Tne innovative Disney touch the whole family loved was the rotating
dining program. Your service staff and table number remains the
same but you rotate between one of three dining rooms each night.
This rotation and the unique themes in each dining room helped keep
our kids from getting too restless at dinnertime.
We began our rotation
in the playful, Caribbean themed Parrot Cay then moved on to the
more formal Lumiere's and ended at our favorite- Animator's Palate.
Animator's Palate, which is themed after an animators studio, was
a real show stopper. At the start of dinner the room was black and
white but slowly, the interactive Disney art on the walls and the
ceiling began to come to life and by the end of dinner the room
was in full Technicolor.
In all the dining rooms
the dinners were well paced for family dining with fewer courses
than you may find on other ships. Food quality in the main dining
rooms was good with a nice selection of entrees every night. The
children have their own menu but may order from the main menu as
well. Alec and Danielle found their favorites on the children's
menu and did not stray into the uncharted territory of the "adult's"
For lunch the kids loved
the pizza, burgers and especially the ice cream available poolside
at Pluto's Dog house and Pinocchio's Pizzeria. We never ate in our
dining room at lunch.
On most mornings we ordered
breakfast in room. The room service was timely and fresh. We ate
breakfast in Parrot Cay at a special Character Breakfast once, and
again on the last day of the cruise.
Palo is the Magic's adults-only
"alternative" restaurant. Palo offers Northern Italian
cuisine nightly, a champagne brunch or high tea on the sea days.
The dining room has wrap around windows that offer panoramic views
of the sea and features an open kitchen and small bar. We enjoyed
the champagne brunch, which featured a nice selection of seafood
and antipastos. Dinner at Palo is served at a more relaxed pace
than the other family dining rooms. The food and service live up
to the upscale adult ambiance of the room. Brunch was not all that
busy but if you want to enjoy a dinner at Palo make reservations
early in the cruise. There is a $5 surcharge for dinner and $10
surcharge for brunch.
Disney offers a soft
drink program whereby guests (children or adults) may purchase a
refillable souvenir mug for $35 (yikes!). Soft drinks in the dining
rooms are already free so the mug only had value for us around the
pools and during the shows. The only draw back to the program is
that you have to carry the mug with anytime you anticipate that
your children may be thirsty.