Animator’s Palate aboard the Disney Fantasy is very similar to the venue on the Disney Dream with one major difference… Animation Magic! During your 7-night voyage on the Disney Fantasy, you get to try some unique menu items and take part in animating the magical dinner show that is drastically different from the Crush show that is featured on your first night in Animator’s Palate. At first, you may be confused when you first arrive at your table and see a children’s place mat and Crayola markers at each seat. Do not worry; your serving team did not mess up. These are not place mats, they are essentially your blank canvas to use to create a unique character which will be brought to live with the help of some animation magic. As you can see, I went with Santa Claus, since this was a holiday sailing.
The dinner show continues with Mickey Mouse coming on the video screens teasing a big surprise. Once you finish your artwork, your serving team will collect them and deliver one of 3 menus for the night.
The Animator’s Palate Animation Magic menu is a variant of either the Prince & Princess, Captains Gala, or the Sea Ya Real Soon menu. For example, on this particular night the bread service was the Sour Dough with Roasted Red Pepper Dip from the Captain’s Gala menu.
Unique to the Animation Magic menu is the Animators Workshop Sampler appetizer plate which includes a Marinated Garlic & Herb Shrimp with a zesty Lemon-Aioli, Prosciutto atop Melon, and Seasame-crusted Tuna Sashimi with Wakame Salad drizzled with Wasabi & Soy sauces.
I am going to go on record and saying that my favorite Disney Cruise Line soup, and maybe all time soup is part of the Animation Magic menu. The Artist Intermission which is a Buttered Popcorn Soup served with caramelized popcorn and a slice of spiced cornbread. Disney refers to this as corn served three ways, and I find it enjoyable to mix in the caramel corn and corn bread into the soup. Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on your personal opinion) this soup was replaced with a Macaroni & Cheese Baked Potato Soup.
Just before the main courses arrive, Sorcerer Mickey returns to the screen thanking everyone for all the great drawing before passing off to Lumiere to help the dinning room present… your dinner!
As I mentioned before, the Animation Magic menus are variants of the special menus being served in all the dining rooms that night so the following will be a mix from three different dinners.
Sea Ya Real Soon
Prince & Princess Dinner
Roasted Portobello Mushroom Triangoli pasta topped with Sour Cream, Peso Swirl and a sweet Butternut squash sauce.
To finish off the night, dessert will be served in time to enjoy the Animation Magic show. The dessert offerings are also dependent on the menu theme for the night.
The children’s dessert is quite unique, a deconstructed cupcake that they can decorate themselves, or there is always everyone’s favorite alternative, the premium Mickey ice cream bar.
Animator’s Palate Animation Magic Dinner Show – Disney Fantasy
Here is another drawing of mine with an argyle sweater vest. I know, I should take some drawing lessons; maybe I should consult my Personal Navigator for the next Disney Animation learn to draw activity.
The cool part is that you will receive your drawings back at the end of the night with an embossed sticker.
The Animation Magic show is one of my favorite family dining experiences, as it allows the adults feel like kids again coloring on a placemat. Regardless of how well you draw (or in my case, how badly you draw), it is still fun to see your creation come to life as well as seeing your name in the end credits. The Animation Magic show is definitely two thumbs up. (If you see Sergio on the Disney Fantasy, be sure to tell him we said hello!)
I’d like to leave you with a tip that will help make the most of your dinner at Animator’s Palate. Arrive early to dinner so that you can be seated as soon as the doors open. This will help get the show rolling and your dinner will be served as timed perfectly with the show. The evening is paced based on the interactivity with the Animation Magic show, which is why the appetizer and soups courses are just the single options aside from any special dietary needs. Your serving team is not trying to rush you through your dinner; the idea is to have your dinner paced so that your serving team is not walking around disrupting your view of the Animation Magic.
The Animation Magic! show has been added to Animator’s Palate on the reimagined Disney Magic, but will only play on sailings 7-nights or longer. As a result, Animation Magic should debut on the Disney Magic during her 12-night Eastbound Transatlantic cruise which sets sail from Port Canaveral on May 19, 2014.