!
Disney Cruise Food Allergies
Disney cruise lines are exceptional in handling any food allergies which guests may have. I have sailed when on a Gluten Free diet and was very well cared for.
When you book your Disney cruise you can ask for it to be noted that you have food allergies.
Items are marked as Gluten Free or Dairy Free on the Disney Cruise menus. However, you should always talk with your server to see if there are any additional menu options.
Your servers will always bring you Gluten Free Bread if you request it.
In the Cabanas Buffet, you should always tell a crew member about your food allergy. They will help you and show you the items which are safe for you to eat.
If you have food allergies you can be confident that Disney cruise lines will do all they can to help you.
Disney Cruise Rotational Dining
Disney Cruise lines do things slightly differently to every other cruise line. They have what is known as Rotational Dining.
What is Disney Rotational Dining? Each of the Disney Cruise ships has three main restaurants. You will visit each Disney cruise restaurant at least once during your vacation.
Not only do you get to experience all the different main dining restaurants on a Disney cruise, and your servers will rotate with you.
This is such a simple idea, but it makes dining on a cruise so much better. You will have the same servers who will get to know your dining preferences.
Having the same servers every day means that they will know if you always want a certain drink. It will be waiting for you at your table when you arrive.
Your servers can get to know your dining preferences so that they can recommend the best options for you from the Disney Cruise Menus.
Disney servers are particularly brilliant with the kids as well. Don’t be surprised if they cut up their food for them or serve out a Mickey shaped ketchup portion!
How will you know which Disney Cruise Rotational Dining schedule you have? That’s easy. Just look at your Key To The World Card. You will see your Table Number and Dining Time on your card.
You will also see a collection of capital letters such as ERAERRA. Each letter is a different restaurant. So in that example, you would dine in Enchanted Garden, then Royal Court, Animators Palate, Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, Royal Court and then end in Animator’s Palate.
Disney Cruise Dining Times
There are two set times for Disney cruise dining in the rotational restaurants. Main seating starts from 5.45 and 6.15pm. Second Seating begins between 8.00 and 8.30 pm.
On most sailings, Main Seating will start at 5.45 pm and Second Seating at 8.15 pm. The later times tend to be on the Alaskan and Mediterranean Disney cruise itineraries.
You can request which of these dining times you want when you book your Disney cruise.
The Main Seating is the most popular of the Disney Cruise dining times. Quite often when you book, you will find that this Main Seating is no longer available to request online.
What do you do if you want to change your dining time on a Disney Cruise? If you do not get your first request when you book, there are two things you can do.
The first is to call Disney cruise lines or ask your travel agent to call and request that you are wait listed for the time that you would prefer.
You can also ask for a specific table size and even request a certain server if you know who you want.
Your Key To The World will tell you which Disney Cruise dining time you have. If it still isn’t what you want when you board the ship, you can ask for it to be changed.
You will see on your Disney Cruise Navigator where the dining staff will be located. Go to that location and ask if it is possible to change your Disney cruise dining time.
The Disney cruise dining team will always accommodate your request if they possibly can.
Families with young children particularly like the Main Seating time. It is late for a young child to start to eat at 8.00 pm.
However, Disney has thought of something that will help families who have the second dining. The young ones are served first. There will be members of the Kids Club team waiting in the restaurant at a certain time to take your children to the club once they have finished eating. You can then enjoy the rest of your meal without the children.
I always used to want the Main Dining on a Disney cruise. However, I have recently converted to enjoying the Second Seating. I enjoy seeing the show before dinner. Your servers also have a little more time to chat with you at Second Seating.
Another advantage of Second Seating is that you have the later breakfast on your final morning. This means that you can sleep in for a bit longer!
Disney Cruise Dinner Seating Arrangements
What are the table sizes on a Disney cruise? You do have the chance to request a certain table size.
Whilst it cannot be guaranteed, Disney always does it’s best to accommodate any requests for specific table sizes.
The table sizes in the Disney Cruise Restaurants are generally for 4, 6 or 8 people. Usually, Disney will seat you will another family unless you request that you do not want to do this.
It can be a great way to meet people. Disney is great at matching people who have similar interests. Often, if you have children you will be seated with a family with kids of the same age.
However, not everyone wants to share a table. If you would prefer to just be seated with your own party then you can call Disney and have them note this on your special requests. Your Disney Travel Agent can do this for you if you have one.
You can request a table for 2. Every time we have done this there hasn’t been a problem. We have been seated at a table for 4 people, so there are 2 empty spaces.
Disney will also accommodate parties with more than 8 people. They will put tables together so that you can be seated together.
For more information about Disney Cruise Dining Times Click Here.
Disney Cruise Restaurants
On each of the Disney ships, there are three main dining restaurants. These are the restaurants where you will enjoy rotational dining.
All of the Disney Cruise ship restaurants have a theme and many of them have special shows and character appearances. These restaurants have some of the very best Disney Cruise food on the ship.
All of the Disney ships have Animator’s Palate restaurant. This is the only restaurant which is available on all of the Disney ships.
I am also betting that the new Disney Cruise Ships which will be launched in 2021, 2022 and 2023 will each have their own Animator’s Palate.
Here we will highlight each of the Disney cruise restaurants so that you can see what to expect on each ship.
Each of the restaurants has its own menu on each Disney ship. You will, however, find some overlap. For example, all the Animator’s Palate menus are the same whichever ship that you dine on. Royal Court, Royal Palace and Triton’s also have the same menu.
In addition to the standard menus in each Disney cruise restaurant, they have some special menus which are served on certain itineraries.
For instance, the Alaskan cruises have some special menu items. The longer cruises such as the Panama Canal and the Transatlantic Cruises also have their own special menus.
Another special menu which will be served on all Caribbean, Bahamian and Mexican cruises is the Pirate Night menu.
Star Wars at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea also have special themed menus.
