Kelli’s back with another one of her favorites, Cinderella’s Royal Table. See what she has to say and if it lived up to her expectations.
Who doesn’t want to eat in Cinderella Castle?
When you think of Walt Disney World, one of the first images that comes to mind is the castle. It has become synonymous with the theme park itself, inspired by no less than five real-life European castles. The dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table, located inside this incredible structure, does not disappoint.
On my first trip to Disney World as an adult, my mother, sister and I all made plans to take my niece to Cinderella’s Royal Table for lunch. We checked in at the reservation desk, just outside the entrance to the Grand Hall. We were called back quickly and got in line to meet Cinderella. After taking pictures with her (a photo package is included in the price of the meal) and getting her autograph, we walked up a set of stairs to the Royal Banquet Hall. (Note: There is an elevator for guests that do not want to take the stairs.)
The atmosphere is truly amazing. There are huge vaulted ceilings, stone archways and exquisitely detailed windows. The tables and chairs are nearly as grand as the hall itself.
Request a table by the window. The view you get during your meal is incredible. We were somehow assigned to one of these tables during a later trip to CRT (we did not request it) and this was our view.
Throughout the meal, a variety of princesses greet you at your table, sign autographs and take pictures. Each is introduced with a bit of music and fanfare. As a life-long Disney fan, I got a few goose bumps each time a new princess came into the room. While they are subject to change, we visited with Ariel, Aurora, Snow White and Jasmine. The princesses were fantastic and paid special attention to each little guest in the Royal Banquet Hall.
The food was good, too, although it is one of the pricier meals at Walt Disney World. It is important to keep in mind that you are really paying for the experience more so than the food. Your meal arrives in three courses. There is an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. While selections vary, you can expect a pork tenderloin, chicken, gnocchi and beef offering for the main course. If you are on a dining plan, CRT uses two table service credits. If not, expect to pay at least $60 per adult.
We had an incredible time. My one regret was that I did not bring my son, who was two at the time. After all, he loves princesses and I felt sure that he would have enjoyed the experience. So, on my next trip, I secured dinner reservations for my husband, my son and myself.
To all parents of boys out there, I can’t recommend this experience highly enough for them. He had a magical time. The princesses paid him a lot of attention and made him feel special. He might have even gotten a few kisses out of the deal as well.
All children receive a special wishing star. Boys are given a sword and girls receive a wand.
Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the more difficult dining reservations to secure. Make sure to set up reservations starting 180 days from the first day of your trip (if you are staying on Walt Disney World property). It is one of our “must dos” each time we head to Walt Disney World!
Kelli is a stay-at-home mother with two wonderful children. She enjoys reading, crafts, and planning her family’s Walt Disney World vacations!