If you’ve never been on a Disney Cruise, you should know that dinners are set up for Rotational Dining which means you have assigned seating times and tables at various ship restaurants every evening of your cruise. Animator’s Palate is one of the restaurants included on the Disney Fantasy.
What appears to look like a colorful, artist-themed restaurant embellished with paintbrush and pencil pillars and sketches on the dinnerware proves to be another Disney interactive marvel.
Shortly after arriving, diners are asked to draw a character on their dinner placemat. When the works-of-art are finished everyone is asked to relinquish their freshly drawn characters to their servers. Your little ones will forget about their drawings and become involved with the kid-friendly dining experience.
On the walls are screens displaying the restaurant logo which eventually evolves into classic sketch drawings. As the meal progresses, the screens reveal food-themed clips from numerous Disney and Pixar films.
Later, as dessert is being served, you will notice the restaurant’s music volume has increased, the lights are dimming and the walls are coming to life. The screens transition from black and white comic strips to flipping pages. Within moments the sketches evolve into a full-blown cartoon featuring Sorcerer Mickey. But the best is yet to come when the famous mouse carries out a stack of papers. Quicker than you can say Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo the drawings – your family’s drawings – are on the wall dancing as part of the entertainment.
Some drawings even have the honor of dancing with some of the famous Disney characters.
The dining contributors continue to be impressed when their names appear on the screen during the film credits. Once again…Disney has done it again.
Thank you, Disney, for introducing me to the Disney Fantasy during the media preview. Note: You will find a version of this restaurant on each of Disney’s cruise ships.