Cinderella’s Royal Table Review


Cinderella’s Royal Table is a table service princess character restaurant inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This review features food photos and our thoughts from dinner at the restaurant. Disney considers Cinderella’s Royal Table a “Fairytale Dining Experience,” which I think just refers to the fact that you can meet Cinderella and other visiting princesses here. The meal also includes a print of your party and Cinderella taken by PhotoPass photographers. The menu consists of American cuisine that is almost fine-dining caliber. This is actually quite a surprise given that it’s a character meal. It’s arguably the flagship restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, and the most uniquely “Disney” restaurant in all of Walt Disney World.

Due to some ADR-hoarding a number of years ago by a group called “Howie’s Angels,” (nothing surprises me in Disney fandom anymore) Cinderella’s Royal Table requires prepayment in full for secure an Advance Dining Reservation. Despite this, it accepts Tables in Wonderland for a 20% discount  (you receive a refund when you present your card in the restaurant for the amount of the discount), and participates in the Disney Dining Plan as a 2-credit Signature meal. Due to its status as a Signature Restaurant, it is not a good use of a Disney Dining Plan table service credit if you’re trying to maximize your value on the Disney Dining Plan.

With Be Our Guest Restaurant now being the top draw in the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table ADRs are now easier to score. For years we had no chance at dining here as the restaurant booked up a full 180 days in advance, and we never make ADRs that early. I found this reservation a month before our trip, so we figured ‘what the heck,’ it would be awesome to dine in Cinderella Castle. We had previously been inside the Castle, but that was for a tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite, so…not quite the same.

We cringed at the cost and the idea of paying for a photo package we didn’t really want, and for meeting characters we didn’t really have an interest in meeting. Still, we booked it because it was something new to try, and I really wanted to photograph and see the inside of the restaurant, which I’ve always thought was really cool. I can still remember looking in the Walt Disney World book I had as a kid and seeing the star-filter enhanced photo of King Stefan’s Banquet Hall, and thinking how awesome it would be to eat inside Cinderella Castle. We further justified eating at here despite the price in the name of research, as many people have asked us about this restaurant. 

So, although we figured it wouldn’t be worth the money to us, we convinced ourselves to give it a try anyway. We were downright shocked by the restaurant…


In terms of ambiance, Cinderella’s Royal Table was spectacular. It looked like it had been fairly unchanged since it was King Stefan’s Banquet Hall, and I honestly think that is probably for the best.


The restaurant seemed to be in great condition, from the carpet to the intricate details to the flags overhead.


While I always like to see restaurants refurbished, I’m a bit happy we dined here before the big 2015 overhaul of Cinderella’s Royal Table. I hope they don’t dramatically change the look or feel of the restaurant, because it feels very regal, beautifully designed, and most of all, like an authentic European castle. I trust in the Imagineers, but I really hope they don’t opt for a “modern” refresh, as that’s totally unnecessary here.


The guest ambiance was also surprisingly good. Now, this definitely is a ‘your mileage may vary situation’, but there were no crying children, and the restaurant overall was not loud like we expected. We’ve been to some chaotic character meals, and this didn’t have that feeling at all. It wasn’t peaceful or subdued like a fine dining experience late at night can be, but it was shockingly relaxed. Perhaps Disney has utilized fabrics and other sound-dampening techniques, or maybe we just got lucky. Regardless of why, we were stunned and impressed.


Above is the photo I really wanted from Cinderella’s Royal Table. It took me awkwardly setting up a tripod, but it was worth it!


Although I was excited about finally seeing the inside of the restaurant, I was also dreading the meal a bit, as I fully expected a loud restaurant full of tired kids (we had a late ADR), phoned-in cuisine, and awkward character interactions. We were very fortunate in that only one of those things occurred.


I think there’s some variety to the princesses who meet at Cinderella’s Royal Table, but the one constant is Cinderella downstairs. On the evening we dined here, Aurora, Snow White, Ariel, and Rapunzel were also meeting guests.


I’m not a big fan of meeting face characters. It also feels like an awkward experience, and while I’m comfortable cheesing it up with fur characters, I don’t have that comfort level meeting real people. But, that’s my problem. These characters were great, and Sarah had a lot of fun with them.


