Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Disney Dining at Cinderella's Royal Table

When you're booking dining in Disneyworld and in particular, Magic Kingdom, there are probably two places guests are eager to dine in; Be Our Guest and Cinderella's Royal Table. We were lucky enough to get reservations for dinner at both. You can read about our Be Our Guest experience here.

Cinderella's Royal Table is located inside Cinderella's castle. This is one of two Princess dining experiences in Disneyworld and it's a great way to meet up to 5 Princesses without having to wait in queues. You can make reservations from 180 days prior to your visit and it is hugely popular so it is advisable to book at 180 days out. This is one of the few places that charges you for the reservation at the time of booking so make sure you have the funds in your account before you book. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan or Deluxe Plan, it uses 2 credits (correct at time of writing - it may change!)

I booked a Princess makeover for Miss C at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and I knew it would be a very special treat to have dinner in her Princess costume with the Princesses. On the Disney website, it quotes a price range but I paid $120 for Miss C and I which included the tax and the tip. For your money you get to choose three courses from a set menu and it also includes a soft drink (they don't serve alcohol in Magic Kingdom other than in Be Our Guest). It worked out at around $60 for me and $32 for Miss C. You are classed as a child up to age 9 in Disney so 10 and over are charged adult price. It may be slightly cheaper to have breakfast or lunch.

We were greeted by two lovely gentlemen who showed us in to the castle to meet Cinderella. They call the reservations for check in 5 minutes prior to your reservation time so it's never busy when you meet Cinderella. We went straight up and had a chat and some photos. Whilst we were waiting to be called to our table, Cinderella chatted away to all of her guests. We discussed Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland and thankfully there were "no dragons under our castle...unless you mean my step-sisters!"

When we were called to our table, we headed up a small spiral staircase, in to the main dining area. It's quite small, which is why it books up so quickly, and beautifully decorated. I would have loved to have sat near the windows which look out on to Fantasyland. I think it would be amazing to watch the fireworks from there at night.

On our table was a wishing star and a wand for Miss C and I. During your meal, a wishing song comes on and cast members encourage you to wave your wand and then hold your wishing star and make a wish. Cinderella does always say "a dream is a wish your heart makes" after all. You get to keep your wishing star and wand so I brought mine home and Miss C gave it to her best friend.

Our server, Scott, was lovely. We had already paid our tip when we booked so he didn't have to go all out for us but he did. He was really attentive and kept checking in with us to make sure we were OK and that all the Princesses had managed to visit our table.

The first Princess we met was Snow White. This was our first meeting with Snow White in our trip and Miss C was really happy to see her. Ariel followed shortly after and spent ages talking to Miss C. Although Miss C was dressed as Jasmine, she told Ariel she was her favourite Princess and her Mummy's favourite too. Ariel was really beautiful and just how I'd picture Ariel in real life.

Princess Jasmine visited our table next and when she saw Miss C dressed as her, she came and sat down with her and held her hands and told her how amazing she looked. Miss C was beaming. She chatted to her and they decided she needed to have a nickname so Miss C became known as Jasminnie.

The last Princess to visit the table was Merida. We'd met her a few days before and she remembered Miss C which was amazing. They talked about Angus and horse riding.

For dinner, I chose pan-seared scallops on a Cabernet risotto bed, steak and shrimp with vegetables and Gus and Jaq's Favourites which was a white chocolate and jasmine tea mousse with lemon and lime curd and honey oat crisp. Every mouthful was delicious. I was a bit sad I only got one scallop in my starter as it really was so good. My steak, medium rare, was perfectly cooked and the dessert was amazing. There was a good selection of dishes on the menu but I think I chose the best three dishes! The steak seemed really popular from glancing at other tables. Miss C had a bowl of cheese and grapes to start, beef tenderloin with mash potatoes and sweetcorn and vanilla ice cream.

Despite this being a really popular restaurant, fully booked months in advance, we didn't feel rushed at all. The food came out in good time and Scott was very efficient but didn't make us feel like we needed to rush to eat up. Miss C took her time eating her meal whereas I scoffed mine cause it was so good!

Scott found out we were there to celebrate a birthday so he brought out a cupcake for us to share. It was delicious and a really lovely touch.

We had a wonderful experience at Cinderella's Royal Table and I would definitely go back there again. If you do have a Disney Dining Plan then it is absolutely worth 2 credits but even then, I would say it was definitely worth the amount we paid, not just for the food, but for the ambience, the character interactions and for how well looked after we felt.

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