Aptly termed “Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table”, this coveted dining experience in Disney’s Magic Kingdom located at Orlando is many girls’ fairy tale come true. Often fully reserved up to 6 months in advance, Cinderella’s Royal Table offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the banquet hall of the Magic Kingdom’s legendary castle.
Make your reservation in advance
The Cinderella castle is situated in the Fantasyland of Magic Kingdom. In spite of the pricier menu (from 50+ USD for adults and from 30+ USD for children) even by Disney theme park standard, the castle meals sell out really quickly due to its popularity and limited seating. Therefore advance booking is much recommended and reservations could be made 6 months prior. However, fret not if you can’t score a reservation. Just continue monitoring the reservation website a few days prior to your trip, if you are lucky you might just be able to get a table when other diners make last minute cancellations.
Be greeted by Cinderella
Upon stepping into the castle, you would be ushered into a queue for a meet and greet session with Cinderella at the Grand Hall, which is every bit as grandiose as the exterior with its gothic arches and chandeliers. Cinderella, looking beautifully regal, would chat and pose for a shot with you once you reach your turn. Therefore, do get your camera or handphone ready for the shot, as this would be the one and only time for a picture with Cinderella. Cinderella won’t appear in the banquet hall later. There is nothing cuter than seeing kids dressed up in their favourite costume going wide-eyed in wonder when faced with their favourite princess.
Proceeding to the Royal Banquet Hall
Once it is time for your meal, chimes will sound as your party is called up and you will proceed to the Royal Banquet Hall via the spiral staircase. The gorgeous Cinderella stained glass on the staircase and the impressive Royal Banquet Hall, with its medieval flags on the ceiling and romantic architecture, makes one feel transported back to a time when princesses and princes dance away in royal balls. Boys and girls are also given toy swords and wands when they enter the banquet hall. However, don’t be shy to ask for them even if you are an adult. These items serve as great keepsake and best of all, they are free!
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Delicious 3-course dinner
The dinner at Cinderella’s table comes with a fixed menu with 5 options for appetizers, 5 options for entrees, 4 choices for desserts and 9 choices for beverages with free refills. Contrary to popular belief that character dining is all gimmick with no substance, the food actually tastes pretty good. For dinner, check out the shrimps and scallop, which taste fresh. The steak is succulent too!
Disney Princesses come to your table and chat with you
During the meal, different princesses will come to your table for a short chat and a picture. The character appearances are subject to change, but Princess Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White and Rapunzel, etc. have been known to make their appearances. The princesses are really into their character role-play so don’t be surprised if Snow White starts talking about her “flying carpet” or Aurora tells you that she loves your “gown”. Even the waiters dressed up as page boys refer to the diners as “My Lady” and “My Lord”. Due to the limited seating and immense popularity of the dining experience, each dining session lasts just slightly over an hour. Gratuity is already included in the price, which has to be paid while making the online reservation, therefore there is no need to tip again after the meal.
A happily-ever-after ending
All in all, Royal Dining at Cinderella’s Table is a special experience, which should be tried once, especially if you are already heading to the Magic Kingdom. It might be slightly expensive at over 70 USD per pax for dinner, but you do get a pretty good meal in a “restaurant” with nice ambience. Best of all, you get to interact and have pictures taken with 5 Disney princesses without having to queue up. 75 USD for a happily-ever-after ending? Definitely worth it.
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