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.
Every 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!
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.
- 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.
- Befriend everyone on the ship, especially the pastry chef! I met him at Palo, and thereafter, dessert became my favorite part of the meal.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.