*This gluten free dining experience took place in May 2019. It includes information about peanut free, fish/shellfish free, and chicken and turkey free options.
Breakfast at Royal Palace
Royal Palace on the Disney Dream really was our home away from home on our 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream. That’s because it’s not only one of the three main rotational dining options on the cruise ship, but it’s also the location for a la carte breakfast and lunch while you’re on your cruise. So, we ate there a lot!
On day 3, I had breakfast at Royal Palace as we docked at Castaway Cay. Since Brandon is not a breakfast person, I went down for some allergy-friendly Mickey waffles while he woke up and got around for our relaxing day on Castaway Cay.
Since Royal Palace is themed after the Disney princesses, you’ll find lots of royal touches throughout the restaurant, including paintings and other decor.
During my breakfast, I was seated near the porthole windows on the side of the ship.
While it didn’t make for the most amazing views in the restaurant, I really didn’t care because I had some fantastic views of Castaway Cay.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a leisurely breakfast while your cruise ship docks into port at Castaway Cay. If you dine early at Royal Palace (the restaurant typically opens at 8 or 8:30 a.m.), do ask for a seat by the windows. It’s worth asking for the amazing views!
Because we were at Castaway Cay and would be having BBQ lunch on the island, I wasn’t planning on ordering anything too filling at breakfast.
I do always order an iced tea for a little bit of caffeine and an apple juice to get my day started.
After I had been seated, our server Cristel from our main rotational dining experiences saw me. She wasn’t a part of my breakfast server team, but she did come over to say “hello.” She noticed I didn’t have any gluten free pastries at my table and insisted on bringing me some, which was very nice of her. I ended up with two of the Kinnikinnick brand cinnamon sugar donuts. These are gluten free, dairy free, and free of the top common allergens. I always enjoy these donuts and do tend to get them at least once on our cruises.
Since I’d already ordered my favorite gluten free Eggs Benedict earlier on the cruise, I knew I wanted to get allergy-friendly Mickey waffles this time. I was able to get Allergy-Friendly Mickey Waffles with Blueberry Compote, Strawberry Cream, and Bacon.
The waffles are gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and free of the top common allergens and are made using the King Arthur Flour Pancake & Waffle Mix. This is change from previous cruises where they were using mixes like Namaste to make the waffles.
Overall, I really liked the waffles, especially with the blueberry compote and strawberry cream (the cream contains dairy). You can also get your waffles served with plain maple syrup too. The combination of the blueberry compote and strawberry cream were just perfect and made the waffles really special — as opposed to getting them with just maple syrup. I would definitely get these again on a future cruise.
Royal Palace continues to be my go-to spot for a la carte breakfast on the Disney Dream. I’m really glad it’s there as an option, because I much prefer the low-key and relaxed atmosphere there than at Cabanas, which can get really busy some mornings. Plus, these allergy-friendly Mickey waffles and toppings might be my new favorite breakfast entree on the Disney Dream. They were the perfect way to start my day on beautiful Castaway Cay.
Have you been to Royal Palace on the Disney Dream for breakfast? What did you think about their special diets options?