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Dining in Cinderella’s Castle

May 16, 2020

By Tomesha Montgomery


Would you like to dine inside Cinderella’s Castle? YES, please!!!

If you want to eat there, you’ll want to make advanced dining reservations (ADRs) at the 180 day mark before your check-in date because it is one of the most difficult restaurant reservations to secure at Disney World. Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom is my absolute favorite character dining experience.


After checking in, you are escorted to the Grand Hall where you’ll get a picture with Cinderella.


A Photopass photographer has always been available for this picture when we’ve dined at CRT. Be sure to locate Jacques and Gus Gus inside the Grand Hall!


Once your table is ready, your royal family is announced and invited to travel up the spiral staircase to the banquet hall. An elevator is available if needed. It is a beautiful restaurant with regal archways, flags, and stain-glass windows that look out over Fantasyland. Toy wands (or swords if preferred) and a wishing star are given out at tables. Guests are encouraged to make wishes with their stars during a “Wishing Ceremony.” After a royal announcement and short introduction, princesses come to your table while you dine. On the day we last visited, we saw Ariel, Jasmine, Aurora, and Snow White. Characters are not always the same. Have your camera ready as a photographer is not available inside the dining area.


I’ve eaten both breakfast and lunch at CRT and enjoyed both. For my family’s touring style, we prefer lunch. We tend to eat breakfast on the go and enjoy the park during the less crowded early morning time. I recommend the tenderloin with The Clock Strikes Twelve dessert for lunch or dinner.

Children (which for Disney dining includes ages 3-9) can choose a build your own cupcake option that is really fun! Appetizers are also included in this fixed-price meal. This is a prepaid meal and the downside to this ADR is the expensive price. However, the tax and gratuity are currently included in the price. If you are using the dining plan, CRT requires 2 table service credits. Please note that changes are often made to menus and character experiences, so your experience may vary from mine.


If you plan on eating a lot of character meals, you may want to get the Disney Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan Plus, or the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. Want help determining which option is best for your trip or help planning which restaurants best fit your family’s preferences? As a planner with If You Can Dream It Travel, I’d love to provide my services at no additional cost to you. If I can help you, email me at magicalmemoriesbytomesha@gmail.com.

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