She especially liked Snow White, who had a bit of sharp wit about her, without breaking character.


In fact, I enjoyed watching her character interactions with each of the princesses. Most did a really good job, and were pretty good representations of the characters depicted.

On to the food. Note that Cinderella’s Royal Table is not all you can eat. You order off of a prix fixe menu, and may not order extra portions. This hasn’t always been the case, so if you dined here in the past…things have changed.


Dinner started out with bread service. This was rather pedestrian.


I started with the Crawfish and Shrimp with Grits. This consists of crawfish and shrimp in a New Orleans-style barbecue sauce with goat cheese grits. I loved this appetizer, it had a really unique flavor (different than standard shrimp and grits), with the seafood being good (as opposed to rubbery as is often the case when it’s mixed in a concoction like this). My only complaint was the presentation, which seemed almost like it was presented in a mixing dish. Obviously this didn’t affect the taste, but this does purport to be fine dining. 


Sarah had the Strawberry Salad for her appetizer. This consists of strawberries, feta cheese, arugula, almonds, balsamic glaze, and olive oil. She found the quality of the salad to be very high with a great mix of complimentary ingredients, and a refreshing taste. 


We ‘fought’ over who got to order the Beef Tenderloin. Since we always order different foods for the sake of reviews (YOU’RE WELCOME, AMERICA! 😉 ), we couldn’t both order it. I won this time, but don’t feel sorry for Sarah…she usually wins.


Wow is all I can say about this. Cooked medium-rare to perfection, the meat was almost tender enough to cut with a fork, the cut of meat was excellent, and the glaze gave it a rich flavor. The potatoes were similarly out of this world.


Sarah instead opted for the Slow-roasted Bone-In Pork, which is served on a couscous medley. She was surprised at how flavorful, tender, and juicy the cut of meat was. I tried it, and I was similarly surprised–especially about the juciness. I think Sarah could have gone for a slightly leaner cut, but I thought it was the perfect amount of lean meat versus fat.


For dessert, Sarah ordered the ‘Clock Strikes Twelve.’ Awesome presentation, but I can’t say it really wowed either of us. Really rich, and that was really the dominating “flavor.” It wasn’t bad–and maybe it just wasn’t for us.


I had the Chef’s Dessert Trio. Same deal–awesome presentation, sort of ‘meh’ desserts. I really did like the pistachio dessert in the middle. The others were sort of lackluster.


The real “dessert” or happy ending to our meal was the fireworks. In our Magic Kingdom Fireworks Viewing Guide, I wrote that I don’t care for locations outside of Main Street for viewing the fireworks. While I still prefer those locations, and would absolutely recommend those spots for a first time visitor or someone who will only see the fireworks once during their trip, for us, seeing them from inside Cinderella Castle was pretty special.


The problem for viewing the fireworks from inside Cinderella Castle for a first timer is that you’re not even getting close to the full show. You’re missing the soundtrack, the near bursts, and it’s difficult to get a solid view of the fireworks out these windows.


What I think was the coolest part of this Wishes! viewing spot is the way the different burst illuminated the inside of the restaurant, basking everyone in different colors throughout the meal. Just contrast the two fireworks photos above. The beautiful gothic architecture of the interior plus the glow of the fireworks was pure Disney magic. Putting aside the characters and even the better than expected food, this alone made the high price “worth it” for us.


This was one of the highlights of our trip, and as such, it really goes without saying that we recommend making an ADR about an hour before Wishes! starts. Then, although we didn’t do this, we’d recommend requesting a window table. You might have to wait, but it will be worth it. Arriving early to any restaurants with fireworks views is Tip 4 on our Top 10 Walt Disney World Dining Tips, and I am really disappointed we didn’t follow our own advice. Please learn from our mistake!


Ultimately, I’m of two minds about Cinderella’s Royal Table. The restaurant is really, really expensive, and while surprisingly good, even by Walt Disney World standards, the meal is overpriced. However, you’re obviously not paying for just the food when you dine here, as evidenced by the fact that the restaurant remains a tough Advance Dining Reservation despite the price and existence of Be Our Guest Restaurant, another “Castle” dining experience. Just as much a part of the meal as the food is the princess interactions and the fact that you’re dining inside Cinderella Castle.


