On the first night of our cruise we had dinner at the Animator’s Palate. It was the restaurant I was looking forward to the most and it did not disappoint. I don’t want to give too much of the magic away but it was so much fun.

Crush stopped by our table to say hi.

I decided to start the night with a cocktail. One of our server’s recommended the Blueberrilicious with Tequila, fresh blueberries, passion fruit juice, triple sec, and sour mix. It was delicious! I was a little worried about how the flavors would come together but it wasn’t too sweet or sour.


The bread service that night was Garlic and Herb Foccacia with Roasted Garlic Dip. I’m not the biggest garlic fan but I really liked the bread, I avoided the dip however. Drew really enjoyed both.

Garlic and Herb Focacia

Next up was our appetizers. Drew and I both had the Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist. It was my favorite dish of the meal.

Wild Mushroom Risotto

I wasn’t as happy with the Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. The flavor was good but it was a little too thick. I was afraid I would be too full for the next course so I didn’t end up eating too much of it.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Drew had the Vine Ripe Tomato salad with bell peppers, red onion bruniose, and topped with micro greens and an herb dressing. He said it was light and refreshing and a great choice to have between his risotto and pasta.

Vine Ripe Tomato Salad

For my main course, since none of the entrees were stand outs, I had a double portion an appetizer, the Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes. The photo doesn’t do it justice. It was pasta filled with Truffle scented cheese and coated with a delicate champagne sauce. Yum!

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes

For his main course Drew had the White Shrimp Pennette Pasta tossed with basil and Reggiano Parmesan cheese sauce and a Parmesan wafer. This was another hit. The pasta and the shrimp were cooked perfectly and he loved the flavor of the sauce.

White Shrimp Pennette Pasta

And of course dinner on a cruise would not be complete without dessert. Drew went with the Pineapple Financier which was almond cake served with a marinated pineapple compote. The cake was moist and had great flavor to it. I almost wished I had ordered it myself.

Pineapple Financier

But I was just as happy with the White Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake with whipped cream and raspberry coulis. It was so good!

White Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

Dinner at the Animator’s Palate was a fantastic way to start off our first Disney cruise. Great food, lots of fun, and of course plenty of Disney magic.

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