*This gluten free dining experience took place in May 2018.
Breakfast at Royal Palace
Royal Palace is one of three main dining rooms used for rotational dining, along with breakfast, and lunch on the Disney Dream. I had eaten breakfast at Royal Palace on my the cruise I took with my mom on the Disney Dream back in 2014, and I had a great meal. So, I knew that when it came to breakfast on our most recent cruise, I wanted to have breakfast at Royal Palace at least one day. Although the breakfast menu is the same whether you dine at Enchanted Garden or Royal Palace, I really loved the theme of Royal Palace. Plus, we weren’t going to get a chance to eat dinner there on this cruise, since we had dinner reservations at Remy on our last night. I had breakfast at Royal Palace on day 3 of our cruise, before we disembarked for Castaway Cay.
Royal Palace is definitely inspired by Disney princesses. You’ll see touches of that from the moment you step into the restaurant.
Royal Palace has a totally different theme and atmosphere from Animator’s Palate and Enchanted Garden. Of all three main restaurants, I would say that Royal Palace is the one that feels the most “fancy.”
There is plenty of seating in the restaurant and everything from the chairs, to the flooring, to the lights make you feel like you’re truly in a royal palace.
Another reason I enjoy breakfast at Royal Palace is that it gives you a chance to dine at the restaurant without a ton of crowds and to see the theming with bright, natural lighting. It really does change the feel and vibe of the restaurant.
How cute are all the little details, like Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage at the end of this banister?!
I had a lovely seat near the large portholes that gave a terrific view of Castaway Cay. Although you can’t see it well in this photo, I can definitely say that the views were spectacular.
Unlike dinner, the menu for breakfast did not have any gluten free or dairy free listings.
Having had breakfast at Royal Palace before, I knew that I would be able to get things like gluten free pancakes and different styles of eggs.
My server Henry recommended the Eggs Benedict, which I was surprised to hear could be gluten free. But, he told me it was an easy modification, replacing the English muffin with gluten free bread. So, I decided to go with that. I knew I didn’t want a ton of food, since we had Remy reservations that night and also planned on getting something to eat at Castaway Cay.
I also ordered some apple juice, unsweetened iced tea, and water. Gotta hydrate before you head to Castaway Cay!
Although I did not ask for them, Henry kindly brought me some Cinnamon Sugar Kinnikinnick donuts. These are gluten free and dairy free and very tasty. I was served these from the main dining rooms for breakfast and at Cabanas, the buffet on deck 11, so they were very easy to get. You can also get the Kinnikinnick vanilla glazed donuts too (which Brandon loved).
Having some donuts was a nice touch, and I enjoyed these before my main entree arrived.
Since I’ve reintroduced dairy back into my diet, I’ve been a bit more adventurous with trying breakfast items I haven’t had in years. So, the Eggs Benedict was quite a treat. This gluten free breakfast option was definitely one I’d get again. The base was a gluten free bun (it tasted like Udi’s Gluten Free and was definitely not Ener-G), and the Canadian bacon with poached egg and Hollandaise were super delicious. I loved the lemony flavor of the sauce.
The dish was also served with a grilled tomato and sausage. I tried both, and they were good. But, for me, it was all about the Eggs Benedict. On previous visits, I have ordered eggs, bacon, and pancakes, so even gluten free and dairy free, I felt like I had a lot of options.
Royal Palace is a lovely spot to have breakfast when you’re on the Disney Dream. I have always found the food options to be very good and quite tasty. Plus, you just can’t get better than the theming and views from this restaurant. It’s a perfect spot on any Castaway Cay morning before you head off the ship to explore the beautiful island. This will definitely continue to be my go-to spot for breakfast on the Disney Dream.
Have you been to Royal Palace for breakfast? What did you think of the breakfast options?