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Disney’s true colors shine in this imaginative restaurant that regales you with a show. Animator’s Palate—which serves dinner only—is located on deck 4 aft (Magic Class) and deck 3 aft (Dream Class).
Decor—On the Magic Class ships, entering this large, windowless restaurant is like walking into a black-and-white sketchpad, the walls covered in line drawings of classic Disney characters. Where’s all the color? Just wait! The Magic received an update in 2013, including new HD video screens, though the overall theme remains (a similar update came to the Wonder in late 2016). On the Dream Class ships, you enter an animator’s studio, with wooden display cases and large video screens lining the walls. Reference drawings abound, and the shelves are filled with the animators’ personal tchotchkes.
The Shows—The original Animator’s Palate show has been retired, but is fondly remembered. As each course was served in the sketchbook-themed room, color bloomed all about and the drawings came to life, all in time to a wonderful musical score. This classic was renewed on the Disney Magic (and Disney Wonder in late 2016) as “Drawn to Magic,” featuring new tech, music, and animation. “Undersea Magic” (Dream and Fantasy) features Crush from Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, who chats with the guests! “Animation Magic” (Magic, Fantasy, Wonder, second rotational visit) is hosted by Sorcerer Mickey and celebrates Disney animation. Guests are asked to sketch characters before the meal, a music-and-animation “remix” enlivens dinner, and at the end, guest sketches magically come to life on screen. The Wonder and Dream have just one “show,” experienced earlier in the cruise, making the next Animator’s night (if any) a good time to visit Palo or Remy.
Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream
Our Review—Animator’s Palate is a fun place for all ages. The “shows” are breathtaking and food is enjoyable, with Italian or Pacific Rim flavors that will please most palates. On the Wonder the meal may feel rushed, as the pace of service is more closely timed to the show, an issue fixed in the newer shows. When you arrive at your table, try to pick seats with a good view of the video screens on the walls. Jennifer and Dave’s rating: 7.5/10.
Top Photo Slice: Animator's Palate on the Disney Magic (℗ 53317) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx
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