Welcome back guest author Katie McFarland as she takes us to Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom!
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Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of my favorite restaurants in Disney World. The main reason for this is obvious: it’s in a castle (duh!).
With that said, the food is also (usually) fantastic and appropriately portion controlled!
Let’s take a look inside…
The restaurant entrance is located inside the castle walkway directly across from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. You have to check in at the hostess booth in front of the door to gain access to the restaurant.
Beware!: Don’t arrive too early (more than 15 minutes) or they will not let you in! My husband and I learned that the hard way and we had to kill time in Sir Mickey’s (oh darn!).
Once you enter the castle, you are treated to an opulent foyer complete with: knight in shining armor, tapestries, grand chandeliers, stained glass windows featuring the birds from Cinderella, and of course: Jaq and Gus.
While in the foyer, each party is treated to a photo op with Cinderella as part of their meal package. And then comes the *gong*gong*gong* announcing the dining party that will be escorted in the dining area of the restaurant.
They probably do this to keep nosy neighbors like me out of the restaurant and from awkwardly gawking over people longer than is socially acceptable.
Every time I walk into the dining room I feel like I’m a little kid again and am completely taken aback by all of the fanciful awesomeness!
It really is amazing to be eating in a castle, and it’s even more amazing to be with someone that has never eaten at the restaurant before! The dining area is awesome; dark crown molding, rich jewel tones, lanterns, tapestries, and princesses!
Princesses and Characters
Throughout the meal, princesses (Ariel, Snow White, Belle in peasant attire, Sleeping Beauty, and sometimes Jasmine) are announced and grace the dining room with their presence for photo ops. It’s a blast making funny faces in the pictures unbeknownst to them. On this occasion, however, we were actually a teensy bit annoyed with the princesses because they kept interrupting our eating!
Your princesses/characters are subject to change, of course; but everyone will have the chance to get their picture taken with Cinderella for the (included in the price) photo package!
During your meal, your photo package created from the pic taken earlier with Cinderella will be delivered to your table in a handy little folder frame. In a previous review, AJ asked Cindy to pose for a solo photo so you could imagine your family there! 😉
Additionally, during the meal there is a time for everyone to make a wish with the wishing star that their wait-person gives them at the beginning of the meal. If you’re like me, you’ll wish for more pumpkin cheesecake.
Now, let’s get to the food!
With the dinner meal, each person gets to order an appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
First to come out are the complimentary rolls. I have mixed feelings about these because they look just like the rolls in my sorority that we used to throw around like mini-Nerf footballs.
However, my dining partner assured me that they were delicious: chewy, warm, not stale, and served with butter. Paula Deen would agree, Butter = Delicious.
Next are the appetizers! My dining partner ordered the Castle Salad, and I went with the Soup of the Day, which was a seafood stew.
The salad was tasty with a zangy (yes “zangy”) vinaigrette and fresh, flavorful toppings. There was nothing “WOW BAM POP” about it, but it was a nice light start to a meal.
The seafood stew was delicious! It was so thick and hearty; filled with large chunks of sausage, potatoes, vegetables, and seafood.
To be honest, it really didn’t taste like seafood or “fishy” at all. It was just a really flavorful stew! YumMo I wish I could have some more!
The entrees are served almost as soon as the appetizers are taken away from the table.
My dining partner ordered the Beef Tenderloin and I ordered the Grilled Snapper. The steak was tender, asparagus was …well, asparagus, and the potatoes were lightly seasoned and prepared perfectly.
The sauce made a very flavorful addition to the steak, …potatoes, …and asparagus. Okay, the sauce was pretty much eaten with everything that was on that plate, even the roll that happened to “wander” onto the plate. While this steak was nothing to write home about, it was a very good steak and a perfectly acceptable option for those steak people out there.
The snapper was DELICIOUS! It was an extremely light and flaky fish that had absolutely no “fishy” taste to it. My dining partner who doesn’t like fish even thought it was tasty!
The bean and butternut squash bed was extremely flavorful, dense, and filling. The fresh spinach mixed with it made a great addition to the mix; I love to see some green in my meal!
While this in no way replaces my beloved Pork Chop with Bacon and Mushroom Ragout and Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes finished with Sweet Chipotle Glaze, I would definitely order it again if it were offered.
Now onto the best part: dessert! Between the two of us we ordered the Flourless Chocolate Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake.
I was lucky to get a miniscule forkful of the chocolate cake since it was being guarded like my dogs do with their kibbles! The cake was like a super dense brownie (that’s dense!). I can honestly say that I think this was the most chocolate-y thing I have ever tasted.
The white chocolate custard was heavenly: light (if you can believe it), subtle white chocolate flavor that perfectly balanced the almost overly chocolate-y cake.
The Pumpkin Cheesecake was phenomenal! I love cheesecake – pretty much have to order it at every restaurant – and I was extremely pleased with this!
The cheesecake was not New York Style, and instead reminded me of a really, REALLY firm pudding. The cranberry sauce was really thick, tart, slightly sweet, and delicious …the way all Thanksgiving cranberry sauce should be! The pecans were more like a brittle and it was also delicious, though gone in one bite.
The cranberry/pumpkin combination was heavenly and I’m still dreaming about that cheesecake. *sigh*
Overall, the meal was extremely delicious and efficiently served. This is a great restaurant for EVERYBODY!
(And when I say everybody I mean people that don’t mind: a boat load of princesses, enjoying delicious food, lots of kids, and the occasional proposal.)
My personal tip: try to time your meal reservation time so that you leave the restaurant approximately 20 minutes before Wishes, because you will be escorted to the front of the castle and be able to watch the show FRONT ROW. Seriously, there will be no one in front of you.
Is dining in the castle on your vacation must-do list? Let us know your experience with Cinderella’s Royal Table!