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Romantic Disney Restaurants: Cinderella’s Royal Table

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!

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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.

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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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Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, today we are taking a look at one of the last, if not the last, part of the Fantasyland Expansion to open.  Today we are sharing the details on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with you!

Attraction Name: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Attraction Type: Thrill Ride, Small Drops
Height Requirements: 38″ or Taller
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

Without a doubt, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the best part of the Fantasyland Expansion for me.  This coaster is a great attraction, and the Imagineers have gone all out in their attention to detail and theming to be found throughout the attraction.  With FastPass+ service available, this is one of those “must do” attractions that, if you don’t ride, you will probably regret having not done so.

Have you been able to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction yet?  If so, what did you think of it?  Among my favorite parts is singing along with the Dwarfs as they go off to work, and also making the car swing as much as possible through the curves!  Thanks for stopping by, tell me what you think of the attraction in the comments, and have a great day!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide is an attraction that is at the top of the list for many people.  Peter Pan’s Flight is one of those attractions that does a terrific job of suspending disbelief and transporting you out of Walt Disney World and right into the story.  Here are the details for this attraction:

Attraction Name: Peter Pan’s Flight
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: Yes

When it comes to the attractions at Walt Disney World, especially at the Magic Kingdom, there are few rides that compare with the excitement we get when we ride Peter Pan’s Flight, which is located in Fantasyland.  With Peter Pan’s Flight, you get it all — a great trip into the classic story of Peter Pan, your own flying galleon to sail off into the night sky with, and a swashbuckling adventure! It always amazes me that the Imagineers were able to make such a realistic attraction. From the moment you take off, the use of forced perspective makes it seem as if you are truly flying! Of course, the Imagineers did create the ride so that your galleon is suspended from a track over your head, which certainly does make it easier to feel like you are flying!

What do you and your family think of this great attraction? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Will there be a Disney Bus Wait Times App?

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

You know, I think the jury is still out when it comes to the My Disney Experience website and app.  I think that a lot of people like it, a lot of people don’t, and I’d guess that it’s about 50/50 in terms of split.  Maybe not, but that’s my feeling.

From a techy perspective, I think the MDE concept is a great one, and I have enjoyed using it for our trips and for helping my clients with their trips.  It is the present and the future I believe, so I think that we need to embrace it and roll with it.

Rumors are surfacing, though, that their is in testing a new feature for the My Disney Experience app, one that may tip the scales considerably in Disney’s favor.  I’ve heard that Disney is in testing to see about incorporating a Disney bus wait times into the system!

I personally think that this is a great idea, and one that would really improve a lot of guests experiences in transporting themselves around the Walt Disney World Resort!  What do you think?  Great idea, one that you would utilize each trip, or one that you think is no big deal?  Please let me know in the comments, and also let me know what you think of My Disney Experience in general.  Thanks, and have a great day!

Enchanted Tales

71 Days: Enchanted Tales with Belle

Enchanted Tales

Enchanted Tales with Belle – our choice for #Day71 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s #DisneyWorldCountdown post!  This is #Day71 in our countdown, and for this day, we are looking at an attraction that is not only an attraction, but also a meet and greet location!  Of course I’m talking about Enchanted Tales with Belle!

Located in the New Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom, Enchanted Tales is something that we haven’t done before, but I suspect that the girls in our group will want to do it this trip.  By itself, it feels like this is “just” a meet and greet, but to me, what makes this more than that is the setting that it is laid out in.  The building is great, it’s like you are winding your way right into the story of Beauty and the Beast!

Enchanted Tales

The building where Enchanted Tales with Belle is housed. Image ©Disney Parks

Of course, this isn’t just a meet and greet, despite what I said earlier.  This is also a story time session, where you get to sit and listen to Belle tell a story, and if you are one of the lucky ones, you may even be selected to help fill one of the roles!

I’m not sure if this is an attraction that the girls will want to experience or not; after all, they are 12 (almost 13), 12 and 11, so they may feel like this is more for the 6 or 7 year old princesses, but who knows?  What do you think?  Will older kids like this as much as younger, or do you think it is more geared towards the younger audience?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!