Disney Cruise Animators Palate
Animator’s Palate is the only restaurant which is on all four of the ships. It is one of the most popular (although Tiana’s Place and Rapunzel’s Royal Table are now pretty close in the popularity stakes).
Walt Disney said, “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Animator’s Palate celebrates Disney’s foundations and celebrates the animated movies of it’s past and present.
The first thing that you will notice is the television screens which line the walls of Animator’s Palate.
If you are sailing on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream take some time to walk around the restaurant and look at the numerous shelves of animation memorabilia.
There are two dinner shows in Animator’s Palate. This restaurant is all about getting the diners involved in the immersive experience.
One show on the Disney Dream and the Fantasy will have you talking with Crush from Finding Nemo.
Yes, he really can hear what you are saying at your table. If you are one of the lucky ones you will get to have a conversation with him during your dinner.
The other Animator’s Palate show tests your drawing skills. You will be given a special piece of paper to draw a character on.
Make sure you follow the guidelines on the paper so it shows up the best on the screen. You Servers will take the paper and at the end of your meal, your own very individual animation will be brought to life on the screen.
Animator’s Palate is a whole lot of fun. We particularly like it on the Disney Wonder where Mickey Mouse himself makes an appearance.
If you are not on a 7 night sailing you will not get the chance to do both of the shows. Just another reason to always do at least a 7 night cruise on a Disney ship!
Disney Cruise Enchanted Garden
The Disney Cruise Enchanted Garden Restaurant is one of the most stunningly beautiful of all of the rotational dining venues. Enchanted Garden is located on Deck 2 of the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream.
The design is modeled after the Gardens of Versailles. The first thing that you will notice as you walk into Enchanted Garden is the seven foot tall Mickey fountain which is the center piece of the room.
On each side are the much coveted Enchanted Garden booths. There aren’t many available and they are the most popular seating in Enchanted Garden. They seat up to four guests. You can add a special request prior to your cruise by calling Disney Cruise Lines.
The decor is a beautiful combination of greens and whites. The lighting is a very important part of the effect. There are numerous glass flowers which open as the sky becomes darker as you progress through the meal.
Enchanted Garden is one of the most elegant of all the Disney cruise dining venues. Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream serves breakfast and lunch on select days. The Disney Fantasy is different as it does not serve breakfast or lunch in Enchanted Garden. It uses Animator’s Palate instead.
Dinner is served in Enchanted Garden every day of your Disney cruise on the Fantasy and the Dream.
Tiana’s Place is the newest restaurant on the Disney Wonder. It replaced the much beloved but rather dated Parrot Cay. Tiana’s Place is probably the best of all the Disney Wonder Restaurants.
The theme is taken from the movie The Princess and The Frog. It is particularly apt of course because Princess Tiana opens her own restaurant in the movie.
The attention to detail is stunning. The table is set with beautiful china wear. It even has a lily pad decoration.
There is plenty of entertainment in Tiana’s Place – just like in the movie. You will get the chance for plenty of quality time with Princess Tiana. She appears with The Crawfish Crooners to sing such favorites as “Dig a Little Deeper”.
Tiana spends most of her time walking around the room and visiting every table. It is a great opportunity to meet Princess Tiana. The whole atmosphere in the restaurant is just one big Madri Gras celebration.
The one thing which is not so great about Tiana’s Place is that they do not seem to have set the sound levels correctly. It is loud. So loud it can be really difficult to hear what your table mates are saying.
Tiana’s Place Menu
The style of the cuisine is of course New Orleans. I particularly like Mama Odie’s Creamy Tomato Soup with chopped Cilantro as an Appetizer. Eudora’s Artichoke Ravioli with Sautéed Spinach, Lemon Butter, Sage and Pecorino Cheese is a favorite entrée of mine.
Choosing a desert is of course easy. It has to be the Beignets!
Disney Cruise Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is one of the rotational dining restaurants on the Disney Dream.
The inspiration is of course the Disney Princesses. The decor is very rich and opulent with lots of deep reds and golds. The carpet is a luxurious blue pattern. All the decor comes together to make a restaurant fit for a Princess and her Prince.
With every Disney rotational dining restaurant, the servers have a different costume. One of my favorites is at the Royal Palace. The servers are all dressed in an outfit which is reminiscent of the coachmen in Disney’s Cinderella movie.
One of the most enchanting details is the bread basket which is in the shape of Cinderella’s Carriage. If only they sold these in the Disney store!
Disney Cruise Royal Court
This is the almost identical restaurant to the Royal Palace, but it is located on the Disney Dream. The decor is very similar and the menus are the same.
Rapunzel’s Royal Table
This is the newest of the Disney Cruise restaurants. Rapunzel’s Royal Table is located on the Disney Magic. It replaces the short lived Carioca’s.
After the success and popularity of Tiana’s Place, Disney cruise lines wanted to celebrate another of the Disney Princesses with a themed restaurants on one of their ships.
Rapunzel’s Royal Table is an example of Disney Cruise lines at it’s very best. Imaginative, immersive themed restaurants where you can meet the characters from a popular Disney movie. One of my very favorite Disney movies is Tangled so this has to be one of my favorite restaurants.
We think that this is something that we will definitely see on the new Disney ships which will launch starting in 2021. A Disney Frozen themed restaurant just seems like a give on the first new Disney cruise ship. Expect to see Anna and Elsa with their very own themed experience.
Click on and watch the video below to get an idea of just what is on offer at Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic.
The decor is beautiful. There are 240 Wish Lanterns included in this Bavarian Castle themed restaurant. You will get the chance to sing a long with all of your movie favorites such as “I’ve Got. Dream” and the classic “I See the Light”.
You also get to meet your favorite characters Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder. They are joined by the Snuggly Duckling Thugs!
Naming menu items after our favorite characters and movie themes just makes it seem so much better.
