Everything that you need to know about cruising on the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy, including restaurants, family activities, shows, ports, and more.
I’ve already posted about the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream (unfortunately, I haven’t yet been on the Disney Magic), but today I’m writing about my very favorite Disney Cruise Line ship – the Disney Fantasy. The Fantasy is the first Disney ship that I traveled on, and the one I’ve spend the most total days on. If you are planning to travel on the Disney Fantasy, here’s everything that you need to know.
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The Disney Fantasy is the newest of the Disney Cruise Line ships, and is one of the two larger ships. It’s very similar to the Disney Dream, with a few differences. It’s definitely a big ship, but it’s so fun to explore. It was entered into service on the Disney Cruise Line in 2012.
The Disney Fantasy offers 1,250 staterooms, like the Disney Dream and can accommodate up to 4,000 passengers (depending on stateroom occupancy). It’s decorated in an Art Nouveau style, and when you walk onto the ship, it looks exactly like you’d expect a ship from the 1930s. It really is stunning.
Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy
Rooms on the Disney Fantasy are similar to those on the Dream. There are a number of different room types, including concierge rooms (great if you want to splurge), verandah staterooms, oceanview staterooms with porthole windows, and interior rooms with magical portholes. If you have a larger family, connecting staterooms are available. When you book your trip on the Disney Cruise Line, you’ll choose a specific stateroom. The room we typically book (family stateroom with verandah) comes with bunk beds.
Like the other Disney ships, each stateroom has a split bathroom (two rooms – one with a sink and toilet, and one with a sink and shower/tub), a refrigerator, a closet, a hairdryer, a television, and a safe (note that some of the rooms have a single bathroom). While irons aren’t available in the rooms, there are laundry rooms located throughout the ship with washers, dryers, and irons. Your stateroom attendant will service the room twice a day, and will bring down the bunk beds (if applicable) nightly.
Passengers on the Disney Fantasy, like the other ships, often like to decorate their doors with stateroom door magnets.
Restaurants on the Disney Fantasy
You’ll find the same rotational dining experience on the Fantasy that you’ll get on the other Disney Cruise Line Ships. When you check in at the port, you’ll receive your dining rotation assignment. Each night, you’ll visit a different restaurant, but will have the same dining staff. There are three main restaurants on the ship – Animator’s Palate, Royal Court, and Enchanted Garden. So, on the 7-day itineraries that the Fantasy offers, you’ll go to two restaurants twice and one restaurant three times.
At Animator’s Palate, you’ll see a fun show featuring Finding Nemo’s crush on the first night. On your second night at Animator’s Palate, you’ll draw your own character and see it come to life on the screen. Enchanted Garden is absolutely gorgeous, and Royal Court is a more upscale French restaurant.
There are also some quick serve options in addition to the three main restaurants. For breakfast and lunch, you can head up to Cabanas, a buffet restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. There are other quick service locations located near the pool, offering soft serve ice cream, pizza, salad, and sandwiches. One of my favorite spots on the ship is the adults-only Cove Cafe, which offers delicious premium coffees. You’ll usually find me there once or twice a day.
Room service is always available – 24-hour a day (except for disembarkation day). Then, on your Castaway Cay day, you can eat at one of the two family BBQ restaurants, or the adult-only BBQ restaurant at Serenity Bay.
For a special treat, you can choose to dine at one of the adult-only restaurants – Palo or Remy. Palo offers Italian food, and Remy offers French food. I’ve been to Palo a few times, and have always enjoyed it. Make reservations before boarding, if possible, although some reservations may be available after you board. There’s also a bar in between the two restaurants that offers great drinks in a beautiful environment.
Adult Areas on the Disney Fantasy
The bars and clubs on the Disney Fantasy are my favorites. The adult area, which is family-friendly during the days, is called Europa. Clubs and bars include the Tube (themed for the London underground), O’Gill’s Pub (the Irish pub), Ooh La La (champagne bar), and the Skyline Lounge. There’s a whole schedule of fun shows and game shows that take place in the Tube – perfect if your kids are enjoying the kids clubs.
There are also some adult pool areas on board, including Satellite Falls (pictured above). When my kids are in the kids clubs, you’ll usually find me on a sun lounger in Satellite Falls reading a book and sipping on a drink.
Activities on the Disney Fantasy
There are some many fantastic activities on board the Disney Fantasy. Those traveling with kids will love the five separate kids clubs – separated by ages. Options include a nursery, the Oceaneer Club, the Oceaneer Lab, Edge, and Vibe. While kids can go to the clubs throughout the day, there are also specific schedules of activities.
Of course, the ship also offers lots of fun outdoor activities, including the famous AquaDuck, pictured above. This watercoaster is definitely a must do – my kids love it. We usually go right when it opens, when the lines are short. There are also two pools in that area, with the FunnelVision TV, offering movies throughout the day.
In addition, the Buena Vista Theater offers a variety of first-run Disney movies, including 3D movies. On a 7-day cruise, my kids usually want to go to at least one movie.
There are also a number of family-friendly game shows and activities each day. Check your navigator or the Disney Cruise Line app for a full schedule. There are also a variety of character greetings throughout the day. These are also listed on in the daily navigator or on the app. Be sure to check the navigator on the first day, because there are sometimes character greetings that require tickets (Anna and Elsa, for instance). Tickets are free, but you have to get them (follow the directions listed in the navigator).
For those kids who love to dress up, there’s a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board, which shifts to a Pirates League on Pirate Night.
Shows on the Disney Fantasy
Each night, the Disney Fantasy offers a new family-friendly show. There are three Broadway-style shows, including Disney’s Believe, Aladdin, and Disney Wishes. On the other nights, there are other shows offered, including ventriloquists, a welcome show, and a farewell show.
Itineraries on the Disney Fantasy
The Disney Fantasy leaves from Port Canaveral (for the night before sailing, we recommend a stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport – Check prices and reviews here), and offers 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. The itineraries change slightly each year, but here were our experiences on the Eastern Caribbean itinerary and Western Caribbean itinerary.
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