Inside the Castle Walls: A Royal Dining Experience

April 8, 2011
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There are many different dining options and experiences while vacationing at Walt Disney World. One of my favorite experiences has to be dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table (CRT) inside of the breathtaking Cinderella Castle.

CRT offers dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner, while enjoying the company of some of the most beloved Disney Princesses. Upon arrival, you receive a photo opportunity with Cinderella herself and are able to enjoy the beauty of the castle up close and personal. Each time I enter, I’m amazed by the exquisiteness of the windows, the archways and the décor. You can even see Jaq and Gus if you look closely! As part of your dining experience, you will receive a professional imaging package of the photo taken with Cinderella. While you wait, cast members ring bells and invite royal families to dine. After you receive your invitation, you’re ushered to the spectacularly decorated dining room.  

The food is always magnificent, the window views are spectacular, but one of my favorite things about dining in the Castle is simply the sheer magic of the experience. The Princesses are typically found rotating between tables for pictures and autographs. In my experience, they have always taken plenty of time to talk with my family and take pictures. In fact, my all time favorite Disney memory happened while having breakfast at CRT on our last trip.

We had celebrated birthdays at CRT several times before, but our last experience turned out to be more magical than I ever could have expected. We had reservations for breakfast during the exact hour my daughter would turn 8 years old. DH got sick the night before and decided not to go, so it ended up being girls only. When Princess Aurora came to our table, we talked for a few minutes and took pictures. DD, who is ALWAYS overly chatty with the characters, told Aurora that at exactly 8:57 a.m., she would be turning 8 years old and was so honored to be turning 8 in the Castle while amongst real Princesses. Aurora looked at my daughter and said she would be honored if she could come back to celebrate with us at the exact minute of DD’s birth. They hugged and exchanged a few more pleasantries and then off Aurora went to the next table. DD was so excited for her to come back and celebrate. I was thinking “no way is Aurora going to be able to come back to celebrate, especially with all of these other tables to spend time with”.

During the dining experience, guests are given a magic wand (or sword for the boys) and a “Wishing Star”. The Fairy Godmother comes on over the speaker and talks about wishes and celebrations, and asks everyone to close their eyes, hold their wand to their wishing stars, and make a wish. Lights begin twinkling throughout the room and in true Disney fashion, it is quite impressive and intriguing, especially to younger guests. Here’s where the magic happened in my story. At about 8:56 a.m., the Fairy Godmother came on over the speaker and prompted everyone to prepare for the celebration.  The celebration began, and wouldn’t you know it, Aurora came back right on time to celebrate with us!  Both DD and Aurora covered their eyes and made a wish together while the lights twinkled at the exact time DD was born 8 years earlier!

I was in tears because the whole experience was just unreal. Princess Aurora had gone so far out of her way to make our experience special and the whole time I was just thinking how quickly my little baby had grown into a wonderful young lady. To this day, it is the most enchanting and magical Disney moment we’ve ever had.

If you’re interested in dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you can make reservations up to 180 days in advance by calling (427)WDW-DINE or by clicking here. These reservations sell out incredibly quickly and are some of the most coveted in WDW, so it’s best to call right at 6:00 am on the 180 day mark for your best shot at getting in.

Please note that I am not affiliated with Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Walt Disney Company.

Tiffany G. is a mom, wife and attorney. When she’s not practicing law, she can be found daydreaming with her family of vacations past or planning their next trip to see the Mouse. You can find her on Twitter @TTownTiffany , on Facebook and at http://ttowntiffany.blogspot.com

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2 Responses to Inside the Castle Walls: A Royal Dining Experience

  1. Tricia Furman on April 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Great article…you made me cry!

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