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All About the Food on a Disney Cruise

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The Disney Cruise dining has been designed to meet the needs of every passenger. The cruise has great food and lots of options to satisfy even the pickiest person in your group. They do an excellent job of understanding and accommodating all food allergies, as well as, going above and beyond to ensure you enjoy the meal.

Main Dining Room Overview

My review is specific to the dining on the Disney Dream. This cruise ship has three main dining rooms: The Royal Palace, Animator’s Palate, and the Enchanted Garden. During the cruise, you will rotate through each of the dining rooms. Your waiters follow you, keeping consistency with your service. This allows you to experience each uniquely themed dining area! Each family will be assigned a dining time (either early dining or late dining – based off your preferences and availability) and a dining rotation. Once you get your Key to the World card, these items will be listed on your card. Our rotation was Royal Palace on night one, the following two nights at Animator’s Palate, and the last night at the Enchanted Garden.

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Animator’s Palate

Disney Cruise Food

Within the many Disney Cruise related Facebook groups I participate in, a very popular question asked is around the food. Most of these questions are from picky eaters who are concerned that they will starve to death while on the cruise. While I haven’t researched this statistic, I can say with 97.2% confidence that nobody has ever “starved to death” on a Disney Cruise.

Adult Menu Choices

As I mentioned, I’ve read many posts on Facebook regarding concerns over limited palates within their family. Based on the sheer number of people asking this question, let me tell you this, LOTS of people have the same exact concern.

The menu each night allows you to select an appetizer, soup, salad, main course, and dessert. You don’t have to pick one from each category; nor do you have to limit yourself to just one. The most important thing to remember is that your waiter is 100% there to ensure your dining satisfaction. If you have concerns over an ingredient, ask them about it. If you need a recommendation between two items, ask them about it. If you’d like an item, but would prefer a substitute, ask them about it. If you see absolutely nothing on the menu you’d eat and just crave a cheeseburger, ask them about it!!

See a trend?  Please give them a chance to make your dining experience the absolute best. The WORST that can happen is that you dislike your choice and they need to bring you another. OR that you have to grab a pizza slice or burger after dinner. 

Here are some of the pictures of our meals from our recent cruise:

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Dessert!

    Sample Disney Cruise Menu

Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Tarter

Sliced Serrano Ham

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes

Tomato Tarte

Soups & Salads

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Arugula Leaves

Chicken and Walnut Salad

Main Course

Penne Bolognese

Grilled Tuna Steak

Lemon-Thyme Marinated All-Natural Chicken Breast

Herb-Crusted Pork Chops

Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin

Vegetarian

Black Bean Chipotle Cakes

Sesame Halloumi Parcels

Lighter Fare

Jumbo Shrimp Salad

Grilled Sirloin Steak

Slow-Roasted Breast of Chicken

Oven-Baked Filet of Salmon

Kid Menu Choices

Each night they offer kid food – chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, cheeseburgers, etc. They also offer healthier kid options, including steak, chicken, salmon, and whole wheat pasta. Our daughter ordered off the “healthier” menu each night and loved it!

Kids can also order from the adult menu! Our 6-year-old daughter ordered a few things off the menu (e.g. butternut squash soup).

Other Dining Options

If, for whatever reason, you don’t love the main dining options, you can have a non-buffet dinner from Cabana’s and a few of the pool deck counter service options are available (burgers, pizza). If you are a true foodie and are looking for a 5-star meal, then plan ahead and book a meal at Palo or Remy. Note: Palo and Remy are the only dining options that are not included in your cruise price.

Final Thoughts

I consider myself a moderate-foodie. I love food splurges and appreciate the quality of a more expensive meal. The food on the Disney Cruise is good, but not foodie good. I equate it to a meal at Chili’s or Outback. Good, but not 5-star quality. I state this only to set expectations for any of the foodies out there! However, nobody will be starving while on the Disney Dream.

Read more about why you shouldn't worry about the food options on a Disney Cruise! Young or mature picky eaters will find plenty of great choices!

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12 Comments

    1. Exactly. The other nice part is that the waiters don’t put pressure on people to expand their taste buds. My parents went with us and they have a limited palate. My mom ordered either the roasted chicken or steak each night and they just smiled and said “excellent.”

    1. I place the caveat in this post because I feel cruise cuisine gets hyped up to the point of unrealistic expectations. It is good food that is perfectly prepared, but it does not compare to a meal at a high-end restaurant. So to those who have high-end taste buds, they just need to enter the cruise with a different expectation!!

  1. Tara after following all your posts I think you may have just convinced me to change my mindset on getting on a boat! I think I’d take all my HG meds with me though! The food and options look absolutely incredible!!

  2. We went on the Dream in January and I feel exactly like you describe in the post – the food was good, but not spectacular. Of the things that Disney does right, they do it RIGHT! But, the food on the cruises isn’t one of them, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t disappointed in the food . . .just underwhelmed.

  3. I love the Disney cruise food! We tried the Disney Wonder where they had the new Tiana’s Place. The food was delicious New Orleans-style, and the entertainment with the live band and Louis playing the trumpet was our two year old’s favorite the whole trip.

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