Who can resist the Flynn Rider Platter with grilled smoked pork loin served with roasted smoked pork belly, braised red cabbage, fried potato dumpling, and a wine jus? Or the Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken?
Tangled Pasta (Angel Hair — ha!), Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken, Pan-seared Sea Bass Filet, and the Flynn Rider Platter Tangled Pasta (Angel Hair — ha!), Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken, Pan-seared Sea Bass Filet, and the Flynn Rider Platter with grilled smoked pork loin served with roasted smoked pork belly, braised red cabbage, fried potato dumpling, and a wine jus.
Disney Cruise Triton’s Restaurant
Triton’s restaurant is exclusively found on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. It is located just off the atrium on Deck 3. It is themed after Ariel The Little Mermaid. The thumbing is subtle and it may take you some time to see all the small details.
Triton’s decor is made to make you feel as though you are under the sea. At the far end of the room, you will see a huge mosaic which depicts Ariel and her father King Triton.
Triton’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Triton’s is also the restaurant on the Disney Wonder where you can have an a la carte embarkation lunch as an alternative to the buffet at Cabanas.
You many want to start your day in Triton’s on the Disney Wonder as it has a sit down breakfast every morning.
Triton’s on the Disney Wonder is a beautiful restaurant. Perhaps the most grown up of all the dining rooms, it has some excellent choices on the dinner menu.
The food at Triton’s is said to be inspired by French cuisine. It shares many dishes with Royal Court and Royal Palace on the Dream and Fantasy.
On the appetizer menu, you will find escargot, duck confit and French onion soup.
One of my favorite appetizers in Triton’s on the Disney Wonder is the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp.
This picture of the Breaded and Deep Fried Brie shows that sometimes presentation isn’t great. However, it tastes really good and is one of the things I always look forward to ordering again.
Disney Wonder Triton’s Entrees include Oven Baked Salmon Royale. The Truffled Cauliflower Puree is excellent.
The French influence can also be seen in the deserts which include creme brûlée, grand mariner soufflé and brioche and pannetone pudding.
The Triton’s menu has one of my very favorite deserts. This is the Grand Marnier Souffle which is served with Grand Marnier Creme Anglais. I actually think that this is better than many of the Palo dinner deserts.
Disney Cruise Lumiere’s Restaurant
Photo Credit Lumiere’s is exclusive to the Disney Magic. It is themed for Beauty and the Beast.
It is interesting to see how much Disney cruise restaurant design has evolved over the years. Triton’s and Lumiere’s are the original restaurants on the Classic Disney Ships.
They were beautifully themed, but do not have the extent of the immersive experience which you now have at Tiana’s Place on the Wonder and Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic.
Lumiere’s serves the embarkation lunch. It also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of your cruise.
Make sure that you try Lumiere’s breakfast at least once during your Disney cruise.
This was the Mornin’ Tug Boat – a blend of strawberries, Bananas, Almonds, Raisin Granola and Low-fat yogurt.
Disney Cruise Cabanas Buffet
If you are like most of the guests on a Disney cruise you will be looking forward to the food at the buffet. It’s included in the cost of your Disney cruise. There is a lot of choice, it’s good quality and it is all you can possibly eat!
As soon as you board your Disney cruise ship you will be encouraged to visit the buffet for lunch.
As you have seen, there are different sit down a la carte options available, but most guests immediately head for the buffet as soon as they board a Disney cruise.
The buffet on all the Disney ships is now called Cabanas. The names used to be different, but now all have been brought under the same name of Cabanas.
The buffet is open for breakfast.lunch and dinner. Remember that if you have any special dietary needs this can be accommodated. Just tell one of the Cast Members at Cabanas and they will help you out.
There is a huge amount of choice at the buffet. The problem is not finding something to eat. Rather it is not finding too much to eat. Just be careful as it is very easy to pile on the pounds very quickly no matter how many times you go to the gym on board!
Disney Cruise Pirate Buffet
There is a special buffet in Cabanas on Pirate night. Just when you think you really cannot eat any more, you discover that you really can eat some more buffet food if you try!
Every Caribbean, Bahamian and Mexican cruise has Pirate Night. The Pirate Buffet will be held in Cabanas from 10.30 until 11.15.
The Pirate Buffet is known for the wonderful fruit carvings and pirate themed decorations. Even if you aren’t hungry you should go and have a look at the displays.
Disney Cruise Character Breakfast
If you are sailing on a Disney cruise of 7 nights or longer there will be a chance to attend a character breakfast.
If any of you have had a character breakfast in one of the Disney parks you know that this is a great opportunity to meet the Disney characters.
You will also know that a character breakfast in the Disney parks can be an expensive experience. You will be paying around $150 for a family of 4 in the parks.
You do need to know that a Disney cruise character breakfast is included, but you do need to get a ticket so that you can attend the breakfast.
Tickets to the Disney cruise character breakfast are available online in your Cruise Personalizer. As soon as you are able to book activities online, you should go to your Cruise Personalizer and get one of the character breakfast tickets.
If you do not get a ticket before you sail, there may be some available by visiting Guest Services as soon as you board your Disney Cruise. However, you need to know that these tickets are highly sought after and may not be available. Always get one online before you cruise if you possibly can.
Disney Cruise Palo
Disney Cruise Palo Restaurant is an adult only premium dining venue on all of the Disney Cruise ships. You have to be over 18 to dine at Palo.
Palo offers dinner every night of your cruise and Palo Brunch is offered on Sea Days. You really should indulge in at least one Palo dining experience on your cruise. Both dinner and Bruch at Palo cost $40 per person. Gratuity is extra.
At Palo Bruch, this includes a glass of sparkling wine or a Mimosa. An extensive wine list is available for both Palo Brunch and Palo Dinner.
Palo Brunch is a combination of buffet items and an al la carte menu. The buffet is high quality and has a lot of choices for everyone.
I really like the huge variety of seafood which is available at Palo Brunch.
