Romantic Disney

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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Reflections of China

86 Days: Reflections of China

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Reflections of China – our choice for Day 86 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday!!!  Today is Day 86 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for today, we’re heading over to Epcot’s World Showcase to talk about the 2nd of the CircleVision 360 movies.  This one is located in the China Pavilion, and is aptly named Reflections of China.

I like Reflections of China because it provides a glimmer of what life in China is like — or, perhaps, was like — in the days of yesteryear, before everything became so politically motivated.  However, because China is so restrictive towards Western culture, the film is dated, and feels like it could benefit from an update to the movie.  However, that doesn’t seem very likely in today’s day and age.  So, instead, we are stuck with what we’ve got, but despite that, I truly do enjoy taking a look at Reflections of China.

I think that, for me, it’s the ability to immerse myself in the culture of a country and learn more about it that makes the World Showcase such a great place to visit.  Where else can you travel and visit 11 countries all in one day, eat local food, speak with people native to that country, and pickup on the cultures of that country?

Have you ever seen Reflections of China?  If so, what did you think of it?  Or, if you haven’t, why not?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!  If you haven’t seen Reflections of China, do yourself a favor and see it once — you might find that it was more enjoyable than you thought it would be!

O Canada

89 Days: O Canada!

O Canada

In our #DisneyWorldCountdown, today we are looking at O Canada!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Day 89 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  Today we are taking a look at a movie that is housed over at the Canada Pavilion, aptly named “O Canada!”

This movie is one of two movies in the World Showcase that utilizes the CircleVision 360 recording method, in which a special set of cameras is used that provides a complete 360 degree view of the area that is being filmed.  O Canada! is one of my favorite movies at Walt Disney World because it showcases both the beauty of our majestic neighbors to the north as well as includes some of the great humor of one of Canada’s funniest men: Martin Short.

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The gardens at the Canada Pavilion, part of the backdrop for O Canada!

I’ve been watching O Canada! for many years now, ever since I saw it way back in 1983, and it truly is a great way to learn more about a particular country — in addition to the movie about Canada, you also can find a CircleVision 360 movie over in China when you watch Reflections of China.

While I don’t watch O Canada! every time we go to Epcot, I do make it a point to see it every couple of years, and for this year, it is definitely on my plans to check out.  Have you ever seen the movie?  If so, what did you think? Regardless of whether you’ve seen it or not, let me know in the comments please if O Canada! is the movie for you, or if you skip on by.  Thanks for stopping by, now go out and make it a great Disney Day!

 

Wordless Wednesday – March Calendar Shot!

With March comes warmer temperatures, flowers and gardens.

With March comes warmer temperatures, flowers, and gardens.

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Wordless Wednesday blog post.  Special thanks, as always, goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series.  Today we are taking a look at our March Calendar photos, and I could choose just one, so I’ve got several for you to enjoy!

When I think of March, I think of flowers blooming, gardens getting vibrant colors, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, and even some music in the rain!  I hope you enjoy each of these photos, they weren’t taken during the month of March because I’ve never been to Disney in March, but I think they would fit for the month.  Enjoy!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a great display of all the creative work that the Imagineers can do!

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a great display of all the creative work that the Imagineers can do!

I love how the sun is shining off the buildings over in China!

I love how the sun is shining off the buildings over in China!

Want to take a row in the World Showcase Lagoon?

Want to take a row in the World Showcase Lagoon?

Year round, the Canada Pavilion is one of my favorites, and the gardens are just incredible!

Year round, the Canada Pavilion is one of my favorites, and the gardens are just incredible!

Last, but certainly not least, Off Kilter plays during a brief rainshower.

Last, but certainly not least, Off Kilter plays during a brief rainshower.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Don’t forget to go check out the rest of the entries — to do so, just click on the button below, and thanks!  Now, go out and make today and every day a Disney Day!

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Exploring the Epcot Shows

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In the conclusion of our “Exploring the Shows” series, I’m going to take a walk around Epcot, and look at all of the Epcot shows that you can see there.
For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch like a movie or play.

The American Adventure

This show, featuring 35 Audio-Animatronics characters, recreates some of the extraordinary things, and introduces us to some of the incredible people that have helped make America the greatest place in the world!

Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson

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My family has never been a big Michael Jackson fan, so I’ve never even seen the show.  In all honesty, despite my good intentions to check out the show, I just can’t excite myself enough to see it.  Do you all like it? If so, let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Circle of Life

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The Circle of Life is a short film that I would classify as a documentary about how humans in general often cause a lot of chaos with the environment, and what we can do to improve that.

Impressions de France

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Impressions de France is a show that we don’t see very often, but nonetheless, it is one that I really enjoy watching.  I had seen it as a kid, but forgotten about it until a couple of years ago when I made a point of seeing it and realizing that it was a great movie!  I highly recommend seeing it if you haven’t.

O Canada!

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Next on our list is O Canada!, quite simply, my favorite show in all of Epcot.  I love Martin Short as the narrator; I love looking at all the majestic beauty of Canada; I love the “pre-show” with the trivia that the CMs do before the movie starts; and most importantly, I love the Circle-Vision 360 movie, with all of it’s breathtaking photography and scenery — and I can see it all from any angle.

Reflections of China

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Next to O Canada!, Reflections of China is another Circle-Vision 360 film, and I enjoy it immensely.  When I watch the movie, I am transported back to a day gone by, when China was much more rural, more peaceful, and tranquil.  I really like Reflections of China, and can’t wait until I get to see it again.

I hope that you have enjoyed my mini-series about the various shows located at the parks.  What have I missed on your list of shows that you can’t do without seeing?  Do you have some shows on your list that I didn’t consider to be shows?  Tell me about them in the comments please!  Thanks for reading!