Is Rotational Dining Available for Breakfast and Lunch?
No, the rotational dining experience on Disney Cruise Line is exclusive to dinner. However, there are numerous delightful options available for breakfast and lunch on the ship.
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For your breakfast and lunch meals, you have several choices:
- Quick-Service Dining: Complimentary food is available from casual dining spots such as Flo’s V8 Café and Duck-In Diner.
- Buffet Dining: Cabanas and other buffet-style dining venues offer meals that are included in your cruise package.
- Character Breakfasts: These special meals are free, though you need to obtain tickets in advance. See our Character Dining on Disney Cruises article for more information.
- Room Service: Most items on the room service menu come without extra charges, but remember that tips are not included.
- Snacks: Various locations on the ship offer free snacks throughout the day.
Contact The Vacationeer to learn more about these options.
Accommodating Dietary Needs at Rotational Restaurants
Disney Cruise Line truly shines when it comes to accommodating various dietary needs. They offer a range of options that cater to different dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegetarian, no-sugar-added, dairy-free, and lighter-note offerings. You should specify your special dietary needs while booking your cruise.
My wife, Jaimie, follows a predominantly vegan diet, and she was pleased with the range of choices available at every meal. Even though she indicates her dietary preferences during the booking process, she also makes a point to notify the onboard staff about her diet. This helps ensure her dining experience is seamless and enjoyable. Disney Cruise Line staff have always done their best to accommodate our dietary requirements, and we thank them for it!
Rotational Restaurants Onboard Disney Cruise Line
There are five Disney cruise ships in its fleet. Here is a list of the rotating restaurants on each ship.
Rapunzel’s Royal Table | Image © Disney
Disney Magic, the first in Disney’s fleet, set sail in 1998. Onboard, you’ll find three distinct rotational restaurants:
- Animator’s Palate: A dining adventure where your surroundings transform from black and white into full color. With a menu offering American classics, there’s something for everyone. For us, the Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes is a must-try starter.
- Lumiere’s (Inspired by Beauty and the Beast): This rotational dining spot offers an elegant dining room that mirrors the opulence of Belle and the Beast’s ballroom and serves French-inspired cuisine like the delectable bouillabaisse and snail-packed escargot. The Grand Marnier soufflé is our family’s favorite dessert here, a perfect finale to any meal.
- Rapunzel’s Royal Table (Inspired by Tangled): Our kids love the lively atmosphere in this restaurant, where guests are treated to German fare and the joy of dancing with Disney princesses. I recommend the pan-seared sea bass, and my wife suggests the potato crepes filled with spinach, zucchini, eggplant, and ricotta.
Tiana’s Place | Image © Disney
Disney Wonder boasts three themed restaurants:
- Animator’s Palate: Just like on Disney Magic, this restaurant also offers an animated show during dinner, making for a delightful dining experience.
- Tiana’s Place (Inspired by Princess and the Frog): Here, the vibrant spirit of New Orleans comes alive with live jazz and Southern Cajun and Creole delicacies like jambalaya. Be sure to try the fried catfish; it’s one of my absolute favorites!
- Triton’s (Inspired by The Little Mermaid): Triton’s offers four-course French-inspired suppers in an enchanting underwater setting. The three-cheese lobster macaroni was a big hit with my family!
Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy
Enchanted Garden | Image © Disney
The sister ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, feature three beautifully themed rotational restaurants:
- Animator’s Palate: The playful animation show during dinner makes the dining experience here a unique one. Beyond the entertainment, the food is equally impressive, with options to suit all palates.
- Enchanted Garden: Here, you’ll be transported on a journey from day to night – right at your dinner table. The ambient light and nature-inspired setting provide a truly enchanting dining experience. My wife Jaimie, who prefers plant-based dishes, enjoyed their Spinach and Raspberry Salad, and I enjoyed their Marjoram-Scented Roasted Chicken.
- Royal Court (Disney Fantasy only): This princess-themed dining location serves exquisite French cuisine. With décor paying homage to classic Disney princess films, the grand ballroom ambiance truly sets a royal stage for a delightful meal. I can’t wait to bring my young daughter to this one!
- Royal Palace (Disney Dream only): Drawing inspiration from timeless Disney classics like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, this dining place transports guests into a majestic grand ballroom. The restaurant offers a selection of elegant French and Continental dishes, promising a royal feast for every diner.
Arendelle – a Frozen Dining Adventure
There are three unique themed rotational dining restaurants on the Disney Wish cruise ship, Disney’s newest member of its fleet:
- 1923 (Inspired by the Golden Age of Disney): This restaurant is named after the founding year of The Walt Disney Company and presents a delightful fusion of Vintage Hollywood and Californian cuisine. The sophisticated setting transports you back to the Golden Age of Disney. I highly recommend the 1923 Peppered Filet Mignon.
- Worlds of Marvel: Disney Wish’s rotational dining restaurant Worlds of Marvel is the world’s first Marvel cinematic dining adventure. The place is buzzing with high-tech superhero action. The innovative menu is designed to be enjoyed by both adults and kids, so it’s a hit with the whole family. Our favorite dish here is the Steamed Bao Buns. It’s a must-try!
- Arendelle – A Frozen Dining Adventure: Taking inspiration from the much-loved movie Frozen, this restaurant serves traditional Nordic fare. The Scandinavian setting is immersive, complete with live entertainment making it a magical experience. I especially love the traditional Arendelle Kjottkake (meatballs) and Queen Iduna’s Potato Lefse.
Tipping in Rotational Dining
Disney Cruises do not include gratuities, at least up front. However, it is customary to tip your Disney Cruise servers, who accompany you throughout your stay on the ship from beginning to end.
Because you have the same servers each night, there’s no need to tip at the table after each meal. You’ll receive tip envelopes in your stateroom and can give those to the servers on the last night.
Tipping Envelopes are provided at the end of your Disney Cruise
Disney provides a suggested gratuity guideline to help you make an informed decision on how much to tip. Your Disney travel agent can also advise you on the appropriate tip amount.
If you do nothing in advance, the suggested tip amount will be automatically added to your onboard folio at the end of your cruise; you can adjust it up or down by visiting the Guest Services desk onboard.
Is Alcohol Included in Rotational Dining?
No, while the rotational dining experience includes your food, alcoholic beverages are not included. Beer, wine, cocktails, and certain specialty non-alcoholic drinks are available but come at an additional cost, billed to your stateroom folio. Complimentary beverages offered during your meals include soft drinks, coffee, and tea, See our Alcohol on Disney Cruises article for more.