You can also order from the Disney Palo menu. The entrees are both breakfast and lunch items. You can order as much or as little as you want.
One of the best features of the Palo Brunch is that you can choose as many deserts as you want!
Because it will be impossible to choose just one Palo dessert.
A Disney Cruise Palo Dinner is served a la carte.
There are plenty of menu items at Palo dinner to tempt every guest. The first course is always anti pasti which is served to you table side.
The service at Palo is exceptional. Somehow the Palo servers know when you need them. And when you don’t.
One of the most popular Palo desserts is the melting chocolate cake. It’s the perfect way to round off your meal at Palo.
Many people, including me, prefer Palo Brunch over Palo dinner. It is a close call as both experiences are special.
However, Palo dinner means that you have to miss one of the Rotational Dining experiences. I love the rotational dining restaurants so would prefer not to miss them.
Also, I think that Palo Brunch offers a higher quality experience. I like the concept of being able to choose your own food items from the Palo buffet.
If you are sailing on board the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream then you will have the opportunity to dine at one of the very best restaurants at sea. Remy is themed after the Pixar movie Ratatouille.
There can’t be many restaurants named after a rat, but Disney always does things slightly differently. Anyone Can Cook may be the theme of the Ratatoiulle movie.
However, if you dine at Remy you will know that not just anyone can cook to this high a standard!
If any of you have been lucky enough to eat at Victoria and Albert’s in Walt Disney World you will know that Disney restaurants can be exceptional. To achieve this standard at sea is an even greater feat.
The menu as you would expect is French. The menu is created by not one, but two renown chefs. 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.
The Remy menu changes frequently. The emphasis is on using only the best ingredients which are in season at the time.
Remy is beautifully and very subtle in it’s Ratatoiulle theme. If you dine at Remy take some time to look at the themes in the decor.
The chair backs have everyone’s favorite rodent carved into the design.
Remy restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offers four different dining experiences. These are Remy Champagne Brunch, Remy Dinner, Remy Dessert Experience and Petites Assiettes de Remy.
Remy Champagne Brunch is a very indulgent experience. Costing $75 per person with an additional $30 if you have the optional champagne pairing, this is not an inexpensive experience. However, we feel that everyone should experience a Remy Brunch at least once.
You Champagne Brunch will begin with some time spent waiting in the Meridian Bar. This is one of those places that you do not really discover unless you dine in either Palo or Remy. The Meridian Bar is located between both of the adult dining restaurants on the Fantasy and the Dream. It is the perfect place for a pre meal drink.
Your Brunch experience then continues when you will be taken into the Remy restaurant with a group of your fellow diners. You will be served a small plate of amuse boche and a complimentary glass of champagne. If you want more, you have to add the champagne pairing.
Your server will then show you to your table. You can’t fail to be impressed by the beautiful table setting and the wonderful views of the ocean. There is even a designated stool for you to rest your purse!
The waiter will then talk about the menu selections so that you have the best choices.
Another option in the Remy restaurant is the Remy Dessert Experience. If you enjoy desserts you will love this 5-course dessert menu served with coffee. This Remy experience is $60 per person. The wine pairing adds $25 per person.
Petites Assiettes de Remy is available for a charge of $50 per person and this includes the wine paring.
For this Remy experience, you combine small plates with a 6 course wine tasting. The Petites Assiettes de Remy is hosted by the Executive Chef and the Sommolier of Remy. It is only available on the first day of your Disney cruise sailing and is held in the early evening.
The main event in this premier Disney Fantasy and Dream restaurant is the Remy dinner. This is available on every day of your cruise.
Remy Dinner a splurge at $125 per person. Add another $105 if you want the wine pairing. However, dining at Remy is an experience which you really should indulge in at least once in a lifetime.
Disney’s Remy is an exceptional restaurant. Even though the charge seems high it is very reasonable if you compare Remy with the value that a similar standard restaurant has on land.
Disney Cruise Quick Service Snacks
In addition to the restaurants and room service, there are a number of other locations where you can find food on the Disney Cruise ships. One thing is for certain. You will not go short of food on a Disney Cruise!
All of the food is included in the cost of your Disney cruise unless otherwise stated.
This is located on the Pool Deck 9 of the Disney Magic. This is a great new dining venue which serves fresh shawarma. You will also find your classic American favorites of hamburgers and hot dogs.
Sweet On You
This is one of the newest options on the Disney Fantasy. If you have a sweet tooth this will be your favorite place to be. It offers ice cream and sweet treats for an extra charge.
Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats
This is the equivalent of Sweet on You but is located on the Disney Dream. Everything is an additional charge, but is sure is tempting!
Flo’s Cafe is available on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. This Disney Cars inspired pool deck eatery is home to Luigi’s Pizza, Tow Mater’s Grill and Fillmore’s Favorites. Here you will find burgers including veggie burgers and fish burgers, hot dogs, salads, sandwiches and pizza.
This is on the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. Here you will find pizza. There is always a vegetarian option and a gluten-free pizza is available on request.
Eye Scream Treats
No prizes for guessing that idea cream is available here. Self serve soft ice cream is available.
You can order specialty smoothies here for an additional charge. You can even get the famous Dole Whip here for a small fee.
Pete’s Boiler Bites
This is available only on the Disney Wonder Pool Deck 9. Classic American food such as burgers, hot dogs and tacos are available here.
This is one of my favorites on the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. It offers salads, sandwiches, fruit and wraps. It is located on the pool deck just outside Cabanas.
Senses Juice Bar
This is unique to the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. This offers smoothies and healthy drinks for an additional charge. It is located just outside the gym and close to the lobby of the spa.
This is located outside the Walt Disney Theater on all of the ships. It is mostly a bar, but it also sells candy and popcorn to watch during the show. They always have really cute refillable popcorn buckets for sale. These can be purchased and then used for discount popcorn for the duration of your cruise.
