Disney World Jacks up the Price for Guest-Favorite Experience at Magic Kingdom

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Disney World and price increases. Price increases and Disney World. It’s sad, but it’s true: the two phrases are nearly synonymous, as you can’t have one without the other. Ask anyone who visits the Walt Disney World Resort, and they’ll tell you: prices for items, food, and experiences are always increasing.

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Disney is known for its continually rising prices. When Disney World first opened more than 50 years ago, the cost of admission to the new Central Florida park was only $3.50. (Today, you can’t even buy your favorite designer coffee for that!) Fast-forward to 2022, and Guests pay an average of more than $125 per day, just to make it through the gates at Magic Kingdom to embrace the magic along Main Street, see their beloved Disney characters in the parades, experience Liberty Square, ride the famed Splash Mountain attraction before it goes away, and blast off to space in Tomorrowland.

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And while the price of admission at Disney World is not to be haggled with, some Guests do attempt to save a few bucks by exercising some restraint in merch purchases (they try really hard), and by sharing meals at a favorite Disney restaurant.

Heck, some even pack their lunches and bring snacks from home or the hotel so they don’t have to incur those expenses. But certain experiences at Disney World are simply worth the splurge so that those wonderful, magical memories can be made. But what happens when even the splurges get more expensive?

That’s exactly what has just recently happened at Magic Kingdom‘s most beautiful restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table.

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Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant is located inside Cinderella Castle. During this fine dining experience, Guests can meet Cinderella and even have a photo taken with her before they step into the gilded elevator to go upstairs and enjoy their meal at her house. But Guests can only enter the venue with an advanced dining reservation, and it’s the hardest ones to score at Magic Kingdom Park–it always has been, so nothing has changed there.

What has changed, though, are the meal prices at the restaurant.

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The restaurant offers a pre-fixe menu that allows Guests to choose an entree and beverage for breakfast, and an appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage for dinner.

Recently, breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table was priced at $27 for kids and $42 for adults. Lunch and dinner were priced at $37 for kids and $62 for dinner. Now, in true Disney fashion, those prices have gone up, as breakfast now runs $29 for kids and $45 for adults, and both lunch and dinner at the venue cost $39 for kids and $67 for adults.

Too bad that darn Disney Dining Plan continues to remain elusive.

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And the answer is no, there are no additions to the experience that could account for the increase. The only saving graces are first, that the increase isn’t exponential, and second, that the experience is a truly magical one, especially for Guests who have little ones in tow.

Can you imagine being little and meeting Cinderella in her own castle–where she lives with her prince? (Full disclosure: it’s pretty magical being an adult and meeting Cinderella in her castle!)

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Guests who visit Cinderella’s Royal Table for this amazing fairytale dining experience enter the Grand Hall before taking the spiral staircase upstairs to the gorgeous banquet hall. Once they arrive at the banquet hall, they are seated in a grand storybook setting, complete with stone archways, medieval flags, and beautiful, Disney-esque stained-glass windows that overlook all of Fantasyland below.

For breakfast, Guests can sip on bubbly cocktails while they enjoy pastries, avocado toast, beef tenderloin and egg, caramel apple-stuffed french toast, or a traditional breakfast of scrambled egg and bacon. For lunch and dinner, Cinderella’s Royal Chef kicks off the royal feast that even Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother would approve of, with cured meats and cheeses, followed by a choice of main course, such as roasted chicken breast or the Royal Chef‘s seared fish of the day. There are lots of options for the pickier little ones in the group too, like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese.

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No matter the choice in entree, Guests will never forget the experience, especially when they choose to enjoy The Clock Strikes Twelve for dessert–a dark chocolate mousse with dark chocolate ganache and raspberry coulis.

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It truly is a magical experience from start to finish, with a feast for the eyes and a feast fit for royalty. Guests only have to decide whether the continued price increases are worth it. (And then hold their breath as they attempt to make that coveted dining reservation!)

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!