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The Worst Restaurant at Disney World Is Also One of Its Most Popular

Cinderella's Royal Table Cinderella Castle
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When judging whether a restaurant is any good or not, we take several things into consideration: food quality, service, rice, and ambiance.

These are all critical components of a great dining experience. When one is off, everything is off. When more than one is off, you’ll probably not have a good time.

Family eating at Food & Wine festival EPCOT

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We set out to find the best restaurant at Walt Disney World and determined that it couldn’t be contained to just one park.

The worst, though, absolutely can, and you’ll hate me for saying it. I don’t care. It needs to be said. There is one extremely popular restaurant at Disney World that gives all the rest of them a bad name. 

Yes, Cinderella’s Royal Table

This author’s vote for the worst restaurant is Cinderella’s Royal Table. Cinderella’s Royal Table just isn’t any good.

There, I said it. I have eaten at every restaurant at Walt Disney World, and this is by far my least favorite. It wasn’t the result of one bad experience, either.

I’ve given it many chances. Any restaurant can have an off day. In order to say I dislike a restaurant, and especially to say it’s no good, it has to be consistently bad. I’m sorry, but Cinderella’s Royal Table is consistently bad.

Cinderella's Royal Table

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Let’s start by talking about what’s good about it.

The ambiance is incredible! There’s absolutely nothing negative to say about the atmosphere. Eating inside of Cinderella Castle? It’s iconic!

The spiral staircase to the restaurant is majestic, and the decor has a regal air. The service is also good. It isn’t the best we’ve had, but we have no complaints. We love the character interactions. 

Cinderella's Royal Table

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 Related: Cinderella’s Royal Table Breakfast: An Honest Review

That’s where the good news ends. The food isn’t just lackluster. It’s pretty terrible.

It lacked seasoning, and the pork, beef, and chicken were all dry. The desserts are uninspired, and that’s putting it kindly. In truth, they’re lazy.

There is a majestic world of desserts, and Cinderella’s Royal Table chooses chocolate mousse and cheesecake. While there is something to be said for a timeless classic, if you’re going to do it, you need to do it well. They do not. 

Cinderella's Royal Table food

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The price is another factor. As a matter of fact, the price is the MAIN factor.

The prix-fixe meal is a staggering $79/adult and $47/child for lunch and dinner. That means we paid $205 for the adults to have food we didn’t like and my son to have grapes, chicken nuggets, and a miniature cupcake—that’s nearly $50 for what amounts to a fast food meal.

There is just no way to justify that. No amount of princess interaction or beautiful surroundings is worth paying $205 for bad food. Not unless you have more money than sense, and if that is the case…I happily accept donations. 

cinderella castle suite

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All that said, do I recommend Cinderella’s Royal Table? Absolutely not. Still. It remains one of the most popular restaurants at Disney World. 

Everyone wants to eat in the iconic Cinderella Castle. I understand, but please trust me that the experience will disappoint you. If you must go, go for breakfast. It’s cheaper, and breakfast dishes are harder to mess up. 

Many of you are screaming at your computer screen for this blasphemy. You might have even called me some names.

It’s ok, dear reader. I can take it. I call ’em like I see ’em, and Cinderella’s Royal Table is a swing and a miss. 

Do you agree that Cinderella’s Royal Table is the worst restaurant at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments. 

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.

One comment

  1. I’m guessing that you meant “price” instead of “rice” in this (When judging whether a restaurant is any good or not, we take several things into consideration: food quality, service, rice, and ambiance.)

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