If neither of these things matter to you, there is simply no reason for you to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Even given our praise for the food in this review, you can get better food for less money elsewhere. However, if princess dining and/or a meal in Cinderella Castle is appealing, it might be easier for you to justify this restaurant as a splurge. In the end, it really comes down to whether you’re comfortable spending this much on a meal that I’d peg at just a rung below fine dining.


Overall, Cinderella’s Royal Table gets two thumbs up from us. We were really surprised by our overwhelmingly positive experience here, and while the food wasn’t the best at Walt Disney World, it was the best food we’ve had at a character meal in a long time, probably ever. Much like we said our Chef Mickey’s Review, the food may not “matter” as many people may not be going for the food. Except, in this case, the food and ambiance here are actually really good. Price is our only hang-up with Cinderella’s Royal Table–it is impossible to justify this cost (in terms of dollars or Disney Dining Plan credits) given the food. Don’t get us wrong, the food was really good, but it’s not on par with the likes of Jiko, Flying Fish, or other comparably-priced restaurants. The thing is, Cinderella’s Royal Table probably isn’t going to appeal to the same demographics of guests in the first place, though, so it’s tough to penalize it too much for that. If you are a family looking for a “fine family Disney dining experience” and are willing to pay accordingly, Cinderella’s Royal Table is the restaurant for you, and would score a 10/10 from us. If you’re a couple looking for a romantic restaurant were cuisine is paramount, it’s closer to an 8/10. Averaged, we’re giving it a 9/10.

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Overall Score: 9/10

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Your Thoughts…

Have you done Cinderella’s Royal Table at Walt Disney World? What did you think? Worthwhile for the characters, ambiance, food, or all of the above? Is this meal something you’d like to try? Any specific recommendations? If you have any questions or thoughts to share, please post them in the comments. We love hearing from readers!

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51 Responses to “Cinderella’s Royal Table Review”

  1. Ben says:

    Great review as always. Im a 28 year old guy who has Disney running through my childhood. Now as an adult character interactions aren’t always the smoothest and I completely agreed with your assessment on face characters. My girlfriend and I were there in January of this year. The princesses were amazing with the kids around us and they made the best of our interaction as well.

    100% agree on price as well. The food was really really good but you certainly could have found it for cheaper. Then again, for in the park dining, it is at or at least near the top.

    2 things we noticed:

    1) Be aware of your ADR and the fireworks show. They will not tip you off on the phone (not that they should have to). Access to the restaurant is blocked off prior to, during and a little after the fireworks. Im sure we could have thrown a fuss and gotten right through but our milder approach had us given different directions by different people. The back side wanted us to go to the front, the front said the side and the side said to wait.

    2) The wait staff in the restaurant has been there for ages. Our waiter told us that the most recent recruit was there for over 4 years. He himself, I think, had 20+ years. He was amazing. The whole staff really was.

    Awesome review! Thanks!

    • Ben says:

      Not impressed with my grammar. Sorry.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Good point about the fireworks fallout area. We approached just as they had finished roping the area off, and a Cast Member escorted us under attraction-entrance awnings to the restaurant.

      Crazy to hear about the tenure of the staff–it must be a good place to work!

  2. Sara Swain Roberts says:

    We did CRT for the first meal on our first visit as a family. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I think my husband kind of hated me when I booked the ADR. Eye rolls and all he reluctantly headed there with me and our two girls. He LOVED it. We have eaten at every signature dining restaurant and most table service thought the parks and resorts, but this still remains one of his favorites. They really do put some of their best princesses there. My daughter was not even two at the time. Belle and Ariel spent so much time talking to her and getting her to actually interact with them. They were the only characters that she even looked at the entire trip. My girls got a wishing star and princess wand toys too. We also ordered the Cinderella’s Royal Slipper dessert for about $20 for my daughter. It was a nice treat and she felt really special. The menu was different when we went, but food was really good. You totally nailed it, there is nothing like eating I the Castle!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      From what I understand, the menu has been changing pretty regularly in the last couple of years as they test out new things (for example, some of the sides aren’t the same now as when we went).

