Disney Wish Delights with Restaurant “1923”

July 3, 2022, 7:10 pm Disney has created three new dining experiences for the dinner rotation on Disney Wish. We in the Niles family tested all three on the Christening Cruise media preview and will be sharing our thoughts on three posts here on Theme Park Insider, starting with the restaurant “1923.”

If you’ve never sailed with a Disney Cruise Line before, Disney uses a rotating dining system instead of sending everyone to the main dining room each night for dinner. Your party will be allotted time and table at one of the three restaurants each evening. The wait staff will take turns with you every night, as will the parties sitting at adjacent tables. A rotating dinner is included with your cruise fare, so you can order as much or as little as you like, but alcoholic beverages are not included, so you’ll pay for those by the glass.

1923 is named for the year Walt and Roy Disney founded their company, the “upscale and laid-back” dining experience at Disney Wish’s three alternating restaurants. There is no show here, as there are at dinner parties in Arendelle and Worlds of Marvel. Instead, the focus remains on the food, as well as the time you spend with your eating buddies.

For this food, the theme in 1923 was California cuisine, although the basic structure continues on all three rotating menus. The meal begins with a bread service, followed by your choice of four entrees, two salads, two soups, five entrees, two vegetarian options, and four Lighter Note options, including salmon fillet, grilled chicken breast, grilled sirloin steak, and a fourth choice that varies According to the restaurant.

In 1923, that choice was the Los Feliz Lobster Salad, with Baby Pep lettuce, endive, avocado, jicama, purple potatoes, tostons, black beans, grape tomatoes, cilantro, and lime.

Some thoughts – First, none of us ordered it. Second, the 1923 list includes many references to California cities and communities that reminded me of the names of the locations at the original California Adventure theme park. Few would make sense to anyone familiar with the Golden State. My son lives in Los Feliz, an inner LA neighborhood, near Griffith Park, which has nothing to do with lobsters or growing vegetables. It starts with an “L” like Lobster.

The third idea is that the Disney Wish List list tends to list everything in a dish without expressing its proportions, especially with appetizers, as many of the vegetables listed turn out to be nothing more than an appetizer, rather than the side dishes we initially assumed.

We ate in 1923 on our second night, and after our experience at Arendelle on the first night, we chose to order one of each entry for the table.

Alameda porcini marinated ahi tuna, with pickled lotus root, oyster mushroom, black sesame crisp, wasabi and yuzu mayonnaise.

Alameda Porcini Spicy Ahi Tuna

Hyperion Four Cheese Tricolor Tortelloni, With Meyer Lemon, Artichokes, Sundried Tomatoes, And Baby Spinach.

Hyperion Four Cheese Tricolor Tortelloni

Burrata mozzarella and prosciutto di Parma, with crunchy cranberries, sunflower seeds, and charred blood orange.

Burrata, mozzarella and prosciutto di Parma

Kingswill duck confit pastilla, with dates, apricots, ginger, red pepper, saffron, and blackberry jam.

Kingswell Duck Confit Pastilla

The accompaniments brought some brightness to the tortelloni, but its flavor couldn’t stand the competition from other appetizers. The duck shredded in pastilla (named after the street where Walt and Roy had their first trading office), looked more like an entrance than an appetizer – bland but a little heavy for the appetizing light bite we were looking for on this course.

Our winners were the perfect burrata, well accompanied by Prosciutto and Ahi. Tuna, in particular, provided lively flavors to wake your tongue, making it my favorite appetizer of the entire trip. This is the dish I will be dreaming of for days to come.

We also chose Roasted Roma Tomato Soup with Fermented Purple Basil Crostini

Roasted Roma Tomato Soup

Fennel salad, pear bartlett and tatsui with manchego cheese, walnuts and sherry sauce

Fennel and pear Bartlett and Tatsui salad

Tomato soup tasted more like savory roasted tomatoes than thinner soup. Nice flavour, but a bit heavy for a second course. Cruise dining is a marathon, not a sprint. You must speed yourself up to reach the end every night.

The authority brought back the list ratio problem, which I described above. This was basically a bowl of shaved fennel. This may be a black licorice fan’s dream, but after I’ve eaten a few well-balanced bites that I’ve been able to combine with a limited amount of other ingredients in the salad, I’m done here and ready to move on.

To appetizers:

Tortiglione pasta with cream of prosecco, pancetta, shallots, cremini mushrooms, and lemon thyme.

