We’ve blogged about having lunch at Be Our Guest and now we turn our gaze to Cinderella’s Castle and dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
The Castle’s History:
Cinderella’s Royal Table opened its doors in October of 1971 under a very different name. Oddly, it was named King Stefan’s Banquet Hall after Sleeping Beauty’s father, although it was located within Cinderella Castle.
This was due to the fact that Disney Imagineers wanted to give it a regal name, and since Cinderella’s father was unnamed (as was her husband, Prince Charming’s, royal father) and there were no well-known characters that met the royal criteria, so the restaurant was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father, King Stephan.
It was not until April 28, 1997, after being open almost 26 years, that it was renamed to Cinderella’s Royal Table, ending the confusion of its name.
Again, we like this restaurant better for lunch than for an overly-long dinner. We also wish that the food was a little lighter in keeping with the noon meal and hot Florida days. Disney should consider a more “California”-inspired menu for lunch! More salads, more sandwiches (club), more meals < 700 calories.
Note: Reservations are taken for Cinderella’s Royal Table 180 days out. THEY ARE VERY HARD TO GET! If you’re celebrating a special event or occasion, make your dining reservation as soon as you make your travel plans!
Dine with Disney Princesses inside Cinderella Castle during this one-of-a-kind Fairytale Dining experience.
Cinderella makes your acquaintance in the majestic Grand Hall, before you ascend a spiral staircase to the banquet hall above.
Dine in a storybook setting surrounded by soaring stone archways, majestic medieval flags and spectacular stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland. During your time inside the castle, visit with classic Disney Princesses.
Tiaras and glittering gowns are optional, although young guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
Adult price range: $58.04-$63.88
Child (ages 3-9) price range: $35.89-$39.45
February 2015 Menu
Chef’s Tasting Plate – Cinderella has instructed her royal chef to start off your meal with the “specialties of the castle”.
Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables – eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and squash tossed with gnocchi, arugula, pesto, shaved romano cheese, and a splash of aged balsamic. Available with farro instead of gnocchi and/or without cheese.
Pan Seared Cod – Meyer lemon butter, tomatoes, quinoa and basil drizzled with Minus 8 Vinegar
Pork Sandwich – tender pork on crusty ciabatta bread, apricot barbeque, broccoli slaw and house-made pickles
Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast – farro wheat risotto, wild mushroom and leek ragout served with stone-ground mustard jus
Panzanella Salad – shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, croutons, arugula, and red wine vinaigrette
Major Domos Short Rib – Slow-cooked in a Pinto Noir demi-glace on potato and parsnip puree with carrots **Recommended!
Chef’s Dessert Trio – Cinderella sent her Chefs around the world to discover new desserts. They are happy to share three of their favorites with you.
Our Signature Dessert – The Clock Strikes Twelve – white and dark chocolate in a tribute to the moment Cinderella lost her slipper. **Recommended!
Seasonal (No Sugar Added) Sorbet with Berries
Soft drinks, coffee, hot tea, iced tea, hot cocoa, Minute Maid light lemonade punch, apple juice, 1% or chocolate milk; Complimentary refills
Bottled Water – Still and Sparkling, $3.25
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