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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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26 Days til Disneyland – Storytellers Cafe!

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Image ©Disney Parks

Today for Day 26 in our countdown to Disneyland series, we are taking a look at the Storytellers Cafe, which is located inside of the Grand Californian Resort.  This dining location serves for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The breakfast is a character breakfast called the “Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast”, and has among other features, the ability to order off the menu or to select the buffet for your meal.  With made to order omelets, great Disney breakfast fare, and an excellent venue for your meal, the Storytellers Cafe is one of the top dining locations on property — at least, I think it is!

We will be eating there for breakfast the morning of June 24th, so look for an in depth review of the restaurant when we get back from Disneyland!

In the meantime, tell me what you think of the Storytellers Cafe!  Have you ever eaten here before?  If so, did you eat at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and what did you think of your dining experience?  Was the price good for the food you got, or was it overpriced?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by!

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67 Days: Teppan Edo

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Teppan Edo is part of the Japan Pavilion, and is our choice for #Day67 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by My Dreams of Disney today!  This is #Day67 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for this day, we are taking a look at one of our dining reservations for our trip — Teppan Edo, located in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Cindy, Sophie and I have never eaten at Teppan Edo before — in our minds, we thought, why eat here when we can get a similar experience at home?  However, our friends Sheila, Randy, and Miss J wanted to eat here, and we thought, if Hibachi style Japanese cuisine is good at home, at Disney it’s probably even better!  So, we made a reservation.

The Japan Pavilion is a very picturesque pavilion, with the buildings being a small scale of what an Emperor’s palace looks like.  Over the years, we have taken some pictures of some of the various things you’ll find in this pavilion, starting with this picture of Sophie and myself that Cindy took of us:

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The building for Teppan Edo in the background, our choice for #Day67 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

As you can see, the paths and walkways are reminiscent of walking through a secret garden.

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Part of the Japan Pavilion

The tower is a favorite of mine for photographing, I really enjoy how it stands tall for all to witness the glory and splendor of the Japan Pavilion.

Even though we haven’t eaten at Teppan Edo before, I am thinking about what I might eat when we get there.  Have you ever eaten there before?  If so, what did you like (or not like, hopefully not!)?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!



How Free Disney Dining Can Save you money!

disney-free-dining-pixie-vacations As you all know, a few weeks ago Disney released the coveted Free Dining plan for resort stays September 2-25, 2013 at select Walt Disney World resort locations.  Depending on the resort category that you stay at, you will receive either the quick-service dining plan or the “plus” dining plan for free!  We were running some numbers the other day, and wanted to share with you a potential vacation you could take during this time and show you how little it really is to be able to afford a great Disney vacation!

In my hypothetical family example, I have two parents, one junior (age 11) and one child (age 6).  They are looking to stay at Walt Disney World from September 2nd – 8th, 2013, and they are looking to stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, which would result in them being eligible for the free Quick-Service dining plan.  In addition, they are looking at 6 days of park tickets without the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun and More add-ons.

For this example, the cost of their vacation would be $1,893.91 — and if you calculate the price per person per day, it works out to a great Disney vacation for just $78.91 per person, per day!  If you decided that you wanted to upgrade from the Quick Service dining plan to the “Plus” dining plan, your cost would rise to $2,235.13 for the total package, but the cost per person per day is only $93.13!  I don’t know about you, but that cost seems incredible to me!  If you were to book the same package and pay for the Quick-Service dining plan, you would pay $2,653.07 — which is $110.54 per person per night.  As a result, the savings for this hypothetical family works out to a staggering $759.16!  That is a huge deal!

If you have any interest in getting a specific quote for a Disney trip, please feel free to submit a quote request via our quote request form!  To start the process, just click on the image below to go to the form.  Thanks, and let me help you create some Disney Magic for you and your family!


Thanks for stopping by, I’m looking forward to helping you plan your perfect Disney vacation!  Keep in mind that Disney also released special room rate discounts of up to 30% which are in effect from August 15 – September 28, 2013, so feel free to ask about that as well!

32 Days til Disneyland – Carthay Circle Restaurant!

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Image ©Disney Parks

At Disneyland, there are a lot less dining choices then there are at Walt Disney World.  However, some of the all time premier restaurants to eat at on Disney Property are at Disneyland.  There is Club 33, that invitation only club where you have to be a member to eat there — which I don’t have a shot at eating at!  But there is also the Carthay Circle Restaurant, which, while we won’t eat at this trip, is definitely something that I think should be on my Disney bucket list!

This restaurant, located in Disney’s California Adventure park, is located in a replica of the original Carthay Circle Theatre were Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937!  The restaurant itself is located on the second floor of this impressive facade, and one of my big goals will be to get as many great shots of this as I can, because this is just an absolutely incredible venue to be looking at!

Have you and your family eaten at the Carthay Circle Restaurant? If so, what did you think of it?  Am I making to much of it, or am I right in my desire to eat there?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!