Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
This meal was one of my most anticipated of the trip. Reservations to Cinderella’s Royal Table are difficult to get, and somehow I managed to get one. I really wanted to make to reservation to go on my actual birthday, but that was also the day that we flew in, and even though we were supposed to be in Orlando by 11am – I didn’t want to risk flight delays and missing my meal.
So, after a full day at Epcot, we went back to the hotel room to change into some slightly more fancy clothes for our special meal.
I should make one thing clear for those of you who aren’t familiar to the WDW restaurants. This place is inside Cinderella’s Castle. It is, in fact the only way that you get to see inside the castle. Pretty cool. As you can imagine, this is very popular with princess-loving children (and adults) as well as someone just looking for an awesome, unique dining experience.
When you arrive at the castle to check in, a doorman first brings you inside to meet and have your photo taken with Cinderella. You get a nice photo in a folder-type frame that is included in the price of your meal. I think if you have a bunch of kids or are a family, you actually get more than one photo included.
After that, you wait for your “royal family” to be called up to dinner. Then you go up either an elevator or a spiral staircase – in true castle fashion, that was our choice. It was complete with stained glass windows.
Once you get up to the dining room and get seated, the magic does not stop. As we walked in we were handed “wishing stars” and plastic swords or wands. During dinner there was a “wishing ceremony” where we all said some magic words and made a wish on our wishing star. It was pretty cool.
Another thing that attracts many people to this restaurant is that many of the princess come to your table! When we were there, we saw Ariel, Snow White, Belle, and Sleeping Beauty. You can only imagine that this would be a princess-lover’s dream to meet and get your photo taken with all of these princesses! (not to mention a parent’s dream because they are all in one spot, so there is no waiting in long lines and searching the park to find them!)
Then there is the food. For your meal, you get to choose an appetizer, entree and dessert. For my appetizer I got the mixed greens salad – which included mixed field greens, slivered almonds and a balsamic vinegarette dressing.
The Husband had the cheese platter. (sounds super fancy pants, right?)
It was pretty fancy. Unfortunately I have no idea what kinds of cheeses these were. The two on the ends were fairly hard cheeses and the one in the middle was soft. They were good…..but I’m not exactly a cheese expert, so I guess I might not be a good judge.
The salad was good as well. It was very light and fresh tasting . There was enough dressing, but it wasn’t drowning as some salads tend to be.
There was also rolls. They may have been all eaten before a photo was taken. Oops.
I can’t say that I was super excited about any of the entree choices. It was going to be a leap of faith no matter what I chose. I ended up choosing the braised Cobia – which is apparently a kind of fish? (I’m not sure what I would have done without iPhone internet to ask what it was. Ok, really I would just ask the waiter. Anyways.) It came with noodles and some kind of tomato based sauce.
The Husband had the beef tenderloin, which came with asparagus and fancy mashed potatoes.
Unfortunately, our meals did not taste as spectacular as they looked. Mine tasted really salty – and I’m not sure if that was just the taste of the fish that didn’t like, or if it was really just oversalted. They were edible, but not something that I would be licking the plate clean.
But wait, there is still dessert!
For dessert, both of us got the sampler with three different small desserts to try. It included a chocolate mousse, berries and cream, and a puff pastry.
I also got a birthday cupcake
All of the desserts were good, but not outstanding. (Especially compared to desserts we had later in the week that were really reeeeally good.)
The cupcake we actually ended up taking with us and eating in the hotel room. It was very dense and sweet. Good, but super sugary.
Taste: B, it was pretty good, but not really great. However, if you take into consideration the food AND the experience, it was definitely an A. What other time are you able to eat a meal in a castle with princesses?
Cost: C, not gonna lie, it was expensive. It was over $100 for the two of us. The food just didn’t live up to that price tag. However, again you have to consider the experience. I do believe that the experience, at least partially made up for the expensive food. Consider this: if you buy one of those photos they take while on a ride, or a Photopass photo, it is almost $20 and you get one of those for free with this meal.