Where to eat: Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Written by Amanda Jenkins
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I have always wanted to go into Cinderella's Castle. Yes, I've walked under the archway to cut over to Fantasyland; but I mean go deep within the inner walls. I know that unless Disney brings back a promotion such as A Year of a Million Dreams, I will never ever see the coveted Cinderella's Suite. So, I must content myself to eat at a restaurant with one of the most difficult reservations to make: Cinderella's Royal Table. I have tried in the past for reservations, even at the 180-day mark, and failed miserably. My husband would try and comfort me by saying things like, "Hey, we have sons, so no big deal if we don't eat there." Then my inner child would poke at my conscience and remind me that it needed to be a little girl again and get in that castle. So for this trip, which was booked 300 days ahead of time, I marked every calendar in the house, my phone, the computers; and made sure to be awake and coherent at 6am on day 180 to make this reservation. It had now become a quest to see what all the hubbub was about.Tweet
After studying all the menus and such, I decided for my picky eaters that breakfast was the meal most likely to please everyone. I was able to book a breakfast for 9am on the last day of our trip, Oct. 4th. In order to secure your reservation, since this place is the equivalent of Fort Knox, you must pay for the meal when you reserve your time. I knew we would be on a dining plan (which takes two table service credits from each member of your party), so I rested in the fact that the $175.86 would be refunded. I also was quite proud of the fact that I had finally made a reservation at the Castle. I can't believe I was able to reserve Be Our Guest when it first opened easier than the Cinderella's. There must be something to the slipper losing princess.
My boys are such good sports. They truly are very thoughtful and understanding, sometimes, to remembering that their mother is (when the room is divided between the sexes) a girl. And sometimes she needs a dash of princess frills in what is otherwise her male-centered world. They were ready to sacrifice their manliness to see what the inside of the Castle looked like, and was even brave enough to face a few princesses. Of course being the evil parents we are, we teased them by saying that this was probably the perfect place to meet a future wife. Pure evil.
We were greeted at the top and shown to a table. Once seated our boys were given toy swords. Drink orders were taken and a plate of breakfast pastries were brought to our table, complete with Mickey blueberry muffins.
Even though they were shaped in his favorite character, Luke had already decided in his stubborn six-year old way, that these muffins were not good. I'm here to attest that yes, they are quite tasty, along with the strawberry tart I tried. Sam swore the cinnamon rolls were wonderful. Chuck and I were given menus to choose our entrees. I decided to go with the steak and eggs, while he chose the lobster and crab crepes. Our boys were brought the standard children's breakfast which consists of French toast sticks, bacon, and scrambled eggs. I'm pretty sure that I have the only two children on the planet that do not like scrambled eggs or French toast. Our waitress was very understanding and brought out more items that they did like such as the bacon and cinnamon rolls.
The Royal Children's Breakfast, with scrambled eggs, bacon, and French toast sticks (and a cinnamon roll)
Chuck stated, that after all the places we ate during our vacation, this meal was his favorite and best by far. His crepes were warm cheese-filled with spinach, sautéed lobster and blue crab meat. These crepes were topped off with a poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. Chuck said that he could not eat them fast enough. They were beyond fantastic and some of the best food one could find at a character meal.
I ordered my steak cooked medium. It was a beautiful filet on a frittata that had a slight chipotle flavor, with caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, and rosemary potatoes.
My filet mignon was very tender, cooked as requested and was very flavorful. This was definitely something that belonged in a signature dining restaurant. The frittata added just enough heat to the filet. I've never been a big fan of rosemary, but the potatoes were very tasty and were not heavily seasoned with the spice. I was along the same mindset of Chuck, in that this was by far the best meal we had eaten on our vacation. Our sons were not as thrilled with not being able to choose a different breakfast, or the inability to change the way their eggs were cooked. They prefer eggs cooked over-easy. This was the only complaint we had with Cinderella's Royal Table. For adults, and probably the normal child, this is by far the best breakfast in Walt Disney World, especially the Magic Kingdom. I now see why it is such a coveted reservation.
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