      It always amazes me when the character restaurants with the best interactions are also somehow the most efficient. They spent a decent amount of time with us (well, Sarah), too, and it seemed they also got around to all of the tables without issue. Maybe the meals with poor interactions also have characters who take a lot of breaks, leading to less efficiency and lower quality?

      • Sara Swain Roberts says:

        The food truly makes this one stand out for us. I have to say that we have eaten at basically all of the character meals (never eaten at the backyard BBQ) and all of the interactions have been great, but some are more convent than others. We do have two kiddos, and that might make a difference, but the characters also do a lot of interacting with me and my husband as well. The issue that I find with Akershus is the princess parade can cut an interaction short and all of the buffets at most of the other character meals make it really hard as a parent to just enjoy. CRT is so laid back since it is one of the few that doesn’t have a buffet component to it. Really excited to return and try some new food!

  3. Ashley says:

    My family’s first meal on our children’s first trip to Disney was at CRT for breakfast in 2012. It was perfect and really set the tone for our two days in the Magic Kingdom. It was my husband’s favorite meal that trip and my daughter still has the picture of her and Cinderella on her dresser. We would do it again-and for breakfast- in a heartbeat!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      We’ve heard a lot of good things about breakfast there, but I don’t see us doing that for a while. Not because we didn’t like the meal, but because it was so expensive, and is probably best experienced when we have kids.

  4. Julie Ann says:

    We’ve dine here once. The food was surprisingly good, the price was shocking. We got a great table by the windows and enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. Glad we did it once but would probably not go back again too soon.

  5. Tiffany says:

    Ive eaten there twice and love it! My husband and I went for breakfast our first time – it was amazing- we were one of the firsts into the park(so many pictures of the castle without people around it). The food was amazing and the show they put on with making a wish on a wishing star just before the princesses came out was fun, even for two (at the time) 21 year olds.

    We went again a few years later for lunch. We still enjoyed ourselves, the food was still really good. although it was crowded with kids and the princesses were already out and we really couldn’t hear the “show”. But we still enjoyed ourselves and liked to meet the princesses and took fun pictures. Again as 25 year olds we had a lot of fun.

    I can’t wait to take our daughter!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I’m sure that show would have been cool to see. One really big draw about breakfast for us–that might make us return for it sooner rather than later–is those early morning, empty park photos.

      • Cathy kenny says:

        absolutely do the breakfast sometime. The food was fit for a princess and the princesses were awesome! We went last year ( in JULY ) and we were out ( in the middle of the park ) before any of the crowds. We took awesome pix of the near empty park, and we arrived at BET in time to be in the first group. Just make sure it’s not a Magic Early hour day 😉

  6. Tammy says:

    We have been twice for breakfast. It was really fun to be virtually the first guests in the park. We had 3 young girls who LOVED the princess interaction. One young boy (maybe 4 at the time) who spent the entire day with Jasmine “kiss” on his cheek. Such good memories.

  7. Susan says:

    My family dined there on our one and (so far) only trip to Walt DisneyWorld last fall. We loved the whole experience! I use my star wand they gave me as a pointer in my classroom, and it reminds me of my great trip!

  8. Mike S says:

    My family went to CRT on 8/2 with a 4:05 reservation. Since it was one of the first dinner services of the night, to say it was rushed was a bit of an understatement. We barely had time to start our appetizers when the main course came out. Most of them were at the table for enough time to take a picture, sign an autograph book, and then were on to the next table.

    When all was said and done, the entire experience lasted less than an hour.

    On a previous trip, we experienced CRT later in the evening and the environment is much more relaxed. I would highly discourage anyone from booking so early in the day.

  9. Kimberley says:

    I was there for breakfast in 2012 and really loved it. I was blown away from the moment I stepped inside and it only got better afterwards.

    I agree with being awkward around face characters – I’m a bit like that too. I was happy to have a photo and enjoyed it, but I was trying not to cringe every time I was called ‘Princess’ .

    I enjoyed the food, but it certainly was not worth the price – of course it’s the surroundings you’re paying for.

