The romance at Walt Disney World is evident in many of the great dining establishments that you can experience.  Today, though, I’m going to focus on what I believe is the pinnacle dining location — inside Cinderella Castle — as we talk about the romance you can experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table! Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop.


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Over the years, my wife Cindy and I have visited Cinderella Castle many times.  Contained within the iconic structure is Cinderella’s Royal Table, a signature dining restaurant upstairs in the Castle. While most people think of this as a great character meal to enjoy with their children, there is a case to be made for why this is an incredible romantic Disney restaurant.  Let’s dive into the details below!

Romantic Disney

Like I mentioned, most people are used to pictures like this one when they experience a meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Today, of course, most of those characters are going to be Princesses, but you get the idea — for most people, Cinderella’s Royal Table is for their kids to eat inside the Castle.

Therein lies the rub, though.  What more romantic setting can be found for a romantic Disney experience?  In this blogger’s opinion, eating inside Cinderella Castle is at the top of my list for romantic spots at Walt Disney World. The location, the food, the whole idea of eating in a grand dining hall overlooking your “Kingdom” — well, the romantic in me just thinks that is absolutely perfect.

On June 13, 2012, we were part of a large group dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  We had a table for 9, which included 5 adults and 4 children — not at all your typical romantic setting at all.  What made this a special night, though, was that we happened to be inside the Castle when Wishes was set to start!  We were able to enjoy the fireworks from the show while watching through the windows, and the show music was broadcast into the restaurant, so we never missed a beat.  All of a sudden, what started as a big group party of 9 turned into a truly magical, romantic Disney experience for myself and my wife Cindy.

I could go on and on about all of the romantic moments from my days eating in the Castle.  There was the day that Cindy and I — while we were eating our way through Disney while pregnant with Sophie — stopped at Guest Services that morning in January, 2001, and got a reservation for the Castle that day at lunch.

Of course, not all romantic Disney moments happen inside the Castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  I was fortunate to be able to witness this special moment, just feet from the restaurant.

Romantic Disney

While this certainly doesn’t qualify as part of our look at Romantic Disney Restaurants, I hope it does convey to you why I think Cinderella’s Royal Table qualifies for me as a romantic Disney restaurant.

Have you ever had a romantic Disney experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table? Please share if you have, and thanks for stopping by!

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13 Replies to “Romantic Disney Restaurants: Cinderella’s Royal Table”

  1. I’ve not eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table, but from what I’ve seen online it looks absolutely beautiful inside! I’ll have to check it out on a future trip!

    1. Cinderella’s Royal Table sometimes gets a bad rap — people say it’s not worth 2 dining credits, the food isn’t that good, and on and on. From my perspective, though, I’d say that it is worth 2 credits, although not every year — the food is incredible in my opinion, and the atmosphere is definitely worth it!

  2. Oh, I love this – especially your extra, non-restaurant related tidbit! ? We’ve eaten at CRT with kids, and I’ll admit… I can’t imagine a romantic experience there. I wasn’t looking though, and a well-placed table inside the castle WOULD make for a super romantic setting!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Of course, the only time I’ve had a “non-child” meal there was that first one — and Sophie was technically there! — but in a few years I see a 25th Anniversary trip with my wife in the works, and a table for 2 at Cinderella’s Royal Table. :)

  3. A long time ago, when I took Lisa to WDW for her first-ever visit, we ate at CRT, as a couple. You are absolutely right that NOTHING is more memorable than being inside Cinderella Castle.

    I think it’s something every Disney fan should do at least once!

  4. I see we left the best for last Mike! In my research for the new adult beverage options in the Magic Kingdom, I was surprised to find that this spot is the #1 setting for restaurant proposals in Walt Disney World. Hence, the addition of champagnes at Cinderella’s Royal Table came by popular request; couples have been yearning to toast their upcoming union with some bubbly! As you and Jennifer allude, requesting a quiet(er) table for two overlooking the Magic Kingdom would no doubt enhance the romance factor. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. We still haven’t made it to Cinderella’s Royal Table. I’m not really sure why because I really want to be inside the castle! I think I’ll show your review to Andrew so we can finally make it happen. :)

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