Disney Cruise Room Service
Another great thing about Disney Cruise Lines is that Room Service is available 24 hours a day. Most of the Room Service Menu is included in the cost of your Disney Cruise.
Although the food is free remember to tip your server. You can do this either in cash or by adding an amount to the check which they will bring you. It will have no charge unless you have ordered one of the items on the Room Service Menu which does have a charge.
One thing which we always like to order, particularly for the Sail Away, is the All Hands on Deck platter. This has cheese, crackers and fruit.
You can order such things as New York Steak Panini with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish or a Tomato, Basil and mozzarella Panini. The cake of the day is also usually a good option!.
If you want to order breakfast you can fill in the card which you will find in your room and order breakfast for a set time in the morning.
Disney Cruise Cove Cafe
This is another one of my favorite places to sit and relax. The Cove Cafe is available on all of the Disney ships in the over 18 adults only section.
Cove Cafe charges for specialty coffee and adult beverages. However, there is always a selection of pastries and cakes available for free.
Disney Cruise Food Late Night Snacks
If you need a late night snack, Disney has you covered. Disney Cruise food is available late at night in select locations!
On the Disney Magic, you will find late night snacks in O’Gills pub and the Promenade Lounge. On the Disney Wonder, it is in the Crown and Fin and the Promenade Lounge. Usually, the hours are from 10.45 to 11.30.
If you want a late night pizza, Pinnochio’s Pizzeria is open on both the Disney Magic and the Wonder from 9.30 until midnight.
On the Disney Dream the late night snacks will be located in The District from 10.45 until midnight. On the Fantasy the snacks are found from 10.45 until midnight in La Piazza.
On the Disney Dream and the Fantasy Luigi’s Pizza is open from 9.30 and closes at midnight.
Remember that Room Service is available 24 hours a day if you really need a snack at 2am!
One of the highlights of your Disney cruise may be a port stop at Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay. If you are sailing on a Disney Bahamas or Caribbean cruise Castaway Cay will be one of your port stops.
You do not need to go back on to the ship to eat. A barbecue lunch is served on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Food is served from 11.30 until 2.00.
There are three barbecue lunch locations on Disney’s Castaway Cay. Cookies One is usually the least busy and it’s also the closest to the ship. Cookies Too is located closest to the Family Beach on Castaway Cay.
Both Cookies One and Two serve the same food. It is typical barbecue fare of burgers, salads, chicken, fish, hot dogs corn on the cob, fruit and cookies. Self serve ice cream is also available.
There are soda stations which are free, just like on the Disney ship. If you want an alcoholic beverage there are plenty of bar locations on Castaway Cay.
Remember that if you have food allergies you should talk to your Server the night before your Castaway Cay visit and they will make sure that there is something available for you on Castaway Cay.
The third food venue on Castaway Cay is the Serenity Bay BBQ. This is located on the adults only beach, Serenity Bay.
I prefer this venue but of course, you can only go there if everyone is over the age of 18.
The only place you can get barbecue ribs on Castaway Cay is the Serenity Bay BBQ. I always think that the food tastes a bit better at this location. Possibly because they are catering to fewer people. There isn’t much seating available here but I have never had a problem getting a table.
Which is your favorite Disney Cruise Food? Let us know in the comments below!
Why do you need even need to think about taking a nap in Walt Disney World? There is no denying that a Walt Disney World vacation takes quite a lot of energy!
There is so much to see and often so little time to see it that it can be a tiring place to visit.
The usual advice is to go back to your hotel and spend the afternoon in the swimming pool.
Great advice, but it can be time-consuming particularly if you are not staying on Walt Disney World resort. So what better to replenish your energy than a power nap in one of the Disney World parks?
Now I know that some of you will be horrified that I am suggesting you actually sleep through these Disney World attractions.
Ideally, all of the attraction should be experienced at least once in a lifetime!
However, if you really need to get some of your energy back to face the rest of the day and make it to the fireworks then this is a strategy that actually works.
Just 10 minutes of relaxation can help you replenish your strength and mean that you have more energy to get more out of your visit to Walt Disney World.
So here is my list of the best places to take a nap in Walt Disney World:
Impressions de France
Some people say that Epcot stands for Every Person Comes Out Tired and there really is a lot of truth to this! Epcot is huge and there is a lot of walking involved if you spend a whole day here and explore World Showcase. You can easily walk 8 to 10 miles in a day at Epcot.
One of my favorite attractions is in the Epcot France pavilion. The 18 minut18-minutes Impressions de France. Make sure that you try and actually experience this attraction at least one time before actually using it as a place to nap!
The comfortable seats and soothing French classical music make this a perfect place just to close your eyes for a moment and rest.
The Impressions de France movie is wonderfully dated – but somehow that adds to the appeal. It is one of those Disney World attractions that we hope they don’t get around to updating anytime soon.
The American Adventure
Located in the American Pavilion in Epcot this is one of the greatest examples of amazing Imagineer innovation. This 30 minute show takes us through the history of America. Well worth seeing, but also ideal for a rest.
It’s central location in Epcot’s World Showcase make it perfect for a nap in the middle of the day.
Although some of you may want to see the new animatronic of President Donald Trump, we still think that the Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom is a good place to rest in Disney World. This attraction houses animatronic figures of all of the 44 US Presidents.
All guests are seated in a large theater with comfortable seats. As the show is almost 22 minutes long, this gives you a chance to have a short nap!
Epcot Spaceship Earth
Epcot Spaceship Earth is of course the most iconic of Disney attractions. It is also a great place to take some time out from racing around the park.
This 13 minute ride takes you on a journey through time. The advantages if you really do want to shut your eyes for a while is that it is dark, reasonably comfortable and pretty quiet!
It’s A Small World
This has to be the classic Disney World attraction where tired adults and children can always take a rest in air conditioned comfort! I am not sure that my husband ever goes on this ride without falling asleep for at least 5 minutes.