    My only negative was the waiter. He seemed to not enjoy his job at all and wasn’t the most welcoming of people. He could have been having a bad morning, but it’s not what you expect from Disney.

    Getting a seat by the window was the best. It was a brilliant start to the day. We were going to dine here again when we visit next month, but have opted for dinner at Be Our Guest instead.

  10. Jen K. says:

    Tom, you referenced a 2015 CRT refurbishment. Do you have more information on this?

  11. Ray says:

    Going to WDW in another week and my neice has made a luncheon reservation for five (two 12 and 6). Went there in 2010 with two other adult friends and we utilized two points of our Disney Dining Plan. As stated it is costly either way, but we three so enjoyed the meal, the ambience, the characters it was worth it. As you and Sarah, we were pleasantly surprised compared to the other character dining. I am so looking forward to sharing this with my great neices through their eyes. This will be my eigth trip to WDW and yet I am surprised by so many new things each trip. I am 66 and will never get tired of going their.

  12. Tara says:

    We’ve been twice, the first time for breakfast and second time for dinner. I wasn’t impressed with breakfast–scrambled eggs, potatoes, fruit, pastries and another coffee cake-esque offering that the waitress described as basically dessert for breakfast. I know you tend to go to character meals for the interaction more than the food, but it’s nice when the food is good too. It wasn’t that it was bad, just basic breakfast food you can get anywhere. Dinner, on the other hand was very good. Everyone ordered something different (we had four adults and one child in our party) and we all enjoyed the food.

    Both times we had excellent waiters and both said they had been working for Disney for 20+ years. When we were there for breakfast, we had a later reservation and towards the end of our meal you could tell they were turning the dining room over for lunch but our waitress didn’t rush us out at all and was friendly about us sticking around to take pictures. (I’m learning from reading your blog that this probably isn’t unusual, but it seemed like it at the time, especially since we were holding her up from getting the table cleared.)

  13. Anne says:

    Love your photos!!!! I am not very skilled with photography and have never been able to get any photos that do justice to the architecture and beautiful windows at CRT. Your photos are absolutely lovely and really capture the grandeur of the venue.

    My last meal at CRT they did not allow us to wait for an open window table. The CM at check in was very nice about it but said the computer assigns tables and it is “luck of the draw” with no requests possible. I would guess they just have so much time pressure to move the maxium number of people through a small venue that it’s harder to accommodate special requests that might disrupt the flow.

    Thanks for the clarification on the all you care to eat point. I was the one who asked about that in your trip report. I have a feeling if we had explained the situation, that my friend’s meal quality wasn’t great, they probably would have accommodated us. But she felt uncomfortable saying anything and I had thought it was all you care to eat and it wouldn’t be a big deal to get a second meal without saying something negative. The staff seemed really stressed that night. I overheard some of the servers bickering on 2 occasions during the meal (which I’ve never noticed before at a Disney restaurant) so part of me wondered if this was truely the policy or if it was specific to that night because they were behind and trying to move people through.

    Interestingly I just made an ADR for Akershus and read the terms and conditions (for the first time) and there is a statement that the meal is not all you care to eat. No idea if it has always said that or if it is a new policy. I had thought that was all you care to eat as well. There was also a statement(in bold no less which is what caught my eye and caused me to actually read through the terms and conditions) that the photo package is no longer included after January 2015. It wasn’t clear to me if that was just the prints or if the photos at the entrance are being elimiated all together. Does anyone know?

  14. Jamie says:

    My husband and I had lunch at CRT on the first day of our honeymoon in 2013. Like you, we were eagerly anticipating the atmosphere but had low expectations for the food. We, too, were very pleasantly surprised!

    I had a short rib dish that was excellent. It was falling-off-the-bone tender. My husband initially ordered fish that was well-presented and seasoned nicely but ultimately came out quite overcooked. When he (very nicely) mentioned this to our server, she offered to bring him a new plate of fish or anything else from the menu, no questions asked. Since my food was so yummy, he switched to the short rib. To me, this was above the call of duty (though maybe not, given the prices and “fine dining” claims) and was so appreciated.

    Beyond the food, the princesses were 100% on their game and a lot of fun to interact with.

