Disney Dining Review: Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella’s Royal Table is a 2 Table-Service Dining Credit option on the Disney Dining Plan. Located at the heart of it all, Cinderella Castle, CRT is one of those restaurants you really should experience at least once in your lifetime!

Cinderella’s Royal Table has traditionally been the restaurant for us that we can do without.  I don’t mean this in a bad way, because CRT is a good restaurant.  However, a lot of what you are paying for when you eat at CRT is the location.  However, we are planning on eating here during our trip in June with our friends.  Here are the pros and cons for eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Pros:

  • Location, Location, Location.  The prime real estate that Cinderella’s Royal Table occupies is it’s primary selling point.  Who doesn’t want to eat inside Cinderella Castle at least once?
  • Photo Package.  When you make your reservation for CRT, you receive a photo package with your reservation.  You’ll receive one package for reservations up to four people, two packages for reservations of five to eight people, and three packages for reservations of nine to twelve.
  • CRT is a character dining restaurant for all three meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If you book a breakfast time before the park opens, you will be allowed to walk to the Castle, and take pictures of it without any guests in your shots!  Breakfast is a standard Disney American breakfast.
  • Experience.  For those of you with little Princesses, it is every Princesses dream to eat at Cinderella Castle.  The experience of saying, “I ate a Cinderella’s Royal Table” is something that not everyone can say, and it really is a memory that you will remember for years to come!
  • Since I wrote this, my family and friends had a magical experience happen at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Come read about the time that Disney Magic Exploded at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

The pros are great, and there are a lot more than I’ve listed here, but there are some things that detract from the experience.  Here is my short list of cons for eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Cons:

  • Price.  The cost for Cinderella’s Royal Table is not cheap.  Expect to pay between $36.99 – $59.99 per person when you eat at CRT, or expect to use two table service dining credits per person on the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Noise.  The dining room in Cinderella’s Royal Table is a bit noisy.  If you are planning this dining location as a romantic getaway with your personal Princess, the noise may detract from that thought.
  • Food.  The food is good, but in my opinion, it isn’t great.  It’s certainly not bad, and you may love it, but to me, it’s just good, not great.

I hope that all of this helps you decide whether you want to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments!  Also, if you agree or disagree with me on anything I’ve discussed here, please let me know.  What is your favorite table service restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort?

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Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary!

Last Saturday my family was one of the thousands of other families that were able to make it over to the Magic Kingdom to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.  The weather was absolutely incredible, the atmosphere in the park was phenomenal, and the excitement built for us from the moment we got up in the morning, continued through the day, and didn’t wane until our heads hit our pillows sometime at 1:15 AM the next morning.

I had never been part of such a great day, and one of the things that I did was to record as much video as I could with my little iPod Touch.  This video is of the morning celebration that took place around 10:00 AM.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Review: Walt Disney World Notescast Guide 3.0

Timestream Software has released an update to their series of Notescasts for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, and I have been asked to review it.

The Walt Disney World Notescast is a cool little app to have in your library!  The beauty of the Notescasts is that they are not dependent on any network access at all!  In their basic form, Notescasts are eReaders that you can have on your iPod Touch or iPhone, and once you have it installed, you can use it anywhere you want to without needing to look anything up over a network somewhere.
The opening shot of the Walt Disney World Notescast is one of the most sought after photographs at Disney World: Cinderella Castle with fireworks going off in the background.

Once you tap past the opening shot, you immediately realize just how much information is contained in this guide!  The information is laid out in great, easy to peruse sections.   In the opening menu, there are 26 different categories of information to look through!  Here are just some of the sections:

  • WDW Annual Events
  • WDW Attractions
  • WDW Beginning of the Magic
  • WDW Disney’s Magical Express
  • WDW Dining
  • WDW Tips to Find Characters
  • and much more!

The amount of information is really incredible, and reflects well on the level of detail that you have available at your fingertips.  The really nice thing about this information is that it is written for all types of Disney visitors, whether they have a lot of knowledge about Disney or not.  For example, there is a section specifically for Guests that have disabilities that need addressing.

Another really neat thing about this Notescast is the incredible photography that is on display throughout the guide.  The developers of the guide have done a wonderful job of capturing some of the best photographs I’ve seen.  Some of their shots are even of views of an attraction while on the ride!  They take pride in their work, and it shows in the details.  Take a look at these photos they’ve taken of Big Thunder Mountain and Cinderella Castle during Wishes!

 

 

Another great feature of the app is that there is a seamless integration between sections.  As an example, in the WDW Tips section, the reader is presented with several sub-sections, including “Walt Disney World Tips I”.  If you tap on this section, there are a series of tips, one of which is referring to how you can cut down your time waiting in line by using FastPass.  At this point, there is a link to read more about the FastPass.

In fact, the only downside that I have found with this app is the way that it has handled the closing of Mickey’s Toontown Fair in February.  Unfortunately, the app talks about how Mickey’s Country House and Minnie’s Country House will be closing due to the Fantasyland expansion, and it talks in great detail under the “WDW What’s Coming” section about the expansion, but no where that I was able to find did it actually talk about the fact that Mickey’s Toontown Fair is closing.  However, one of the bonuses of the app is that you can communicate your comments directly to the developers via an email address, and they use those comments to help make the app better for the next release!

This app, at $3.99, is extremely well priced in my opinion, and is a welcome addition to my library of Disney apps for my iPod Touch.  I highly recommend this app to anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch!

Next week I will be talking about another Timestream Notescast: Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!