Disney Dream Dining: Check-In From the Ship

Hi guys! We’re pulling out of port at Castaway Cay, heading back to Florida and back to reality ;-)

Pulling Away from Castaway Cay

And I wanted to share a few of my delicious experiences with you while I have internet connection… I hope!

A Little Preview of Remy
First off for this quick check-in — I just finished a tasting at Remy, the brand new adults-only restaurant on the Dream and the Fantasy ships.

Here’s a little sneak preview of the amazing food you’ll find from the trio of Chefs heading the restaurant — Chef Scott Hunnel, the highly acclaimed executive chef from the AAA Five-Diamond Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant in Disney’s Grand Floridian; Chef Arnaud Lallement from L’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant located just outside Reims, France; and Chef Patrick Albert, the on-site Executive Chef at Remy. Notice the adorable Remy silhouette on the plate?

Langostino Shrimp with cream by Chef Arnaud Lallement at Remy

We had a few other items that I’ll share with you in a full post, but that shrimp was outstanding! After the tasting, we had the chance to ask a few questions. I can’t wait to [Read more…]

Disney Dream Dining: Animator’s Palate Finishing Touches

While Animator’s Palate is also a restaurant on the Disney Magic and Wonder Cruise Ships, it has been re-imagined for the Disney Dream. Thanks to Sarah Holodick, we have some photos of the finishing touches to the restaurant!

Wide Angle View of Restaurant -- click for larger image

Remember, we’re in the middle of Disney Dream Week here on the Disney Food Blog! I set sail tomorrow and can’t wait to come back with even more fun news of Dining at Sea. But first — those finishing touch photos I promised… [Read more…]

Disney Dream Dining: Food Photos From the Royal Palace

Royal Palace Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Hey all! The countdown has begun! The Disney Dream Dine Around begins in just one day, and I’m still eagerly accepting your questions about dining on the Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship.

Got Questions?
So far I’ve got some great dining questions to investigate — even one about Dole Whips! If you have a question about dining on the ship, send it my way via twitter or facebook!

But In The Meantime…
Now, while I’m still anticipating my sailing, cast members and friends are returning from even earlier cruises bubbling over with positive reviews of the ship’s restaurants and food!

You can expect much more where this came from, but here’s a little photo blog of one friend’s meal at the Royal Palace restaurant on the Disney Dream, which was his favorite of the three rotational dining restaurants! Clearly he dined on some incredible food; let’s take a look… [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 16, 2011

Bruce Might Entertain Diners at Animator's Palette on the Disney Dream

Woo-hoo! I’m off to WDW today, everyone! We’re starting the DFB DISNEY DREAM WEEK today, so expect a liberal peppering of cruise-related info as we “sail” through the next few weeks.

I’ll be embarking on (is that how you say it? embarking on? or is it just embarking?) the Disney Dream on Wednesday, but watch our twitter and facebook accounts for updates from WDW over the next three days, too!

Now, here’s the news!

And now, on to the round-up!

Yesterland, one of my favorite Disney sites on the web, is just back from Aulani with gorgeous photos and a back story for the AMA AMA Beachfront Restaurant!

WDW for Grownups details some fun, unique wine experiences in Disney World.

A Wedding Cake Blog does Disney again with a peek at some red velvet wedding cupcakes!

Studios Central reports on dining vegetarian in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Main Street Gazette goes to Babycakes NYC and samples some of the delicious products from this gluten-free bakery in Downtown Disney Orlando!

Hostess Blog has some great pics of an UP themed birthday party, complete with cute foodie favors and a balloon-tastic cake.

The Sacramento Bee ran a story about 5 UC Davis students who created a new snack for Disney called Mickey’s Pocket Pies; check out the recipe here!

Disney Parks Blog lets us know what it’s like to be a sommelier in Disneyland!

Announcing: The Disney Dream “Dine Around!”

That’s right! We’re goin’ on the Dream!