    …I think the toy sword they gave my husband at the end of the meal was one of his favorite souvenirs from the whole trip. :-)

  15. JJT says:

    Great review – I agree 100% with your assessment of the ambiance. We were there last year for the first time with our 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son, so held our breath and booked the 2-dining plan voucher breakfast at CRT.

    Being able to get into the park so early for the first seating, then walk down Main Street with NO ONE ahead of us and the sun low in the sky was excellent. (I think I even was skipping. a little.)

    The photo they took of my daughter with Cinderella was terrific. My grumpy son even loved it – and was psyched for his sister to meet Cinderella.

    The princesses were all very nice and drew my shy daughter out, as well as had some great remarks with us adults.

    I agree with another commenter – while the breakfast food was cooked very nicely, it was normal fare and hardly “Signature”, but I suppose that is hard to do with breakfast.

    That didn’t really bother me as a guest using 2 vouchers – but I did find that the portion size for my eggs etc was more on the order of a dwarf meal, than a full-size male-human meal.

    But, I was running around getting photos anyway, and made up for it there. 😉

    When we arrived, I don’t think my daughter really comprehended what was going to happen at breakfast… as evidenced by this priceless shot of her reaction as she heard the announcement and realized she was about to meet Snow White.

    • Garix says:

      That picture is priceless. I have son who’s 7 now and a daughter who’s 7 months. Yeah, we spread them out a little 😉

      But I can’t wait to take my daughter here when she’s old enough to remember it. By then my son will probably be bored but he’ll do it for his little sis.

  16. Melissa says:

    I went once for lunch as a young child, and while I don’t remember many specifics about the trip, I do remember the character interactions here, especially with Cinderella downstairs, being fabulous! We are going as our first ADR in October as four adults, and I cannot wait! I would love to be able to do a breakfast next time I go for empty park pictures though!

  17. Jill says:

    Our 2013 lunch at CRT was a little late in the day and when our son virtually inhaled his lunch, the very friendly waiter offered him a second kid-sized pizza with no extra charge. What 9-year-old ever gets to eat two whole pizzas at one meal! Needless to say, that was much more of an impact on his enjoyment of the meal than the wonderful princesses were.

  18. Carol S says:

    Hi Tom. Thanks for the review. My family has been to WDW three times with our children and have not yet experienced CRT. It seems we are usually limited on time &/ or money. We are going again in June ’15 & I am determined to dine there with my family. I always thought I would want to have breakfast for the empty park experience but after reading your review, I am now considering dinner. Early/ empty park vs better food quality. Slightly disappointed Disney is taking away the picture included with the meal. Does anyone know why? I wonder if we will still be allowed to take a picture with Cinderella our own camera or photo pass as we enter with the back drop scene (not table side).
    Amazing pictures as usual. I visit your site often to get my Disney fix. Thank you.

  19. marnie plunkett says:

    I do hope that they overhaul the lades restroom. I was shocked at the condition of it and that was 5 years ago, it was very “uncastle-like” and desperately needs updating. I took my girls to Cinderella’s Royal table 5 years ago for a birthday breakfast and they loved the meal and meeting all the princesses. We especially loved the fact that we were seated with a view facing FantasyLand, our favorite!

  20. Phil Harris says:

    CRT is the only restaurant that I have ever sent a course back to the kitchen in. We have eaten there maybe 10 times, but on our last visit the main course and the appetiser arrived within seconds of each other – so quickly, in fact, that I burst out laughing as the waiter arrived…

    The main courses were then put back under the heat lamp on the kitchen, so when we were ready for them, the tenderloin glaze had a skin on it. This was promptly sent back, and in fairness to the kitchen staff, one of the chefs came out, apologised for the problem (and he did seem genuinely contrite) and then (semi in earshot) carpeted the waiter for bringing the same dish out twice and not getting it remade.

    We are going back in October, so it hasn’t put us off.

  21. Jessica says:

    We visited CRT in May and we were also there during Wishes. I agree it’s really a great experience. I love the atmosphere too but I have to say our food was not good. My husband had pork that you needed a saw to cut through. Food wise it wasn’t worth the money but the rest of the experience was really great. We will try breakfast next time since my daughter loved the princesses.

