Disney Cruise Review: Mojito Seminar Aboard the Disney Magic

Our Dining in Disneyland columnist, Heather Sievers, is morphing into a Cruise columnist today! Check out this awesome Mojito Seminar!!

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to get in some adult beverage time on your Disney Cruise? Go to a drink seminar! On our recent 11-day Mediterranean cruise we learned that there is no need to pay $10 for 1 mojito when you can pay $15 for four or more!

Being our third Disney Cruise, you’d think we would have heard about these special seminars, but, alas we had not…until our lovely concierge, Lynda, asked us if we liked mojitos.  Sure, we’ll check that out! Here’s how it works: Sign up, show up, drink up.

Specs

The seminars take place during the day in one of the ship’s restaurants. Ours was in Animator’s Palate.

Animator's Palate

There were probably about 30-40 people in the seminar. The event was set up with about 4 tables with 8-10 chairs each, which all faced our “instructor.”

This is how you do it!

When we sat at our spots, we saw that everything was right and ready for our lesson!

Mojito Supplies!

The seminar included learning how to make four different types of mojitos. Each glass was [Read more…]

Reader Favorites: Disney Bed Time Snacks

We asked for your fave on-the-go breakfast options and received great suggestions. So we next wondered what snacks help you sleep after a fabulous vacation day!

DFB readers and Facebook Friends shared their Disney bedtime snacks via the Disney Food Blog Facebook page.

Gasparilla Bakery

Bedtime snacks that received the most shout-outs were Mickey Rice Krispie Treats, Popcorn and large bakery-style cookies. Honorable mentions go to Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches and Mickey Ice Cream Bars.

Mickey Rice Krispie Treat

According to our readers, you won’t be the only vacationer grabbing one of these chewy, gooey [Read more…]

Guest Review: Palo Brunch on the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Welcome guest author Vikki Hurley-Schubert with a review of brunch at Palo on the Disney Wonder (Alaska Style)!

Vikki and her husband with friends!

Brunch at Palo is a must-do for us when onboard any one of the Disney Cruise Line ships. So, we were excited for our brunch while aboard the inaugural Alaskan cruise earlier this month and delighted in every morsel we tasted.

The highlight of the meal for me was the strawberry soup – I must confess, I did have two – one during brunch and one for dessert! It was a fragrant, rich, bright strawberry flavor and a rich magenta color with a minty background. It wasn’t too creamy or watery either – it tasted like fresh picked strawberries!

Strawberry Soup

Before our entrees arrived, we hit the tables of seafood, cheeses and fruit. The shrimp were cooked perfectly as were the crab legs. My husband loved the salmon, salmon mousse and cheeses. The asparagus wrapped in prosciutto were [Read more…]

Review: Cabanas on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

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!

Atmosphere

Guests enter the restaurant through a striped canvas bedecked foyer — just like you’re entering your very own cabana!

Entrance

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…

Mine! Mine!

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 [Read more…]

Top Ten Disney Cruise Line Dining Tips

Kim L. is our Disney cruise guru around here! (Seriously. She knows EVERYTHING about cruising and was even the Disney World Moms Panel Cruise Specialist her second term on the panel.) She’s put together her top 10 tips to get the most out of your Disney Cruise dining experience, but we want to hear your tips as well, pretty please. Will you add yours in the comments section below?

1. Order The Cake of the Day: Order the Cake of the Day from Room Service! Room service is complimentary (although a gratuity is appreciated), and it’s fun to sample (um, okay, devour ;-)) different cake slices.

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake at Animator\’s Palate

2. Skip Shore Excursion Eats: Use Room Service for a quick sandwich while getting ready for your shore excursion. Then time your return to the ship to coincide with your next meal.

3. Find Hidden Treats: Ask your server to start each meal with a cheese (similar to All Hands On Deck) or seafood platter (I saw shrimp served in the Mediterranean) for the entire table to enjoy. It’s not on the menu. Parents can request cheese, grapes, and crackers for the kids. Just ask if it’s available during your voyage!