UPDATE: Here’s our coverage of the Disney Dream to Date
Disney Dream Cruise Ship Menus
The District on the Disney Dream

  • Review: Cabanas on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship
  • Top Ten Disney Cruise Line Dining Tips
  • Guest Review: Pink on the Disney Dream
  • Disney Dream Guest Review: Non-Alcoholic Specialty Drinks
  • Guest Review: Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal at Remy on the Disney Dream
  • Guest Review: Special Diets Dining Aboard the Disney Dream
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Chocolate Souffle
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Enchanted Garden Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Avocado-Citrus Salad
  • Disney Dream Recipe: Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake From Animator’s Palate

  • The Disney Dream is the Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, and Disney Food Blog has been invited to sail on its Christening Cruise next week! I look forward to sharing all the best tidbits with you, from the brand new restaurants and lounges on the ship to the eats on Castaway Cay!

    I even fully expect to take some advice from the DFB facebook fans about their favorite DCL eats! :-)

    What Can You Expect to Hear About?
    There are six main restaurants on the Dream — all of them either brand new to the Disney Cruise Line or newly re-imagined for this particular ship. This includes Remy, the Dream’s second adults-only restaurant, which [Read more…]

    “Be the Champagne” at Pink on the Disney Dream!

    Happy New Year! To celebrate, let’s toast with a little champagne… Don’t worry — it’s not real champagne — I’m talking about Pink, a new lounge on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship!

    Partially Furnished Pink on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

    The best part? The place was created to remind you of champagne — the ultimate consumable luxury! With back-lit glass bubbles on the walls and champagne colored fabrics, the theme seems [Read more…]

    Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 11th, 2010

    Chocolate Fondant With Praline from Remy - (c) Disney Cruise Line

    Bonjour, my foodie friends! This weekwe heard about the Disney Dream’s exclusive adults-only restaurant — Remy! If you’re booked for a Disney Dream cruise, I’d love to hear if Remy will make the cut for your dining arrangements. (Check out the full press release and photos at StitchKingdom)

    And don’t forget — Disneyland’s Food and Wine Festival starts THIS COMING WEEKEND! (Check out DisneyGeek’s cool pic of the Festival Showplace banners!) You know I’m gonna be there in just two short weeks to start my reporting, but in the meantime, check out all the exciting events that are scheduled to take place: Disney’s 2010 California Food and Wine Festival.

    Finally, I want to take a moment to thank and “toast” a brilliant person, Alain Littaye, who has written one of my favorite Disney-related blogs, Disney and More, for three years. I’m sad to see the blog end, Alain, but I look forward to seeing your stamp on many Disney-related projects in the future. Thank you for sharing your immense knowledge of and interest in Disney with your readers.

    And now, on with the Round-Up!

    The WDW Today Podcast kindly brought me on as a guest last week to discuss Food Quality vs. Atmosphere in Disney World Restaurants. I clearly need to take some public speaking lessons, but the discussion is still very interesting!

    Disney World Basics looks at one of Disney’s strategies to create healthier options for dining in the parks — Kids’ Picks!

    Main Street Gazette heads over to the Rose and Crown Dining Room for a delicious dining review!

    The DVC Life takes a look at whether Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the $100+ price tag.

    Chef Druck Musings shares some secrets about her favorite character meals in Disney World.

    Thanks to Zannaland for posting this very cool interview about a fellow blogger! (Wink, wink) The ensuing comments about tart-n-tiny candy is my favorite part.

    The Disney Blog reports the potential shuttering of the final Goodings Supermarket near Disney World.

    Disney Parks Blog celebrates the top honors received in Orlando Magazine by several Walt Disney World restaurants.

    The Disney Chick makes Gourmet Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies from the Main Street Bakery. Go on. You know you want to click. ;-)

    OC Register has a fun story about what Disneyland’s doing with the leftover fry oil from their kitchens! Here’s a hint: it has to do with Park transportation… .

    Chip and Co shares some dessert options for people with Diabetes dining in Disney World restaurants.

    DisUnplugged heads to Disneyland’s Plaza Inn for dinner!

    Remy: The Disney Cruise Line’s Most Exclusive Adults-Only Restaurant

    Incredible news has been announced about Remy, a brand new class of Disney Cruise Line restaurant debuting on the line’s newest ship, the Disney Dream.

