At the center of Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom is the majestic Cinderella Castle. Walking through the castle, guests can see beautiful glass mosaic murals depicting the story of Cinderella. Cinderella Castle is also home to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where young guests can receive a princess makeover by their very own Fairy-Godmother-in-training!
In addition to the stunning mosaics and fun makeover experience, Cinderella Castle is home to Cinderella’s Royal Table, which is one of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World. Cinderella’s Royal Table is considered a signature restaurant, which means that food, service, and atmosphere make it a truly unique and unparalleled dining experience. It is one of my favorite experiences in Walt Disney World!
Advance Dining Reservations(ADRs) at Cinderella’s Royal Table are highly sought after, especially for breakfast. If you are lucky enough to get a pre-park opening reservation, you can enjoy a nearly empty Main Street, U.S.A., and that makes for great, unobstructed photos of the castle. Dining reservations can be made 180 days from your arrival day if you are staying onsite, and at that time you can also make up to 10 days of reservations. On that day, dining reservations can be made online starting at 6 o’clock am ET, or phone reservations can be made starting at 7 o’clock am ET. Offsite guests can make dining reservations up to 180 days from the day that you wish to dine. Dining reservations can be made either on Walt Disney World Resort website or by calling Walt Disney World Dining at (407) WDW-DINE.
Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is available for all meals. Breakfast is served from 8 am to 10:30am, lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and dinner from 3:30pm to around 9:30pm. As always, times are subject to change and you should check the official Walt Disney World Resort website for the most accurate times.
When you arrive and check in at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you are invited to be received by Cinderella in Grand Hall. At that time, you have your picture taken with Cinderella by a PhotoPass photographer and get Cinderella’s autograph. The photos can be viewed on your Disney PhotoPass or Memory Maker account.
In Grand Hall, there are 2 special friends keeping an eye on the proceedings, make sure to look around (and up!) to see them!
After meeting Cinderella, you climb the spiral staircase (or take the circular elevator) to the elegant Dining Room located on the second floor. The Dining Room and Lobby are both adorned with many coats of arms that represent, among others, Imagineers and even Walt Disney himself.
In the formal Dining Room adult guests are referred to as Lord and Lady, and younger guests as Prince and Princess. Don’t worry though, since this restaurant is located in the park, park attire is perfectly acceptable! Once seated, young Princesses will receive a Magic Wand and a Wishing Star and young Princes receive a sword. During the meal you can participate in the special “Wishing Ceremony” where you wave your magic wands and swords and make a wish upon your wishing star.
The table is served beverages and a plate of pastries featuring Mickey shaped blueberry muffins and mini croissants. Beverages available are coffee, tea, soft drinks and orange juice.
Your entrée is ordered from the menu. For this visit, we had 3 adults and 2 children, so we got a good sampling of the entrees. I ordered the Healthy Choice (Scrambled Egg Whites, Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt topped with Castle-made Granola, No Sugar Added Walnut-Sunflower Bread, and fresh Fruit). This meal was huge and I enjoyed just about everything! The eggs were light and fluffy and the yogurt was tangy with just a hint of sweetness from the granola. My favorite was the hot ten-grain cereal and fresh cut fruit. I have had this breakfast choice before and I would not hesitate to get it again!
My husband ordered the Lobster and Crab Crêpes (Warm Cheese-filled Crêpes topped with Spinach, Sautéed Lobster, and Blue Crab Meat with a Poached Egg perched on top and draped in Hollandaise Sauce) and he thought it was very good. The crêpes were cheesy and the lobster and crab plentiful. Although it may not come across in the picture, it was a sizable portion of food. In fact, all of the portions were generous and kept us going until dinnertime.
My mom ordered the Traditional Breakfast (Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Potatoes) which she enjoyed, but couldn’t finish. The sausage and potatoes were very tasty but she would have liked her bacon on the crispier side. This meal is a basic staple meal that is very similar to traditional breakfast fare at other Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.
The children’s menu has only 2 choices, a Kids Cheese Frittata or Royal Children’s Breakfast. Both of my kids got the Royal Children’s Breakfast (Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and French Toast Sticks served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk, Small Dasani® Water, or Small Minute Maid® Apple Juice). My girls love scrambled eggs and french toast, but honestly, they were more interested in which Princess friend was coming to our table!
The Disney princesses in attendance circulate throughout the dining room to greet guests and take photos. Usually you will see Ariel, Snow White, Aurora and Jasmine. Princess guests are always subject to change.
I thoroughly enjoy breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table and highly recommend it for the experience of eating in the Castle as well as the food. While the food is very good, the princesses and the atmosphere of the Castle are just a big a draw as the food! It is such a thrill to be in “the” Castle and to be visited by so much royalty! For us, it is also a great way to meet multiple princess friends without waiting in line or using a FastPass+ choice.
Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table is something that I like to schedule on our first day and I always try for that coveted pre-park opening reservation. For me the excitement starts when approaching Magic Kingdom and the spires of the Castle peek out over the tree tops, then walking onto a quiet Main Street, U.S.A. and catching the first sight of the Castle always fills me with emotion. It is a great way to start off your trip, but really, anytime that you can eat in Cinderella Castle is the right time! I hope you enjoy Cinderella’s Royal Table as much as we do!
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Stephanie was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. She still lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and 2 young daughters who are 6 and 9. She first visited Walt Disney World with her parents in 1978 when Magic Kingdom was the only park! She reconnected with Walt Disney World in 2007 when she and her husband planned a trip with their first daughter, who was 15 months old at the time. Visiting with her young daughter showed a different side to a WDW vacation and she fell in love with the Disney magic all over again.
Stephanie and her family have been back to Walt Disney World every year since and even became Disney Vacation Club members. Stephanie’s second daughter had her first trip when she was 9 months old, so she loves giving vacation planning tips to families with young children. Stephanie also loves dining at Walt Disney World and she is the person in the restaurants taking food pictures!
Stephanie is so excited to be contributing to the Disney Driven Life and can’t wait to start sharing tips and experiences!