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Unlike other ships that stick you in one dining room throughout your cruise, the Disney ships offer three uniquely themed dining rooms for all. Your family rotates together through these dining rooms during your cruise, enjoying a different menu each evening. Best of all, your tablemates and servers rotate with you. You can bypass the regular rotation and choose an adults-only restaurant, one of several snack counters, or room service—a buffet restaurant may also be open. You’ll find it hard to do them all!
You learn your dining room rotation on your first day—look for a set of “tickets” in your stateroom indicating which dining rooms your party is assigned to for dinner on each day. The tickets are not required to dine, but they do help the servers direct you to your table. Your dining rotation is also printed in code on your Key to the World card (i.e., “CLA,” “AER,” or “LACLACL”), like the one on page 86. This code indicates your rotation: L, *TR, or R = Lumière’s/Triton’s/Royal Palace/Royal Court, A or *AP = Animator’s Palate, and R, *TP, or E = Rapunzel's Royal Table/Tiana's Place/Enchanted Garden (*the Wonder is now using two-letter codes to distinguish between Triton's and Tiana's Place, eg. TP-TR-AP). Your rotation is occasionally based on the ages of guests in your party. Rotation dining only applies to dinner, and breakfast on debarkation day. Breakfast and lunch are open seating—dine where you wish (see page 167). (Tip: Some readers report that Disney told them their dining rotation when they phoned and asked.)
There are two dinner seatings: main (first) seating and late (second) seating. Your seating is noted in your cruise documents. Main seating is typically 5:45 or 6:00 pm, and late seating is at 8:15 pm. Dinner lasts from 1½ to 2 hours. Guests with main seating watch the evening show after dinner, while guests with late seating see the early show. If you have a seating preference (see page 181 for tips), have it noted on your reservation prior to cruising. Parties with younger kids tend to get assigned the main seating, though with so many families on board, that’s not a sure thing. Families on second seating with children 3–12 can use Dine and Play (see page 177).
Your assigned table number is also printed on your dinner tickets and your Key to the World card, and you’ll have the same table number at dinner in all three of the main dining rooms. Table assignments are affected by factors like age and association (i.e., Disney Vacation Club members may be seated together); your stateroom category does not affect your table assignment. You can be seated with your traveling companions—call the cruise line well ahead of your cruise with your request (have their room number and birth date handy). Table sizes range from four to 20 guests, but most tables seat eight. To switch to another table, check your Personal Navigator for a Dining Assignment Change session (held on your first afternoon) or see your head server.
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