You will never get the song out of your head even if you have been asleep for most of the 10 minutes and 30 seconds ride. This is a not to be missed Magic Kingdom classic so make sure you stay awake at least one time.
The second time you will either love it and want to experience it again, or sleep will be a welcome alternative!
Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
The Transit Authority is located in Tomorrowland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom park. This is the perfect place for a rest because in all but the busiest times you can keep going around and around for as long as you want to.
It takes 10 minutes to travel around in the continuously running cars. The best part is going through Space Mountain where you can hear and sometimes catch a glimpse of the roller coaster vehicles speeding around the track. Lines are usually non-existent so if you need a break head to Transit Authority.
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
This fun journey through time from the 1920’s t1920spresent day American family is well worth a look. And the comfortable seating and 20 minute duration make it an ideal place for a rest in Magic Kingdom.
This is another one of our favorite nostalgic attractions in Magic Kingdom which we hope is never replaced.
It is worth seeing at least once if only to learn how our present time was predicted in the past. The view of the “future” from the 1950’s doesn’t really get very much of it right!
Disney’s Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is another Disney Magic Kingdom ride. Although a little short at 7 minutes and 30 seconds to be the prefect resting stop, The Haunted Mansion is a comfortable and of course dark place to rest! You could be a little scared of course if you wake up suddenly and wonder where you are……
This is one of my favorite shows in Disney Hollywood Studios. This 17 minute show based around the Muppet Show is a not to be missed attraction.
However, if you feel in need of a break it is also a comfortable place to take a nap. Have to confess I did this myself recently!
The only difficulty is that there are some loud noises particularly towards the end of the show. So you may be woken up a little abruptly at the end – yes I do speak from experience!
Finding Nemo The Musical
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not the easiest place to find an attraction to actually take a power nap. Most attractions are fast-paced, interactive, require walking, or are just plane scary!
So this was a difficult choice. However, Finding Nemo The Musical is a place where I will confess that I have caught a few minutes of precious downtime?.
The theater is not ideal as a place to rest though – the benches are not that comfortable and you are often packed in there with 1,500 other guests. The show is a definite must see but if you really need a place to escape for a while this could be the one.
Which are the best Epcot restaurants? Of course this will always be a matter of option, but we think that some restaurants are stand outs. Others are probably best put to the bottom of your must do list!
Best Epcot Restaurants
Here is our guide to the best Epcot restaurants in 2019. What is the best place to eat at Epcot?
Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse has consistently been one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of Walt Disney World for many years.
Le Cellier is certainly high on the list of places where it is most difficult to get a reservation at Disney World.
Part of the reason is the great food and atmosphere. Another reason is that Le Cellier only seats a relatively small number of guests.
Epcot Le Cellier is tucked away in the Canada Pavillion. If you don’t look carefully you may miss it. The unassuming entrance leads to a restaurant which is designed to give the feeling of a traditional wine cellar.
The seating is a good mixture of tables and booths. Some of the tables are a little closer together than we would like, but we understand they are trying to seat as many guests as possible here.
The lighting is low and the atmosphere is cozy and upbeat. You seem a million miles away from the Epcot theme park, but you are right at the edge of World Showcase.
Even before you start on the Epcot Le Cellier menu, you will experience the fabulous bread service.
It doesn’t get much better than their Pretzel Bread Sticks! Make sure that you don’t over indulge too much as you will want to save room for their excellent menu food.
Epcot Le Cellier is designated as a Disney Signature Dining Restaurant. What this means is that if you have the Disney Dining Plan you will need 2 credits for a meal there.
This also means that it is one of the most expensive restaurants in Epcot with appetizers around the $13 to $24 mark. Entrees range from $29 to $59.
You can even get a Le Cellier Chateaubriand for Two – Snake River Farms Wagyu Tenderloin, Bone Marrow, Truffled Fingerling Potatoes, Sauce Bearnaise, Au Poivre, Red Wine Reduction for $129.00.
The menu does change quite a bit, but you will always find that the usual favorites are there. The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup which is made with Moosehead Pale Ale and Neuske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon is very popular.
The Le Cellier Signature Poutine which is Fresh-cut French Fries, Canadian Cheddar, Truffles, in a Red Wine Reduction is also well worth a try. Particularly if you are not on the Dining Plan as it is priced at $13 and is very filling.
As you would expect the specialty is the Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon. At $59 this is not an inexpensive option if you are not on the dining plan. However, diners say that it is worth it.
If steak is not your thing there is always a seafood and a vegetarian option on the Le Cellier Menu.
There are only two full-service restaurants in Epcot Future World. Coral Reef Restaurant Epcot is our favorite. You can go for years to Epcot without ever really realizing where this restaurant is.
Epcot Coral Reef is tucked away behind The Seas Pavilion. However, you must make the effort to eat here at least once during your visit to Epcot as it is well worth it.
The decor is stunning. The Epcot Coral Reef Restaurant has a wall of 8 feet high windows which look onto the huge saltwater aquarium. Diners can view not only 85 species of tropical fish but also the divers who often swim past the windows.
The best seats in the house are next to the aquarium and one seat away from it. The rest of the seats in the Epcot Coral Reef restaurant are raised up so you still get a decent view.
As you would expect, the Disney Coral Reef Menu is dominated by seafood. Our favorites include the Lobster Bisque and the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail Appetizers.
As an entrée, we think the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese at $33 is hard to beat.
If fish is not your thing you will find Grilled Top Sirloin Steak, Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast and Grilled Pork Chop.
There is always a vegetarian entrée available too.
For dessert at Coral Reef, you have to try the Chocolate Wave for $9.50. Just the right amount of chocolate extravagance!
If you are looking for something a little different, look no further than Epcot Restaurant Marrakesh.
