If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you probably have a list of must-visit restaurants you can’t wait to make an advanced dining reservation for.
Be Our Guest Restaurant is typically on our list because we simply can’t get enough of Beast’s Castle!
But this trip, we’re hoping to secure a reservation for a castle that’s even more famous than the Beast’s: Cinderella Castle.
Some Guests may not be aware that there’s a restaurant within Magic Kingdom’s iconic castle, but there is, and it’s glorious! Today, we shine a spotlight on Cinderella’s Royal Table.
It’s not every day you get to eat in a castle. And a world-famous one, at that.
The magnificent atmosphere of Cinderella Castle is the big draw for Cinderella’s Royal Table, and no detail is overlooked. The moment you step into the foyer, with its soaring Gothic arches of stone, velvet-covered benches, and exquisite tile work, you’ll know why this is one of the hardest advanced dining reservations to secure at Walt Disney World.
The dining room welcomes you into a gorgeous, vaulted space complete with hanging flags and intricate mullioned and stained-glass windows. If ever there was a room fit for royalty, this is it! If you manage to snag a table by a window, consider yourself lucky – there’s nowhere else to get views like this of Fantasyland!
While Guests at Cinderella’s Royal Table used to be able to meet various Disney princesses during their meal, Character Dining at this location hasn’t returned since Magic Kingdom reopened. You may, however, catch a glimpse of Cinderella as she waves from a distance.
While this may deter aspiring young princes and princesses, there are other spots in the Parks and Resorts where Character Dining has returned, albeit in a modified fashion (Chef Mickey’s, Garden Grill Restaurant and Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White, to name just a few).
The removal of Character Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is great news for anyone whose anxiety rears its head just thinking about conversing with a never-ending parade of princesses with your mouth full when you just want to be left alone to soak up the regal ambiance with your loved ones!
Categorized as a “Signature Dining” experience, it’s no surprise that you’ll pay much more to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table than at most other table service restaurants in Disney’s Magic Kingdom (although pricing has dropped since Character Dining was removed).
But then again, it may be worth it to eat inside Walt Disney World’s iconic Cinderella Castle!
For breakfast, you’ll need to shell out $42 per adult and $27 per child, not including tax or tip. Lunch and dinner will each cost $62 per adult and $37 per child.
Guests can dine at Cinderella Castle for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The lunch and dinner menus are the same, which accounts for the fact that lunch pricing, typically lower than dinner pricing throughout Walt Disney World, is identical to dinner pricing.
A meal here, while good, will likely not be the best you’ll have in WDW – but what you’re really paying for here is the experience of dining in the Castle, not for the most memorable food on property.
Breakfast options include Shrimp and Grits, a Traditional Breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, and potatoes, and Caramel Apple-stuffed French Toast. For lunch and dinner, Guests can choose an appetizer (Soup of the Day, Charcuterie, Heirloom Tomato Salad, or Royal Cheese Course), entrée, and dessert. Entrées are heavy on the meat options (Tenderloin of Beef, Sustainable Catch of the Day, Roasted All-Natural Chicken Breast) but there is one Plant-based option, the Chickpea Panisse.
Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert
For dessert, you can choose one of the yummy items on the menu, but if you really want to step up your game, order the Chocolate Glass Slipper Dessert, which you won’t see on the menu.
Shaped like Cinderella’s glass slipper, this decadent dessert features a milk chocolate or white chocolate shell filled with chocolate mousse and raspberry coulis, with a special edible message of your choosing to mark the occasion.
You’ll want to order at least a couple of days in advance, as you can’t order it on the spot. Check with a Cast Member when you arrive to make sure they know that you’ve ordered this special dessert, to make sure it gets brought to your table.
If you time your dinner right, you may be able to enjoy Magic Kingdom’s newest nighttime spectacular, Disney Enchantment, from your table. There’s nothing quite like experiencing fireworks from inside Cinderella Castle itself!
Be aware that because the Castle is used in the show, it will be roped off for the duration and Guests won’t be able to enter or exit.
You’ll need to leave at least 20 minutes before the start of Disney Enchantment if you want to see the show from outside the Castle – otherwise, you can enjoy your dinner inside and depart once the show is finished.
When your meal concludes, you’ll be given a pre-signed postcard of Cinderella as a keepsake.
It’s a nice substitution for the autographs Guests would normally be able to obtain from visiting princesses and a great memento of your experience in Cinderella Castle.
It’s tough to pass up the chance to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, at least once. Yes, it’s pricey, and yes, you can find food in Disney’s theme parks that will better satisfy the foodies in your party.
But there’s just nothing like the royal ambiance of iconic Cinderella Castle to lend that extra touch of magic to your Walt Disney World vacation.