Have you ever wanted to dine like a prince or princess in a the most enchanted banquet hall ever? Have you ever wondered exactly what is inside of Cinderella Castle? Here is your chance to find out! Standing at 189 feet tall, Cinderella Castle serves as the magnificent icon positioned in the middle of the Magic Kingdom. Beautifully landscaped grounds and a magic fountain surround the castle, and of course, there is a moat. Venturing inside, the Castle houses a secret suite available only to by a lucky few guests, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salon, a forecourt stage used for daily character shows, and Cinderella’s Royal Table, a very special dining experience for guests young and young at heart. If you want to have a meal at this royal restaurant, it’s important to make reservations in 180 days in advance. There are many fantastic dining choices at the Magic Kingdom, but here’s why you’ll love eating like royalty at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
1. Majestic Details
As you approach the entrance to Cinderella’s Royal Table through the Castle’s archway, check out the wall mosaic in the interior. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it sets the scene by telling the enchanted tale of Cinderella. The vividly colorful Italian glass tiles include ones made of 14K gold and silver. See if you can spot the glowing green representing jealousy and the radiant red for rage in the evil stepsisters’ eyes.
2. King Stefan’s Banquet Hall
Guests may remember Cinderella’s Royal Table as King Stefan’s Banquet Hall. The name change occurred in 1997. As you approach the front or back entrance to the Castle on your way to the restaurant, there is another piece of history. Look up and find the Disney family’s coat-of-arms standing guard over guests. Sharp-eyed guests will notice more family crests inside the waiting area and main dining room. These honor important Disney Imagineers that were instrumental in the design of the Magic Kingdom.
3. A Regal Atmosphere
Once you finally enter the door leading to the restaurant, the inside is equally as wonderful as the outside details. Only guests with confirmed reservations are allowed entry past the impressive double wooden doors. Enter the Grand Hall and be awed at the Gothic arches, elaborate fireplace, and suit of armor standing guard beside the staircase. See if you can spot Gus and Jaq hiding in the waiting area!
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4. Royal Treatment
Once your name is called and it is your turn to be seated, chimes will sound announcing your group’ presence to the royal guests. Feeling like royalty yet? Climb the grand staircase with your escort to the banquet hall. On your way up, don’t miss the stunning stained-glass window detailing the image of Cinderella. The dining area itself awes guests with high ceilings, rich tapestries, and beautiful glass windows overlooking the carrousel courtyard and Fantasyland.
5. Princesses Galore
A dining adventure inside a castle isn’t complete without seeing a princess or two! Guests start off by greeting the royal hostess herself, Cinderella, and posing for a picture before being seated. During the meal, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, and Jasmine are announced and pay a special visit to each table, making every guest feel like nobility. Princess availability may vary depending on whether you are having breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
6. Enchanted Cuisine
Royal treatment makes everyone hungry, and Cinderella’s Royal Table offers a delectable menu sure to please everyone. Breakfast features fresh pastries and entries like French toast, quiche, and grits. Adult guests can also enjoy breakfast with a mimosa or other adult beverage as the Magic Kingdom’s alcohol policy has changed. Lunch and dinner menu options include pork, shrimp, fish, or chicken entrees, and there is also a vegetarian plate available. Royalty must have dessert, of course, and choices include cheesecake, mousse, and sorbet. Younger guests can celebrate their special meal by decorating a cupcake. Guests will prepay for this meal when reservations are made.
7. Wishing on a Star
Young princesses dining at the Castle are given a magic wand, and young princes receive a sword. Both receive a special wishing star for an extra magical experience. During the meal, an announcement is made with great fanfare that it’s time for wishes to be made. The banquet hall becomes enchanted for a brief time, adding to this fairy-tale meal.
8. Special Seating
A few lucky guests will be seated by the Castle windows, offering a truly splendid view of Fantasyland. This seating is extra magical at night when Fantasyland twinkles with lights and fireworks fill the evening sky.