Life Beyond the Castle

Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is at the top of many guests’ dining lists. In fact it is so popular that sometimes getting a reservation just doesn’t happen.  I know that seems like *the* place to dine with the princesses but there are other options.  Let’s talk about it.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a great princess dining experience at Epcot.  Guests will receive a complimentary photo package and will still see a nice variety of princesses.  The guest list is always subject to change but generally you can expect to see Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and oddly enough….often Mary Poppins.  I can’t explain that one…

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so there is plenty of opportunity to score the reservation.  Breakfast will be your traditional buffet but lunch and dinner are a little different.  They begin with a “Taste of Norway” buffet but then you also are offered a selection from the menu as well.  Dinner options may include a grilled pork chop, salmon, short ribs, traditional Norwegian meatballs etc.  The kids have usual selections like grilled chicken or pizza and some other options as well such as meatballs and salmon.  All in all, good choice AND it’s only 1 table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan.

courtesy Jorie Fontana

1900 Park Fare is another princess option during the dinner service. This buffet is at the Grand Floridian Resort and features Cinderella and her family.  Her step sisters definitely steal the show with their wit and humor.  Their search for a husband generally means they will be showering attention on all little brothers, dads, or grandpas that they come across.  I love this princess experience when there are some brothers involved.  They get that extra attention that makes it fun for them.  My adult nephew danced with one sister while my brother was overheard talking about one sister and punished by “scrubbing” the floor.

Another plus for 1900 Park Fare is the location.  The Grand Floridian is a magnificent resort that warrants a visit.  The lobby is beautifully appointed with plenty of seating while you wait as well as live music a vast majority of the time.  There is also plenty of people watching to do at the Grand Floridian but that is a post for another day.  If you are spending your day at the Magic Kingdom you can arrive by a short monorail or boat ride but it’s also great to plan this for your “rest day” since park admission won’t be required.

While the buffet houses your typical dinner assortments, the strawberry soup is a staple here and worth a try. Again, only 1 table service credit per person making this dinner a good value as well.



So no stress friends. You can have a fabulous vacation without a visa to Cinderella’s Royal Table…and you’ll have an extra dining credit to show for it!

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