Where else can you dine in three Disney-themed restaurants, order room service at 2 am, and enjoy delicious lunch and breakfast buffets – all included in the price of your trip? On the Disney Fantasy, I enjoyed some great food, as well as a fabulous atmosphere, throughout my entire trip. In addition to the food, you’ll receive the level of service that you’d expect from the Walt Disney Company.
Disclosure: I’ve been aboard the Disney Fantasy for a three day complimentary media cruise, as well as two seven-day cruises at my own expense. All opinions are my own.
Restaurants and Dining on the Disney Fantasy
Disney Cruise Line Rotational Dining
Meals (but not alcohol, premium dining locations, and a few other items), are included in the cost of the cruise on the Disney Cruise Line. When booking, guests choose a dinner time (which is typically either about 5:45pm or 8:15pm) and maintain that time, as well as the servers, throughout their entire trip. The three main restaurants are assigned to guests on a rotational basis – so you’ll have the chance to try them all more than once on a 7-day cruise. For our family, this is especially helpful because my daughter has food allergies.
Dining Room Restaurants on the Disney Fantasy
There are three main dining rooms on the Disney Fantasy – Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, and Animator’s Palate). During a seven-day cruise, you’ll go to one of the restaurants three times and one of the restaurants two times. In addition, on your disembarkation day, breakfast is served at the last restaurant you dined at.
Enchanted Garden: I love the beautiful restaurant, but don’t like eating there on my first night. It’s located on the bottom of the ship, and I often feel a bit of sea sickness my first night. After the first day, I’m easily able to dine there. Enchanted Garden has a casual elegant feel, and the food is delicious. The Ahi Tuna and Avocado tower is one of my favorite entrees on any of the Disney Cruise Line Ships.
The restaurant is modeled after the Garden of Versaille, and lights up during your dinner. It’s a really pretty place to eat – so definitely look around during your dining time.
Royal Court: This is the most formal of the restaurants, but isn’t uncomfortably formal for families. It’s modeled after the Disney princess castles, and offers French-inspired cuisine. My favorite is the escargot – I can’t go on the Disney Cruise Line without having this delicious appetizer.
Animator’s Palate: This is the most fun restaurant, in my opinion, and the only restaurant that is offered on all four ships. During your Disney Fantasy cruise, you’ll get to experience two different shows at the restaurant. The first is similar to Turtle Talk With Crush in Epcot. That loveable turtle from Finding Nemo sails around the screens at the restaurant interacting with guests.
On the second night, you’ll have the opportunity to draw your own character, and then watch the screens as it is animated in a show. It’s so much fun for both kids and adults.
After your initial three-night dining rotation, the restaurant menus change to whatever the theme is for the night – pirate night, Captain’s Gala dinner, etc. The dining staff uniforms change every night, as well.
Other Dining Experiences on the Disney Fantasy
In addition to the dining rooms, there are other places to get food during your cruise. Cabanas offers a daily breakfast and lunch buffet, as well as a more casual sit down dinner on select nights (check the Disney Cruise Line app for details). There’s also Flo’s Cafe, the Cove Cafe (an adults-only location offering premium coffee for an additional fee), and Eye Scream Treats, as well as the Sweet On You Cafe (additional fee applies).
Guests looking for a special dining experience can book a meal (preferably in advance) at the adult-only Palo or Remy. Both require an additional charge (plus alcohol, but Castaway Club platinum members receive a complimentary Palo meal per cruise)), but are wonderful experiences. There are also several bars located throughout the ship, including several bars and lounges in the Europa section of the ship. If Castaway Cay is on your itinerary, you’ll find two family BBQ places as well as an adult-only BBQ location for lunch.
Of course, if you are hungry at any point during the day or night, you can order room service which is free of charge (for most items), and arrives quickly.
You can read more about all of the Disney Fantasy restaurants on the Disney Cruise website. Also check out my video of the Animator’s Palate animation!