*This gluten free dining experience took place in October 2018. It includes notes about dairy free options too.
Debarkation Breakfast at Enchanted Garden
Enchanted Garden is one of the three main rotational dining restaurants located on the Disney Dream. On our 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream in October 2018, we ended up skipping Enchanted Garden dinner because we had dinner reservations at Palo on our last night. After our cruise, we both wished we had gotten to get dinner there because we prefer the dinner there than at Animator’s Palate. The only time we ended up eating at Enchanted Garden was on debarkation morning before we left the cruise. Debarkation breakfast was served at 7:15 a.m., as we had early dining throughout the cruise.
Enchanted Garden is themed after the gardens of Versailles in France. There are statues, a fountain, and other touches that will remind you of these famous gardens.
When you arrive at Enchanted Garden, you’ll notice that the lighting in the restaurant is quite bright. However, if you’re eating dinner there, you’ll notice the lighting dim and fade throughout your meal. At breakfast, the lighting remained bright.
There is a small fountain in the middle of Enchanted Garden. At the top of the fountain is this charming Mickey statue.
One of my favorite things about Enchanted Garden’s theme are these amazing booths. These are super cute and cozy. We’ve had the good fortune to sit in them a few times — both at embarkation and debarkation meals. I have heard that these booths used to rotate but haven’t done so in years.
As you can see by the photo here, Enchanted Garden is bright and spacious. After thinking about it, I think Brandon and I might like the theme in Enchanted Garden best of the three main rotational dining restaurants.
I also adore the art nouveau style dishes served at Enchanted Garden.
Like embarkation lunch, debarkation meals are a bit more limited than a normal breakfast menu that you would find on your cruise. It’s also very early in the day, so I can’t say that either one of us was super hungry at that point.
Both Brandon and I wanted to get something in our stomachs before we headed home. So, we tried to eat a little lighter. Unfortunately, our server Jude had other plans!
Brandon ordered the Eggs for the Road entree, while I just ordered some items a la carte.
Before then, we both needed some beverages to get us going. Iced tea and apple juice for me are always a good breakfast combo.
Jude brought Brandon and I some fresh fruit. He also gave Brandon some gluten-filled pastries, while I got gluten free and dairy free donuts and a chocolate chip muffin. These are all made by Kinnikinnick Foods. The chocolate chip muffin is one of my all-time favorites,. and I used to get this at Disney World at select restaurants for breakfsat. But, Disney World stopped serving it a few years ago. So, you can bet I was very excited to have this muffin. The donuts are always excellent, and I enjoyed the cinnamon sugar one that morning.
I knew I wanted a bit of protein for the road. So, I asked for a ham and cheese omelet, which is listed on the debarkation menu. This was just OK. It wasn’t anything special but was tasty enough. If you are dairy free, you can opt for a variety of egg options too.
My last request for breakfast were gluten free and dairy free pancakes. On debarkation day, they do not offer allergy-friendly Mickey waffles and only have Van’s gluten free frozen waffles on hand. So, I usually ask for pancakes. I have to admit that on this visit, I was very disappointed. I think that the cruise ships are now using the Carbon’s Golden Malted Gluten Free Waffle and Pancake Mix. Not only is the mix absolutely terrible tasting, but the company does not disclose shared lines that are used to make the mix. The product is certified gluten free. But, the company’s transparency is pretty concerning. Next time I will actually ask about the mix before ordering, just like I do at Disney World. I’ll also be letting Disney Cruise Line know my thoughts on this mix and encourage them to use Namaste and Bob’s Red Mill mixes which are must tastier and safer options.
While our breakfast wasn’t anything fancy, we always appreciate having one last table service meal before we leave our cruise. Our entire service team, especially Jude, made sure we weren’t super rushed and that we had plenty of food before we headed home. It was the perfect way to end a fantastic 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream.
What do you think of debarkation breakfast options on the Disney Cruise ships?