CELEBRATION, Fla. – Mealtimes are memorable entertainment experiences for guests of all ages aboard the Disney Magic. Elaborately themed restaurants with distinctly Disney touches combine with world-class cuisine to please the palate and satisfy all the senses.
Here are some highlights of the dining delights in store for guests aboard the Disney Magic:
Dining with a dash of animation magic
Animator’s Palate, one of the most popular restaurants on the Disney ships, is updated with all-new, animation-adorned walls and larger high-definition flat-screens to provide the best views of the animation magic that takes place all around. New furnishings all around the interior of the restaurant, including custom-built Mickey Mouse chairs, provide a fun feast for the eyes, while the delectables and dishes provide a feast for the palate.
On every Disney Magic cruise, a heaping helping of entertainment is served up during the newly re-imagined “Drawn to Magic” dinner animation show.
The venue, cloaked from floor to ceiling in a classical black and white motif, tips a nostalgic hat to old-time animation in the Steamboat Willie era of Walt Disney’s animation past. Over-sized digital canvases line the walls of Animator’s Palate, where unseen artists sketch character portraits in real-time throughout the meal.
Pixie dust heralds the final element of animation, completing the arc from sketch, to pencil test, to ink and paint, leading to the result—storytelling. As dinner begins to wind down and desserts are selected, a grand “Drawn to Magic” finale begins, immersing guests in an animated show about a hero’s journey through Disney and Pixar animation from wishing upon a star to happily ever after.
The tale begins as the room darkens so that the illuminated digital canvases can tell the story of dreams, featuring iconic wishing moments from films like Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and more. “When You Wish Upon a Star” tugs at heartstrings, as guests reminisce with the characters, of dreams and wishes.
The show takes a dramatic turn when these fanciful dreams are interrupted by fearsome Disney villains—from Maleficent to Jafar—drenching the entire room in a deep crimson red for the first time during the show. This dramatic shift in the lighting plunges guests into the story as characters, taking them on a fearful journey of darkness and despair, finally halting when the protagonist’s have been overcome.
As with happy endings though, magic, faith—and a little bit of pixie dust—raises our heroes (and guests), proving that dreams and hope prevail. Scenes from classic and modern Disney films play on canvases around the room, as the walls flash with moving watercolor medleys, bathing the black and white room in full color. The celebration comes to life, with a parade of color and “transformed” wait staff, led by Sorcerer Mickey, who knows more than anyone, that wishing and dreams can change everything.
Palate-pleasing menu specialties include grilled veal chop with roasted red bliss potatoes, sweet onions and a morel mushroom sauce; fire-roasted beef tenderloin, carved to order, with wasabi mashed potatoes, sautéed bok choy and a tamarind-barbecue reduction; and cranberry and orange cheesecake with a dark chocolate sauce.
“Drawn to Magic” debuts on the Disney Magic on three-, four- and five-night itineraries. Guests on voyages of seven nights or more are treated to both “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” shows.
More family dining, from elegant to casual
The vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro creates an energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s, a new restaurant named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca. Festooned with lighted lanterns, the restaurant is designed to be “fun by day, elegant by night,” says Lanzisero.
During the day, buffet meals feature a festival theme before night falls and the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janeiro, with softly illuminated lanterns flickering overhead. A scenery scrim is drawn to conceal the buffet and kitchen areas for dinner service, providing a more elegant dining locale. Carioca’s has replaced Parrot Cay restaurant, formerly on the Disney Magic.
Latin-themed fare will delight guests with dishes like slow roasted pork belly, fried plantain and malanga pancakes and grilled rum-marinated swordfish. Guests can complete the meal with a refreshing caipirinha—Brazil’s national cocktail.
Another new restaurant to the Disney Magic is Cabanas, a casual dining experience offering food and beverage stations during daytime hours and table-service dining at dinner. Drawing inspiration from Australian influences with uniquely Disney touches, Cabanas offers indoor and outdoor dining. The Australian setting of the Disney-Pixar animated classic “Finding Nemo” inspires the décor and guests can find hints of the film’s fishy and feathered friends throughout the restaurant. The beach-themed dining room, colorful surfboards, beach umbrellas and teak Adirondack chairs create a sunny “down under” setting for guests.
Cabanas, which replaced Topsider Buffet, has also expanded. Imagineers have added more indoor area to the popular restaurant and increased the total square-footage of air-conditioned space by nearly 3,400 square feet to more than 9,460 square feet. Seating has increased to 385 indoor seats and 118 outdoor seats.
Palo specialty restaurant for adults
Disney Cruise Line’s popular Palo restaurant receives a makeover with stylish wood fixtures, glass artwork panels, new stone floors, decorative lighting and hand-tufted carpet. Red and white striped poles reminiscent of those found throughout the canals in Venice are a design feature. A rich interior color palette—inspired by Venetian artwork—complements gourmet dishes that please guests’ palates.
While the look of Palo is enhanced, the world-renowned modern Italian cuisine and elegant dining experience has not changed. Open to guests 18 and older, Palo serves dinner and brunch.
To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact a travel agent.