Family dining
  • On Apr 13, 2023
    Scott from South Yorkshire Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, we are due to embark our first cruise on May 7 and have just completed the online check in. We are wondering when we will be allocated our dining schedule? Many thanks Claire

    Welcome back to planDisney, Claire and Scott!  

    Thank you for bringing another great question our way as you finalize plans for your wonderful cruise! Your sail date is fast approaching, so let’s discuss all-things dining and what you can expect. You can see which seating time you are assigned to now within your Disney Cruise Line reservation details, but the exact order of the restaurants will be available on embarkation day.

    Disney prides itself on innovative rotational dining, where your family will experience each of the three main dining rooms onboard the ship throughout your cruise. Each night you will be seated at the same table number, with the same incredible dining team, but in a different restaurant with a corresponding menu. This means that your dining team quickly learns your preferences and can personalize your service for an exceptional dining experience each evening. You will see your family’s particular dining rotation when you activate “onboard” mode in your Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. This can be done once you arrive at the Port Terminal or once you have been greeted onboard the beautiful ship.

    When you open the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App at that time, be sure to connect to DCL-Guest Wi-Fi to enable all the content specific to your vacation. You will then see a detailed schedule, and each main dining room restaurant listed for each day. This visible schedule is tailored to your family and indicates the table number, which you will be asked for the first evening upon arrival. I like to look ahead at the menu for each evening and start to decide what I may order, there are so many delicious dishes to choose from!

    One thing is for certain - you will not go hungry onboard Disney Cruise Line! The main dining rooms offer several courses each evening for you to pick and choose from or mix and match to make your perfect meal. I also love the quick service options on the pool deck for a light lunch or snack. Don’t forget the 24-hour in-room dining where most of the items are complimentary (we love the chicken wings and All Hands on Deck cheese platter). No matter the length of your cruise, you are sure to perfect the art of the soft-serve ice cream swirl (my favorite flavor onboard is banana).

    Please let us know if you have any more questions as you get ready to embark on this special adventure!  

    Wishing you blue skies and sunshine,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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