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A New Animator’s Palate for the Disney Dream

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

Many of you have been wondering…what do we have in store for Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream? Wonder no more!

We are getting ready to present a completely re-imagined version of our signature restaurant. The minute you walk into Animator’s Palate, you know you’re in for a treat –- it will feel like you’ve entered a classic animation studio, filled with character maquettes, paint brushes, colored pencils and other tools of the trade. Throughout the restaurant are sketches from the Disney•Pixar film “Finding Nemo.”

This is how the restaurant will look when you first arrive.

Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream

As your meal progresses, the restaurant begins an enchanting transformation and the artwork around room magically fills with bubbles, revealing scenes of a vivid undersea environment. It’s as if the dining room has been transported under the sea and the artwork has turned into windows providing incredible views of a colorful coral reef and creatures that reside on the reef.

Animator’s Palate on the Disney Dream

This is where the really cool part kicks in. Crush, the surfer-dude sea turtle from “Finding Nemo,” will make a special appearance, swimming around the restaurant and interacting with guests. Crush will visit each section of the restaurant and ask guests about their experience onboard the ship and answer questions about his life under the sea. Other characters from “Finding Nemo,” such as Nemo, Dory, Squirt and Bruce the shark, will also swim by and visit with guests.

Check this out…the guys from Walt Disney Imagineering are hard at work putting final touches on the experience. They even mocked-up a portion of the restaurant with plywood!

Bruce the Shark with Walt Disney Imagineer

As with all Disney stories, this dining experience at Animator’s Palate has a tremendous finale moment…but I don’t want to spoil that surprise. You’ll have to sail on the Disney Dream and experience it for yourself!


  • Can’t wait to experience this. Sad I have to wait until July.

  • I am excited beyond words about everything to do with this ship! This looks amazing!

  • Amazing. Simply amazing.

  • I too was wondering what direction this new Animator’s Palate was going to take when I initially saw the concept art. The amazing show on the Magic and Wonder is going to be tough to match, but this restaurant’s more interactive focus sounds like it will be very impressive as well!

  • ALL of us will be soooo excited to see Disney Dream. Best wishes to all of those who get the “maiden voyage”. I have to wait for my “Dream” trip, but it’s like having a baby, so I Can Do It!!

  • I am soooooo excited. I cannot wait for the Dream. I am supposed to plan for March 2012 but I doubt I can wait!!!
    Everything about the Dream entices me.
    The Animator’s Palate is so cool.

  • Can’t wait to see it in person July 2011!!!

  • I had a great time this January on the Disney Cruise and I agree with one of the blogs that was my favorite restaraunt too. I can’t wait to see it on the Disney Dream hopefully we will cruising Sep/2011… Can’t wait!!!!! so looking forward to it.

  • Looks fantastic.. I am even more excited about our honeymoon cruise in June 2011 now!!

  • Awesome!!! I can’t wait to dine there and see it in person on our May 29, 2011 cruise! ºOº

  • Just booked my cruise for Mar 2011!!!! Sooo excited! We can’t wait to see it in person!

  • That looks AWESOME! Cannot wait to see it in person! Kudos on a job well done!

  • When I first saw the pictures of the Dream’s Animator’s Palate I was unsure where Disney was going to take it. I love the general look but where would the fun be? Well once again it sounds like Disney is taking it over the top!! I hope to go on the Dream in the next couple of years and see it for myself!

  • I have heard so much about this restaurant and it looks so great! I cant wait to see it in person.

  • Now that you’ve fixed the spelling of “dining” in the 4th paragraph, add the word “the” in that same paragraph where you have “…artwork around room…” 8=o)

  • It looks great and I can’t wait to see it but it would have been nice to see a “classic animation” to go with the classic animation studio. The Little Mermaid perhaps?

  • I cannot wait for this cruise!!! I will be celebrating my birthday on the second sailing!!!! This is going to be amazing

  • This looks absolutely amazing. We just got off the Wonder on Sunday and cannot wait to experience this new dining experience on the Dream. Can’t Wait!

  • It looks fabulous! Can’t wait to dine there in June 2011!

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  • Oh Wow! Truly impressive. Great concept!

  • I can not wait to dine in this new verson of the Animater’s Palate
    we are booked on the Dream Aug.2011….we have our countdown clock counting down the days…..

  • Can’t wait to see the beautiful new ship! We’re all booked for 2011, so keep the info comin’. Hat’s off to the imagineers!! Looks like another great job!

  • Spectacular! The photos I’m sure cannot do the effects justice, so now more than ever, I can’t wait to cruise on the Dream on Feb. 27!!


  • You misspelled “dining” in the 4th paragraph.

  • Animator’s Palate was my FAVORITE restaurant on the Wonder and the Magic!! I can’t wait to see the new restaurant on the Dream. I hope to book passage in 2012 for my 10th anniversary!

  • Can’t wait to see it in person on our maiden voyage of the Disney Dream in January, 2011. Looks marvelous!

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