Disney Takes Princess Dining to the Next Level

December 4, 2014, 2:44 PM · What if taking your daughter or grand-daughter to meet a Disney princess at a Walt Disney World character-dining meal just isn't enough?

Well, Disney has another up-sell opportunity for you.

As detailed in a new Disney Parks Blog post today, Disney Floral and Gifts is offering two new upcharge add-ons to the Cinderella's Dining at Citricos that starts next month, when Cinderall's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom is down for refurbishment.

We already told you about the Citricos alternative to the wildly-popular Cinderella Castle character meal. (As well as the more affordable and easier-to-book alternative at Epcot.) But if your little princess (or your self-conscious fear that you need to impress your little princess) won't be satisfied with just meeting the official Disney princesses and getting some pictures, Disney is offering some extra loot you can buy for delivery at the event.

"First Wish" is $92 package that includes "a pixie-dusted rose and silver wish charm bracelet enhanced with a Swarovski ® crystal 'wishing star'," delivered to your table before your arrive.

My Disney Fairytale Proclamation
Photo courtesy Disney

But if you really want to show that you're a high roller, "My Disney Fairytale Proclamation" includes "a sparkling tiara, light-up crystal slipper, princess robe and her very own personalized proclamation signed by her favorite fairy tale princess." All for $286.

Remember that these prices are in addition to the $50 for adults and $32 for kids ages 3-9 for the character dining meal. (If you're on the Disney Dining Plan, you'll have to spend double credits for it.)

At some point, doesn't it just become cheaper to buy a small country someplace, declare yourself king or queen, and therefore automatically make all your daughters princesses? Of course, one probably shouldn't suggest this, lest Disney decide to start subdividing Castaway Cay into "Your Own Disney Kingdom"s.

Replies (10)

December 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM · This is getting ridiculous.
December 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM · How can your day be complete without a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with a new hairdo, makeup, and princess dress? That's what my daughter got before our reservation at the Royal Table. You really have to coordinate the reservations to ensure you can have the complete experience.

You have no idea how difficult it is to get a reservation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It is hotter than a reservation at Be My Guess restaurant. The reservations at BBB at the Magic Kingdom castle is already booked 6 months out. I was able to find a reservation at Downtown Disney 2 months out from a cancellation.

I do think the BBB makeover is quite affordable. It is only $59 with tax for a basic makeover. You can bring your own dress, which is cheaper if bought at a Disney Store (not at World of Disney). Of course, I highly recommend the PhotoPass for photos or they'll charge you a lot for individual pictures. You can certainly bring your own camera.

December 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM · I don't think it's getting ridiculous. It's smart. It's a way to provide extra service without passing on additional charges to the majority of those attending. Honestly, most people won't even know about these add-on's, young girls certainly won't. The only way they know is if their parents talk about it.

I take my niece to Disneyland all time. She has never once asked to go to the BBB, nor has she asked to try and see Anna and Elsa. She doesn't ask because she doesn't know they are options. She sees Elsa in the parade and World of Color Winter Dreams, and you know what? She is perfectly happy with it. To her, that is a special treat. We have taken her to character dining before as well. If this was an option, we wouldn't buy it for her. The problem is not that the children want these add-on's, it's that the parents feel the need to provide them.

If you don't like the add-on's, don't buy them. You are under no obligation.

December 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM · I have to agree with Dan.
December 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM · I'm sure this will be another great money-maker for Disney.... proof that there are lots of people out there with more money than sense....
December 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM · "More money than sense(cents)". That's a great observation.
December 5, 2014 at 2:13 AM · Just thought about the profit margin on this.... $$$$$$$$$$
If they put those profit margins into improving the 'small things' they often think people dont notice, I wouldn't mind all the 'upcharge' experiences so much. Not that I intend to purchase any of them!
December 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM · @Melanie Howe - spending money on something you enjoy, either yourself or through happiness in your children, is not necessarily a case of having more money than sense. It is all in the eye of the beholder and you are entitled to your viewpoint, as are others; but to belittle others that want to spend money on this up-charge is silly.
December 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM · I would just leave something unique and penalized in the room from the princess. You don't need Di$ney or a ton of money to make magic for a child.

Plus in a few years you will need the extra money saved to buy iPhones and iPads for them.

December 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM · I cannot be the only person thinking that this is pushing the princess thing too much. To me, this perpetuates the culture of entitlement that we've built. If we just tell little girls that they're princesses all the time, they're going to be the Bridezillas of tomorrow.

A visit to a Disney Park should be a blast for everyone, and there's easily enough "wonder" there for a whole family to have a great time, without having to get some kind of a certificate of princessy-ness from a live-action cartoon character. What's that worth really? Focus on the simple fun!

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