One of the most famed restaurants on Walt Disney World property is Cinderella’s Royal Table, aka the restaurant in the castle. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is one of the most unique dining experiences you can have while visiting the Magic Kingdom. Scoring a reservation here is not easy and is best done at exactly 180 days in advance. I was lucky enough to get a breakfast reservation at 8:05am before park open. If you cannot get a reservation your first time trying, constantly check back, especially the week or two before your trip.
This is one of the few locations that requires full payment upon making a reservation. This includes your meal, a basic drink, tax, and the tip. So essentially you do not need to pay for anything after you are done eating. AP discount is available, so you will be refunded the amount to the card you originally paid for the meal with after you eat. The price of the meal is variable, depending on the day and how busy the parks are. It runs around $60.00 for adults. Now let’s jump into the fun stuff!
Atmosphere | How many people can say they ate in Cinderella’s Castle? It really was such a unique experience. Once you check in at the podium outside the restaurant, you are put in a line that files into the first level. Of course, this line means you are about to meet the host herself. When you round a corner, you see Cinderella in a beautiful photo op area. The lighting for taking pictures isn’t fantastic, but it is better than other meet and greet locations (talking to you, Ariel’s Grotto).
Now the actual restaurant is upstairs, so you can either take an elevator or the spiral staircase. Once you are upstairs, the room opens up and is filled with tables of people eating. The cast member took my seating ticket and led me to my table, which is actually the very best table in the restaurant. I was next to the windows that overlook Fantasyland, dead center. Thank goodness for the amazing lighting I had, because the further back you get, the darker it gets.
Characters | This is a character dining, specifically princesses. You are greeted by Cinderella below for your first photo and then four princesses will join you upstairs. Typical princesses include Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, and Jasmine. Of course, entertainment is subject to change. I have known Rapunzel, Merida, and even Mary Poppins to fill in from time to time. The princesses work their way around the restaurant making a stop at every table. Do not go to them, they will come to you. There is also a special “wishing” experience that goes on. It has a little song and dance, the children love it.
Food | Since I was paying the price I was for my food, I decided to get the most extravagant thing on the menu. Obviously, that meant the steak. Yes, I did have steak for breakfast. Once you place your order, you are given a pastry plate and your drink. The pastries were yummy and included muffins, danishes, and various other options.
My food came out quickly and the presentation was beautiful! The official name is Beef Tenderloin and Egg. The egg base is actually frittata with potatoes and cheese, topped with the beef cooked to order, broccolini and a delicious sauce. The sauce is a boursin cheese sauce with chive oil, hence the green color. The steak was really yummy and cooked well, the frittata was okay. I wish there was more flavor in the eggs. Overall, it was a great meal. Was it worth the price tag for just the food? No. But include the experience and I would do it over again easily.
To finally eat at this location was a literal dream come true. I have some great mementos from my dining here including pictures, a princess wand, and a wishing star. If you have the opportunity to eat here, take it. I promise it is worth it! I finished my meal at 8:55am and since I was in Fantasyland, I decided to get in line for a ride. They don’t let you past the carousel area, but right at 9:00 am, they let you start walking past. I walked right onto Peter Pan’s Flight and was the 4th ship to fly off to Neverland. What a neat experience that was! Have you had the chance to eat in the castle? Let us know what your favorite thing about it was in the comments below!