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DCL – Dining

img_4835Dining aboard the Magic is wonderful.  There is always a place to grab a meal or a snack (even self-serve ice cream), and most at no additional charge.  Cabanas is the Magic’s buffet-style restaurant.  We enjoyed breakfast and lunch here on most sea days.  The offerings range from chicken nuggets and corn to various carving stations.  There is also a large spread of desserts and non-alcoholic drinks.

Buffet Dining
Inside seating for Cabanas
A glimpse of the upper deck seating outside of Cabanas.  The view was incredible, and it was almost always empty.

There are three table-service style restaurants aboard the Magic: Animator’s Palate, Carioca’s, and Lumiere’s.  Some had breakfast offerings, but all served dinner.  We were able to experience all of the restaurants since Disney Cruise Line utilizes rotational dining.  Disney was the first cruise line to offer this style of dining, which means that everyone rotates through the different restaurants that are on the ship.  In addition to the guests moving from eatery to eatery, the servers rotated as well.   This allows for the server to get to know the guest (and vice versa) so that a premium service can be experienced.

Entrance to Animator’s Palate


At Animator’s Palate, we were given stick figure outlines to fill with our own creations.  During our meal, our drawings came to life on the screens that were on every wall in the restaurant.  Sorcerer Mickey also made a grand entrance, and overall, it was a really fun dining experience.

The main entrance of the Magic – to the right is the entrance to Lumiere’s

Lumiere’s decor included little touches from Beauty and the Beast such as roses in the sconces and a mural of the Beast and Belle dancing.

Since we sailed for 7 nights and it was a Halloween on the High Seas cruise, the themes for each night included: Formal, Semi-Formal, Halloween, Pirate, and two casual nights.  We also signed up (prior to boarding) for a Character Breakfast.  It took place at Animator’s Palate and we met Jake, Mickey, and Goofy.


There are also options for Adult Only dining at Palo.  You can choose either brunch or dinner, and there is an additional feel.  Reservations must be made in advance and times go quickly.


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