28 March 2011

Disney Magic and Kids - Animator's Palate on the Disney Dream

By Natalie H. from Meet the Magic

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!

The meal was slow moving and lasted over an hour and a half. We were lucky that the kid’s menu and surroundings provided enough entertainment to last the majority of the dining experience. About the time my son was becoming impatient, Crush, the Turtle from Finding Nemo came to visit much as he does in the EPCOT attraction Turtle Talk with Crush! Crush had a short conversation with my son which left him excited for the dessert to come! It was only a few minutes later that my son received an ice cream sunday that was large enough to serve 3 people! Of course, he ate every bite! The experience was loved by the whole family. The Animator’s Palate was wonderful! Experience it soon!

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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  1. We loved Animators Palate when we were on the Wonder last year. We sail on the Dream right after Thanksgiving, can't wait!! Looking forward to Crush! Thanks for sharing :-)


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