Day 2: Brunch At Sea! Our First Disney Cruise 2021! (UK Staycation)

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Main Dining Room: Animator’s Palate »

Animator’s Palate has to be one of the most fun Disney restaurants ever! Inspired by the art of Disney, there is something interesting to look at in every direction! From the pencil drawings of a variety of characters along the corridor to the entrance and all around the restaurant, to the screens coming to life with color paintings and animation.

The decor is black and white… but as the meal goes on, splashes of color fill the room! And you even get the chance to become a Disney Animator!

I absolutely loved the look of Animator’s Palate with its black-and-white checkerboard floor, paintbrush columns holding a giant painter’s palette, and even the chairs are a black-and-white version of Mickey’s shorts!

The servers wear white shirts with line drawings of various Disney characters and a red and yellow polka dot tie that complements the restaurant perfectly.

Even the table settings are perfectly themed with a paintbrush and Mickey-head motif, and a paintbrush-shaped butter knife (that you can actually buy in the gift shop!).

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Animator’s Palate Butter Knife
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Draw Your Own Character at Animator’s Palate!

One of the most awesome things at this restaurant is seeing a drawing of your own character come to life!





When you sit down at your table there is a marker pen and a sheet of paper (shown below) with space to draw a figure with head, arms, hands, body, legs, and feet.

What you draw is up to you, but must draw within the outlines of each section, with the face looking forward.

You are not allowed to use letters, words, numbers, or symbols, but you can be as simple or as intricate as you like!

You also need to fill in your name and table number, then hand it back to your server before they take your order.

Everything will make sense as the meal comes to a finish!

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Animator’s Palate »

Despite how awesome the restaurant theming is, the food, for me, was just a bit meh.

I wasn’t overly keen on the choices here, which is described by Disney as “A savory fusion of Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking, and fresh California fare”.

Bread Service…

  • Garlic Foccaccia
  • Plain and Wholewheat Dinner Rolls
  • Garlic Dipping Sauce

Sadly another basket of slightly stale bread. Could we have complained? Sure. Could we be bothered? No. It was inedible, just not as fresh as it could have been.

As I said yesterday, maybe it was because we were on the second/late sitting, or maybe that’s just how their bread is! I will say, that on our second rotation (on our back-to-back second cruise) the bread was much better.

Once the bread was dunked into the garlic dipping sauce (which was so yummy) the bread was okay. Oh, and a little tip, if you want butter with your bread, you just have to ask and you will receive!

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Bread Service
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Garlic Dipping Sauce

Appetizer…

Me: Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup – with Bacon Bits and Chives

Steve: Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes – Pasta Purses filled with Truffle-scented Cheese and coated with a delicate Champagne Sauce

Nothing really grabbed me in the appetizer section so I went for potato soup which was okay, nothing special, and not overly flavorful either.

Steve, on the other hand, enjoyed his pasta starter, so that’s all good.

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Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup (Animator’s Palate)
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Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes (Animator’s Palate)

Entrée…

Me: Herb Crusted Pork Chop – Roast Pork Chop brushed with Dijon Mustard and crusted with Herbed Breadcrumbs served with Sun-dried Tomato Risotto and a Borolo Wine Sauce

Steve: Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin – Served with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Bok Choy and a Tamarind-Barbecue Reduction

To Share: Seasame Halloumi Parcels – with Sweet Potato Tahini Mash and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Nothing was grabbing me for the main course either, and in the end, I went for the pork chop. I don’t remember much about it, so I am guessing it was just fine.

Steve’s steak was delicious and a better choice than mine!

We did also order a vegetarian option which I enjoyed a lot more than my pork chop.

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Herb Crusted Pork Chop (Animator’s Palate)
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Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin (Animator’s Palate)
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Seasame Halloumi Parcels (Animator’s Palate)

Dessert…

Me: Warm Sticky Date Pudding – served with Butterscotch Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Phyllo Crunch

Steve: Cookies ‘n Cream Sundae – Cookies & Cream Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Steve: Lemon Icebox Pie – served with Lemon Curd and Berry Crème

Disregard everything I said about the starter and main course because my warm sticky date pudding more than made up for it! It was SO good! And probably my favorite dessert of the whole cruise!

Steve was intrigued by the icebox pie, as it’s not something in our British cuisine. I’m guessing that it may be a no-bake dessert, and just set in the fridge (icebox).

So that’s what he ordered along with the sundae. I of course had to sample!

I love lemon-flavored anything, and the pie was lovely and creamy, and you can’t go wrong with an ice cream sundae!

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Warm Sticky Date Pudding (Animator’s Palate)
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Cookies ‘n Cream Sundae (Animator’s Palate)
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Lemon Icebox Pie (Animator’s Palate)

Cocktails…

Me: Great Reef – Rum, Elderflower St. Germain, Watermelon Purée and fresh Lime Juice ($9+ 18% Autogratuity $1.62 + Tip $1.62 = $12

My cocktail today was a-ma-zing! One of my favorites of the whole cruise! I loved the different colored layers, and the flavors blended so well together.

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Great Reef Cocktail (Animator’s Palate)

During the meal, you are treated to an animated show of the song Be Our Guest featuring lots of different Disney clips.

You can’t help but stop eating to watch, clap, and sing-a-long! As I mentioned before, the restaurant comes alive with splashes of color!

Then, towards the end of your meal, it’s time for Sorcerer Mickey (on the screen) to use his magic to bring our animations to life! Set to the song from Fantasia, it’s so much fun to see your drawing appear and move on the screen – it’s so clever!

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After dinner, we hung out in the Atrium for a while where we saw Captain Minnie and Captain Mickey waving to guests, as well as Daisy Duck doing an “Appear and Wave”.

And then it was time to head back to our room. We took photos of some door magnets (including ours again for good measure!) along the way.

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Atrium Elevator Column
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Our Stateroom Door

Back in our room, I was actually feeling peckish, so ordered a cheese plate from Guest Services, but kinda wish I hadn’t bothered!

Look at it – how sad and dry does it look?

We also requested a bucket of ice, which was standard for me throughout the whole trip. I am weird and need ice in my water!

Our towel animal this evening was an elephant – so cute!

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Cheese Plate
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And that’s it for day 2 of Our First Disney Cruise 2021! Tomorrow we watch the latest Marvel movie in the onboard movie theatre, as well as watch the theatre show, Disney Dreams!


Read about the day after:
Day 3 – Magic & Movies!
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Disney Dreams, Dinner at Rapunzel’s Royal Table

Read about the day before:
Day 1 – Happy Birthday To Me!
Embarkation Day, Cabin Tour, Lunch from Cabanas, Dinner at Lumiere’s

» Read ALL the days!


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