How Does Disney Cruise Rotational Dining Work?


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Disney Cruise Rotational Dining

What is Disney Cruise Rotational Dining? You may have heard that dining on a Disney cruise ship is a little different called Rotational Dining.

But what does this actually mean? Rotational dining is a brilliant idea unique to Disney cruise lines.

How Does Disney Cruise Rotational Dining Work_

On all of the different Disney cruise ships, there are 3 main dining rooms. Each night guests go to a different dining room but your servers come with you.


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Disney Cruise Rotational Dining is a great concept as it allows you to get to know your servers.

More importantly, it is for your servers to get to know exactly what your dining preferences and needs are. If you tell them one day that you like iced tea with your meal the next day you will most likely find a glass waiting for you on your table when you arrive in the restaurant.

The standard of service on a Disney cruise is exceptionally high and the dining room experience is a big part of your enjoyment of your cruise.

Having the chance to dine in 3 very different restaurants, and have your wait staff with your every day makes your Disney cruise even more special.

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The Disney cruise wait staff are great with children and will even cut up their food for them just the way they like it!

Each of the Disney cruise ships has 3 dining rooms. There are 2 seatings for each. The first seating is at 5.45 and the second one is at 8.15. You do get the chance to pick which seating you want when you book your Disney cruise.

The early dining option is the most popular, particularly with families. If you can’t get the early dining option and have children then the kids club staff do pick up the children from the dining room, usually at 9 pm, so the adults can enjoy their dessert in peace if they want to!

Disney Wonder Main Dining Rooms

The Disney Wonder has Tiana’s Place, Animator’s Palate and Triton’s restaurant.

Triton’s Restaurant is the most elegant of the Disney Wonder’s main dining locations.

Tritons Mural

The concept is of course inspired by The Little Mermaid. There is a beautiful mosaic decoration at the back of the restaurant. The menu is French-inspired. Tritons also serves formal breakfast and lunch most days.

Tiana’s Place has a New Orleans Jazz theme. It serves a traditional style southern cooking menu.  It also has a buffet breakfast most days and sometimes serves a buffet lunch. This can be a good alternative to the much busier Beach Blanket Buffet.

Animator’s Palate is an incredibly innovative restaurant which is found on all of the Disney ships. It is described as a dinner show. As you arrive in Animator’s Palate you will see the beautiful pictures on the walls. As the evening goes on the pictures come to life and change.

Animator's Palate

Animator’s Palate has now been refurbished both the Disney Wonder and the Magic. The Disney Wonder got the most recent refit with new technology and a better overall design. On all of the ships it is likely that Animator’s Palate will be your favorite restaurant.

Disney Magic Main Restaurants

The newly refurbished restaurant Carioca’s is named after Donald Duck’s amigo in Disney’s The Three Caballeros.

Carioca's on the Disney Magic

It is the equivalent of Parrot Cay on the Wonder and serves a South American menu at dinner. It also has buffet breakfast and lunch most days.

Lumiere’s is of course inspired by the Beauty and The Beast Movie. The menu is French-inspired.

Lumiere's on the Disney Magic

It is the equivalent of Triton’s on the Wonder and also has a served breakfast and lunch most days.

Animator’s Palate was updated during the Magic dry dock and now includes 2 shows similar to those on the newer ships. The shows are Drawn To Magic and Animation Magic which allow guests to participate and show their drawing skills, or lack of them! It’s all in good fun and not to be missed.

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy Main Dining Restaurants

The newest ships of the Disney Fantasy and Dream have the same 3 main dining restaurant locations.

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Enchanted Garden is a beautiful restaurant that is themed on the gardens of Versailles.

Enchanted Garden restaurant - Disney Fantasy

Disney’s innovative magic allows the restaurant to be transformed from day to night as your meal is served. Enchanted Garden also has a buffet breakfast and lunch on select days.

Royal Court is very lavishly decorated and inspired by Disney animation classics such as Cinderella, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.

Even the breadbasket is in the shape of Cinderella’s carriage. The menu is French-inspired.

Royal Court

Animator’s Palate is more technologically advanced than on the classic ships and has 2 shows. The decor is a lot of fun with brightly colored chairs in Mickey Mouse’s signature colors.

Animator's Palate restaurant

The menu is Pacific Rim and American inspired. Take some time to look at the restaurant walls where you will find lots of Disney animation objects which change for each show.

Have you experienced Disney cruise rotational dining? Which is your favorite Disney cruise restaurant?