Disney Cruise – Dining times

Posted on : 13-11-2012 | By : Allergy Free Mouse | In :

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Lumiere's restaurant on the Disney magicDisney Cruise Dining Time selection

Dining times are your choice, either 11:45 or 1:30 for lunch and 5:45 or 8:15 for dinner. You select either the early or later slot, and they become your dining times for the entire cruise. Take into account your child’s ability to stay up late after running around all day and playing all day. Our daughter has the ability to stay up late, to 11:00 on weekends and is in bed by 8:00 on weekdays. But she was tanked out at 8:30 every night!

I picked the later time because you see the shows first, then enjoy dinner and the Oceaneer Lab / Club will pick up children at 9:00 from the dining rooms and take them to the clubs! Sounds perfect. My Mother and I could spend the rest of dinner with adult conversation and sneak in a dessert that our daughter could not eat, due to her dairy allergy. But, she didn’t even make it to her meal. We were able to take someone else’s table at 5:45 when the had reservations at Palo (the adult-only restaurant) and this helped out tremendously. She ate, refueled, and was able to last until 10:00 PM to see the shows and characters in the lobby!

After discovering this, I asked if the chef could make her hummus and pita, guacamole and extra pitas for lunch, that we took back to the room with us. She ate this in the afternoon and lasted until just after finishing her dinner. On the day of the beach excursions, she actually napped in the afternoon, woke up at 5:30 and made it through the last meal time, and saw the characters afterwards. But this was the only time I was able to get an 8-year-old to nap! The early dinner slot fills up quickly and guests have their times changed from the later to the earlier slots and this fills up right away!

 

 

Disney Cruise – Restaurants at a glance on The Magic

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The Disney Magic restaurants at a glance

Lumiere‘s – a restaurant based on the story of Beauty and the Beast. French-inspired food for dinner, and continental breakfast and lunch.

Parrot Cay – Island-inspired decor and fare for dinner. Mickey’s Island Jam breakfast is served once a during your seven-day trip. This is a character breakfast that Chip & Dale, Goofy, Minnie, and Mickey will come by your table for pictures and autographs. Be on the lookout for crazy hats made from napkins for the guests!

Animator’s Palate – Fine food teams up with Disney animation in an atmosphere that serves gourmet offerings and a surprise we didn’t want to spoil. Just make sure and “watch” the restaurant,

See Quick Service restaurants (LIST COMING SOON…)

Palo – for adults only. Offers Northern Italian at night, and a fantastic brunch. The best brunch I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. A must! Check out the photos, as they tell the story. Check out the menu and more Palo restaurant tips – coming soon.

Disney Cruise on the Magic with a food allergy

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The Magic Disney Cruise Liner

Disney Cruise on the Magic with a food allergy

This Western Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic was filled with fun, but I wish that I had known the ordering protocol for food allergies, the menu options, and  other details. I think that these tips will help, not only those with food allergies, but anyone taking a Disney Cruise.

Since we are a Disney food allergy reviews-based site, let’s start with the food!

Our waiter Branislav, on the Disney MagicFirst and foremost, I need to thank our waiter Branislov. He was a wonderful server with great attention to detail. One night, my daughter fell asleep (more about this to come) on my shoulder, and he whispered to me, “Does she like the skin on the chicken, or not?” I was puzzled, but answered, “No, she doesn’t like the skin.” Well, he placed her plate gently on the table, quietly grabbed a knife and fork, and proceeded to remove the skin and cut her chicken into bite-size pieces. I have never had a waiter or restaurant staff make such a wonderful gesture. He took such great care of all of us. My mother, Sallie, my daughter and I adore him!

Neno took great care of our food allergy needsNeno was the head waiter, or maitre d’. He was so attentive to our needs, that the other tables nearby wondered who we were, to receive so much attention. Either our waiter, or he, brought us menus for the following day to order a safe breakfast, lunch and dinner. This always took place at dinner. Neno was the direct link to the chefs and kitchen staff. He was just as wonderful as Brasnilov. We also had a wonderful assistant server, Ivelina. She was also attentive and kind.

Our server assistant IvelinaWithout the wait staff mentioned above, none of the safe, allergen free food options would be possible. Although the chefs have the same incredible food allergy training as those at Disney World, they do not visit your table as they do at Disney World. Therefore, you must rely on the wait staff to relay your food allergy restrictions to the chef, who will present them with options to suggest to you. The wait staff handles all communications that go to the kitchen.

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