Animator’s Palate is probably the most unique rotational dining experience on the Disney ships. It is the one rotational restaurant that remains constant on all of their ships, however, the decor and experience is slightly different on the newer ships. It was also my personal favorite in terms of food and menu items. Our table was also in a better location here – we could better hear the other couples at our table and we were right in front of a viewing screen!
Reminiscent of an animation artist’s creative space, it is chock full of unique details. From the nooks filled with movie memorabilia, down to the paint palates on the ceiling and giant pillars shaped like pencils, no corner is left untouched!
The menu resembled an artist’s notebook (you know, for doodling).
I loved the animation sketches of Mickey on the inside.
Even the plates had a cute paintbrush design. You could purchase a set of this dinnerware in the gift shop if you just couldn’t live without it for home.
Some of our tablemates all decked out for formal night. (Disney does have one formal and one semi-formal night on their longer cruises – you can dress to the nines or wear the usual cruise casual attire – no one seemed too uptight about it either way)
The giant screens scroll through different drawings and scenes throughout dinner.
Soon after guests are seated and you’ve ordered, the show begins! It’s an interactive experience with Crush and the gang from Finding Nemo. The screens that previously showed concept artwork from Disney films is now a window into the sea as favorite characters swim by you.
The bread selection this evening was a Garlic and Herb Foccacia with a Roasted Garlic Dip. Love those cute paintbrush bread knives.
My appetizer was the Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist served with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Because I rarely get to eat them at home, I ordered the Vine Ripe Tomato Salad with Bell Peppers and Red Onion Brunoise topped with Micro Greens and an Herb Dressing. Simple, yet fresh and flavorful.
For his second course, Rem had the Curly Endive, Arugula and Watercress Salad – Sliced Peaches and toasted Almonds tossed in a Sherry Vinaigrette.
My favorite entree of all the rotational dining experiences was at Animator’s Palate – Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus beef Tenderloin carved to order on Wasabi Mashed Potatoes with Bok Choy and a Tamarind–Barbecue Reduction. The beef was tender and juicy, the mashed potatoes creamy with a kick from the wasabi. Yum!
Rem had the Grilled Pacific Black Cod with sautéed Morel Mushrooms on a Sweet Potato Purée. It was also very good, but very rich.
I always save room for dessert and because I wanted to try everything tended to order the sampler. Sweet Tamptations – A Trio of Crunchy Walnut Cake, Pineapple Financier, and Lemon Mousse.
Rem being the cheesecake connoisseur ordered the White Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Coilis.
When you are celebrating with Disney, they make it a point of finding out. They will ask when you book if it’s a special ocassion. For us, this was our 5-year anniversary trip. Our anniversary happened to fall on the day we drove down to Florida though. So our waiter had clued us in the first night that we’d be getting something special at Animator’s. They brought out a piece of their chocolate celebration cake, gave us anniversary buttons and sang to us! How sweet!
Next up in the Disney posts – Europa!