Cinderella’s Royal Table

about cinderella’s royal table

Cost: $35 – 59.99 for breakfast, $60 and up for lunch and dinner

Characters: Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Belle. Aurora, Jasmine

Reservations: There are highly coveted dining reservations and notoriously hard to score! Plan to book this meal as soon as your 180 day ADR window opens. Log in to the Disney website, your My Disney Experience app, or call (407) 939-3463.

Food: Breakfast starts with a delicious pastry plate for the table to share. Entrees include traditional breakfast fare, as well as a healthy choice meal and some more decadent options like beef tenderloin with a frittata.

Rating: 2 out of 5 frying pans

Things to Know: You can’t check in before your reservation time, so don’t waste time standing in line early. Be prepared to meet Cinderella as soon as you enter the castle. Have your autograph books and cameras ready! Also, the bathrooms are downstairs from the main dining room, so plan to stop on your way in, if possible, so you don’t miss any princesses.

While You’re There: Look at the beautiful mosaic work along the castle corridor! It’s truly spectacular work. Also, Cinderella’s Royal Table is directly across from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, so you might consider making your appointment and reservation close together.

 

About Our Experience(s)

I’ll get straight to the point. “Underwhelmed” best sums up our feelings on our breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s so much hype around Cinderella’s Royal Table (the cost, the location, the impossible-to-get reservations), but this dining experience didn’t come close to meeting our expectations.

We were excited to do such a big princess meal for Ruby’s actual third birthday morning, following a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! What could be better than breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle, right?

Maybe a lot of things, it turns out.

Our underwhelmed feeling started at checkin, where the cast member was clearly stressed and super short with guests. It instantly killed our magic buzz. I try to keep in mind that cast members are just people too, so we put it behind us.

As we made our way in, we were struck by how gorgeous everything was. It really felt like entering a castle. Meeting Cinderella, decked out in her BBB Cinderella makeover, was probably the highlight of Ruby’s three years on earth at that point. We started to buy in to the hype.

But then, we were seated and began to feel like cogs in a machine. All of the waitstaff also seemed stressed and rushed. The wand and Wishing Star were dropped off in a hurry and our waitress seemed impatient as we ordered our food. We both remarked later that we felt like we couldn’t even ask any questions about the menu.

We had the same feeling as the princesses visited – they just posed for the picture and rushed off. We got some beautiful photographs, but no small talk or “special moments”. Maybe the extraordinary experiences at 1900 Park Fare have ruined us for other character meals, but we expected more interaction. There was no small talk and some didn’t even sign her book that was open on the table. What surprised us most was that not a single princess wished Ruby a happy birthday! Ruby had to use the restroom (we were in the throes of potty training), which is downstairs, so we rushed there and back. She’d missed a princess while we were gone and we had to really advocate to get her to come back.

We found the food okay. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t delicious and certainly not worth the two dining credits, in our opinions. We were all hungry shortly after we left, which never happens with standard Disney portions! The pastry assortment was delicious though – that was the food highlight, for sure.

Overall, we felt like we’d paid a lot to feel rushed through our meal and like an inconvenience to every cast member we encountered. Like I said, maybe our expectations were too high, after reading so much hype in groups and blogs. But we expected an expensive meal in a magical place to feel, well, magical.

From talking to other Disney lovers, I’ve found that many share our same breakfast experience, but that lunch and dinner are better. We might consider trying lunch or dinner in the future, but we definitely won’t be back for breakfast. I’ll take Akershus or 1900 Park Fare over this experience any day!

 

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