Have you ever wondered what sits on the upper floor of the majestic Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom? I have vivid memories of staring up at the castle as a child imagining the princess living inside. Of course, back then there was no restaurant that you could visit! Now, this gorgeous space overlooking Fantasyland is home to Cinderella’s Royal Table, the quintessential Disney dining experience. I’ve personally dined here twice since the reopening last July and have to say – it is a good meal and memorable time.
You enter the castle to imposing stone walls and medieval coats of armor. There is a huge fireplace juxta positioned with fairytale stained glass windows. If you look close enough, you will even see Jac and Gus hiding up in the moldings!
When your royal party is called, you make your way up the spiral staircase to the grand ballroom above!
It is an impressively stunning space, with flags, crests, arched windows and soaring ceilings. It is intimate and special feeling the moment you walk in!
We were thrilled to be seated at a window table with the most perfect view of Fantasyland one could possibly have! Now, this put us further away from the guest of honor, but for our family I couldn’t have been more pleased. I felt just as giddy as the little girls in the room, but for different reasons! (Primarily to enjoy a glass of bubbles while watching the sun set over Fantasyland with my family.)
Cinderella makes an appearance a few times during your meal to wave and greet guests from her balcony. Guests are given a signature card as a keepsake.
While the characters no longer walk around the dining rooms to individually great guests and pose for photos, they ALL make a point to get in the photo! As a parent, this makes for a significantly improved dining experience – not having to stop eating, put everything down, wipe mouths, clear off the table, etc. every few minutes. As a child, well, they think this is completely magical and ours haven’t questioned the change one time!
The food is delicious and includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert at the price fixe total.
The second time I dined here was for CeeCee’s birthday. We enjoyed this delicious treat at the end of our meal! You can add it on at the podium at most dining locations.
I always schedule this coveted meal on the most “special” day of my clients’ trips – be that a birthday, anniversary or just the last night for a memorable farewell.
By the time we finished dining, Fantasyland glittered below us!
In fact, we had such a late dinner that we were able to enjoy a quiet, memorable walk out of Fantasyland back to the hustle and bustle of Main Street. These are the types of moments I always treasure – not getting on Mine Train or accomplishing an impossible to do list – but soaking up the small details and magical atmosphere of Disney.
If you go…
- Cinderella’s Royal Table is THE hardest reservation to secure at Disney World.
- This restaurant does not accommodate large parties well. In my experience, groups of more than 6 will need multiple reservations and those are hard to secure at close to the same time.
- This location is considered signature dining and is a price fixe meal.
- This meal is not for everyone and I always council my clients on the best fit for their family. When I cannot secure the reservation due to availability, do not worry. I have other great alternatives!
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As a Premier Level Advisor with Glass Slipper Concierge, I am recognized for providing the highest level of customer service, experience, and knowledge in the industry. I use my personal connections and firsthand expertise to craft bespoke Disney trips for the most discerning clients. On top of that, Disney vacations are expensive and I know how to get the best value for your time and money. I’ve had a surge of Disney trip bookings since they lifted their outdoor mask mandate. If you’re looking to travel to Disney in the next 12 months, now is the time to plan!
My family has taken five trips to the most magical place on earth since the reopening – 9 days in July, 10 days in September/October, 7 days over Thanksgiving, 5 days in January and 6 days in February! We continue to be blown away by the thoughtful, practical and comprehensive precautions Disney has in place to safely welcome guests and cast members. I don’t have all of the words to convey how special it felt to be back. We laughed, we played, we ate too much, and we felt a level of happiness we hadn’t had in too long. I can assure you, magic is there!
Most aspects of planning a Disney vacation look different and now, more than ever, it is crucial to have the most current, up to date information based on personal experience to plan your vacation! I know these parks inside and out and am a small, one woman show. When you’re ready to travel, I’m ready to get you there!
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