One of the most sought after Dining Reservations at Magic Kingdom is Cinderellas Royal Table.
We have eaten there a few times, the most recent being August 2016.
It’s one of the most sought after of all reservations on Disney World property. It’s also one of the most expensive and one that, in my opinion, will leave you feeling a little ripped off. Here’s what to expect and why you will decide to dine there anyway.
You can’t talk about Cinderellas Royal Table ( or CRT) without first mentioning the overall cost. You’ll pay around $60 for breakfast for guests ages 10 and up. Kids 3 – 9 are around $35. Keep in mind these prices are a few dollars higher during busy holiday periods like Christmas. Lunch and dinner is around $74 per adult and $48 per child. Children under 3 are technically free in that they may eat off of another member of their party’s plate; of course you can also order a meal for them. Your set price includes a drink, entree and dessert. Breakfast comes with a plate of pastries–the same pastries you’ll get at breakfast all over property. Your price includes the gratuity as well.
Reservations are very difficult to get for Cinderella’s Royal Table, especially for breakfast. Call 180 days in advance for reservations. If staying at a Disney resort make sure you call 180 days in advance and ask for availability during all days of your stay that way you can pick the perfect time.
A credit card number is required at the time of the booking. If you need to cancel, do so prior to 24 hours before your reservation time; there will though be a fee to cancel within 24 hours.
Characters (Princesses and others) appear at breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table includes a fast pass photo opportunity with Cinderella downstairs in the waiting area.
Cast Members though will take a photo with your own camera if you are not on Photo pass or the photographer will give you a card to a link where you can purchase the photo on line . (Note that even though she’s downstairs when you get there, that doesn’t mean she’s coming upstairs during lunch or dinner!)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner allow a la carte choices from a menu.
How does the experience hold up to Expectations
No matter how you try to sell it to yourself, this is an expensive meal, and for an expensive meal, you expect great food, yes?.
Well, lower your expectations, because you’re not really here for the food, you’re here for the experience.
Sadly, the experience itself is somewhat lacking. I will cover that a little later.
Kids meals are below what I would call a kids portion.
It’s not a huge amount of food, but the characters seem to fly out at you & they are about three minutes apart, so your child won’t have time to eat it anyway
Since you’re not really here for the food, or at least you shouldn’t be,what's the real reason for your visit: Seeing Cinderella Castle and meeting the princesses of course.
No matter what you’re age, if you were raised on Cinderella and Disney, going into the castle is a big deal.
There are really only two ways for regular guests to go inside the castle: One is to make an appointment at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique for a princess makeover ( if you’re over 12, no makeover for you!) and the other, of course, is to have a meal in the castle.
You’ll check in at the desk at the entrance and then wait a few minutes before you’re admitted into a large meet and greet area. Cinderella is there to say hello and for a photo.
After that, you’ll go upstairs to be seated.
Service is friendly and really efficient, but to say that it’s also quite brisk is really an understatement: we received our drinks and food what felt like immediately. Characters came and went so quickly that we would ytake a mouthful prime the cameras take the shots it was that quick.
It really felt rushed to me & our party.
As an adult, it’s difficult not to think about how much money you’re spending.
The food is just okay. The character interaction is probably the worst on property. But just as I was about to decide this is really expensive for what you pay my little Niece looked up at me at me with the biggest grin ever & a twinkle in her eye. And that’s when I realized that it was worth every penny. Because they’re only little once, right?