Disney Cruise Line’s Animator’s Palate
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Animator’s Palate aboard the Disney Fantasy is a re-imagined version of the signature Disney Cruise Line restaurant that brings the magic of Disney animation into the dining room with wall- to-wall whimsy inspired by classic animator’s studios.
Design highlights include pillars throughout the restaurant fashioned like huge pencils and brushes, character sketches, maquettes (three-dimensional character models), film strips and other tools of the animation trade. Scenes and characters from popular Disney and Disney•Pixar films adorn the walls.
Rotational dining brings guests to Animator’s Palate twice during the seven-night cruise, but the experience that captivates and delights the entire family is very different on the two evenings.
On one evening, as guests are seated at their tables, they are invited to draw a character of their own using a simple template on their placemat. Then, just before dinner, house lights dim and a sprinkling of pixie dust illuminates the room.
On several large monitors around the room, Mickey Mouse appears, places the Sorcerer’s hat upon his head and begins the show. He invites guests to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of animation as a montage of memorable food-themed moments from Disney and Disney•Pixar films is shown, set to the tune “Be Our Guest.” After the number is complete, guests’ drawings are whisked off to Mickey Mouse, who is conjuring a magical final act.
After dinner, Mickey returns for the exciting finale. With a musical crescendo, he works his magic and conjures the guests’ drawings – now fully animated and brought to life – into the onscreen action.
A parade starts as Mickey leads the guests’ drawings in a march across the screens around the dining room. The animation becomes more elaborate as the drawings step into scenes from beloved Disney movies, skipping and dancing side-by-side with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Cinderella and Snow White.
At the conclusion of the show, Mickey returns to say “so long” while credits roll on screen showing each guest’s name listed as a guest animator. To commemorate the experience, guests’ drawings are returned to them … with an added touch: a golden seal proclaiming them an Official Disney Animator.
On “Animation Magic” evening, the creative cuisine matches the character of the restaurant, with both cold and hot appetizer samplers that give diners a half-dozen delicious small bites to start the meal, such as “Corn Three Ways” with popcorn soup, corn salsa and chicken coated with garlic-cheese popcorn. Entrees include roasted red snapper, filet of beef Wellington and garlic and rosemary-marinated lamb sirloin. Dessert follows, another trio of small tastes.
On another evening, after diners are seated, the restaurant goes through a transformation: Guests are magically transported to a shimmering undersea world where views of a coral reef environment are all around them, setting the stage for a visit from Crush, the sea turtle from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo.”
Enter Crush, a most-excellent ambassador of the oceans and seas. The animated character swims from window to window, “working the room,” engaging guests in real-time conversation about his life and world.
For “Undersea Magic” evening, the menu features a choice of appetizers such as sesame- flavored rock
shrimp and caramelized onion cheesecake, or smoked salmon tartare. Entrées range from ginger teriyali-dusted Angus beed tenderloin to a trio of veal, or wild mushroom risotto and porcini twist. Sweet endings include a cookies and cream sundae, crunchy walnut cake and a no-sugar-added lemon mousse.
Wines from California and the Pacific Rim complement both menus.
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