When it comes to timeless “Disneyana”, all-time Disney magic and the essence of the Disney Princess, you just don’t get more classic than the stepdaughter-turned-servant Cinderella. Cinderella was one of Disney’s first princesses, and her story is one that transcends time and culture; after all, most of us have identified with her plight at one time or another. But we love that Cinderella’s story is truly one of “happily ever after,” as she finds her prince and triumphs over the evil efforts of her stepmother and stepsisters. If you love Cinderella too, you’ll love the parks at Walt Disney World and all the ways in which you can get your Cinderella fix while you’re there. Here are 8 ways to do exactly that.
8. Really take your time to experience Cinderella Castle.
Cinderella Castle serves as the icon for Magic Kingdom. True Disney World fanatics never feel completely at home until they’ve boarded the monorail and can finally see the castle off in the distance. But the castle is so much more than an icon or façade! The castle stands nearly 19 stories tall from the bottom of its concrete moat to the top of its tallest spire. It’s the tallest structure at Disney World! It took 18 months and a cool $4.7 million to complete Cinderella’s Castle. There are 27 towers on the castle (Tower #10 has the clock on it), and the moat around the castle holds more than 3 million gallons of water. Inside the castle, there are three different elevators—one that leads to Cinderella’s hidden suite, one that is used by Cast Members and one that takes Guests up to Cinderella’s Royal Table—one of the most popular dining venues in all of the Walt Disney World Resort.
7. Have dinner with Cinderella (or breakfast or lunch).
It’s true—Guests are invited to join Cinderella for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the second floor of Cinderella Castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table Restaurant. This table-service dining venue is one of the smallest on property—only about 130 Guests can be seated in the dining room at any one time. For this reason—and because the food and the experience are amazing—reservations for a meal at Cinderella’s house go very quickly. In fact, the only way to attempt to secure a dining reservation here is to begin calling Disney once the 180-day reservation window opens. Even then, it can be extremely difficult to land a reservation. If you are lucky enough to score one, know that payment for your dining experience is due upon booking. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Imagine enjoying your meal while Cinderella and other Disney princesses make their way to your table for photos and autographs! No matter which meal you enjoy inside the castle, you’re guaranteed an amazing experience, but we think that one of the finishing touches is dessert—The Clock Strikes Twelve dessert, to be specific. (Or perhaps the Jaq and Gus dessert—you choose!)
6. Relive the story of Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare.
If you weren’t able to get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table, have no fear! You can still enjoy a Cinderella-themed dining experience at 1900 Park Fare inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The restaurant is home to the Happily Ever After Dinner, during which Guests enjoy an amazing buffet of choices like prime rib, peel-and-eat shrimp, salads, vegetables, breads, desserts and kids’ choices. As Guests enjoy their meal, Cinderella makes her way to each dining table to visit with Guests, sign autograph books and pose for photographs. Her stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia, her stepmother (or Fairy Godmother) and Prince Charming also visit with Guests during the meal, making for a very special experience indeed! Be sure to book this experience in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE or by accessing the My Disney Experience app.
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5. Meet Cinderella face to face!
If you’re looking forward to meeting Cinderella but don’t have the time in your park day to spend at one of the restaurants she visits, you can choose to say hello to her at Princess Fairy Tale Hall at Magic Kingdom. Guests are invited to either wait in the stand-by queue or secure a FastPass+ time at which to meet Cinderella. While you’re there, you can also meet Elena of Avalor, and on the other side of Princess Fairy Tale Hall, you can meet Rapunzel and Tiana!
4. Dress up or bound as Cinderella!
If you’re a Cinderella superfan, you might want to get your fix by dressing up in a Cinderella costume (if you can pass for younger than 14) or by bounding as Cinderella when you visit the parks. Bounding is a great alternative to wearing a costume and it’s just as fun! Simply wear light blue clothing, put your hair in a tight bun, don a black choker and wear a tiara to bound as Cinderella at the ball, or tie your hair back and wear a dress and apron similar to the clothing Cinderella wears at home.
3. Experience the joy of Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel (and the story it tells)!
Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel is one of the classic attractions at Magic Kingdom. There are 90 different wood-carved horses from which to choose. The carrousel is beautiful in its own right and boasts multiple different paintings on the top of the carrousel that depict different scenes from the story of Cinderella.
2. Take your little ones to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
One of the most magical parts of the Cinderella story is when Fairy Godmother changes ordinary things into beautiful items that will make Cinderella’s evening at the ball possible. Fairy Godmother utters the words, “Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo!” and a pumpkin becomes a carriage, mice become horses, and Bruno the dog becomes a footman. In celebration of Fairy Godmother and her magic words, Disney World has two boutiques where children ages 3 to 12 can be transformed into either knights (boys) or princesses (girls)—the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques. Choose from a variety of packages that include different services and features. To book this experience for your child, call (407) WDW-STYLE.
1. Have your picture made with Cinderella’s Coach!
Cinderella’s Coach is available from time to time at Magic Kingdom. When it is on-site, PhotoPass Photographers are on hand to be sure you have some really magical photos to serve as souvenirs of your time in the park. The Coach was most recently seen at Magic Kingdom in the days surrounding Valentine’s Day, and before that, the coach was on-site for New Year’s Day. Though you can’t see it every time you visit, when it is available, the coach makes for one of the most memorable ways to get your Cinderella fix at Disney World!