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Guide to Animator’s Palate on the Disney Cruise Line

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Disney Cruise Line Animator's PalateTwo of the best parts of a Disney Cruise are the food and the entertainment. Animator’s Palate combines both in a wonderful experience that you will talk about long after your cruise is over.

Guide to Animator’s Palate

No matter which Disney Cruise ship you decide to set sail on, you will get to dine for at least one night at Animator’s Palate. This is just one of the restaurants in the rotation, but is a family favorite for many reasons.

Inside this restaurant you will find character sketches that come to life, paint brushes that turn the colors of the rainbow, and characters from popular Disney films across each wall.

We have had the pleasure to dine at Animator’s Palate on each of the Disney Cruise ships and what I can tell you is that each gives you a little bit of a different experience.

Disney Wonder Animator's PalateAnimator’s Palate on the Disney Wonder

When you arrive at Animator’s Palate on the Disney Wonder, you will notice that everything seems to be without color.

Tables at Animator's Palate on Wonder ShipThe tables are white and the pictures on the wall are all black & white sketches.

During the course of the evening, the black and white sketches that adorn the walls will change to color and eventually begin to transform into video.

Your servers who were once also wearing black & white, will gradually change into colored uniforms as well.

The night ends will the videos being synced to music, and a special visit from Sorcerer Mickey!

Disney Magic Animator's PalateAnimator’s Palate on the Disney Magic

On the Disney Magic, the restaurant itself looks just like the Disney Wonder. And while it looks similar, the experience is totally different.

Animator's Palate Drawing Comes to LifeBefore your meal arrives, your server will bring you a sheet of paper and request that you draw a picture of yourself.

They will collect all of the drawings and later, once your meal is over, you will watch a show featuring your creation!

What makes this amazing is that the drawings actually come to life and dance on screen!

Animator's Palate on Disney Dream

Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream & Fantasy

Unlike the restaurant on the Disney Wonder and Magic, Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream & Fantasy takes on the traditional colors of Mickey Mouse: red, black and yellow.

Nemo Sketcher Come to LIfe in Animator's PalateAs you dine, the pictures on the wall will gradually change into an aquarium where you will see some of Nemo’s friends appear (and disappear) on the screens inside the restaurant.

Animator's palate Restaurant on Disney Dream

While there is no dinner show, you just might have a special guest stop by to interact with you during the course of your dinner via the many screens throughout the restaurant.

Be aware, this guest enjoys picking on unsuspecting diners!

Animator's Palate MenuAnimator’s Palate Menu

The nightly menu at Animator’s Palate is contemporary Pacific Rim cuisine with an American flair (unless you dine on Pirate Night when the menu changes to Caribbean).

Ginger Teriyaki Glazed Beef Tenderloin

Ginger Teriyaki dusted Glazed Beef Tenderloin

All meals come with fresh baked bread, an appetizer, entree and dessert.

You will find a great combination of Steak, Fish & Chicken choices along with a pasta selection. There are also several vegetarian options if you need them.

Animator Palate's Dessert

Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake

Desserts are of course are phenomenal and you will have trouble choosing just one!

Menu Choices include:

  • Crunch Walnut Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Coulia.
  • Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake with layer of creamy Vanilla Cheesecake.
  • Cookies ‘n Cream Sundae with Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Chip Cookie.
  • Apple Crumble Rice Pudding with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Have you had a chance to dine at Animator’s Palate on any of the Disney Cruise ships? What did you love most about the experience?

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Angela @Little Blue's Room

Monday 21st of July 2014

I was watching a documentary on the Disney cruise lines and I saw the magical Animator's Palate restaurant where it began in black/white and changed to color. I'm a little sad that this only occurs on the Wonder (especially since we will be aboard the Dream) as I was hoping for that experience personally but I'm sure it will still be a fantastic time!


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Yes, this is true. On the Dream, however, you will be able to interact with Crush, which is really cool!


Monday 4th of March 2013