Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy

Dining Around the Disney Fantasy with Dietary Restrictions!

Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
Disney Fantasy’s Dining Rotation

Once aboard the Disney cruise, you’ll have the pleasure of dining around three restaurants: Enchanted Garden, Animator’s Palate, and Royal Court. Each night your waitstaff will travel with you, which means they’ll know about your celiac disease, food allergies, or other dietary constraints.

Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney FantasyEvery night, you’ll receive the menu for the following day to order your next dinner. You’ll also order breakfast and lunch, which you can eat at one of the open restaurants or Cabanas, the buffet style option aboard the ship.

Now, since your food will be prepared separately, it may come out a little bit after the rest of your party’s food. However, it’s well worth the wait to travel around on a cruise ship without getting sick from the food!

Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
These are all the custom orders aboard the ship. The pink ones are food allergy orders.

So, if you want to travel on the Disney Fantasy, here’s what you need to know!

  • Your first day on board will be your most basic meal because you can’t order it a day in advance. If you arrive in time for lunch, head over to Cabanas, and ask to speak with a chef and explain exactly how your food needs to be prepared.

    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    My First Meal at Cabanas
  • Your head waiter should be your best friend! He’ll order your meals for each breakfast, lunch, and dinner a day in advance. The more he/she knows about you, the better your meals become.
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    Here’s a meal where I didn’t ask for my head waiter’s opinion.
    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    When I asked my head waiter’s opinion my meals were much more filling and intricate.

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    Once he knew I liked lettuce wraps, he surprised me by ordering cucumber wraps as an appetizer on the last night!
  • Befriend everyone on the ship, especially the pastry chef! I met him at Palo, and thereafter, dessert became my favorite part of the meal.
    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    Strawberry Sorbet and Berries
    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    A Berry Gelatin Treat
    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    Sorbet and Caramelized Pear!
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    Non-Dairy Mousse

    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    Caramelized Bananas and Fruit
  • By the end of the trip, I knew all the head waiters who helped serve my breakfast and lunch. They even brought me a pound of bacon because they had to prepare it separately.
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    Components of Breakfast
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    All Put Together with Bacon (prepared separately).

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    I had fruit for every breakfast, which is cool because berries are a hot commodity aboard the ship.
  • Be very specific about what you want for breakfast and lunch because there is no menu. While they usually usually don’t serve lettuce wraps aboard the Disney Cruise, my fellow passengers looked jealous of this meal! Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
  • The menu labels gluten and dairy free, so you should have an idea of what you want to order before you speak to the head waiter. Frequently the only options for my dietary restrictions were chicken, salmon, or steak with potatoes and vegetables. However, the appetizers & desserts varies, and the Farewell Dinner had more allergy friendly options!
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    Chicken & Veggies
    Dining Rotation Aboard the Disney Fantasy
    Steak & Veggies
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    Seafood salad is one of the appetizer options.
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    Appetizers always spiced up the meal. Here’s another option!

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    The Farewell Dinner was my favorite included meal of the trip.
  • For a surcharge, the 18+ crowd can eat at Palo or Remy, which is where I had my favorite meals!
  • I recommend packing some factory sealed snacks for your days at port since you can’t bring meals off the boat. The exception is Castaway Cay, Disney’s Private Island, where you can order your meal a day ahead of time!

My Disney Cruise was an amazing experience, where I didn’t get sick or have any reactions. It’s important to be upfront with everyone you meet and explain the severity of your dietary restrictions. Every waiter, chef, etc. told  our family that keeping me safe was their main concern because they really don’t want a medical emergency in the middle of the ocean.

Thank you Albert0, Giuseppe, and everyone who made our experience wonderful! I hope y’all have a magical week!

P.S: Want to learn more about Disney World or the Disney Fantasy, check out my Gluten Free in Disney page!

* This dining experience occurred August 2014 on the 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise.

3 thoughts on “Dining Around the Disney Fantasy with Dietary Restrictions!

  1. Kaila, I couldn’t agree MORE with being upfront and honest about restrictions, “ask and you shall receive” as my father always says!
    My cruise, I experienced similar situation, getting the menu the day before hand, and selecting my choice, but I struggled for lunch and breakfast, THAT part was a free for all…next time I will plan ahead better/find someone in charge to talk to!

    1. Yeah, that’s one of the good parts about a Disney cruise! You don’t even need to think about breakfast and lunch because your head waiter automatically takes the order the night before! (Although, I did look it up and know that this was their policy in advance.)

      Plus, there were a few of us that had multiple allergies that all the head waiters knew. They were really sweet! Now, the only part where I was actually smart was packing the factory sealed snacks, everything else was Disney magic. 🙂

      P.S: What did you do for breakfast and lunch?!

      1. Just getting this now, sorry!
        WELL, I didn’t eat breakfast AND lunch, I kind of made it like a brunch…and shoved as much food as possible in me, cause it would take me 20 minutes to find someone to talk to the chef who could make me eggs (separate, because the buffet had milk in it) and bring me GF bread. and I loaded up on fruit, raw veggies and brought my own packaged oatmeal. If I got hungry before dinner, I brought lots of sealed food with me as well 🙂 hello tuna packets!

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