Have you ever dreamed of being a princess?
It’s so stereotypical, I know, but the idea of living in a castle and wearing a big beautiful dress is simply enchanting! Cinderella has become my favorite princess. Her classic aesthetic and message of hard work and perseverance is timeless. When my mom and I decided to take a girls trip to Walt Disney World, she asked me what was the one restaurant we had to go to. I had no doubt in my mind Cinderella’s Royal Table was a must do.
If you’ve never heard of Cinderella’s Royal Table, I’m sure you’ll be adding this magical restaurant to your Disney must-do list after reading this post. The restaurant is located inside Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Yes, you read that right. The castle itself is magnificent, but the opportunity to dine inside the castle is unparalleled.
You enter Cinderella’s Royal Table through the backside of the castle to the left. You will be greeted by a cast member at the entrance. They will confirm your reservation and call your party into the castle. You will then be ushered inside The Grand Hall. The room is adorned with suits of armour and crests on the walls. Like any good hostess, Cinderella is waiting in a corner of The Grand Hall to greet guests and take photos. She is positioned next to a beautiful fireplace. If you look up to the left corner of the fireplace, you might see some familiar faces!
After meeting the princess, you will need to wait for your party to be announced by a cast member.
Once your party is called, you will ascend up the staircase, adorned with stained glass, to the dining room. There is also an elevator for guests who prefer or are unable to use the stairs. The dining room is equally as beautiful with towering ceilings and intricate architecture. My favorite spot is the wall of stained glass windows looking out over Fantasyland. You will feel like you’re towering above your own beautiful kingdom.
We had a 10:30 p.m. reservation, so we were able to watch the fireworks before our dinner. It was pouring rain, so when we arrived for our meal, we were soaked! Having a hot meal and a cup of warm tea in a beautiful castle helped to warm us up. Your meal comes with an appetizer, entree and dessert. I ordered the Charcuterie Plate, Chef’s Fish of the Day and The Clock Strikes Twelve dessert.
The food is good, but the entertainment and experience overshadows the meal. Throughout you dinner there will be magical moments inspired by Cinderella as well as a personal meet and greet with her royal friends. At our dinner, we were visited by Snow White, Princess Aurora, Jasmine and Ariel. I believe this is the usual line up of princess guests, but they are subject to change.
Are you thinking about visiting Cinderella’s Royal Table for a magical, fine dining experience at Walt Disney World? Here are some things you should make sure you keep in mind to maximize your time.
- Make a reservation in advance. Making a reservation is imperative. We waited until the last minute (a month out of our trip) to make a Monday dinner reservation. The only time available was 10:30 p.m. We were so lucky to snag it! If you have your heart set on a time, check for reservations at least 120 days out.
On that note…
- Strategically schedule your meal. Want to see the fireworks? Make sure you know what time they are scheduled for and give yourself a buffer in case they are delayed. The night we went to dinner, it rained and fireworks were delayed. People who had a reservation right after the firework show decided to watch the show and arrive late to their reservation. This meant we weren’t seated until much later than our reservation to accommodate the late arrivals before us.
- Dress to your comfort. There are lots of children in beautiful princess gowns, but adults still tend to dress on the nicer side as this is a fine/signature dining. There is no official dress code. This is a theme park, but especially for dinner, I didn’t see many people in track shorts or tube tops.
- All ages welcome. This is certainly not just for children. The experience is not cheap or cheesy. We met a lovely retired couple in line during check-in. They had just come to the park to enjoy dinner at the castle together. If you want a more adult crowd, I suggest you go to a later reservation.
- You don’t need to be home by midnight.
I highly recommend scheduling a late reservation. We finished dining after park close, so as we were walking out, we got to experience Disney World after hours. I’m NOT saying go break into the Main Street Confectionery or beg a cast member to let you ride Mine Train, but strolling out of the park once it has all cleared out is really magical. There’s no one in the streets, and if you’re lucky, you may meet a kind PhotoPass Photographer. We stopped to watch The Kiss Goodnight, and a PhotoPass Photographer snuck up behind us to snag some pictures of us! The quiet of Main Street after hours is MAGICAL. You will also get to walk back through The Grand Hall while it is empty. This is a great opportunity for more photos (see album below)!
Thank you so much for reading about our visit to Cinderella’s Royal Table. I’d love to know what you think! Do you want to visit Cinderella’s Royal Table? What’s your favorite part of the experience? Who’s your favorite princess? Leave any other questions you have for me down below!
Please keep in mind, according to the Disney Parks website, Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishments February 28 through March 2, 2018. You can make a reservation online here.
Stay tuned for more Disney blog posts to come. We have a Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line trip coming soon that I’m very excited to write about!
P.S. I apologize for the poor picture quality. Cinderella Castle is dimly lit, and I didn’t bring my DSLR due to the rain!