Check out Rotational Dining: A Disney Cruise Line Review. Rotational dining is a unique and wonderful experience that everyone will love. Disney’s attention to detail and commitment to service extend to dining service aboard and will truly have every member of your family feeling like a prince or princess.

Rotational Dining: A Disney Cruise Line Review

I don’t know about the rest of you, but every year about this time I look out the window and see the gray skies and snow on the ground, and I start dreaming about sunshine, beaches, ocean waves, and of course anything Disney! My family is a fan of cruising, and we LOVE Disney Cruise Line! I mean what else could possibly be better than cruising around the warm, sunny waters of the South on a ship with Dumbo and Timothy on the back, right?!  There are so many things that are unique to a voyage on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line, but today I wanted to take a look at one thing that you won’t find on any other cruise line…Rotational Dining!

Rotational Dining: A Disney Cruise Line ReviewGuest Expectations

Guests on cruises always have high expectations for their dining experiences, and boy oh boy does Disney deliver in a really cool way! Each guest is assigned a rotation schedule, which you will find at the bottom of your Key to the World card when you check in. It will list the first letter of each dining location, and the order listed is your rotation. So for example, on my 7-night Disney Fantasy cruise last year, our rotation was AERAERA- Animator’s Palette, Enchanted Garden, Royal Court.  If you are on a 3-night cruise, you will experience each location once, on a 4-night you will duplicate one, and on a 7-night you will experience each dining location twice, and one three times. On Pirate Night, every dining venue will feature the same Pirate Menu, so don’t forget your pirate gear, Matey’s! Upon your arrival to your dining location on your first night, you will be shown to your table and you will meet both your Server and Assistant Server.

The Wait Staff

What makes Disney’s rotational dining so great is that not only will you get to experience a different dining location each night, but your wait staff goes with you! You will find that after the first night they know all your preferences! After our first dinner, my kids each had their preference of milk on the table waiting for them at their respective seats, and my husband and I were asked if we would like our same drinks we had had with dinner the night before. It’s the little touches that really make you feel special!

The Setting

Each ship in the Disney fleet contains Animator’s Palate, where animation comes to life. While you are dining, experience featured characters in animated shows, all while the restaurant comes to life around you. This is a signature experience during any Disney Cruise!  Your other 2 dining experiences on your rotation will be unique to the ship that you are aboard. While aboard the Disney Magic you will experience Carioca’s, an American/South American menu in tribute to the Three Caballeros and Lumiere’s, which is themed after Beauty and the Beast and showcases a french inspired menu.  While aboard the Disney Wonder, you will experience Parrot Cay, with it’s Caribbean inspired flavors, and Triton’s, a beautiful, formal restaurant that pays homage to The Little Mermaid.  While aboard both the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream you will escape to the gardens of Versailles in the Enchanted Garden, where flowered chandeliers bloom while you dine and the sun gently sets around you while you enjoy cuisine from around the world.  You will also find a more formal dining experience when you are summoned to the Royal Court aboard the Disney Fantasy, and the Royal Palace aboard the Disney Dream where you will dine like royalty on french american inspired menus.  There is no doubt that you will find something for every taste bud at all of the rotational dining experiences.

So there you have Disney’s Rotational Dining in a nutshell. It truly will make your Disney cruise a magical experience for everyone!

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Stefanie Bradshaw

Stefanie is a Disney fanatic (some might called it an obsession!) with an extensive portfolio of Disney Destination trips, including Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Thanks to this and her work as a travel agent, she is a master at planning itineraries, dining reservations, and all the special touches that make a Disney vacation magical. The best part? She's sharing all that knowledge and experience with us right here at Walt Express!
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