Guest Review: Royal Court Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Fantasy

We’re embarking on the high seas today! Guest Author Victoria Kabakian is taking us to the Royal Court on the Disney Fantasy. Let’s sail away…!

One unique feature of Disney Cruise Line is their innovative Rotational Dining system, meaning that each night guests alternate between three main dining rooms, and their servers follow them from room to room based on the pre-scheduled rotation.

The Disney Fantasy features the Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, and Animator’s Palate as its three main dining rooms. Of these three, Royal Court is the only one that serves table service options for all three meals of the day.

Royal Court

Royal Court

Atmosphere

Located just beyond the beautiful atrium on deck 4 of the ship, Royal Court is designed to capture the whimsy of nearly every fairytale princess imaginable. The vast dining room has a very regal look, and in its center, beneath a crystal chandelier, is a large round table surrounded by plush red chairs that are larger and more elegant than the others in the room. This focal point is just one of many sophisticated and regal-looking features throughout the room.

Dining Room

Dining Room

The center table

The center table

The lovely red chairs

The lovely red chairs

The remaining chairs in the dining room have crowns engraved in the woodwork, adding another small detail to a dining room already bursting at the seams with Disney princess love.

Crown detailing

Crown detailing

A major decorative element in Royal Court is the Disney princess-themed mosaics found throughout the space. They include beautiful renditions of scenes from Disney movies such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid.

Cinderella mosaic

Cinderella mosaic

Sleeping Beauty mosaic

Sleeping Beauty mosaic

Snow White mosaic

Snow White mosaic

Beauty and the Beast mosaic

Beauty and the Beast mosaic

Aladdin mosaic

Aladdin mosaic

The Little Mermaid mosaic

The Little Mermaid mosaic

The dining room space near the Cinderella mosaic—gorgeous lighting too!

The dining room space near the Cinderella mosaic—gorgeous lighting too!

The lighting around the dining room includes small spot lights as well as large gold-accented pieces atop golden pillars. The detailing in the lights depict golden leaves as well as roses at the top of the pillars, adding to the regal look of the room.

Great detailing on these lights

Great detailing on these lights

Other accents throughout the space include Cinderella’s carriage in more ways than one. Her carriage is featured prominently on platforms around the circumference of the center part of the dining room, but it also makes up the bread baskets used at Royal Court!

Cinderella's Carriage Light

Cinderella’s Carriage Light

Cinderella’s carriage bread basket

Cinderella’s carriage bread basket

Cinderella’s carriage on the front door to Royal Court

Cinderella’s carriage on the front door to Royal Court

Breakfast Eats

As I mentioned earlier, Royal Court is the only dining room on the ship to feature table service meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During my recent cruise, I made sure to visit Royal Court for each of these meals so I could share some insight on all of them.

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

First, let’s start with breakfast. The menu categories range from Delicious Fruit Yogurts to Healthy Options, Off the Griddle, From the Cold Galley and From the Hot Galley, as well as a Children’s Menu. Typical drink options are available, but I decided to start breakfast the same as I start most my meals on a Disney Cruise, and that’s with an iced tea. It’s light and refreshing, and always hits the spot.

Iced tea

Iced tea

Our server at breakfast suggested we try one of the yogurts to start, and even though we hadn’t planned on it, the Mango Mountain Hike sounded really intriguing. It’s almost like a mango yogurt smoothie/thick soup with granola in it, giving it a bit of texture and added flavor. Holy moly! This quickly became an obsession between both my sister and I, and I’ve even emailed Disney to see if I can get a recipe. Yum!

Mango Mountain Hike

Mango Mountain Hike

The bread service at breakfast features a variety of breakfast pastries that are offered tableside from a basket. I selected a pain au chocolat from the options. Although the chocolate was still soft, the pastry itself was also quite soft, not really flaky. It was tasty, but not the best pain au chocolat I’ve tried by a long shot.

Pain au chocolat

Pain au chocolat

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Guest Review: Royal Court Aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

It’s time to step aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship! Today, guest author Rachel Gardner brings us a wonderful review from the princess-themed Royal Court — one of the rotational dining restaurants on this gorgeous Disney Cruise Line ship.

Atmosphere

The Royal Court Restaurant on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, is a princess haven!

The restaurant has the princess concept refined to its most basic elegance. This sophisticated restaurant located on Deck 3, adjacent to the lobby, reflects each princess through unique and breathtaking mosaics!

The stroke of midnight!

There are two rooms set off from the main dining hall with even more princess décor including beautiful (they look hand-painted!) plates.

Beauty and the Beast Plates.

One of the two rooms is dedicated to The Princess and the Frog, with large tiled mosaics on the walls.

The Princess and the Frog!

Princess motifs adorn the restaurant as well. They are so subtle, yet I made it my personal mission to try to spot the unexpected.

Chandelier in lobby area - notice the crowns on top!

Carriage lamps - I want one!

Rose patterned carpet.

The music that plays throughout the restaurants includes songs from classic [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…]

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Restaurants and Dining Options

We had a great time sailing on the Disney Dream and doing a thorough Dine Around in January 2011. During that sailing, DFB researched (um, okay, ate) our way through the bountiful offerings on this all-you-can-eat cruise.

Disney’s next cruise ship, the Fantasy, is set to sail its maiden voyage in March of 2012. The 2,500 passenger ship will be identical in size and layout to the Disney Dream, although the two will not be exactly the same. Let’s review the venues for food and beverages on the Fantasy!

Main Dining

On board the Disney Fantasy guests will have many options when it comes to dining. They can of course choose to follow the rotational dining schedule that is set before departure, or opt out on certain nights to enjoy restaurants like Cabanas, Palo, and Remy.

The main dining options on the Disney Fantasy will be similar to those offered on the Disney Dream; the main changes will include a new show that will be offered at Animator’s Palate, a entirely new them for the adults-only district on the ship, and design changes for some of the other restaurants.

Animator’s Palate
Animator’s Palate is one of the main dining experiences on all three existing Disney ships, and the Fantasy will be no exception. However on the Fantasy, guests will experience the all new “Animation Magic” show starring none other than Mickey Mouse.

Animator's Palate

Diners will be treated to a truly magical experience led by Sorcerer Mickey. Watch as the characters on the wall move from black and white to color, and experience the Beauty and the Beast classic “Be Our Guest” in a whole new [Read more…]