  22. Leonard says:

    Great and detailed review. My wife and daughter are going to WDW in October and have reservations for Be Our Guest and are excited. I have been reluctant to try Cinderella’s Royal Table due to the Signature Dinning (2 TSC) not to mention the difficulty getting ADR here. Last time we had breakfast at Akershus and that is a really good option for folks that want to see princesses at a character meal. We also will be eating dinner at 1900 Park Fare, which has Cinderella and is usually easier to book.

  23. Magic Mirror says:

    Jen K. – Disney’s website is reporting this:

    Please Pardon Our Royal Dust

    Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for planned maintenance starting January 5, 2015 and will reopen in the spring of 2015. We beg your pardon for any inconvenience, your Highness.

  24. sally says:

    Great review!!! We are planning on going early summer of 2015. You mentioned a 2015 overhaul of the restaurant. We are planning on going to the Royal Table. Should I be worried that it will be closed for renovations? Do you have any news about the overhaul?
    Thanks!!! Love your blog!!

  25. Kelli says:

    We went in 2012 with my almost 3 year old daughter at 8pm reservation. We had a wonderful experience! We were the first table each princess stopped, some twice. Witnessed a couple get engaged. And when we headed downstairs after our meal, Cinderella invited my daughter to sit on her lap to watch the fireworks from her “magical spot”. Priceless!!!

  26. Abby says:

    I’m glad you had such a nice experience. We had breakfast on our first day in May at CRT and it was wonderful. Our 3 year old still talks about it. We thoroughly enjoyed the food as well. I instructed my family not to order the American style breakfast and instead we opted for the beef tenderloin, lobster and crab creped with poached egg, stuffed French Toast, and quiche. To us that seemed very “signature” for breakfast. I know this will be a must-do ADR for us each trip. The free kids meal (child under 3) was appreciated, too!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Good to hear about breakfast. So many restaurants at Walt Disney World really phone it in for breakfast with powdered eggs, rubber bacon, etc., so it’s nice to find something that is actually worthwhile!

  27. Susan says:

    I’m so glad that you did a review on CRT. My husband, 25 yr old daughter and I will be going there in October for breakfast. I’ve only heard great things and when I saw that you were going to do a review – well I was glad to hear it. We are looking forward to entering the park early and having the opportunity to take pictures of the castle without a lot of people around. Interacting with face characters is a bit different and somewhat awkward, but we enjoy it all the same. I can’t wait to experience this and eventually take my little granddaughter to WDW/CRT to see her face light up. Keep up the great work … appreciate it very much!

  28. MrsM says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this review and I’m really glad you rated this as high as you did. DH and I have ADR’s here in Oct for an anniversary trip. Our honeymoon was a gift given around 100 days in advance. We weren’t able to eat here and it is my one regret from that trip. On our upcoming trip we weren’t able to get BOG reservations at 183 days out so we decided to eat here. I’m been nervous about the quality of the meal and now I’m looking forward to it.

  29. Megan M says:

    I loved your review! I love CRT! We took our daughter for the first time in February 2014. I took her to the bathroom and we returned to find Snow White sitting at our table chatting away with my husband and mother in law. We had such an amazing experience. Our 3 year old was dressed as Cinderella, and all of the CM’s and princesses made such a big deal over her.

    When I dragged my husband pre kiddo back in 2008, we had the best table in the house. The two top right by the center window. Request that table when you go back! 😉

  30. Alan says:

    We had reservations on a busy night right at 7, so they were running slightly behind, but honestly, it was worth the wait. We have two little girls, 8 and 5, and this was the first time that the youngest was old enough to remember the visit. To say she enjoyed the experience would be an understatement. Her reaction was worth the trip alone.

    So far as food was concerned, I thought it was the best meal we had all trip. I had the shrimp and grits reviewed above, and I really enjoyed it. They must have had more complaints about the presentation, because it didn’t look like the above picture. It looked very appetizing. My wife phoned it in with a caesar, which she said was “good.”

    We rarely both get the same thing for dinner, but we each ordered the steak and shrimp entree. She likes her steak cooked medium well, and I like mine dragged-over-the-grill rare. BOTH were cooked perfectly. The accompanying shrimp were very good (and big) as were the carrots. We both could have eaten five helpings of the mashed potatoes too. We won clean plate awards.

