Three Busy Bees | DCL Food – The Royal Palace

Disney Cruise Line, like all other cruise line companies, pride themselves on their food. And why shouldn’t they? We pay a lot of money to sail around various parts of the world being entertained, wined, and dined. Besides them providing the place to lay your head every night, they spend the majority of their time with the food. Food isn’t just about the “meat and potatoes”. It’s about the ambiance. It’s about the details in EVERYTHING. Are the place settings just right, do the kids have their water cups with lids that have their names written on them? Will the guests be pleased with the prompt service? What about the detail to lighting and entertainment while dining?

A lot goes in to these restaurants and it’s a main section of the questionnaire that Disney will have you fill out before disembarking. With every bit of energy that goes into planning the nightly dinners, they pull it off with an “A”.

I am only showing off the Royal Palace today. There aren’t many photos because after a few snaps, the guests around you start looking at you with weird gazes. It becomes kind of creepy because it seems as if they forgot they are staring at you.

What is the Royal Palace?

When we walked up to the “gates”, they were just opening. I felt like a princess myself. The restaurant is based on the various Princesses you have grown to love – Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, and Belle. The menu is a French Cuisine and it is splendid. For me, the Royal Palace was the fanciest of the three restaurants that are apart of the “rotational dining”. The waiter’s attire drops you into the pages of your favorite fairytale. You walk in on a red carpet as if you were entering a royal ball. The plates resemble fine china and you cannot help but place yourself in the Disney Films. Disney does an excellent job of recreating an experience from their movie for you to enjoy your dinner in.

What did we wear? We all came in our jeans and nice shirts. The dress code for our cruise was more casual than semi-formal.

One thing that was a major plus in my book was the alcohol. We aren’t big drinkers but we do like a good drink or glass of wine occasionally. The majority of the mixed drinks (with top shelf liquor) are $5.95. It’s hard to find a drink for that price at a bar in the States. These prices made it easier to enjoy a dinner with a glass of Sangria or with the drink of the day with our fantastic meals. This is another way DCL makes their cruises “Adult Friendly”.

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Disney talks about the Royal Palace:

Royal Palace on the Disney Dream is a wondrously themed, Main Dining restaurant located on Deck 3, Midship. Inspired by classic Disney films like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, Royal Palace serves French-inspired, continental cuisine fit for a king or queen for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dining at Royal Palace is an elegant affair. Resplendent décor includes ornate marble floors, a luxurious rose carpet and an elaborate chandelier brimming with glass slippers and roses, along with hand-painted portraits of Disney princesses and princes including Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White and Belle. A marble entryway inlaid with a royal crest featuring a pumpkin coach, glass slipper, rose and tiara, and lavish chair backs embellished with gilded emblems and tiara-topped porthole valances add to the magic.

With an attention to detail only Disney could communicate, dining at the Royal Palace places you and your family in the center of a classic Disney fairytale—where much of the restaurant’s décor is modeled from classic Disney films. For example, the circular floor plan, fluted columns and iron railing that grace the restaurant are all faithfully recreated from the Cinderella ballroom scene.

Dinner
Dinner at Royal Palace is part of the reserved Rotational Dining that occurs nightly during your cruise. When you book your cruise, you will be asked to select a dinner and live show time based upon availability at that time. Requests to change these assignments may be made during the booking process or upon boarding the ship, if availability allows. Once onboard, check the dining tickets that can be found in your stateroom for assigned dinner and show seating times, restaurant schedule and table number.

Royal Palace offers a mouthwatering 4-course affair, serving a seasonal menu of classic culinary delights fit for royalty of all ages.

Dress Code
The dress code for dinner at Royal Palace changes daily. Check the Personal Navigator—the Disney Cruise Line daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do—for more information while onboard. However, you are requested to not wear tank tops or swim wear whilst dining in Royal Palace for dinner.

Lunch
A full-service lunch is available at Royal Palace on select dates. Check the Personal Navigator—the Disney Cruise Line daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do—for specific times and dates while onboard.

Open seating is available when dining at Royal Palace for lunch, meaning you and your family are invited to dine at any table you choose.

Breakfast
A breakfast buffet is available at Royal Palace on select cruise days. Because operating hours do vary daily, check the Personal Navigator—the Disney Cruise Line daily newsletter detailing all there is to see and do—for specific time and dates while onboard.

Child’s Menu
For the most discerning child’s palate, Royal Palace is proud to offer a large selection of classic children’s food favorites.

Beverages
The following beverages are available at Royal Palace for an additional charge plus gratuity:
Bar drinks
Bottled Water
Specialty Coffee
The following beverages are complimentary at Royal Palace and require no additional charge:
Coffee
Soda
Fruit Juice
Milk
Tea (Iced/Hot)
Live Shows

On the Disney Dream, our original live productions will be performed three times each evening. In order to make certain everyone is accommodated—similar to our assigned dining times—you will be assigned a specific performance. If you are on the first dinner seating time, you’ll be assigned either the first performance or third performance of the live show. If you are on the second dinner seating, you’ll be assigned to attend either the first or second show performances.

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