A sailing on the Disney Cruise Line is one of the most relaxing and delicious ways to do Disney! No matter what you’re craving, there are marvelous options 24/7 when you're sailing with Disney. If you are wondering what kind of food they serve on a Disney Cruise, you clicked the right article. On a Disney Cruise, there are quick-service restaurants, room service, formal dining, adults-only and buffet options ... and of course, that fan-favorite unlimited soft serve!
Hop along as we take you through all of the delicious dining options that await you and how your selections will rotate each day!
Quick-Service Dining Aboard the Disney Cruise Line
Each Disney Cruise ship features convenient dining that I’d like to call: “The Quick-Service Options.” Much like you'll find in the theme parks, these are the places onboard where you can walk up and grab a bite in between your official meal.
Here’s where you can go for an in-between meals snack.
- Goofy’s Galley is an outdoor counter serving fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches and cookies. (Disney Wonder)
- Flo’s Café is a three-window quick-service restaurant that serves pizza, sandwiches, salads, hotdogs, burgers and french fries. The three windows are named Fillmore’s Favorites, Tow Mater’s Grill and Luigi’s Pizza. (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Pinocchio’s Pizzeria serves all kinds of pizzas including pepperoni, vegetarian, Hawaiian and just plain ole cheese. (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder)
- Pluto’s Dog House not only serves hot dogs but also fries, hamburgers, chicken tenders and fish sandwiches. (Disney Wonder)
- Preludes is the snack bar located right beside the Walt Disney Theatre onboard. Preludes serves beverages and snacks for purchase during live performances and movies. Yes, this fresh popcorn is worth the extra few dollars! (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder)
- Eye Scream and Frozone Treats are two quick-service windows that serve all the frozen treats to make you happy. This is where you can get that famous unlimited soft serve. This is also where you can grab a smoothie, alcoholic blended drinks and bottled beers. (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Sweet on You is the famous candy shop themed after Vanellope von Schweetz and her game “Sugar Rush'' from the animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” Here you can enjoy frozen desserts, cupcakes, cookies and more. The items in this shop are not complimentary and must be purchased at an extra cost.
- Vista Cafe is a mini coffee shop that is so hidden (on deck 4 of most ships) that most people miss it! Vista Cafe serves assorted pastries and desserts. But in the evening, the display case transforms into a charcuterie case serving meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables. There is no extra charge for these snacks. (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
These are all the fun little places you can go to in-between your meals for a quick bite or sweet snack.
Room Service Aboard a Disney Cruise
Did you know that on a Disney Cruise you can order room service 24 hours a day and select from a variety of yummy treats? The best part of room service on a Disney Cruise is that it is completely complimentary! You can get anything from continental breakfast items to midnight snacks in the comfort of your stateroom.
The menu consists of charcuterie boards, salads, soups, mac and cheese, chicken tenders, hot dogs, hamburgers, wings, pizza varieties, panini varieties, desserts, wine, beer, juices and coffees. When your kiddos are hungry before bed and all the restaurants are closed, order a snack and enjoy it in your pajamas!
Buffet-Style Dining Options on a Disney Cruise
The buffet aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is called Cabanas; it’s located on the open deck beside the main pools. This buffet-style restaurant has so many options for each meal. Here’s what you can typically find at Cabanas for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner.
- Made-to-order omelets
- Scrambled eggs
- Hash browns
- Mickey-shaped waffles
- Ham steak
- Assorted fruits
- Grilled lamb chops
- Rib-eye steak
- Marinated chicken breast with pico de gallo
- Salmon steak
- Grilled swordfish
- Stuffed zucchini
- Macaroni and cheese
- Deli sandwiches
- Baked goods
- Ice cream
- Honey-glazed ham
- Tea (Iced/Hot)
If dinner times are available on your sailing, Cabanas has a four-course meal that changes each night. The dinnertime menu consists of soups, salads, pasta, steaks and desserts.
You'll find Topsider's Buffet on the Disney Magic and Beach Blanket Buffet on the Disney Wonder.
If your Disney Cruise sails near the Bahamas, you may stop at the Disney-owned private island, Castaway Cay. On the day that you spend here, there is a buffet set up for you on the island so you can have lunch without having to get back on board!
The all-you-can-eat buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m. The food is BBQ cookout-themed. They serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, Cajun grilled chicken, BBQ pork ribs, corn on the cob, sauerkraut, couscous, red-skinned potato salad, tomato salad, coleslaw and bags of Lay’s potato chips. Dessert consists of chocolate chip cookies, tropical fruit salad, banana bread and pineapple crumble bar cake.
Don’t froget that there are unlimited drink stations and unlimited soft-serve ice cream at Castaway Cay too!
The Main Course: Your Table-Service Dining Options
Every night, you will have an assigned table and assigned dining time. You will also have personal waist staff that will “rotate” with you to each of the main restaurants on board! You can check within the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app to see which restaurant you are assigned to each day.
