When the Disney Dream set sail last year, guest marveled at the upgraded technology within "Animator's Palate", one of three main dining rooms on board all the Disney ships, that allowed guests to visit with some of their favorite characters from Finding Nemo, and even interact with Crush, the loveable turtle from Nemo. If you've sailed on either the Disney Magic or Disney Wonder, you know that there, still pictures of Disney characters slowly change over the course of dinner from black and white, to color. While impressive, the Dream took things to a whole new level.
|Coolest butter knife ever.|
|Mickey inspired chairs set the mood.|
|Animation inspired decor is everywhere.|
|Your placemat/drawing template.|
The food scenes actually continue during dinner service to keep you entertained until right around dessert time (you know, in case you don't like the people you're eating with), when Sorcerer Mickey once again appears on the screen for the finale, and this is where you see your hard work pay off. Guest drawings are brought to life and fully animated, travel around the room, going from screen to screen. If you weren't amazed by your drawing actually moving on screen, it gets better when through Disney magic, they are inserted into scenes from popular Disney movies and get to interact with characters like Baloo, Jiminy Cricket, Donald Duck and of course the main mouse himself, Mickey. I think we all sat at our table in stunned silence marveling at what we were seeing, only breaking it with an occasional "wow" or "that's amazing." The same could be said for the rest of the dining room, which had quieted to barely a whisper, all of the guests engrossed in the show.
|Yes, those guest drawn characters are doing the hula with Donald.|
Animator's Palate is a wonderful experience for kids and adults alike, and really does a great job of showcasing exactly what separates Disney from other cruise lines. I realize with every review I've written about something on the Fantasy, I've said "don't miss this", but that goes double for this show. If this doesn't impress you, nothing will.