*This gluten free dining experience took place in January 2020. It includes information about dairy free options.
Breakfast at Royal Palace
Leisurely breakfasts on the Disney Dream are one of my favorite ways to start a morning whenever we cruise. While many people enjoy Cabanas, the ship’s buffet, I prefer dining at Royal Palace — the a la carte option each morning. On day 3 of our cruise, we were arriving at Castaway Cay (Disney’s Private Island), so I headed to Royal Palace for some allergy-friendly Mickey waffles while we docked.
I’ve written quite a few reviews of the atmosphere at Royal Palace, so definitely check them out if you’re interested in more full-scale descriptions of the theming.
I will say that breakfast at Royal Palace is so relaxed compared to dinner. I love being able to be seated in a cozy corner and enjoy a great meal.
I also love how bright and chipper the restaurant is during the day. There’s something especially bright about it when we arrive at Castaway Cay on a sunny day!
That morning, I was feeling just a bit on the tired side. So, like you do when you’re tired, you order coffee!
I ended up getting a latte with almond milk. Do be sure to ask your server team about cross-contamination or safety if you’re concerned with dairy cross-contamination and the frother. As an aside, Disney Cruise uses Almond Breeze almond milk. While I do prefer the coffee at Cove Cafe, this was still a pretty solid option for coffee lovers out there.
Taking a cue from my breakfast the previous morning, I opted to start my meal with a Fresh Fruit Plate. I found that this helped ensure I wasn’t overly full and that my server team didn’t keep asking me if I wanted more food. It was a good compromise to not over-order and still enjoy a few things.
I was asked to pre-order my meal the night before. And, I asked for the allergy-friendly Mickey waffles with Blueberry Compote and Strawberry Cream. Unfortunately, something got lost in translation because they gave me strawberry jam instead and no blueberry compote. This wasn’t a huge deal, but I would definitely be more specific next time I pre-order!
The Allergy-Friendly Mickey Waffles are gluten free and dairy free (and free of most of the top common allergens & vegan too). They are currently being made on the Disney Dream using the King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Pancake & Waffle Mix. While they aren’t my favorite allergy-friendly Mickey waffles, they still are pretty good and a perfect way to start the day!
The bacon, which I didn’t take a photo of was just OK.
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Having breakfast at Royal Palace on the Disney Dream is always a must-do anytime I cruise. And, ordering the Allergy-Friendly Mickey Waffles is on my must order list at least once on the cruise too. Thankfully, I can get my waffles and a relaxed atmosphere all in one place at Royal Palace. It’s a location I’ll keep visiting again and again!
Have you been to Royal Palace for breakfast on the Disney Dream? What did you order when you dined there?