Introduction to Dining on Disney Cruise Line
All food while onboard is included in the price of your cruise, with the exception of Palo, for which guests must pay a small cover charge.
Disney Cruise Line originated the rotation dining concept that allows guests to experience a different restaurant each evening for dinner while their servers and tablemates remain the same.
There are two seatings each evening, an early seating and late seating.
When you check in at Port Canaveral, or when you arrive in your stateroom, you'll receive a dining ticket which lists your restaurant allocation for each night, and seating time.
Early seating times are either 5:30pm, 5:45pm or 6:00pm.
Late seating times are either 8:00pm, 8:15pm or 8:30pm.
On the Disney Dream, dining times are 5:45pm and 8:15pm.
You can request which seating you prefer (early or late) when you book the cruise, or change it once you board (subject to availability).
Guests on the early seating go to the late show in the theatre, and guests on the late seating go to the early theatre show.
There are three restaurants onboard each ship.
On a three night cruise you will get to dine in each of the three restaurants over the three nights.
On the four night cruise you will dine in each of the three restaurants, plus one will be repeated. On the repeat night you will have the Pirates IN the Caribbean dinner.
On seven night or longer cruises you will keep rotating through each of the three restaurants.
Your dining ticket will show your restaurant allocation using a code:
L - Lumiere's
T - Triton's
A - Animator's Palette
P - Parrot Cay
For a 3 night cruise on the Wonder your code might be: PAT, meaning the first night you'll dine at Parrot Cay, second at Animator's Palette, and third at Triton's.
For a 4 night cruise on the Magic it might be: ALLP, meaning you'll be at Animator's Palette on the first night, Lumiere's on the second and third, and Parrot Cay on the fourth night.
Your table number will also be printed on your dining ticket, and will be the same each night, regardless of which restaurant you're in. Your tablemates and servers will also move with you each night to the different restaurants. This is good if you get on well with your tablemates, but not so if you don't! See tips below for information on how to change.
You will find that because your servers move with you they get to know your food and beverage preferences and may even become friends!
Dining rotation only applies to dinner, and to breakfast on debarkation day. You are free to have breakfast and lunch wherever you wish.
Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast is available from Topsider / Beach Blanket Buffet, or Parrot Cay. On the Disney Dream, a breakfast buffet is served in Cabanas and Enchanted Garden, with a la carte in Royal Palace.
Sit-down breakfast is available in Lumiere's / Triton's on the Magic and Wonder.
Lunch is available from Topsider / Beach Blanket Buffet, Parrot Cay, Triton's / Lumiere's, Pinocchio's Pizzeria, Pluto's Dog House, or Scoops.
On the Disney Dream, a buffet lunch is served in Cabanas and Enchanted Garden, with a la carte in Royal Palace. Counter service is available from Flo's V-8 Cafe.
Both breakfast and lunch are open seating. You don't have to sit at your assigned table, and will be seated by a crew member. If you want to be served by your assigned dinner servers, ask them the night before where they'll be for breakfast/lunch the following day.
Late Night snacks are available from Pinocchio's Pizzeria, Promenade Lounge, Route 66 / Beat Street, or Scoops.
A 24 hour beverage station is located on deck 9, near the Mickey Pool. A selection of hot and cold beverages are available and are always complimentary.
Soft drinks served with meals are complimentary, but you will have to pay extra for soft drinks from any of the bars, lounges, or room service.
Alcohol and specialty drinks aren't included and guests must pay extra for them.
A corking fee of $15 will be charged for each bottle of wine brought into the dining room that was not purchased onboard.
There is a different dress code each night on the cruise, which will be printed in that day's Personal Navigator.
Dress Codes are:
Cruise Casual - shorts, tanktops, or swimwear are not appropriate. Casual trousers and a shirt or polo short for men, and a skirt, dress or trousers for women are suggested.
Dress up night / Semi-formal - Suit / Jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women.
Formal Attire - tuxedo or suit for men, gown or dress for women.