Of all the places to dine in the parks at Walt Disney World, one of the most popular—yet hard to reserve—is Cinderella’s Royal Table inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. The restaurant seats only 130 Guests at a time, which is quite small as Disney restaurants go. Its low capacity and the high demand for a coveted seat around Cinderella’s dining table make this one of the most difficult reservations to score at Disney World.
If you’ve never had the chance to dine with the glass-slipper princess, you may wonder why so many Guests jockey for position on the morning the 180-day dining reservation window opens, hoping to be one of the few who secure a reservation before the restaurant is completely booked. Here are 8 things that will have you, too, vying for the chance to eat in the castle with your family.
8. It’s relatively pricey, but so worth it.
Walt Disney World allows Guests to book dining reservations up to 180 days in advance of their trip to the parks. Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the few restaurants for which Guests must pay for their experience at the time of booking. That’s because dining with Cinderella in her castle is one of the most sought-after experiences at Magic Kingdom. The experience is also one of the most costly of Disney’s dining experiences. Breakfast for adults costs around $61 and for children, the cost is $36. Lunch and dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table are identical in price—$80 per adult and $47 per child. But because the experience is unlike others in the parks, Guests are only to happy to pay to be seated for a meal in the castle. Guests are paying for the experience more than the food, and Disney certainly delivers at this very unique experience.
7. You’ll have clearance in the castle.
Not only does a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table afford you the honor of dining with Cinderella, but it also grants you the privilege of passage into an otherwise restricted area of the park. Though many of us would give anything to be able to tour Cinderella Castle, including its elusive fourth floor suite, to date, such a tour is not available to the public. If you have booked Cinderella’s restaurant, however, you will have no problem accessing the second floor of the beloved castle.
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6. The atmosphere is right out of a storybook.
Inside Cinderella’s Royal Table Restaurant, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a storybook wonderland thanks to regal furnishings and fantastical décor. Beautiful stained-glass windows look out onto Fantasyland below. High-vaulted ceilings and stone archways soar above you as you’re seated at your table. Plush tapestries drape the walls, and Medieval flags adorn the spaces overhead. Every facet of design from a Medieval banquet hall are here, and even after your meal, you’ll find yourself lingering over the attention to detail in the restaurant’s decorations and finishings.
5. Cinderella greets you before you dine.
The excitement begins before you ever reach the banquet hall. Though she is the princess of the castle, she honors Guests in her home by meeting them in the lobby foyer before they go to the dining room to be seated. You will get to meet her in the lobby whether you dine with her for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
4. You’ll enjoy a feast fit for a princess.
No matter what you’re hungry for, you’ll find something to satisfy your appetite at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The breakfast menu features quiche, steak and eggs, pastries, oatmeal with fruit, shrimp and grits and a yummy caramel apple-stuffed French toast. If you’re dining with Cinderella for lunch or dinner, you can choose from entrées like pork tenderloin, beef, shrimp, chicken breast and the Fish of the Day. Don’t forget to start your meal with the Castle Salad!
3. You can try unique and fun desserts.
Who knew Jaq and Gus were edible? No, not Cinderella’s mouse sidekicks, but the dessert that is named for them at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Try this delicious raspberry swirl cheesecake with all its goodies when you dine at lunch or dinner. Not into cheesecake? That’s okay—for you, there’s “The Clock Strikes Twelve,” a chocolate cake made without flour and served with berries and chocolate ganache.
2. You’ll meet the princesses.
When you arrive for your dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table, the first princess you’ll meet is none other than Cinderella herself. She greets Guests in the lobby before they are seated in the banquet hall. Once you are seated for your meal—at both breakfast and lunch—you’ll meet a number of princesses that will visit your table, sign autographs and pose for photos. Because the princesses have such busy schedules, some are available when others are not, and for this reason, the roster of princesses you’ll meet can change from one day to the next. But no matter which princesses are joining you for your meal, you won’t be disappointed; the lineup is always impressive!
1. You’ll say hello to some elusive characters.
When you join Cinderella at the castle for dinner, you’ll also get to meet some of her friends that usually spend most of their time only in the castle. At dinner, you’ll meet three ultra-elusive characters. You can meet two of Cinderella’s biggest fans—her mice friends Suzy and Perla, and then—bibbidi-bobbidi-boo—you’ll also get to say hello to Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother! Outside of Cinderella’s Royal Table, it’s impossible to have a character encounter with Fairy Godmother; she’s very busy granting wishes and turning pumpkins into carriages. And it is extremely rare to meet Suzy and Perla except for a few select times in the week and only for about 45 minutes on those days. Don’t miss your chance to finally get an autograph from all three!
A dining reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table remains the most difficult one to secure in the parks. But if you can get in, you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime—one you’ll never forget!