It is tucked away in the back of the Morocco Pavilion so you may miss it unless you actually seek it out. The decor inside the Epcot Restaurant Marrakesh is vibrant and colorful.
The atmosphere is bustling and welcoming. If you want to you can even join in the belly dancing!
Restaurant Marrakesh is one of the best value restaurants in Epcot. Therefore if you are not on the Disney Dining Plan it is a good value with appetizers ranging from $7.99 to $17.99 and entrees starting at $16.99 going up to $24.99.
However, if you are on the Disney Dining Plan this is not the best use of your dining credits.
The food may be a little different, but we think that it is well worth a try.
The appetizer of Goat Cheese with Crispy Bread for Two is a mix of cheese and kalamata olives served with tabouleh, red pepper sauce, and balsamic vinegar reduction. At just $14.99 for two people, this is a bargain at an Epcot restaurant.
Many of the entrees at Restaurant Marrakesh are based around Couscous. Ranging from the simple Vegetable Couscous to Couscous with Lamb, Chicken or Beef, this is a great choice for a tasty entree.
The Marrakesh Restaurant desserts are also a great value. The Assorted Moroccan Baklavas are just $6.99.
There is nothing quite like traditional British pub food. The Epcot Rose and Crown Dining Room does a great job of bringing traditional British fare to Disney World.
The Epcot Rose and Crown menu have a lot of items which are typical British Pub food. The appetizers include the United Kingdom Cheese Platter for $14 which includes Stilton, McCall’s Irish Cheddar, and Cotswold Cheese.
If you want to try something a little different you should order the Scotch Egg appetizer for $11. This is Golden-fried Hard-boiled Cage-free Egg wrapped in Sausage with Mustard Sauce.
One of the most popular Rose and Crown entrees is the traditional Fish and Chips for $22. If you want to make it truly authentic you need to order the mushy peas for an additional $5.
You may also be tempted by Bangers and Mash or traditional Shepherds Pie for $21.
For dessert if you want to make an authentic British choice go for the Sticky Toffee Pudding or the English Trifle.
Akershus is an amazingly themed recreation of a 14th-century Norwegian castle. High ceilings with huge wooden beams, rustic chandeliers, stained glass windows and atmospheric lighting make this a fitting venue for the Disney Princesses.
The Disney Princess Storybook Dining Breakfast is served family style. The food is brought to your table for you all to share.
Really not our favorite style of food, but this Epcot restaurant really is about the Princesses more than the food.
The Disney Princess Storybook Dining breakfast costs between $43.86 and $50.85 for adults and $26.49 and $28.68 for children aged 3 to 9. It is served from 8.30 am to 11.00 am.
In case you were wondering – unfortunately, a reservation for Princess Storybook Dining does not get you priority for the Frozen Ever After ride which is located next to the restaurant.
If you time breakfast early enough you may be able to finish just as the line opens at 9 am. You may have to rush your breakfast though so this is a pay off you may not want to sign up to.
Lunch and dinner are also available. The cold buffet is billed as a “Taste of Norway”. There is a good selection of bread, cheeses and of course fish selections.
The entrees are ordered off the menu and cooked to order.
The Akershus menus include an excellent Norwegian Turkey Club, Oven-roasted Chicken Breast and Pan-seared Salmon with Roasted Potato Cake, Pickled Fennel Slaw and Aquavit Cream Sauce.
If you want to try a Norwegian dish then Traditional Kjottkake is available. This is ground beef and pork dumplings with lingonberry sauce.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is definitely a good choice if you want to spend a decent amount of quality time meeting the Princesses. We enjoy the food here, but you do need to be prepared to try something a little different.
Epcot Spice Road Table is the newest addition to the Morocco Pavilion. Whilst Restaurant Marrakesh is at the back of the Pavilion and almost hidden,you really can’t miss Spice Road Table. It is right at the edge of World Showcase Lagoon and designed to take the most advantage of viewing time for Illuminations.
If you can snag a table here for around 8pm onwards you are going to get a great view.
However, the charm of Spice Road Table is not just it’s location We think it’s menu is definitely worth exploring. The decor is very well done.
The actual restaurant is relatively small, with an indoor and outdoor seating area. You will see lots of nice attention to detail in the decor.
The cuisine is Mediterranean, but it is not as adventurous as the food in Restaurant Marrakesh. A favorite appetizer is the Brie Fondue. If you want to try a twist on a classic dish then order the humus Fries!
Entrees range from $22.99 to $34.99. The NY Strip gets a Mediterranean twist with a Harissa Demi Glace for $34.99.
The Mixed Grill Skewers, Yellow Fin Tuna and Lamb Sliders on the menu show much more of a southwestern Mediterranean influence than a Moroccan one. Maybe somewhere between Italy and France!
The food is good, but not outstanding. The view however, really can’t be beaten.
If you are just craving a really good pizza Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is the place to be. We like the lively atmosphere and the consistently good food at this Epcot Italy restaurant. Great pizza is not easy to find in Walt Disney World, but Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria is in our view pretty much top of the list.
The restaurant is large, but it can be difficult to get a reservation here. We think it is one of the better Epcot restaurants to choose if you are not on the Disney Dining Plan.
Instead of being tempted into a three-course meal, if you are not on the Disney Dining Plan, you can share a large pizza. They serve 3 to 5 people and are priced around the $45 to $48 mark. That’s a bargain for a restaurant at Epcot if you are prepared to share.
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria isn’t just about pizza. There are plenty of other appetizer and entree dishes to choose from the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria menu.
Pasta dishes start at $22 and there are appetizer and entree-sized salads available.
You are dining in an Italian restaurant so it will be difficult to pass on the dessert. Of course, you will find the classic Tiramisu for $12.
Why not try something a little different? Zeppole di Caterina is Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Served with Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce. Priced at $14 it is a good use of your Disney Dining Plan credit.
We think that Via Napoli is one of the best Epcot restaurants for families.
Which Are The Best Epcot Restaurants?