    I agree with Tom that the dessert is the weakest point of CRT; however, we I would probably have skipped it entirely if we weren’t on the DDP. The meal was so good that dessert wasn’t needed…at least according to the adults.

    I felt like the character interaction was fine. Other than Cinderella, we were also visited by Jasmine, Snow White, Ariel and Aurora. If I had any complaint it would be that I feel like Ariel, Cinderella and Aurora were EVERYWHERE while we were there, but to find the current popular princesses (Elsa, Anna and Repunzel) we had the fight the lines, but I guess that has nothing to do with the restaurant itself. CRT is a must for our family when visit.

  31. sally says:

    Hi!! We are trying to decide between akershus and CRT. I have heard mixed reviews. I am also wondering if they have a completion date (or estimation) of when the renovation is going to be finished for CRT. I want to be sure it will be open when we are there! It is a really tough decistion between the 2 and would love any advice out there!! Thanks!!!

    • Alan says:

      We ate at both on our visit a couple of weeks ago, and I would highly recommend both. We ate at Akershus for breakfast and CRT for dinner. Akershus was probably our best breakfast experience (meal plus characters plus setting), and CRT was easily our best dinner experience. So far as the food, CRT is better, but also about twice the price (or costs two meals on a dining plan). Akershus was very good, and had the same princesses save one difference: CRT had Jasmine but not Belle. I like to try the cultural foods in World Showcase, and Akershus offers some of that, which you don’t get at CRT.

      We’ve eaten at both restaurants on previous trips as well, but we’ve always had breakfast at Akershus and dinner at CRT. I can’t speak to the experience for other meals at either location.

  32. Renee says:

    Any idea what the refurbs are going to entail? I have read a few places the photo op will not longer be available.

  33. Amber says:

    Thank you so much for this review!!! We are going for the first time in May and I’ve been going crazy over finding the “perfect” time for our reservation cor CRT. I was able to get a 9:25pm dinner reservation because i was hoping to see the fireworks from inside the castle on our last night. We are going to MK 3 days so the last night i planned to have dinner in CRT and watch the fireworks from within. I’ve had people tell me that this is a bad idea because the windows don’t allow for a clear view of the display. I was so happy to read your review and see the pictures you provided! Thanks again for this information you have put my mind at ease!!! LOL

  34. Julia says:

    HI there!
    I was wondering if you can help me with my couple of questions…

    1.I booked a Cinderella’s Royal Table Lunch at 1:20pm. Will we have enough time for all activities inside the castle, the lunch & be On time outside at the right position/place for the 3pm Parade?
    Should I try to book the lunch earlier?

    2. What’s the main difference btw the Breakfast/the Lunch/the Dinner(not talking about the menu)at the Castle?

    Thank you very much.

  35. rorosen says:

    OK! Perhaps this is an appropriate place to provoke you into providing a few words on the film Cinderella? I am so hoping you allowed yourself to receive the visual feast with great pleasure. It isn’t strictly within the domain of tourism, yet since you are somewhat of a moderator between the worlds of Disney and your devoted readers, why not share your experience of related events outside the gates?

  36. Rob says:

    Have gone year after year myself and try to do no less than 1 character experience with our kids or just my wife and myself. Of all the ones we’ve done I felt CTR was more of a rip off.

    Granted… take into consideration that any character experience you are easily going to pay 3-4 times more. You are after all paying for an experience. To that extent, it was great.

    My complaint comes from the food. The food itself was great but the portions were horrendous. The kids meal was barely a spoonful of scrambled eggs, 2 french toast sticks (the kind one can buy a box of 36 from a store for $5) and a single sausage link. My wife’s omlette I would be lucky to say it might have taken up even a quarter of the plate, and my meal was a fancy Apple Carmel French Toast which was pretty much double sized muffin.

    I would not do this one every again. Instead I’ll take my kids back to the one at Epcot in Norway. They offer a Princess character meal there too. Same number characters (though I think Cinderella was missing in that one) but the food options were much larger and the all you could eat portions left one to feel like they had a better value.

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