Cinderella’s Royal Table Review at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

by josh on March 12, 2010

Food Type: Breakfast is “all-you-care-to-eat,” but it comes out pre-plated, meaning the food is served to you rather than having a buffet line.  Lunch and dinner are like any other table service restaurant with a menu and several choices for an appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Location: Smack dab high up in the banquet hall inside Cinderella Castle. The entrance is in back on the ground level.

Dining Plan: Two Table Service Credits

Cost:  All prices include tax and tip.

  • Breakfast (8am – 10:40am): $58 for adults and $35 for children 3-9
  • Lunch (11:45am – 2:40pm): $60 for adults and $38 for children 3-9
  • Dinner (3:50pm – 9:40pm): $72 for adults and $42 for children 3-9
  • Pricing may vary slightly depending on season

Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland

Menu:

Breakfast: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/cinderella-royal-table/menus/breakfast

Lunch: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/cinderella-royal-table/menus/lunch

Dinner: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/magic-kingdom/cinderella-royal-table/menus/dinner

Photos and Gifts: When you enter the Castle, your group will have a photo taken with Cinderella.  According to Disney, Guests receive: One Professional Photo Package for groups of up to 4 Guests; Two Professional Photo Packages for groups of 5 to 8 Guest; Three Professional Photo Packages, for groups of 9 to 12 Guests. Each Photo Package includes: One 6″ x 8″ and four 4″ x 6″ print, One 6″ x 8″ print of Cinderella Castle, and One Cinderella-themed photo holder.

On top of that, all girls between the ages of 3-9 will receive a princess wand and all boys between the ages of 3-9 will receive a prince’s sword. Couples without kids should also receive wands and/or swords.

Setting: Disney magic at its finest, the royal treatment begins in the Grand Hall waiting area and continues through your meet and greet with Cinderella on the ground floor. Continue up the red-carpeted spiraling staircase and enter the banquet hall fit for kings and queens, surrounded by towering stone archways, noble medieval flags, and astonishing stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland.

The only opportunity to meet and greet Cinderella is in the Grand Hall, before ascending to the banquet hall. She does not visit table-side. Princesses that visit table-side are usually Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, and Snow White, but may vary depending on who isn’t asleep, poisoned, or otherwise in trouble.

Advantages:

  • In a lot of ways, this is quintessential Disney and a meal your group will be talking about for years to come.
  • Price includes the imaging package which can cost as much as $35+ each if purchased separately at another character meal.
  • Many special surprises throughout the meal.
  • This is a unique and special experience that cannot be replicated at Walt Disney World or anywhere else.

Disadvantages:

  • Extremely expensive, particularly considering the food quality. Food is serviceable, but this is not fine dining, despite the high cost.
  • Very difficult to get a reservation. Ideally, you want to book your reservation at 6am, 180 days away from the date or you risk being shut out. A walk-up table is a virtual impossibility to due to how full they’re booked.
  • Service may be rushed. Price includes tip, so staff does not receive any monetary reward for exemplary service. Meals may feel rushed as the sooner you’re out, the sooner they can bring in another group paying $60+ a head.
  • Interaction is below average. The princesses come to each table for autographs, photographs, and a brief chat, but don’t stay for much more than that.
  • Most of the little girls will be dressed up like princesses, so you may feel pressure to either visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or purchase a similar dress elsewhere, which adds additional cost.

Tips: Breakfast is the cheapest and most consistent meal. Book around 10:30am and you’ll either be able to sleep in or run around Magic Kingdom hitting the priority attractions before it’s time for breakfast. With all the breakfast reservations at Crystal Palace, here, and all the tours, pictures on Main Street will still most likely have a lot of people around if you book for 8am – 8:45am. And then by the time you finish your $$$ meal, lines will already be forming at the major attractions. Lunch is the easiest reservation to snag and the menu is similar to dinner. For dinner, try to book an hour before Wishes fireworks begin. The show is visible through the windows.

Table Request: Window table looking down Main Street or Fantasyland.

Value: A family of four for lunch will run about $220, not including the cost of autograph books, princess dresses, and primping.  Since this is a Signature Dining Experience, it also costs two table service credits per person.  It’s difficult to say whether or not it’s worth the price for any particular group.  A meal at the Castle is a fantastic experience, but whether or not it makes sense for you depends on your budget and how you want to spend your money.  Be aware that the food will not justify the price, so your enjoyment will come from the experience of being in the castle and the character interaction.

Reputation: Booked solid every day of the year.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

CLC March 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

Do the princesses come out for breakfast and lunch or just dinner?

karen July 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi,
love your web site. I was wondering if it would be a wise to pay out of pocket for the Royal Table Breakfast, rather than using 2 dining credits. It seems like I would be paying double for the same meal if I use the dining plan. Can I do that? That way I can use the credit towards another sit down meal.
Thanks for your help
Karen

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