Melanie Howe

Published: October 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Thanks for sharing, Amanda! I'm just amazed how much things have changed..... Twenty (cough) years ago, we ate at Cinderella's during our honeymoon. (Yes, believe it or not, this Universal fan girl spent most of her honeymoon at Disney....). We simply picked the day we wanted to go there for lunch, showed up as soon as they opened, and walked right in. No reservations and certainly no paying in advance for the meal.

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 :-).

Annette Forrest

Published: October 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I just have to say this to you Amanda: you are a gifted writer. First of all, I was thrilled to see another column from you so soon. It was like Christmas came early. But when I read your writing you have such a strong and positive voice and you describe things so well I actually find myself excited to find out what happens next...and I even try to guess what you and your family will order before I get to that part where you have the pictures! Oh, and thank you for the pictures...because you take such good ones and I love seeing what the food looks like.

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!!! :)

Kelly Muggleton

Published: October 16, 2013 at 3:32 AM

We ate here for my parents 25th wedding anniversary (11 years ago) and from memory we were a walk up at park opening and booked for around a 5pm dinner.
Crazy to think that this would be pretty much impossible now!
It's a lovely place (feels very far from the maddening crowd) and even with the short notice my parents were presented with commemorative celebratory glasses to keep on the day too!

Glad you got to be Princess Amanda among all those swashbucklers! :-)

Russell Meyer

Published: October 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

We ate CRT for dinner about 8 years ago, and it was a pretty cool experience. However, for the "princess" experience, I think I liked Akershus better, and for breakfast, Chef Mickey's is a great way to start the day. However, CM does not have the advantage of getting into the park early like CRT does.
Tad Daily

Published: October 16, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Annette, you are right - ANOTHER article from Amanda is like Christmas has come early!!!

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. :)

Amanda Jenkins

Published: October 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Thanks everyone!

@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 ;)

Published: October 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

That Muffin looked disgusting to me (so I agree with your son). Glad you enjoyed it though and it does offer a great view into Fantasyland.
Speaking of MK Restaurants, recent chatter over the phone came to me a couple days ago stating that what Stitch Kingdom reported on September 11th is indeed going to become a reality. That report stated that a concept of Club 33 is coming to the WDW resort (MK). This won't be as private as the clubs in DL or Tokyo DL, so think Semi-Private. Contacts from inside the park have spoken to me that THERE ISN'T A SET LOCATION for this dining establishment YET (other than it will be in the Magic Kingdom), but Phil Holmes and crew are strongly considering a location in Adventure land between where Tinker Bell's Magical Nook is, expanding down towards Aloha Isle/Adventure land Veranda area. Meaning this will be the larger of the three. For folks on here who are not quite familiar with the location site in play, look at the map on the My Disney Experience app. So the said contacts informed me that Tink and her fairy friends should be scheduled to move into the side opposite of Mickey in Town Square Theater sometime late spring/early summer of 2014. Once that task has been performed/accomplished, work will commence immediately on designing/constructing the concept and management wants to have this up and running by fall 2015. One more thing: it won't be called Club 33. They want to develop a more "Adventure" theme/feel, so they'll likely give it a name that fits that concept. I just hope/pray that Kim Irvine works on this or at the very least is "involved in the process" with this.

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.

Annette Forrest

Published: October 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM

That last comment about a "Club 33" kind of thing in Adventureland sure sounds exciting. Let's just toy with this for a second. It's going to be in "Adventureland" and it's a "Club". They want a name that has "Adventure" in it. And I assume they want the word "Club" in it, so people know it's a "Club". A Club for Adventurous People...who love Adventure in their Club...and who are Adventurous Adventures who have a Club. I am inclined to call that an "Adventurers Club". Tee-hee. :)

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.