On the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, Disney Cruise Line’s newest vessel, Cabanas is the breezy buffet that’s accessible to guests all day long. Stop here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack no matter what schedule you’re on!
Guests enter the restaurant through a striped canvas bedecked foyer — just like you’re entering your very own cabana!
You might even see a few of your favorite friends from Finding Nemo here! Check out these gorgeous mosaic tile murals that decorate the space. And watch out for these guys…
Cabanas availability offers a great opportunity for dining (especially if you happen to miss your set dinner time or would like an early breakfast), and offers some gorgeous seating areas both inside and outside.
Once you get inside, the buffet starts immediately!
When I was there, Cabanas cast members kept telling us that service was free-form, and that guests should refrain from “lining up” and simply cut in and get the food they want. While logical (the buffet is huge, and walking the whole span of the thing could easily take half an hour!), this seemed like a pretty difficult instruction to adhere to. Hundreds of guests were already lined up with the idea that “I was here first.” (Disney fans are pretty used to waiting their turn at buffets, so it seems strange to have this “free-for-all” approach.)
Needless to say, there were plenty of ticked off diners when other guests were simply trying to follow the rules they were being given by the cast members. Yeah…large groups of hungry people — not so good at learning to do things the “new” way right away. I’m sure this is a great plan during the less-busy times, when guests are filtering in and out regularly; but to have this be the strategy at heavy mealtimes just seems off the mark. Just my opinion, of course.
Anyway, food choices were plentiful and varied. Menu items were grouped together into pods; here are a few of the different pod options:
The open kitchen behind the buffet offered a peek at the hard-working CMs creating our meals:
Pizza fresh from the oven!
The buffet continued with salads and toppings:
A kids’ food area with chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and different pastas:
Next up — veggies and meats. I was impressed with the variety of options and the interesting ways they were presented. It felt like there were hundreds of choices! I had no trouble filling up two plates and heading back for more.
Of course, who could forget the seafood! Get your claw cracker ready!!
For those who’d prefer a lighter meal, there were plenty of wraps, sandwiches, soups, and fresh fruit available.
Here’s my first “modest” buffet plate (a kids’ plate, ’cause it’s cuter…and just as big).
For dessert, you can treat yourself to one (or more!) of plenty of choices, from Key Lime Pie to cheesecake to strawberry tarts and more.
Beverage options abound as well. Coffees, teas, soft drinks, juice, and more are always available on the ship.
I loved the little Mickey Mouse heads on the glasses!
And a full bar is available at Cabanas as well.
While the food is standard buffet fare, it is plentiful and varied! There’s something for everyone here. Personally, I could have headed back to that dessert station over and over again!
The option to sit outside gives guests a fun, breezy mealtime; and the fact that Cabanas is pretty much always open means that you aren’t constrained to eating at particular mealtimes — perfect if you’re trying to avoid crowds!
See more from our excursion on the Disney Dream over on our Disney Dream Dine-Around page!
Have you dined at Cabanas? Tell us your favorite dish in the comments below!
This two-night cruise was complimentary as part of a Disney-produced media event, which brought news, radio, internet, and television media together to see the new ship (disclosure policy). The opinions here are my own, and I’m never obligated to provide a positive review of any meal or restaurant.