When someone says Walt Disney World, what image comes to mind? Most of us would say we imagine Cinderella’s castle in Magic Kingdom. I remember my first trip there and the disappointment of realizing that I couldn’t fulfill my dream of entering the castle and gazing at the Magic Kingdom. If you or your kids also dream of going to Cinderella’s Castle, you must grab one of Walt Disney World’s signature restaurant reservations – Cinderella’s Royal Table.
We recently had the chance to take a weeknight dinner reservation to give you an updated dinner review. The first hurdle encountered in trying to make this dream a reality is getting the reservation. Planning ahead to dine here can be nearly impossible, as reservations are taken as soon as they become available six months from now. The best way to get one if you miss the initial availability opening is usually to keep checking the My Disney Experience app as often as you can. We had a same day reservation for four during the summer so that is possible.
Another issue may be the high price of meals here as it is a fixed price per person and there are no a la carte options available. The best advice you can give to save some is to try and opt for breakfast rather than lunch or dinner. This will save you $20.00 per adult and $10.00 per child.
You arrive at the back of the castle near the carousel and the entrance to All Fantasy Land to check in for your meal, or check in to the My Disney Experience app and follow the instructions from there. Once space is available, your group will be called and escorted inside the door to meet Cinderella and take pictures with her before your meal. For your children, being welcomed by the princess herself into her castle definitely adds to the Disney magic.
When your table is ready, your group will be taken upstairs to the dining room. It’s a fairly small space (at least from what you’d expect looking at Main Street USA at the castle) with only a few tables near the windows overlooking Fantasy Land. You can definitely expect royal treatment here as it is considered fine dining and priced higher. Our dinner started with drinks and everyone’s appetizer. As previously indicated, the price of the meal is fixed per person and includes a soft drink, a starter, a main course and a dessert. A limited selection of alcoholic beverages is available for adults at an additional cost.
We opted for the charcuterie and the steamed mussels as a starter. The starters were quite large portions, and each person gets one, so lighter eaters have to be careful not to fill up on the starters alone. The deli included three types of meats as well as pickles and crackers. The steamed mussels came with two slices of bread to soak up the delicious broth. Other options available for an appetizer included the soup of the day and the castle salad: romaine, Brussels sprouts, citrus and fennel with a passion fruit vinaigrette.
As we finished our appetizers and enjoyed quick refills of sodas, juices, and coffee, our entrees were delivered. We chose the Magic Carpet Ride and the Tenderloin of Beef for our entrees. The Magic Carpet Ride was spice-crusted pork tenderloin and pork belly with curried couscous, glazed rainbow carrots, and peppercorn “flying carpet.” The theme and presentation of the dish was as impressive as the taste. The pork belly was melt in your mouth and the curried couscous was the meal favorite, with intense and delicious flavors that complemented the pork belly and carrots perfectly.
The beef tenderloin consisted of grilled beef tenderloin, whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables and bordelaise sauce. The beef was a great cut, cooked perfectly medium as ordered, and the bordelaise sauce was wonderful with it. Both meals exceeded our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed them. Other options on the menu were the fish entrée, chicken and pasta, or a chickpea Panisse herbal option. It is important to note that they have many allergy friendly menus and they usually send a chef to discuss any difficult food allergies in regards to preparing meals for your allergic guests.
Our kids had apple slices to start and then a beef tenderloin starter with rice pilaf and corn on the cob from the kids menu. It was still an excellent well-cooked cut of beef with sizable portions of delicious rice and corn on the cob. Other kids’ menu choices include cheese and grapes or garden salad for a starter, and seasonal fish, chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese for starter. Other side dishes for kids include mashed potatoes or seasonal vegetables.
As the plates of our meal were cleared, fresh coffee came out and we were ready for our final course: dessert! Cinderella’s royal table definitely embraces her whimsical nature when it comes to her dessert menu. The first dessert we tried was Clock Strikes Twelve: dark chocolate mousse with a crunchy caramel and praline center served with chocolate sauce and hazelnut ice cream. At first glance, you’d expect they’d chosen to focus on presentation over flavor, but we found it delicious and all the different elements came together really well.
We also tested the Jaq and Gus: cheesecake with seasonal flavors and fillings. It was exactly what we hoped for, flavorful and not overpowered by sauces or additions. The kids ordered the Sword in the Sweet: a cookie and cream cheesecake mousse with a chocolate cookie crumble topped with crispy pearls and a cookie sword. The kids loved the presentation and enjoyed the cookie cream cheesecake mousse, which was unique and creamy and unlike anything we found anywhere else on the property.
The desserts were all delicious and, again, beautifully themed! Other dessert options include Coffee Pots de Creme: coffee-infused coconut ‘custard’, passion fruit jelly, and crumbled chocolate espresso beans as a plant-based option and a small cake, a yogurt parfait or a seasonal sorbet for the children. menu.
When leaving, the children were invited to take a wand or a plastic knight’s sword. It’s a little keepsake to take home that helps add value to the meal and later acts as a reminder of the experience.
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Cinderella’s Royal Table and would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t had the chance to experience it before. Although an expensive treat, the meal exceeded our expectations and it didn’t seem like the price was right to get into the castle. The food and service are top notch. We were even surprised at the end of our meal with two free Lightning Lane experiences (without any comment or request) added to our account as we had a surprisingly long wait beyond our reservation time before they could sit down. Something that reminded us that dreams come true!