One of the major features that sets the Disney Cruise Line apart from its competitors is their innovative rotational dining system, along with the myriad alternative options available for feeding your crew. Today, we're breaking it all down and answering some of the most common questions we receive from our clients regarding Disney Cruise Line dining!
How Does Rotational Dining Work?
Every Disney Cruise Line vessel features three impeccably-themed main restaurants, each with its own unique signature menu for dinner. You’ll rotate through these restaurants at least once during your cruise, so everyone gets to experience each one. On longer cruises, you’ll enjoy a second rotation through each restaurant with new themed menus: no two nights are the same! And here’s the best part: your waitstaff rotates with you, so your server will always be aware of your food preferences and dietary restrictions.
How Do I Know Where and When My Rotation Starts?
When you book your cruise, you’ll get to select either the Main Dinner Seating (at around 5:45pm) or the Second Dinner Seating (at around 8:15pm). You’ll find out which restaurant you’ll start your rotation at once you embark.
What Are My Other Options for Dinner?
If you don’t feel like eating dinner at your assigned restaurant one night, you’ve got several other choices. There are a few quick-service restaurants located on the pool deck that you can visit any time. Alternatively, the breakfast/lunch buffet restaurant becomes a casual sit-down place at night with no reservations required. Finally, you could simply choose not to go out at all ~ complimentary room service is available around the clock!
Are There Any Adults-Only Restaurants Onboard?
Yes. The Disney Magic and The Disney Wonder each have one adults-only restaurant. The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy have two. Advance reservations are strongly recommended, and an upcharge does apply.
How Do I Feed My Kids If I Want To Eat At An Adults-Only Restaurant One Night?
You’ve got lots of options! You can feed your kids at one of the quick-service restaurants on the pool deck. You can bring your kids to your assigned main restaurant and sit with them while they eat (older kids can even head to the main restaurant on their own). Or your kids can eat at the Oceaneer’s Club ~ just be sure to check the schedule for when they’ll be serving dinner.
What About Breakfast and Lunch?
Buffet-style breakfast and lunch are offered in an expansive restaurant located on the same deck as the pools (but at the opposite end of the ship). If you’re looking for something a little fancier, one of the main rotational restaurants will be open at designated hours for a full-service breakfast or lunch. Or you can grab something easy from one of the quick-service restaurants on the pool deck. And of course, room service is always an option.
Disney’s got you covered with 24-hour ice cream machines, late afternoon snack spreads in some of the lounges and bars, evening buffets, and snack items at all of the quick-service locations.
And there you have it: Disney Cruise Dining in a nutshell. One last important thing to note: with just a few exceptions (the adults-only restaurants, specialty coffees and beverages, alcoholic beverages, and pre-packaged snacks in the gift shops and theaters), ALL of your food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in your cruise fare. No "nickel-and-diming", no surprise fees.
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