One of the most popular character dine experiences at Walt Disney World is Cinderella’s Royal Table. This table-serve restaurant is located inside Cinderella’s castle at the Magic Kingdom, and guests can dine with views onto Fantasyland while their favorite princesses visit each table.
We have dined at Cinderella’s quite a few times and have always had a wonderful time. In January 2015, the restaurant will be closing for refurbishment and renovations. We aren’t sure what the renovations will include, but it is at least a three month scheduled closing. **
If you will be visiting the Magic Kingdom this fall, consider getting a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Reservations book up quickly though! All meals have similar character experiences. Cinderella greets guests in the lobby and families can take photos with her then. During the meal, you will meet other princesses that walk from table to table. The princesses that are typically there are Snow White, Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Ariel, and Jasmine. Belle no longer is at this character dine as she can be found at Belle’s Enchanted Tales in Fantasyland. As of right now, none of the newer princesses are here (i.e. Tiana, Merida, Rapunzel, Elsa or Anna).
The meal is a traditional table-serve, not a buffet. The food is quite good and there are many options for children and adults. During the meal, princesses are given wands and princes are given swords. All princesses and princes are given wishing stars. They will do a wishing ceremony at least once during the meal, for everyone to make wishes with their stars and wands.
They used to give families a print copy of their photos with Cinderella, but that feature is no longer being offered. If you have Memory Maker added to your Magic Bands, your photos with Cinderella will be loaded to your account. You can also use your PhotoPass card for these photos. There are no PhotoPass photographers inside the restaurant for the other princesses.
We have both princesses and princes in our family, and they both love dining at Cinderella’s. It is not just for girls, I promise. My son loved seeing the princesses and taking photos with them. It is a very magical experience. The decorations inside are medieval themed with hanging tapestries and family crests. There is lots of wood and stone decor as well as royal fabrics that frame the large windows overlooking the park. The stain glass windows are beautiful.
Any table-serve restaurant that is located within a Disney park, that serves breakfast, will offer reservations before the park opens. This includes Cinderella’s Royal Table. If you have reservations at a restaurant before park hours, they will have one entrance gate for special entry only for your party to use. Simply use your Magic Bands to show proof for reservation. I also advise having a backup reservation number or print out in case technology fails (that would never happen, right?)
We have always dined at breakfast, and here is a sampling of the food for adults and children:
We highly recommend this table-serve restaurant if you are able to get a reservation. Space is extremely limited as there aren’t a huge amount of tables. I would suggest looking into lunch or dinner for this one if breakfast is not available.
**If you will be visiting the parks during 2015 and would like to dine with princesses, your other options until Cinderella’s is open is Akershus in Epcot. Cinderella also visits 1900 Park Fare dinner character dines, as well as Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia.
I dedicate this post to my wonderful “princess” niece who is turning 21 today. She celebrated her inner princess with us at Cinderella’s Royal Table when she was almost 20 year old, and she had a fabulous time! It goes to show that you are never to old to dine with royalty!