Cruising Disney: rotational dining with a gluten-free twist

I’ve heard that Disney Cruise Line invented the concept of “rotational dining.” I don’t know if this is true or not, but I’m glad they have it. This set-up gives you a chance to visit each of their lovely, well-themed “main dining” restaurants at least once, allows you to get to know your servers as they move with you from one restaurant to the next, and provides the opportunity to make new friends (your tablemates).

Prior to cruising, you can request either Main Seating at 5:45pm or Second Seating at 8:15pm. We tend to eat on the late side, especially on vacation, so the second seating was a natural choice for us. On embarkation day, once your stateroom is ready, you’ll find your rotational dining schedule there. This tells you which restaurant to go to each night, as well as your table number. On the Wonder, we rotated between Animator’s Palate, Parrot Cay, and Triton’s.

dining schedule

The service during each dinner was exceptional. Since our service team of José, Kayann, and Deniz traveled with us from restaurant to restaurant, they knew our preferences, allergies, and quirks. And they were a lot of fun!

Triton's at breakfast time. I realized after our trip that I had no pictures from any of our dinners. Guess I was having too much fun to take pics!

Triton’s at breakfast time. I realized after our trip that I had no pictures from any of our dinners. Guess I was having too much fun to take pics!

If you’d rather dine without tablemates, you can make this request pre-cruise. I considered this due to my son’s celiac disease. I was afraid that discussing dietary restrictions in front of strangers might make him self-conscious. I’m so glad I didn’t make this request, though, because our tablemates were awesome! (Shout-out to Kristie, Tony, Michael, Tina, and Rita!) Plus, they had some dietary restrictions in their party, too, so my son didn’t feel alone.

A gluten-free salad at Triton's. This one is from lunch time. Yeah, I was really too busy enjoying dinner to take pics...

A gluten-free salad at Triton’s. This one is from lunch time. Yeah, I was really too busy enjoying dinner to take pics…

If you don’t care to go to the Main Dining restaurants for dinner each night, there are always other options, such as a buffet or counter service. We liked the beautifully themed restaurants, our fantastic service team, and our fun tablemates too much to dine anywhere else.

What do you think of rotational dining?

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2 Responses to Cruising Disney: rotational dining with a gluten-free twist

  1. That is so cool about rotational dining. I had never heard of that. We like to eat at a large table so we can visit with others on the cruise. We’ve always enjoyed talking to our service team. When we went on a cruise with our sons, we had a table for four. They were college students and they hung out with the activity and entertainment staff.

    Both sons are musicians as is my husband. The youngest came in first place (not grand winner) for an “American idol” type program that they had nightly throughout the cruise eliminating people. The final program was on the main stage the last night and he sang in front of 1000+ people. It was fun and exciting. He was treated like a celebrity and when we’d go onshore somewhere, people would come up to him and say, “Aren’t you the guy in the contest. We really liked your singing.” or something like that.

    Anyway, that was probably our most fun cruise, with the kids.

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