The restaurant itself was gorgeous and I remember loving the atmosphere. But I also remember thinking the food was only "meh". I was glad we had the chance to eat there, but wasn't dying to ever go back. Maybe that's the flip side -- now you have to really have your act together to get a reservation there, but at least it sounds like the food is worth it once you do :-).
Between your excellent columns on the restaurants and Robert Niles' terrific analytical essays the last few days, this has been the most wonderful week of reading on TPI. The only thing missing is a Bobbi Butterfield column (another favorite writer of mine). Keep up the great work and give us more of your amazing restaurant columns!!! I am officially a big fan!!! :)
Glad you got to be Princess Amanda among all those swashbucklers! :-)
Okay, so, it has been a Disney dream of mine for a while to take my wife to the Castle for dinner so that she can feel like a princess, too (and of course that woul dinclude a night in the Dream Suite)! But, yes, it is so very hard to get reservations to this place and I have not been successful to date (although, I do not go to Disney World as often as I would like - yet). It is wonderful to hear that it is more worth the effort than I thought.
One question I have though, Amanda - you say that as an adult it appealed to you as a restruant and that your inner child was "more than satisfied" But did the experiance - for you - bring out YOUR inner princess? is this a place that - despite being a "character meal" - you would go to without your sons?
Please -- write more! I can be a tad selfish at times. :)
@Tad. It did bring out the princess in me. All that was missing was a beautiful ball gown and a tiara. If I were to go for a romantic meal with my husband, I think I would prefer dinner. I can only imagine how lovely it is then. Plus, I can't feel all lovey dovey early in the morning ;)
As ususal, this is not officially confirmed and plans can change (they practically always do for Disney), but the main idea itself is indeed true.
The semi-private things is interesting. Maybe if people have to pay some kind of dinner theater fee to eat there that they will be able to afford to bring back the actors of the old Adventurers Club. Semi-private could mean that it's not a restaurant that guests could walk up and eat in, but that they must have a reservation and that there is a special entertainment surcharge in there. I know of a lot of dinner theater places like this. You pay a ticket price to sit at the table and you have to then order a minimum of something.
I think realistically this is the only way the financials would ever work out to bring anything like the Adventurers Club back. I know I would be thrilled if I could experience that place. i never got to eat there but have heard such great things.