Coming Soon! New Dining Options and Nightlife on the Disney Magic Cruise Ship!

Fun news from the Walt Disney World Monstrous Summer event this week!

New dining and entertainment options are being introduced to the Disney Magic Cruise Ship during a dry dock refub, which will take place in Spain this Fall 2013! We’re super excited about a special surprise that we mention at the bottom of this post!

More Magic Coming to Disney Magic!

The Magic was launched in 1998 with the latest in technology and imagineering at the time. But since the Disney Dream and Fantasy have taken to the seas, Disney’s decided it’s time to do some upgrades on the oldest ship! Let’s take a look…

Re-Imagined Dining on the Disney Magic

We love that the dining and restaurants on the ship will get a refresher!

NEW! Carioca’s
The Brazilian-themed Carioca’s will replace Parrot Cay on the Magic, and will bring an energetic atmosphere reminiscent of Rio de Janiero.

Adding to the dining experience, the concept will change from day to night with vibrant colors. Savor the Latin-infused flavors from the menu during day time buffet meals and table-service dinners.

Carioca's!

At night, windows will reveal “city” scapes and flickering lanterns will illuminate the room.

Animator’s Palate
The ever-popular Animator’s Palate will get a slight makeover bringing in new technology (larger, high-def flat screens). The “Drawn to the Magic” black-and-white-to-color show will continue throughout the meal, but new friends like Rapunzel from “Tangled” and Remy from “Ratatouille” will join the ranks of Disney characters represented.

Animator's Palate transformation!

The popular “animation magic” show from the Fantasy will be added here as well — where guests draw their own characters that come to life on the screens! 

Animation Magic coming to Animator's Palate!

New! Cabanas
Many guests rely on the come-as-you-are Topsider Buffet on the Magic for casual eats during the day. During the Magic’s refurbishment, this restaurant will be upgraded and expanded into Cabanas! This casual spot will be treated with an Australian and Finding Nemo theme, similar to [Read more…]

Guest Review: Ten Tips for Disney Cruise Dining with a Toddler

Welcome to guest author Julia Mascardo with an informative review and GREAT TIPS for dining with a toddler aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship!

In any given week, toddlers may decide that they want to eat everything offered to them — or they may want to dine on goldfish crackers and string cheese for every meal.

When you are on land, it isn’t a major problem to make sure your toddler’s whims are met even if you are on vacation. But the idea of spending a week at the mercy of a cruise ship’s galley might make a parent reconsider the idea of cruising.

After spending a week aboard the Disney Fantasy, I found that with a little advance planning, toddler dining on a Disney cruise can be an enjoyable experience—for parents and children alike.

Even if your child doesn’t get desserts at home, you probably will want to allow a little indulgence when on board — like this decorate-your-own-cupcake dessert!

Here are my top 10 tips for making the most of Disney cruise dining with a toddler:

Tips for Disney Cruise Dining with a Toddler

1. Pick your battles

When adults are on vacation, they eat in ways that they wouldn’t eat at home. The same can be said for toddlers.

If you have certain rules that you want to enforce on ship, let your servers know. For instance, if your child must have three bites of vegetables before any macaroni and cheese, they can bring out a plate of vegetables for those required three bites and then bring out a “next course” of pasta.

Flexibility with rules can make life easier, however. If you are okay with treats like doughnuts for breakfast and French fries with every meal, that flexibility may make the experience more pleasant for everyone.

Buffets offer opportunities for your child to pick what he or she wants to eat— and for you to decide what you put on the plate.

2. If you don’t see it, ask

Our daughter drinks milk with every meal. But milk was not listed on the room service menu as a drink option for lunch or dinner, and was not visible at the buffet restaurant Cabanas for lunch.

Milk is available, but sometimes you need to ask where to find it.

One quick question to a cast member and I found that room service will not only will deliver milk, but you can set up for a daily scheduled delivery at a specific time if desired.

For lunch at Cabanas, milk is stored behind the manned salad bar station. All you have to do is ask a cast member, and he or she will [Read more…]

Guest Review: Remy Champagne Lunch Aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

Join me in welcoming Amanda Allen (a WDW Moms Panelist) with a decadent review of the new Champagne Lunch at Remy aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy.

Psssst! Wanna know a secret? Remy, one of the adults-only restaurants on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream Cruise Ships, serves a Champagne Lunch once during select cruises that have sea days.

