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Of the three rotational dining venues onboard the Disney Wish, Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is the most immersive experience. Kids will love the atmosphere before they even enter the dining hall. Parents will also love it, as the entertainment portions of the dining experience are scheduled so that they do not interfere with the dining. Courses are served so that you can enjoy each one before the next part of the show starts.
The corridor to the dining venue is decorated with a knight in shining armor and many pictures of Anna, Elsa, and their ancestors.
Cast members are dressed to fit into the Frozen theme, and the dining room is decorated to resemble the castle of Arendelle. There are beautiful tapestries on the walls, paintings on the ceiling, and massive chandeliers above.
But this is only the beginning. Once seated, you can’t help but notice the gorgeous dishes, silverware, and embroidered napkins.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure tells the story of what happened after what we saw in the Frozen 2 flick. Anna and Kristoff are getting engaged. Her sister, Queen Elsa, hosts the royal engagement party, and you are all invited! The entertainment takes place around a center stage, and the tables surrounding the stage are, of course, the best seats in the castle. Some tables have an obstructed view of the stage, and even though this is less desirable, it is possible to get up when the show segments are going on to take a closer look because the food is served in between the show.
Between the performances, Olaf visits guests on a cart on wheels pushed by a cast member. Anna and Kristoff also stop by the dining tables. Ask Anna to show you her engagement ring, and she will happily oblige.
The most fun character, however, is Oaken. He steals the show and is hilarious when visiting guests at their tables. His joyful Hoo-hoo! stayed with me for days.
No other but Oaken’s “Hearty Party Planning Service” puts together the Norwegian-inspired meal. I liked that the kids’ menu avoided the traditional burgers and hot dogs but served salmon and meatballs instead. I started the meal with Elsa’s Royal Baked Scallops, a shrimp tarragon bisque with carrots and leeks covered by a push pastry dome.
Next was the Nordic Cucumber, Potato & Carrot Salad served with baby oakleaf and Lolla Rossa Lettuce.
I was a little underwhelmed by this salad. I wished I had ordered a second starter instead, such as Anna’s Koldtbord (smoked salmon, smoked fiord trout horseradish Lefse, salmon gravlax, sweet shrimp, dill honey mustard, and Knackerbrot).
Disney Cruise Line allows guests to order multiple dishes from all courses, but I did want to leave space for an entrée and dessert. You can even request a dish from another of the rotational restaurants.
I tried two main dishes at Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure. The Arendelle Kjottkake—braised meatballs served with rosemary cream reduction, egg noodles, and lingonberry chutney—was wonderful, and so was the Juniper Spiced Roasted Chicken Breast with scallions, duck confit, double-fried potatoes, and estragon wild mushroom ragout.
As is the case at the 1923 Restaurant and Worlds of Marvel Quantum Encounter, vegetarian and lighter options are available at Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure.
When it came time for dessert at Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure, I ordered Eplekake—Apple Cake served with caramel sauce, vanilla bean ice cream, and a florentine almond crunch. My favorite was the Troll Family’s Rock Chocolate Bar. Picture a chocolate cake with pistachio cookie rocks and an elderflower meringue. It was superb! Finally, the Norwegian Pancake Roulade, a pancake filled with lingonberry jam and gjøvik white chocolate cheesecake, topped them all.
If you’re planning a Disney Cruise vacation, make sure to check out The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line by Erin Foster with Len Testa and Ritchey Halphen. All pictures by Liliane Opsomer.
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