These are the restaurant options that you will get to try while on board. The restaurants are different depending on which ship you’re sailing. But typically there are three main restaurants that will rotate on your sailing culinary adventure.
- Animator’s Palate is themed around all things animation. Animator’s Palate is also an interactive dinner “show” that stars some super fun Disney and Pixar friends. (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Enchanted Garden is a main dining restaurant themed after beautiful outdoor gardens. During your dinner, the decor magically transforms from day to night. It is important to note that this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Lumiere’s serves elegant French fusion cuisine, while the decor is beautifully themed after the classic Disney movie, "Beauty and the Beast." This main restaurant has a more formal feel. (Disney Magic)
- Parrot Cay will remind you of a Caribbean island, as the vibe is more relaxed than other main dining spots. The menu will remind you of dishes you would find on an island grill with an upscale touch. (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder)
- Royal Court is another formal style main dining restaurant themed after the classic Disney film, "Cinderella." It feels luxurious and most people dress up slightly when they dine here. (Disney Fantasy)
- The Royal Palace is very similar to the Royal Court. It is royal princess-themed, as well. This main dining palace serves more formal and incredibly creative French cuisine. This restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Disney Dream)
- Triton's serves contemporary American food and transforms into a more elegant international menu for dinner. If you didn’t guess it already from the name, this main dining restaurant is themed after the Disney classic movie, "The Little Mermaid." (Disney Wonder)
The main dining restaurants really add to the cruise experience. You are free to try anything on the menu and remember that this dining experience is complimentary and essentially unlimited. Do you love escargot? Order three plates!
My best tip for main dining is to come hungry and order all the entrees. You will not be disappointed. Ask your waiter which appetizer and dessert they recommend. Eat the dessert first, the appetizer next and then try any entree that you'd like! It’s a great way to get the full experience and really try each restaurant each night.
Adults-Only Dining on a Disney Cruise
Yes, there are areas on a Disney Cruise that are reserved for guests 18 years old and above. These areas are usually quieter and more upscale, similar to someone's house who has never had kids! Let’s go through all the great adults-only spots to get food on board!
Cove Cafe is the adult version of the Vista Cafe hidden on deck 4 (located on all four Disney Cruise Line ships). It is an adults-only coffee shop with a huge display case filled with assorted pastries and desserts. I can personally attest to the deliciousness of the muffins, tarts and croissants. These treats are complimentary and included in the price of your cruise.
The adults-only entertainment area is typically located on deck 3 or 4. If you’re looking for a club atmosphere or a quiet bar, the adults-only entertainment area on this deck is just what you need! There are a variety of bars that I will explain later, but I wanted to give a little secret tip that most people don’t know about: Every evening around 10:30 p.m., there is a small snack buffet that opens beside the main bar area. This buffet has the best munchies such as chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, coconut shrimp and spring rolls. You know, the typical stuff you crave late at night after a fun party! The options do rotate every night so be sure to come back and see what’s available. This is self-serve, complimentary and unlimited, as well. The snack bar typically closes sometime between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.
Fine Dining for Adults Only
There are two restaurants on board most of the Disney cruise ships. These restaurants are reservation-only and have a strict formal dress code. These restaurants are not included in your cruise base price and there is an extra charge for dining here.
Hop tip: If you forgot to pack formal shoes, a suit or tie, ask the maitre d’! They have a secret closet on deck 12 where you can borrow (for no extra cost) whatever you need to meet the dress code!
My personal favorite adults-only dining experience was at a restaurant called Remy. This is a classic French cuisine restaurant that is themed after the Pixar movie, “Ratatouille.” In case you didn’t remember, the main character's name was Remy — thus the name. Be sure to look up when you enter the restaurant — there is a hidden crystal statue of Remy on the chandelier! Ask the wait staff for help finding it in case you missed it. There are tiny details in this exquisite restaurant. The pattern on the seating is a silhouette of Remy and his brother. It is one of the only restaurants on ANY cruise ship with 3 Michelin stars!
From sitting down to walking out, this gourmet dining experience is an attraction unto itself. By the way, there is a surprise chocolatey souvenir that they provide when you finish your meal! My best suggestion would be to order the chef’s suggested courses and consult the knowledgeable sommelier for what will pair well with each dish. We were able to order a glass for every two dishes as it would enhance the menu. Trust the experts! Remy can be found aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
The next adults-only restaurant is another opulent choice restaurant called “Palo.” Palo is Italian-inspired. You can visit this location for a renowned brunch buffet or in the evening for a romantic candle-lit dinner. The restaurant has an ambiance reminiscent of Venice. The entire side of the restaurant is windows. The sea view and extensive wine and cocktail list make Palo toadally worth it!
