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.
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!
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.
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?