This is one of my favorite places to eat at Disney World, despite it being ridiculously overpriced. It just feels so magical to eat inside the Castle, especially when you get to meet the princesses without having to wait in line. As we were on the Dining Plan it was an absolute must with our 3-year old and 18-month old daughters.
I booked at 180 days out, originally for 8:05am. When it got closer to our trip I realised that we’d be at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party the night before, and getting up so early the following morning probably wasn’t the best idea. So I called and had no problems changing the reservation time to 9:05am.
This used to be one of the hardest meals to book, but I think it’s got slightly easier now that the prices are so high.
When you make your advanced dining reservation, you must give your credit card details as a guarantee (even if on the Dining Plan). Any cancellations must be made more than 24 hours in advance. Any cancellations made within 24 hours of your ADR time, or no-shows will be charged the full meal price.
Why’s it so popular? Well you get to eat in the Castle for a start! It used to be the only place you could see Cinderella at a character meal, but she now also appears at Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, and Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare. Along with Cinderella, guests also get to meet other Disney princesses here.
After checking in at the podium just inside the Castle, diners are directed to wait inside the impressive lobby.
See if you can spot Gus and Jaq hiding up high!
The cost of the breakfast includes (1) 6×8 photo and (4) 4×6 photos of your meet & greet with Cinderella in the restaurant lobby.
This meet and greet is very relaxed and not rushed at all, with Cinderella taking time to talk to each child.
Our table was ready while we were still in line to meet Cinderella, but we were ok to carry on waiting for her and go upstairs to the dining room once we’d met the princess. Look out for the beautiful stained glass windows as you walk upstairs.
The main dining room is just as you’d expect a castle dining room to look like, and is very grand.
We were lucky enough to be seated by a window overlooking Fantasyland.
Cinderella’s coach confetti was sprinkled on the table, and the girls each got a Wishing Star (you can just see it in the bottom right of this photo) and a wand. Young princes get a magic sword rather than a wand.
A variety of hot and cold beverages are offered, we chose orange juice and hot tea. A plate of pastries & croissants, and a bowl of fruit were brought to the table for us to share.
The standard pre-plated offering here is sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and potatoes. A healthier option of granola and yogurt is available should you wish. Adults can also have a plate of french toast sticks instead.
The kid’s offering is french toast sticks and maple syrup.
During breakfast we were visited by Aurora, Belle (in her blue & white dress), Snow White and Ariel (in her ballgown). Characters in the dining room can vary, but Cinderella is always in the lobby.
Overall it’s a great breakfast which we all enjoyed. You can’t beat the location and meeting the princesses without having to wait in line. The only downsides are that the food isn’t gourmet quality, and the extremely high cost. If we’d have paid out of pocket rather than using the dining plan, it would have cost $44.80 for each adult, plus $29.86 for our 3-year old, totaling $119.46 (plus gratuity). Pretty expensive for a breakfast!