A few weeks ago, my family hopped aboard the Disney Dream on our first ever Disney cruise! We were very excited to see all of the fun that Disney has to offer while at sea. Before leaving on vacation, I made a promise to Kristen during our discussions on Castaway Midday at SRSounds.com that I would be sure to take some photos during our meals. So, as we headed to our first dinner aboard, I grabbed my camera as we headed up to our table.
Aboard all Disney cruises, the dinner dining is done by rotational schedule. The Disney Dream had three dining rooms, The Enchanted Gardens, The Royal Palace and the Animator’s Palate. On the first night, we were scheduled to dine in Animator’s Palate. For those of you not familiar with the rotational dining, you dine in the scheduled restaurant each night with the same wait staff for all nights. Our cruise was 4 nights, thus we dined in The Royal Palace twice per our schedule. By far, our family’s favorite restaurant was the Animator’s Palate. This restaurant offered whimsy, entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere making a more comfortable experience for our family. When entering the restaurant, the adorable chairs immediately catch your eye as they look just like Mickey Mouse’s pants! Next as I looked around the restaurant, I began to take in the details of the oversized paint brushes, buckets of paint on the tables and carefully placed artwork. My son received a menu that included instructions on how to draw Mickey Mouse as well as a variety of other fun activities. My son was excited to find that he was able to order a steak, though the item was not on the menu! You can see that he was extremely excited about his steak!
Natalie H. is creator of Meet the Magic and guest contributor to Cooking with Mickey. She'll be providing Disney Magic and Kids - all about dining at DIsney with kids and giving great tips to make the most of your family dining experiences. Make sure to follow her on Twitter @nrhenley and @meetthemagic.
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