You can’t reserve a table for this meal online, and you won’t find it mentioned in the Daily Navigator. Since a mere 40 spots are available for this special lunch, it’s advertised only to concierge guests and those who have dinner at Remy, but anyone is welcome to reserve a table.

Remy Table

Atmosphere

I’d read rumors online of this new meal at Remy so when I boarded the Fantasy for a Western Caribbean cruise in June, I stopped by the restaurant to ask if the champagne lunch would be served during my voyage.

Raised Seating Area

I learned that Remy began serving the lunch in May, and on the Western cruises, it is held only [Read more…]

Disney Cruise Line: “Hidden Remy” Photo Tour and Food Review

Disney Cruise Line’s Remy is a signature restaurant aboard the fleet’s newest ships — Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Inside this opulent restaurant, understated (and hidden) images of the “Ratatouille” Chef Remy have been placed throughout the dining room. Reader (and WDW Moms Panelist) Jonas Karp uncovers some of the hidden Remys before sharing his mini-review and food pics!

Atmosphere and Hidden Remys

When you arrive at Remy, there’s a LOT to take in!

But once you’ve scanned the room, you’ll start to see a familiar image peeking at you from some well-hidden places! Remy — the main character from Disney’s Ratatouille, is hidden throughout the restaurant!

Wait, don’t sit just yet! Did you check out the back of your chair?!

Back of Chair

Remy can even be found atop the chandeliers!

Remy Lighting

And just when you think this is just a squiggly form of modern art, you notice that Remy’s profile is popping [Read more…]

Review: Disney Cruise Enchanted Garden Breakfast Buffet

With only a week until the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship sets sail for its Maiden Voyage, I wanted to prep those of you who are sailing with some reviews!

One of the Disney Cruise Line Rotational Dining restaurants on board the Fantasy is Enchanted Garden, a lovely restaurant that “brings the outdoors in” with fun special effects!

I think that a favorite morning escape for many guests on the Fantasy will be this serene restaurant. Enchanted Garden is found on Deck 2, midship, and serves dinner daily. Check your personal navigator for the days on which a bountiful buffet is set out for breakfast and lunch!

Atmosphere

Enchanted Garden evokes visions of the gardens at Versailles. Garden landscapes, white lattice, blooming flowers, and a centerpiece fountain beckon guests to dine in this outdoor-like setting capped off with a brilliant, ever-changing sky.

Booth

These whimsical booths make me think of the Mad Tea Cups in the Magic Kingdom. ;-) Thankfully, diners don’t have to [Read more…]

Disney Fantasy Rotational Dining Details

Kids Mac and Cheese at Animator's Palate

Disney Cruise Line has mastered the art of unique dining! Every passenger is offered the opportunity to dine at three different main restaurants. Rotational dining allows each guest to experience the menus and surroundings of the amazing dining rooms aboard the Disney Fantasy!

Whether you book main or late seating, your family will rotate to each of the main restaurants at least once during your voyage. Best of all, your servers rotate with you! Be sure to check out our sneak peek at the Disney Fantasy Menus!

Once aboard the Disney Fantasy, you’ll receive your dining schedule indicating the time and place for your evening meals. Plus there’s always the option to order room service, or dine at one of the adults-only venues (check out exclusive Disney Fantasy cocktails here!).

Animator’s Palate

The art of animation is showcased at Animator’s Palate with art-inspired tableware, artwork, and a special “Animator’s Magic” show. The special effects create a memorable meal. Oh, and then there’s some delicious food on the Disney Fantasy Animator’s Palate menu too!

Animator's Palate

On select evenings you’ll even be treated to Undersea Magic; favorite characters from Finding Nemo interact with guests! Here’s a video I made on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship of Crush interacting with some fellow diners!

Enchanted Garden

Escape to the gardens of Versailles at the Enchanted Garden, where Disney magic transforms [Read more…]

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Menus

If you’re anticipating a cruise on the brand new Disney Fantasy soon, you’re in luck when it comes to food! Some of the Disney Fantasy menus for the table-service restaurants have already been revealed!! These are always subject to change, so we’re excited to see what might be added as the boat continues to sail!

Here are some fun sneak peeks at the menus — along with some photos of our favorites! Bon Appetit!

Animator’s Palate

Entrees on the Animator’s Palate Menu include dishes for landlubbers, seafood lovers, and vegetarians!

