Cinderella’s Royal Table Review – Is It Worth It?
Hear ye! Hear ye! Cinderella’s Royal Table is the most classic character meal you could possibly enjoy on your next vacation. There is something special about going inside the castle that is the iconic centerpiece of the Magic Kingdom. That being said there are some things you should know before you embark on the quest of a reservation.
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Plan It Out.
Eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table requires a plan (unless you are super lucky) that starts months out from your next trip. If you are already within 180 days of your next trip it may be difficult to get a reservation at all. If you find your self needing a reservation (with none available), head over to our post about how to get texts about openings at your favorite Disney restaurants.
If you are outside that window make a plan on snagging your desired date the morning of your 180-day window opening.
What Disney Has To Say
Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above. (A gilded elevator is also available to transport you to the festivities.)
Then, dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses.
Tiaras and glittering gowns are optional, although young Guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
Character appearances are subject to change.
What you need to know about Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table took on some major upgrades over the last couple of years with regards to how reservations worked. Before you get too bent out of shape about all the hoops let me explain. People were snagging up every available reservation and reselling them to the public. That’s right, people weren’t even planning to go to CRT but snagged the reservations to profit from them. Disney decided to jump in and required that CRT be prepaid to cut that out.
So, how does that impact you? If you haven’t already booked a dining plan you should consider it. Read about our favorite, the Deluxe Dining Plan here. If you have a dining plan already on your vacation you can book CRT along with all your other reservations.
If you are not on a dining plan you need to be prepared to prepay for the meal altogether. The meal is a prix fixe menu. You’ll choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert for each person in your party.
What does it cost?
Payment is due in full at the time of booking.
Breakfast ranges from $45 – $65 per adult and $35 – $45 per child (ages 3-9).
Lunch and dinner ranges from $65.00 – $80.00 per adult and $45 – $65.00 per child (ages 3-9). Prices do change often. You can cancel up to 24 hours before your reservation for a refund. If you don’t cancel before then, you will pay for the full price of the meal.
If you are on a dining plan you need to understand this is a 2 credit dining experience per person in your party. Our family of 5 uses 10 credits for this one meal. A normal “non-signature” restaurant – like Tony’s Town Square or Skipper Canteen is a 1 credit per person dining experience. See how we hack our credits in our post, Deluxe Dining Plan – Is It Worth It?
We’ve paid out of pocket for this meal and through dining credits. I can tell you it feels much better to use dining credits. Prepaying for a meal feels very foreign to me and to most of you I presume.
What’s on the menu?
It is a prix fixe menu, which means you pay a set price and choose one item from the 3 different sections. I have always ordered the filet and shrimp. The same for my wife. The kids have gotten the chicken nuggets, the macaroni and cheese, and the steak on different occasions.
Is the food any good?
You know this seems to be a sore spot for a lot of people. We love CRT. We love the experience first and foremost but we also really enjoy the food. We have gotten the same things every time we eat there but that’s ok with us.
What did we eat?
We’ve eaten at CRT for lunch and dinner and plan to try out the breakfast on our next trip. The same menu applies to lunch and dinner.
From the appetizers we chose:
- 1 Castle Salad – basic salad with a little bit of fancy
- 1 Charcuterie Plate – meat, cheese, etc — we love it
- The kids always get the cheese and grapes plate. – they eat the cheese….sometimes
From the entrees we chose:
- Beef and Shrimp for both of us — we really like the steak and the shrimp on this dish. The steak has always been tender and the shrimp perfectly cooked.
- Our oldest gets the kids steak — loved it
- Our youngest two go back and forth for mac n cheese and chicken fingers. They eat it like they do any other meal…when threatened to do so…
From the desserts we chose:
- The Clock Strikes Twelve — dark chocolate mousse and dark chocolate ganache – super rich but super tasty alongside a nice coffee
- The cheesecake — gluten-free, if that matters to you (almond crust) and quite tasty
- The younger kids love to get the build your own cupcake platter.
If you need to see the breakfast menu click here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/cinderella-royal-table/menus/
What characters will I meet?
Disney’s official response is that it changes without notice.
Upon entering the castle you get to take a staged photo with Cinderella herself. It is a great photo, they give you a card or put the photo on your my Disney experience account. Either way, you get the photo with no extra cost.
Then, while at your table, the characters make their way around the restaurant and to your table. We have met: Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora, Rapunzel and Tiana at different times. You can usually count on meeting 5 of them.
We always take our Disney Encyclopedia of Animated Characters for autographs. It makes it easy and it also makes a neat coffee table book to look through when feeling nostalgic.
Overall the experience is excellent! I am a big fan of eating good food, I am a big fan of our young girls meeting their favorite princesses. I am a big fan of combining those two events so I don’t have to stand in a giant line otherwise to do so.
Is It Worth It?
YES! The food really is top-notch. The service is always great…you get called My Lord or My Lady the whole time. The whole thing doesn’t take too long and you get to eat inside the castle! But you have to understand this…you are paying for an experience, not just food. Yes, it is quite expensive but it is a memory you’ll cherish forever. We always try to eat at CRT on our trips even after several visits where we have done so.