Tortellioni pasta

Verlasso Roasted Salmon Fillet with Californian Wild Honey Parsnip Puree, Orange Fennel Essence, and Black Garlic Sauteed Rapini

Roasted salmon fillet from Verlasso

Italian flat parsley and rosemary of lamb with dauvinoise potatoes, roasted baby turnip, carrots, zucchini and rosemary zinfandel sauce

rack of lamb

1923 Filet Mignon with buttered long green beans, smoked bacon, mashed potatoes and pink pepper, Au Lait Café

Filet Mignon

The menu also included Riverside Roast Chicken with Leek Rondels, Brussels Sprouts, Yukon Potato Fondant, Honeycrisp Apple Chutney, and Cabernet Sauvignon Reduction, which none of us ordered.

Mushrooms dominated the pancetta in the tortiglione, although the Prosecco cream provided a nice flavor to the pasta. But this dish was quickly forgotten because we quickly switched to well-cooked salmon, which tastes great on its own but even better when dragged through a parsnip puree.

Delighted, delicately cooked to order, the filet was delighted, but after a hot day at Castaway Cay, the serving proved too much—a rare occurrence at Wish, which usually served reasonably modest portions for its entrees. The pepper sauce (not pictured, as it was served on the side and I just forgot to get it pictured) tasted too sweet to all of us, which has become a common criticism of sauces on the Wish ship.

However, pregnancy was my favorite entry into the trip. Once again, the chefs here have fine-tuned the preparation, serving perfectly cooked lamb under a delicious crust, accompanied by a strong sauce that contains just the right level of meaty sweetness, rather than going too far in that direction, as the filet did. The veggies here were just the right size for the side too, with the Dauphinoise Potato adding a welcome welcome touch to the dish, with Gruyère and cream adding some life to the thin, stacked chips.

In 1923, passengers dined in one of two long dining areas, each named after one of the Disney brothers, either Walt or Roy. Each area is divided into multiple rooms, decorated with concept art, graphics, and other memorabilia from various Disney films and projects. As “1923,” I was expecting the focus to be on projects from the early days of the Disney Brothers Studio, but our room was “frozen,” something we’ve given a lot of thought about since we had the Arendelle dining experience the night before.

Inside 1923

The servers throughout our three night stay provided superior care and thoughtful recommendations. They knew us by name right away and seemed very experienced in knowing when to share and when to allow guests to have their space when dining. The Disney Cruise Line staff excel at making guests feel welcome regularly wherever they are on the ship, and especially in the dining rooms.

In addition to the food, we ordered Buena Vista Old Fashioned, which – like all alcohol – was an extra cost. (And the exact amount no one seems to remember. Oops.)

old fashion

Pretty standard for an old fashioned (“Why would we order these?” Someone said), but the large milk chocolate platter on top of it was very nice.

On that sweet note, candy. We have asked:

Churros Calientes: Churros seasoning sugar, dulce de leche

cross

Atwater Fuji Apples Cheesecake: Sweet dough crust, caramelized apples, cinnamon cheesecake, and rolled oat crumbs

Apple cheesecake

The signature dessert was a Burbank blueberry-lime Bavarian creme, with Ecuadorean vanilla bean, lemon roux, and dried raspberry meringue.

Bavarian cream

The Ice Cream Sundae’s choice was Hollywood Hills Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae, with Vanilla Ice Cream, Fudge Brownie Bites, Whipped Cream Fresh, and Glazed Cherry

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundae

names again. Slow yourself down, Disney. We didn’t order the gluten-free orange almond cake or the sugar-free tapioca coconut pudding.

We didn’t taste anything “caliente” in the churros, which tasted of pure Disneyland bliss, served with a delicious (thick) dulce de leche sauce. Other desserts are pretty much advertised: apple and cinnamon cheesecake, a slice of blueberries inside Bavarian cream, and a hot, tangy fudge sundae, though I have to throw those brownie bites to become just tooth-crunching snags when buried inside ice cream anything for more than a moment. Give me a scoop of cold ice cream on top of a big, warm cake if we want to incorporate this favorite, instead.

Perhaps the 1923 Disney Wish’s movie didn’t take us back to 1923 and didn’t sound more authentically Californian than a California pizzeria. But she delivered what really mattered – a delicious meal in a charming environment with relaxed service that had our entire family talking happily throughout our time there.

And if I can deliver Ahi appetizers to my house, please sign me up for 2 years.

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