Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Cinderella Castle

Cinderella Castle

Next in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series in Cinderella Castle.  This Disney Weenie is the original Weenie for Walt Disney World, and is both a landmark and an attraction.  Inside these walls you’ll find dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, hair styling at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a walk through from the end of Main Street, U.S.A. to the beginning of Fantasyland — although it is sometimes blocked for shows — and of course, you’ll see Wishes soaring high atop Cinderella Castle each night, and on good nights, you’ll see Tinkerbell flying away from the Castle.

Attraction Name: Cinderella Castle
Attraction Type: N/A
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day, except during Wishes.
FastPass+: Not Available

I find it interesting that Cinderella Castle is listed as an attraction on the Disney World website, because it isn’t really an attraction in the sense that I think of it — it’s more of a landmark to me.  Still, it is listed as such on the website, so I treat it as such for our Attraction Guides series.  As a starting point for Fantasyland, though, there is no better structure that I can think of than Cinderella Castle — the building where reality of Main Street, U.S.A. becomes the world of fantasy in Fantasyland.  What do you think of Cinderella Castle?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Cinderella Castle

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Walt Disney World Railroad

WDW Railroad - Main Street

The WDW Railroad is next in our Attraction Guide!

The Walt Disney World Railroad is next in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide.  This railroad system encircles the Magic Kingdom, with stations at Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and Fantasyland.  Here are the attraction details for you to have when you plan your trip:

Attraction Name: Walt Disney World Railroad
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: None
Location: Main Street, U.S.A., with stations at Frontierland and Fantasyland as well.
Hours of Operation: Park opening until just prior to the Wishes Fireworks show.
FastPass+: Not Available

I don’t know about you, but it seems like the Walt Disney World Railroad is something that boys like more than girls.  I don’t doubt that I’m wrong, and that I’m stereotyping here, but in my family, riding the Walt Disney World Railroad all the way around (and sometimes further) is something that I really like to do, while my girls would rather just ride it one stop and get off — although they do humor me.  I don’t need to ride it every day we are at the Magic Kingdom, but it is definitely on my list for at least once per visit.

The Walt Disney World Railroad has several steam locomotives; they include the Walter E. Disney, named after Walt himself, the Lilly Belle, named after his wife, Lillian, the Roy O. Disney, named after Walt’s brother, Roy, and the Roger E. Broggie (pictured below), named after one of the key Imagineers who helped with the Walt Disney World Railroad.

The Roger Broggie locomotive is named after the Imagineer that helped Walt with the railroad!

The Roger E. Broggie locomotive is named after the Imagineer that helped Walt with the railroad!

Do you and your family take time to ride the Railroad, and if so, how far do you go?  All the way around or just to a stop or two?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Main Street Vehicles

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide!  In this series, we are going to work through each of the six Lands that make up the Magic Kingdom, so starting us off, we’re going to look at the attractions of Main Street, U.S.A.  Kicking us off is the Main Street Vehicles!  Here is all of the relevant information that you need to determine if this Attraction is for you.

Attraction Name: Main Street Vehicles
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: None
Location: Main Street, U.S.A.
Hours of Operation: Varies, but usually just a couple of hours early in the morning.
FastPass+: Not Available

In addition to the early style Fire Truck that you see above, the mode of transportation can also be via a Horse-Drawn Street Car, a Jitney (this is an early automobile without a roof), or via Omnibus, which is an open air double decker bus.  This attraction has limited hours because of the crowds that can clog traffic on Main Street as the park gets busier.

This is a one-way means of transportation, starting at either Town Square or in front of Cinderella Castle, so you can get on at one of the stops but you are required to get off unless there is nobody waiting to get on.

For my family, this isn’t something that we often see, but I can see us doing this one morning when we are visiting.  I don’t see us needing to experience it more than once.  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

 

Sophie’s Favorite Disney Character Meals

Disney Dining Reviews

Hi guys! It’s me, Sophie, and today I’m discussing my favorite Disney character meals!!! (I have five so I’m making it into a countdown.)

5) Epcot’s AkershusIt’s a restaurant in the Norway Pavilion. The characters there are Disney Princesses, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Belle. By the way, did you hear that the Imagineers have taken out the ride in Norway? They’re going to replace it with a Frozen-themed ride. The Frozen ride had BETTER be at least twice as good. Or I’m going to be very disappointed in Disney.

