Anyone who lives near a Disney park inevitably knows that when family comes to town they usually end up at a Disney park, with you in tow playing tour guide. Well this time around, my cousin decided she wanted to eat at Cinderella's Royal Table, no arguments here.
As it had been 10 years since I had eaten there, I was curious how the changes and the price increase affected our experience there.
We arrived in the usual fashion, a line already formed by no less than 4 people deep, each asking if there was availability and all turned away by a very diligent CM.
As they called our names we were ushered in past a velvet rope (very Las Vegas VIP style) and told to walk right into the castle foyer.
It is here they gave us a numbered paper that told the photographer how many picture packets you get with your party. We got two because we had 6 adults and 2 children.
As we round the corner they start lining us up for a photo opportunity with none other than Cinderella herself.
While waiting in line, I couldn't help but snap the beautiful interior and the gorgeous stained glass windows.
Anyone see the little mouse looking over Cinderella?
After they take your photo, they give the children a gift (sorry no pics), a wand for the girls and a sword for the boys with the name "Cinderella's Royal Table" etched on the side of them. Both my daughter and her cousin asked to trade their wands in for swords, I guess it runs in the family. LOL
They then have us climb a red carpeted set of spiral stairs to the restaurant above. (There is a small 2 person elevator for those that can't climb the stairs.)
Every CM refers to you as "My Lord or My Lady" as you enter into the dining room area.
Once you are seated, they give you a menu and let you know that it is a 3 course meal, appetizer, entrée and dessert and to pick one from each category.
They start you off with pretzel bread. YUM!
For my appetizer I chose the BLT Salad,
My cousin got the Corn and Crab Soup.
My entrée was a the pork chop with mushrooms and vegetable couscous.
My cousin opted for the Salmon with asparagus and grain pilaf.
Before it was a princess meal and I was waiting for characters to start making the rounds. The music swelled and out came Suzy and Perla? Ok, it's Cinderella themed. They go to every table but we quickly discover that they don't sign autograph books at all.
A few moments later the Fairy Godmother comes out and sings songs, says inspiring words and asks the usual, "Is anyone celebrating a birthday, anniversary, engagement, kidney removal etc..."
This continues on with the respective people receiving a cake and a song and it ends with the FGM singing Bibbiti Bobbiti Boo and the magic going off in the room.
It ends with her and the mice coming together and telling everyone to keep dreaming and she exits to thunderous applause.
Dessert is then served, the kids received a chocolate crown.
I opted for the pear sorbet which was oh so good. Mmmmm.
So we asked, "Will there be anymore princesses?" To which our ever so cheerful waitress replied, "No, I'm sorry, that was our entire show."
Now those that know me, know I never complain about anything, really and I enjoy the parks with a very positive attitude but for $60 a person I expected something a little more than a photo packet and a serenade by the fairy godmother.
So that disappointment aside I will say this, the food was DELECTABLE, the ambiance will never be beaten and the overall experience was a good one.
However, IMHO, I have to say either bring back the character meal or convert this experience to a full out, fine dining and leave the characters out of it.