On my first few cruises, I did not try these adults-only restaurants and only ate the standard meals. Boy, was I missing out! I implore you to try at least one of the adults-only restaurants next time you go sailing with Disney! Palo can be found on Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
Drinks Only Please | The Bars & Nightclubs on a Disney Cruise
It is so important to note that all alcoholic drinks are not complimentary on a Disney Cruise and must be purchased at an extra cost. No one wants a surprise cocktail bill! That being said, here are all the fun frogtastic bars and nightclubs that you can visit on your next Disney Cruise.
- Quiet Cove Pool Bar is located beside the hot tubs and tranquil adult pools. It is a walk-up / swim-up bar with refreshing drinks.
- Signals is located just beside the adults-only main pool. It’s a breezy bar area where you can sip away all your cares! (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder)
- Currents is a wide-open bar located on the top deck. It is in a sunny area with a great view of the midship action down below. It’s the perfect adults-only bar to sip a refreshing cocktail and people watch. (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Waves is another bar located on a sunny deck just between the family and adults-only area. This menu has a ton of chilled and blended beverages. There’s plenty of seating with tables here. (Disney Dream)
- Bon Voyage is technically a bar but with lounge vibes. It’s located on deck 3, midship and you can get almost any refreshing beverage you can think of. (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Meridian is another bar that doubles as a lounge. The theming here is incredible. It's themed after all things travel. The booths look like old-fashioned suitcases, the windows look like globes and the wallpaper looks like passport stamps! But it’s done in such a tasteful way that you won’t even notice unless you’re looking for it. Meridian is located on deck 12 between the two adults-only restaurants, Remy and Palo. I highly recommend this bar for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail. Take it through the door located on either side of the bar, to the outdoor deck. The sea breeze and views are stunning! (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy)
- Promenade Lounge is a classy and casual lounge with tables located on deck 3. (Disney Magic, Disney Wonder)
Now let’s talk about all of the nightclubs and bars that you can find on the Aft Deck of most Disney Cruises. This is the perfect place to sneak off to in the evening when the kiddos are having a blast in the kids club!
- Pub 687 is a modern sports bar. It is relaxed and friendly. It’s the perfect place to catch whatever game or match you’re dying to see with a friend and beer in hand! Side note, there are also family-friendly activities here during the day. (Disney Dream)
- O’Gills Pub is another version of a sports bar but with a delightful Irish twist! Enjoy this shamrock-inspired bar with your favorite lass! (Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic)
- District Lounge is a high-energy bar with a very modern design. There are quiet tables in case you are looking for a more intimate conversation on your date night. The bar boasts an extensive mixed drink menu. (Disney Dream)
- Evolution is the fun dance club that you didn’t know you needed! The entire place is butterfly-themed, and so is the drink menu. The DJ always plays a variety of upbeat music, and there’s something for everyone looking to boogie. (Disney Dream)
- Pink Bar is a more elegant nightclub. The entire place is themed after champagne and pink. It makes for a very Instagram-worthy bar counter! There are even bubbles floating up in the walls! Come here, grab a glass of champagne or your favorite cocktail and relax. (Disney Dream)
- Ooh La La is another champagne-themed bar. Come here to unwind in a whimsical 1920s Paris-inspired ambiance. (Disney Fantasy)
- French Quarter Lounge is, you guessed it, a New Orleans-inspired bar with all the charm you come to expect from the bayou. (Disney Wonder)
- Crown & Fin Pub is a jolly good English-themed pub where you can grab a pint with friends and take a breather. (Disney Wonder)
- The Tube is where you can say “ello” to your new friends at this British modern dance club. (Disney Fantasy)
- Azure means bright blue and that perfectly explains this nightclub. Dance in the flashing gorgeous blue hues with a cocktail in hand at this ocean-themed club. (Disney Wonder)
- Keys is themed after old Hollywood and the piano bars that were made famous at that time. This lounge has a classic and upscale feel throughout. (Disney Magic)
- Cadillac Lounge celebrated the glitz and glamor of old Hollywood. Let the good times roll with a classic drink. I recommend a dirty martini or an old fashioned. (Disney Wonder)
- Fathoms is a sea-worthy club themed after the mysteries of the ocean. Peek through portholes on the walls and plunge into the after-hours! (Disney Magic)
- La Piazza is the most picturesque of all the nightclubs. This bar resembles a turn-of-the-century carousel and you will want a selfie of this! (Disney Fantasy)
- Skyline is a city skyline-themed bar, in case you couldn’t guess from the name! The views through the faux windows transform and sometimes you can’t tell if you’re in New York, London, Paris or some other magical famous city! Here, you can savor some of the best cocktails on the whole ship. (Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream)
Those are all the possible nightclubs and bars that you can visit on the Disney Cruise Line ships. They differ on each ship, which means the more ships you try, the more options you have!
One of the best parts of any Disney Cruise is the food and drinks! It’s a notch above the rest. Trust me, I’ve sailed them all! I hope this answered any questions you had, and have a magical time sailing with Mickey Mouse and friends!
When it comes to Disney Cruise food, the options are almost endless! Have you been on a Disney Cruise before? What was your favorite thing you ate?