Thursday, May 30, 2013

Instead of Cinderella's Royal Table...

In 2006 our family visited Cinderella's Royal Table.  Honestly, we didn't have an outstanding experience.  The food was decent, the atmosphere was excellent, the character interaction was minimal.  We had a quick photo with Cinderella as we entered and while we were dining The Fairy Godmother, Suzy and Perla (the mice) made quick appearances as they "danced" by while the music was playing.  That was it.  I might give it a second chance, just because I've heard it's changed a bit in the past 7 years.  
This was the best picture we could get with the characters at
dinner because they flitted by so quickly in 2006!
However, if your child has his or her heart set on eating with Cinderella at Cinderella's Royal Table, but you can't get reservations, consider trying Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.  Your family can dine in a medieval castle with Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining. You will meet with several of the following characters as you dine:
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Belle
  • Princess Aurora
  • Ariel
  • Mary Poppins
I will definitely be dining at Akershus before I dine at Cinderella's Royal Table again!

13 comments:

  1. We were just at WDW last week. I have 2 boys so unfortunately I miss out on all the princesses. One of my favorite meals was the Garden Grill over in Epcot. We did the Living with the Land ride just before our dinner reservations. We got there a little early for our 4:30 reservations and were seated right away, and we were able to get a table on the lower level like we requested. The food was excellent. We all left stuffed. But the character interactions with Chip, Dale, Farmer Mickey and Pluto were fantastic. Each character stopped at our table at least 3 times during our meal. We had tons of pictures and they were fantastic with my 5 year old and my 17 year old. This will be a must do on our next trip to WDW.

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  2. Maureen Litz- Diehl-BrownMay 30, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    We have done both in the past couple years; we liked both. At Cinder-RT I liked that you received your picture with Cinderella and a wand and wishing star. The food was pretty good. I had baked chicken and mashed potatoes and my daughter homemade macaroni and cheese. We did not see the Fer-Godmother or mice... The princesses did stop and pose for a picture with each guest. At Askershus we had an equally good experience ... maybe a slightly better one with the princesses and received a photo taken with Belle. The food is good, but may not be to everyone's liking. On the dining plan Askershus is one dining credit compared to the two d-credits you pay at C-RT, which is always a plus :)

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  3. You definitely need to try again. We just at there 2 weeks ago. The Fairy Godmother and mice not meet anymore. We spent several minutes taking pics and talking to Cinderella when we walked in. Breakfast was fantastic, my husband and sons loved the apple french toast. A LOT. Each of the 4 princesses came to our table, chatted with my daughter. Signed her books and took pictures on multiple cameras. They were very kind and would have spent more time if we had desired.
    While it is crazy expensive, it is a memory that will stand out in my entire family's minds as well worth it. Even my 9 and 11 year old boys enjoyed it (I didn't make them take any princess pics!)
    The wand and the making the wish were great fun, too!

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  4. I am so glad it has improved. It used to be great. Years ago we went and it was fabulous, but I'm talking about 10 years ago. The food was great. Prince Charming was there. Peter Pan I think. Recently I took my daughter, maybe like 4 years ago. It was horrible. They actually served us french toast sticks. We were in and out in about 15 minutes. We have switched to Akershus for our last 2 visits (and even that my daughter feels she's outgrown now at 9 years old). It is a great experience. My only complaint is that it takes too long. We have waited upwards of 45 minutes to be seated for our reservation. The characters come to eat table for pictures but it is fast paced. There is a princess parade the kids can participate in. Food is good. And considering it's only one table service, compared to 2 at the castle, I think it's a much better experience.

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  5. great info! We have yet to try Akershus, but it sounds like the wait is the only downside! Thanks

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  6. awesome! I'm so glad to hear it's better now. Having 3 boys now, I wonder if we'll ever have the chance to eat with princesses again! :)

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  7. great tip- I'm always up for using less credits!! :)

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  8. Jennifer- I totally agree! We love Garden Grill!! The food is great and characters are wonderful. I'm with you having boys... I wonder if I'll ever get to eat with princesses again! :)

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  9. thanks Kathleen! I hope one day we will be able to try it again. However, with 3 boys now, I may be out voted on eating with princesses! :)

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  10. I've never had my chance to dine with the princesses :( Maybe I might have a granddaughter (way down the road) so I can get my turn.

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  11. I will say that my oldest son, 16, will go anywhere for good Disney breakfast. Princesses or not. So, good luck with that.

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  12. I have not had the experience with Cinderellas Royal Table, but I have go to Akershus twice and LOVE, LOVE each time we have meet all the princess they sat down at our table with us, had a rather intense conversation with the kids and the food was awesome. Never once did we feel rushed or fell like the charcatcers were in a rush to move on. I recommend Akershus to everyone I know.

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  13. Things have really changed at Royal table. still expensive but you meet with Cinderella as you enter and then 3-4 other princesses or the fairy godmother greet you while you dine, coming to the table and giving great visit time. Plus you get a wand or sword (girl boy) and a wishing star. The food is some of the best I had at dinner while at MK. I agree that Akershus is also great.

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