One popular dish is the Animator’s Trio of Veal. It’s a Grilled Tenderloin, pulled Shank, with Tortellacci Pasta. For seafood, the Grilled Pacific Black Cod, or White Shrimp Pennette Pasta, are great choices. Vegetarians can choose from Stir-fry Vegetables or Black Bean Chipotle Cakes.

Aboard the ship, go ahead and order one (or two ;-)) appetizers! The Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes are your must-order app. Trust me!

Truffle Purseittes

This menu looks identical to the one on the Disney Dream. Check out our review of Disney Dream’s Animator Palate.

Cabanas

There are plenty of options on the Cabanas Menu to curb your hunger at sea aboard the Fantasy.

While options rotate, you may find Jerk Chicken Salad, Caribbean-style Conch Chowder, Fettuccine with [Read more…]

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Creates a “Disney Dream” Cake — Literally!

Thanks to Todd Perlmutter from the Disney Film Project Podcast for this fun photo journey from last week’s Disney Dream Cruise! Chef Buddy Valastro from TV’s “Cake Boss” was on board and created a special cake for the cruise line!

Buddy Valastro and his team of talented chefs board the Disney Dream to show off a cake that includes a working AquaDuck. While on the cruise, Buddy and his wife, Lisa, renewed their vows! The episode of Cake Boss including this fun escape from Hoboken will air in January 2012.

Thankfully, it’s smooth sailing during the cake’s arrival.

Dream Cake's Arrival

The chefs of the Disney Dream look on as the cake is revealed.

Disney Dream Chefs

Buddy with a chef from the Dream’s most exclusive restaurant, Remy.

Buddy A Chef From Remy

Buddy shows off his creation to the chefs and Captain Mickey.

Buddy with Captain Mickey

This sweetest Disney Dream ship ever created is unveiled.

Disney Dream Cake

Looks like an incredible event! Thanks again to Todd Perlmutter for sharing these photos with us!

And don’t forget — we’ll be featuring our review of Chef Buddy Valastro’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival culinary demo here on DFB very soon! Learn how to make the Cake Boss’s incredible tiramisu!

Disney Cruise Review: High Tea at Palo

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers brings us on Board the Disney Magic’s Mediterranean Cruise for High Tea at Palo!

Although this was my third Disney Cruise, my husband and I had never had a chance to dine at The Disney Cruise Line’s upscale (and kid-free) Palo. We’d heard amazing things, but were always so happy with our dining room experiences that we never strayed from our nightly servers.  I now ask myself, “What the heck were we thinking?!?”

Palo is an Adult Exclusive Restaurant Located on Deck 10 Aft

On this last cruise, an 11-day Mediterranean Cruise, we had not one, not two, but three chances to visit Palo; and honestly, I wish we had made even more reservations than that.  Each visit was for a different meal.  We tried the brunch (amazing), we tried the dinner (amazing), and we also visited the High Tea. This was my first “fancy” official type high tea and I will tell you this: high tea at Palo would be hard to top.

High Tea Place Setting

High tea is offered on sea days only and reservations are a must. It takes place at 3:00pm and will set you back a mere [Read more…]

Disney Cruise Line: Backstage in the Kitchen!

Disney Food Blog Editor Kim L. reports on some of the behind-the-scenes magic you may never see on the Disney Cruise Line!

On one of my Disney voyages, I had the opportunity to tour the Kitchen Galley aboard the Disney Magic. During this behind-the-scenes sneak peek at culinary magic, I gained even more respect for the dining staff — they make it possible for passengers to dine (around the clock) on delicious cuisine.

Directory of Restaurants - click image for larger version

Disney Cruise Line Backstage Food FAQs

Let’s take a look at how food is prepared — in massive quantities — on the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic Ship!

How do things work in the Galley?
This particular galley anchored between Lumiere’s and Parrot Cay restaurants has a serving team of 225 people.

Among this large staff, there are 7 Chefs de Cuisine, 120 Cooks, 50 Galley Stewards (they keep the prep areas clean), and a 6 person team in the Dish Cleaning area. Plus, a Fish Prep Room is downstairs. Three section heads oversee each area including Veggie, Fish, Meat, and Sauce Prep Stations. While guests are on Castaway Cay, there is a 10:30 a.m. inspection by the Captain.

And I feel [Read more…]