180 days before our vacation, 6:00 a.m, I’m on the Walt Disney World website booking our reservation for dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Why so early? Because it was the first possible moment that I could book that restaurant. And if you don’t book it at the earliest possible moment, you might not get it. In fact, you probably won’t.
Sounds crazy, right? But it’s a relatively small restaurant (at least, by Disney standards). It’s also highly coveted. With good reason – it’s located INSIDE Cinderella Castle!
Now, I’d heard that the character interaction at this restaurant was great, but that the food was just okay. The prevailing opinion seemed to be that, when dining here, you were paying for the experience. Let me take a moment to address each.
Upon your arrival inside the castle, you meet with Cinderella for a formal portrait. (She was a lovely hostess and very complimentary to my three princes.) Once your party is called, you ascend a spiral staircase. At the top, the beautiful dining room awaits. You are shown to your table, make your selections of appetizer and entree, and wait for the Princesses to stop by for a visit. They take plenty of time at each table to chat, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. They were, in a word, delightful.
Having read that the food here was less than great, my expectations were low. Thus, I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that the food was excellent. We all loved our meals, from our pickiest kid to my foodie husband. We particularly loved the special desserts. The menu can be found here.
There is just something so special about dining inside Cinderella Castle. Everything, from start to finish, was very memorable. As we descended the spiral staircase on our way out, a footman stood at the bottom of the stairs, nodding to each of us as we passed. “Good night,” I said to him.
“Good evening, Your Majesty,” he replied with great dignity.
(Note: this visit was before my son’s diagnosis of celiac disease. We’ll have to go back to try their gluten-free offerings!)