    Remy Concept Art, Copyright Disney

    Billed as “An upscale restaurant exclusive to adults, Remy boasts the most luxurious dining experience available onboard.” (And this means it’s more luxurious than Palo, the ship’s other adults-only venue, which has sister restaurants on the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic.) The Disney Cruise Line website goes on to say that Remy will offer the “finest in French-inspired cuisine for dinner.”

    Located on Deck 12 next to Palo, Remy will seat 80 in an Art Nouveau-style room decorated with greens, reds, and golds — think upscale “French Bistro” design. Of course, Ratatouille’s Remy the Rat will be integrated into the design!

    A glass-walled wine room with marble flooring has seating for up to 16 guests amid more than 900 bottles of wine including a fine rare selection of Old World wines balanced with a solid selection of New World wines. Once dinner is booked and guests are on board, they are invited to meet with a sommelier in Remy’s wine room to taste and pre-select their wines for the evening.

    Remy Concept Art, Copyright Disney

    A chilled champagne cocktail made tableside will be the beginning of your dining experience at Remy. This will be followed by up to nine small courses with wine accompaniments. Polished touches at Remy include a tableside trolley for serving international cheeses, decanting stations for wines, and post-prandial coffee service including French press and grand crème.

    The meal will include the special attention to detail [Read more…]

    Disney Food Post Weekly Round-Up: April 4th, 2010

    From Mad Hatter's Peep Party Diorama

    Welcome to the Round-Up! Quick Disney food news recap on this Easter Sunday morning:

    Finally, don’t forget to head over the DisMarks Disney Blog Carnival for some great reads (30 submissions!!) about your favorite topics! And now, on to the Round-Up!

    The Washington Post showcased these videos of the Marshmallow Peeps Diorama competition, two of which show dioramas themed to Disney movies (Winner: “Eep” — a representation of “Up.” Finalist: “The Mad Hatter’s Peep Party” — a representation of “Alice in Wonderland.)!

    Three Baking Sheets to the Wind created some amazing Alice in Wonderland themed cupcakes. Just wait until you see the “Tweedledee and Tweedledum” ones… Wow.

    Progress City USA has a picture of Jim MacPhee drinking Beverly. (You won’t know if it’s worth looking until it’s too late.) Also, a piece of history with Disney’s launch of French-fried ice cream.

    Designing Disney has an Easter Egg Hunt on his blog… see if you can find ‘em!

    Disney has released photos of the Walt Disney Signature dining installation in collaboration with design innovator, Cappellini, for this year’s Dining By Design DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) event in New York City.

    AllEars has a great photo blog from The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

    Disney Parks Blog shows us how to find our favorite candy on Mainstreet USA!

    Disney Shawn shows us the ins and outs of Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in WDW’s Magic Kingdom.

    Studios Central has a great write-up of the recent counter service menu changes in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    Orlando Sentinel talks about butterbeer at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios (I know…not technically Disney…but awesome!)

    WDW Radio shares a special find — the Adventureland Veranda serving meals again…if only temporarily!

    Disney Every Day has some pics of breakfast at the Polynesian Resort’s Kona Cafe.

    Magical Kingdoms reviews Cafe Mickey in Disneyland Resort Paris.

    Animator’s Palate Reimagined for the Disney Dream

    Animator’s Palate, the well-known, standard-to-all-ships, Disney Cruise Line restaurant has always been an attraction for the “transformational” experience it gives to guests. In the past, the restaurant has slowly bloomed from black-and-white surroundings to full-color depictions of Disney animated favorites throughout the evening while guests dined.

    Disney is polishing and upgrading that “transformational” experience in the Animator’s Palate restaurant on their brand new Disney Dream cruise ship. When walking into the restaurant,

    …it will feel like you’ve entered a classic animation studio, filled with character maquettes, paint brushes, colored pencils and other tools of the trade. Throughout the restaurant are sketches from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo.”

    Animator's Palate "Before:" (c) Disney

    Throughout the meal, the room will transform into an underwater dining space. The “sketches” will [Read more…]