Of course, we left some Epcot restaurants off our list and no doubt some will disagree. One was very easy to leave off – Nine Dragons in the China Pavilion.
This is such a missed opportunity in our opinion. In our opinion, Nine Dragons just doesn’t win any prizes for food service or atmosphere. It is consistently underwhelming.
You may also notice that we did not include either of the restaurants from the Mexican Pavilion. It was a close call, but we really don’t think that the food is that great at either La Hacienda de San Angel or San Angel Inn Restaurante.
Perhaps the one that many will disagree about is that we don’t have Germany’s Biergarten on the list. This Epcot buffet restaurant is a whole lot of fun, but we simply do not enjoy the food.
We are not meat eaters and really you need to be to come here to get full value out of the experience. The communal seating is not really our thing either! That’s just our personal preference and many will disagree.
Monsieur Paul doesn’t quite make the list either. This is a Signature Dining restaurant and so requires 2 Disney Dining Credits. The food and service are very good, but it just doesn’t quite justify the cost for us. We think there are better Signature Dining choices at Walt Disney World.
The very best tables are by the water’s edge so that you can see the Pirates of the Caribbean boats float by. Ask if you can be seated at one of these and you may be in luck. To maximize your chances of getting a table by the water in the Blue Bayou, approach the podium at least 30 minutes prior to your reserved time. Ask nicely if you can be seated by the water. It may help if you have something special to celebrate such as a birthday or anniversary.
The Disneyland Blue Bayou is one of the most romantic restaurants in the park. The perfect place for a special occasion.
However, it is also very child-friendly?. The atmosphere is upscale, relaxed and very unique. Kids are made to feel as welcome as the grown ups.
The lighting in the restaurant is very dim, and this adds to the relaxed ambiance. The servers tend to be excellent and very knowledgeable about the menu.
It used to be difficult to actually see the menu at the Blue Bayou in the low lighting. However, new technology has been introduced with light up menus.
Blue Bayou Disneyland Menu
Want to know what is on the Blue Bayou Disneyland Menu? One thing is for sure. Things are expensive at The Blue Bayou.
You won’t get out of there without spending around $100 for 2 people for entrees and a non alcoholic drink. You could spend a whole lot more! However, it really is worth it, particularly if you are celebrating something.
Lunch is served at the Blue Bayou from 11 am. Here are the entrée choices. All are served with a choice of Blue Bayou House Salad or Signature New Orleans Gumbo. If you want to upgrade this to Shrimp Boil there is an additional charge of $7.
Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb – White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Feta, Roasted Garlic, Rosemary Jus – $44.00
Roasted Chicken Maison – Blue Bayou Au Gratin Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Vermouth Jus – $35.00
This is very similar to the lunch menu but has the addition of Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb and Surf and Turf. As with lunch everything is served with your choice of House Salad or New Orleans Gumbo. You can upgrade to Shrimp Boil if you wish.
The lunch and dinner kid’s menu is the same at the Blue Bayou. All choices are served with fruit and a drink.
Chicken Breast – Chicken breast with spaghetti topped with marinara sauce, served with seasonable vegetables – $10.00
Mickey’s Cheesy Macaroni – Noodles with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, served with seasonable vegetables – $9.00
Sustainable Fish – Pan-seared salmon served with seasonable vegetables – $12.00
Blue Bayou Beverage Menu
We highly recommend the Mint Julep – it’s so refreshing. Skip the souvenir glow cube and you save $2.50
Minute Maid® Light Lemonade and Sprite® with flavors of Mango and Raspberry served with a Souvenir Glow Cube – $6.29
Mint Julep Refreshing Traditional Mint Julep. – $5.00
Mint Julep with Souvenir Glow Cube Refreshing Traditional Mint Julep. – $8.00
Disneyland Blue Bayou Fantasmic! Dining
If you want a good viewing spot for Fantasmic! you should consider this dining package. This features a 3-course prix fixe meal which includes admission to the reserved viewing area for Fantasmic!
We think that if you are considering dining at Blue Bayou this is a great option! It is getting more and more difficult to get a great viewing spot for Fantasmic!
This package means that you know you will get a decent viewing spot which you won’t have to spend hours staking out. However, it is suggested that you still arrive about an hour early to get the best viewing spot.
When you dine at Blue Bayou with this package you will be given a FastPass to enter the special viewing spot. There can be two showings of Fantasmic! each day. The times are usually 9 pm and 10.30 pm.
The viewing spot is a good one. It is central and in front of Tom Sawyer Island. Guests sit on the floor, but Blue Bayou package holders are given a cushion. This is yours to take home. The River Belle Fantasmic! Dining Package has the same viewing spot, but does not include the cushion.
The Blue Bayou Fantasmic! Dining Package is $59 for lunch and $69 for dinner. The child pricing is $29 for lunch or dinner. Remember a child in Disney terms is aged between 3 and 9. Your 10 year old is an adult for pricing purposes. Tax and gratuity are extra.
For either lunch or dinner you will have an appetizer, entree and a dessert.
Blue Bayou Reservations
All Disneyland Dining, including Blue Bayou Reservations, open up 60 days ahead. You can make Disneyland Dining reservations at any of the parks or Disneyland hotels by calling (714) 781-DINE. You can also use the Disneyland Mobile App or book online at Disneyland Dining Reservations.
Disneyland restaurant reservations all need a credit card guarantee of $10 per person. Your credit card details will be taken at the time that you book. If you do not show up for your Disneyland dining reservation your card will be charged unless you cancel 24 hours before you are due to dine.
The Blue Bayou is one of the most popular restaurants in Disneyland. You are unlikely to get a table if you just show up at the restaurant. However, if you want to take a chance you will probably have more luck if you turn up late for dinner.
Also, you could try looking for a reservation the day before. As all Disney dining reservations now need a credit card guarantee, guests do cancel 24 hours before.