About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over eight years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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  1. disneyvirgin

    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!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      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. Jennifer Kaufman – Cincinnati, OH – Jennifer is a musician, photographer, Disney aficionado, organizing junkie, wannabe runner, writer and - most importantly - wife of an amazing husband and mom of three incredible kids five and under. Her heart is for helping people be real - honest with themselves, honest with one another, intentional in communication and supportive of those that cross their paths in life.
    Jennifer Kaufman

    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!

    • mickey
      Mike Ellis

      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. James Cameron

    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!

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    Didi Marie

    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. Rolling with the Magic – Melissa is a Disney enthusiast who writes about her experiences at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and on the Disney Cruise Line from the perspective of a wheelchair user. She started her blog, Rolling with the Magic, to not only share her love for all things Disney but to give tips and advice to others who visit the Disney Parks with physical limitations.

    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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