Likewise, chocolate covered strawberries are not on the dessert menu but are sometimes available by special request. Ask for a [Read more…]

Guest Review: Pink on the Disney Dream

Welcome to guest author Nancy Oates, who’s sharing with us today a visit to the Disney Dream’s Pink Lounge! Take it away, Nancy!

With a name like Pink and a subtle elephant on the door to welcome us, it quickly became clear that we were entering an extension of the Pink Elephants on Parade scene from the movie Dumbo.

Atmosphere

Fittingly, the lounge was pink and ethereal. Even the lighting mimicked the bubbles in a champagne glass.

Seating and Bar at Pink

Champagne Decor

Here are those champagne bubble lights we mentioned… [Read more…]

Guest Review: Special Diets Dining Aboard the Disney Dream

Join us in welcoming Cheryl Perlmutter with a review of dining aboard the Disney Dream with special diets.

Recently, I went on the Disney Dream as part of the WDW Radio Cruise group. As you may know from prior posts by my husband, Todd, when I dine out, I request vegan meals and I am also gluten intolerant. Before the cruise, I contacted my travel agency and Disney Special Services. I noted my allergies, dietary needs and made special requests.

Disney Dream docked at Castaway Cay

Day 1

When I boarded the ship, I did forget to check in at D-Lounge to meet the restaurant manager, as my travel agent recommended. Instead, I headed to Enchanted Garden for my first meal. The server introduced me to the chef. I noted my dietary needs and inquired about dessert which I had specifically requested in my letter to special services. The chef said [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 17, 2011

Peanut Butter Cupcake

Welcome to the DFB Round-Up! An exciting announcement about the WDW Foodie Fest is coming up this week, but first, let’s talk food news…:

Latest Disney Food News

And I’ve got some more awesome reviews of our e-Book, The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining to share with you! Check them out below.

Recent Reviews of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining

Zannaland is impressed with the information and photos in the book. Check out her review here.

SamLand’s Disney Adventures exclaims “Even veterans will get a lot out of this. This book will save you money.” Read his review here.

SoloFriendly likes the information on solo dining at WDW and says “the book is jam-packed with useful information for Disney World newbies as well as experienced visitors”! Check out her review here. Thanks for the fantastic reviews!

Now, On to the Round-Up!

Parkeology reminisces about decoding El Pirata Y El Parico as a child.

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups shares some details about the “Be Our Guest” restaurant that will open with the new Fantasyland expansion.

Imaginerding mentions reading our DFB guidebook while traveling to WDW.

Stuff from the Park transports readers back to the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant in Disneyland’s Fantasyland.

Main Street Gazette reviews La Cantina de San Angel.

Disney Parks Blog explains rotational dining aboard the Disney Dream and shares some favorite menu items. (By the way — check out our ongoing reviews and recipes from the Disney Dream here!

Disney Dream Recipe: Enchanted Garden Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake at Enchanted Garden

When I sailed on the January Christening Cruise and completed the Disney Dream Dine Around, the desserts were scrumptious! If you love to try Disney treats at home, here’s a yummy recipe to try!

Where to Find It

This strawberry cheesecake is served in the Enchanted Garden aboard the Disney Dream. The Enchanted Garden is one of the three restaurants that cruisers can enjoy in their rotational dining. Start planning your meal by checking out the menu.

Here’s the recipe… [Read more…]

Disney Dream Recipe: Avocado-Citrus Salad

As I continue with my coverage of the January Christening Cruise Disney Dream Dine Around, I’m excited to add another tasty recipe from Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship!

Avacado-Citrus Salad at Royal Palace on the Disney Dream

Royal Dining

At the Royal Palace Restaurant aboard the Disney Dream, you’ve gotta try this Avocado-Citrus Salad. The healthy ingredients are a great way to counteract all of those desserts you’re getting at Cabanas ;-)

Where to Find It

The Royal Palace Restaurant is one of the three restaurants that cruisers can enjoy in their rotational dining. Check out this photo review of the Royal Palace Restaurant, to see even more yumminess from the menu.

Speaking of — check out the Royal Palace Menu as well! Never hurts to plan out your meal… ;-)

How to Make It

Avocado-Citrus Salad Recipe
Serves 4

Citrus Dressing Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh orange juice [Read more…]