Yes, I am an adult now and I went to dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table. And you know what? I wasn’t the only table there that were adults only!!!
Truly, one of my highlights of all Disney trips. The excitement to dine in the actual castle (yes the restaurant is inside the castle!), and have the opportunity to do more than just walk through the mosaic hall way below was a dream come true.
Now, this reservation was no easy task that’s for sure. More challenging to get than “Be Our Guest”. As mentioned in other posts, dining reservations can be booked 180 days in advance. The unfortunate part, is Cinderella’s Royal Table pretty much books up on that day. But I had a mission. I wasn’t planning my Disney World trip 180 days in advance, my trip was only decided four months in advance, but I wasn’t giving up when I saw that there was no tables left. I refreshed that reservation screen multiple times every single day. My goal was to dine with Princesses on my birthday in the castle, and that’s what I did!
When your party is called, you are taken into a room where you are greeted by none other than Cinderella herself! Cinderella is there for photo ops with every dining guest that has dinner at the castle, and you can use your own camera or a Disney Photopass Photographer.
Then you are taken up a stair case, and the excitement is building! You are seated and each given a souvenir that you can take home. All Princesses will get a magic wand, and all Princes will get a plastic sword (of all ages!), and everyone gets a “magic wishing star” to take home after they have made their wish. Then you are treated to the “Chef’s Royal Tasting Plate”, which is included in the cost for the entire dinner, along with a main course and dessert. The tasting plate is a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses.
In between courses, you’ll notice royal announcements as they bring in each Princess one by one. The Princesses will all make their way around the room, and every table with have a photo opportunity with each one.
For my Royale Entrée, I chose the “Beef & Shrimp”, which is grilled juicy beef tenderloin, and shrimp served on top of potatoes au gratin, the portions are on the smaller side, but delicious! There are other entrée options to choose from such as braised pork shank, chef’s fish of the day, among others. This menu can change often, although the “Beef & Shrimp” has been there for a long time now.
Don’t worry, between you courses you are going to get to get a photo with each Princess. There won’t be a Disney Photopass Photographer with the Princesses here so you will have to take your own photos.
As I was wearing my “Birthday” pin at Disney, before they brought out the regular dessert, they also brought me out a little cupcake with a candle to blow out. Its the little things that Cast Members do that mean a lot. And I literally laughed my birthday candle right out! Which is a great way to start the year off.
Now, for the real dessert! I ordered “Gus and Jaq’s Favorite” which was a nice light mousse with white chocolate and jasmine, it was really nice, and looked beautiful on my plate! This is no longer on their current menu as they change, and sometimes just seasonally as well.
For me personally, dining in Cinderella’s Castle with the Princesses was an amazing experience. It costs two Table Service dining credits on the Disney Dining Plan, but is definitely worth it as it is both three courses, and the meet and greet. A nice easy way for you to have your kids meet a lot of Princesses in one place as well!
In conclusion, you get a nice meal and the opportunity to eat in the castle, which is an extremely challenging reservation to get. But don’t give up, always refresh the page and keep checking back as people always change their plans. This is something that children will love, and adults with the kid inside them just dying to get out!
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