Me, my parents, and my cousin with belle

Me, my parents, and my cousin with Belle

4)The Beach Club’s Cape May Café. It was a long time ago, but I remember when we went to the Cape May Café for breakfast. It features Minnie, Goofy, and Donald. The food was delicious. Best cinnamon bun EVER! It was covered in icing, and warm. Just like the doughboy one’s we made at home, only bigger. Oh man, just typing about it’s making my mouth water. And I’m not kidding.

the Mickey-shaped thing was my "b-day desert" Mom did NOT approve :)

the Mickey-shaped thing was my b-day post-breakfast-desert. Mommy did NOT approve :)

3)Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace. It’s nice to just walk into a giant Victorian-style green-house-like building. The Crystal Palace is home to the Winnie the Pooh characters. Every 15-20 minutes or so, they’ll host a parade. It’s not a sit-and-order restaurant. It’s more of a sit-and-wait-for-a-turn-to-go-to-the-buffet restaurant. That’s a mouth full. Try saying it five times fast.

My favorite Winnie the Pooh character!

2) Epcot’s Garden Grill Restaurant. The Garden Grill is probably, the best built restaurant in Disney, at least in my opinion. Name another restaurant that spins, allowing you to look at a jungle, desert, prairie and more. The Garden Grill is built on top of a ride known as Living With the Land. This ride goes through the hydroponic gardens, where they grow all the fruits and veggies that are used, cooked and eaten in the Garden Grill.

The Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill Restaurant

1) Contemporary’s Chef Mickey’sIf you ask me, there is no better place to eat breakfast than at Chef Mickey’s. The buffet includes original breakfasts in a disney style. Mickey-shaped waffles, disney brand jam and the cinnamon role shaped like a hidden Mickey. I personally think this is the best of all character restaurants!

Minnie Mouse make a superior waitress

Minnie Mouse makes a superior waitress!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now — why not comment on what your favorite character dining is? Ta ta! :)

Cinderella’s Royal Table – My Most Romantic Disney Restaurant!

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Green . Today we are discussing why Cinderella’s Royal Table is my pick for the most romantic Disney restaurant!

Dinner inside Cinderella Castle is a very romantic occasion!

Dinner inside Cinderella Castle is a very romantic occasion!

Ah, Cinderella Castle and Valentine’s Day.  Two words that were made for each other when it comes to romantic encounters.  In this month’s Blogorail post, we are talking about our most romantic Disney restaurants — and for me, I immediately thought of Cinderella Castle!  For those that don’t know, inside the walkway between the front and the rear of the Castle is a dining location called “Cinderella’s Royal Table”.  If you have reservations for this location, you will get to enjoy a wonderful meal on the second floor of the Castle.

Certainly, the restaurant is primarily a kid friendly restaurant — there likely won’t ever be a time when you are eating there when there aren’t some kids enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner there.  However, that doesn’t mean that the experience isn’t romantic.  When two people are in love, the world truly does kind of fade away into the background because they only have eyes for one another.  I remember way back in 2001 my wife Cindy and I went to Walt Disney World before our daughter Sophie was born, and we were able to get a lunch reservation the day we were there!  As certain as I was that there were children there while we were eating, I don’t remember that at all — because I only had eyes for my wife.

Fireworks exploding around the Castle. Image courtesy my friend Neal.

Fireworks exploding around the Castle. Image courtesy my friend Neal.

The last time that we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table was in 2012 when we visited with our friends Neal and Kerry, their kids, and our friend Monica and her daughter.  We made a reservation for the restaurant, and I was disappointed that the time we could get was 8:40PM.  However, as I discovered and wrote about here, that time was a blessing in disguise, as we were inside the Castle when Wishes was performed, and we had a very romantic and unique location to view it from that I had never experienced before!

Also, if you are considering proposing to your special someone, then Cinderella’s Royal Table or the vicinity of the Castle are the place to do it from!  You can schedule a special dinner for you and your loved one, and they can even put the ring on the plate as part of your dessert course, or you can improvise yourself and ask her in front of the Castle, like what happened with my niece Stephanie and her husband Shane.

Shane proposing to my niece Stephanie!

Shane proposing to my niece Stephanie!

As you can see, romance truly does live at Cinderella Castle and Cinderella’s Royal Table!  Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere.

Magical Blogorail Green

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – Disney Mamas – Top 3 Spots for Romantic Dining at WDW
2nd Stop – Rolling with the Magic – Remy
3rd Stop – Disney Nouns – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
4th Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Cinderella’s Royal Table
Final Stop – Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere – Palo