A reservation to breakfast with "Cindy" is one of the toughest reservations to obtain on Disney property. Cinderella, the lovely hostess, makes limited public appearances throughout the Disney theme parks. After getting up early for a few days, 90 days before our trip, I finally managed to snag a coveted seat at Cinderella's Royal Table for the last seating. Since the girls both wanted to dress up for the breakfast and our seating was not till 10:30 a.m. we had a slow start to the day, not arriving at the park till 9:30.
By the time we arrived at the Castle, there was a short line of folks checking in at the podium. After checking in we headed into the main lobby to wait to be seated. Fairy Godmother was in the main lobby posing for photos and providing autographs for everyone that was waiting to be seated. This helped pass the time; we only had to wait a few minutes after seeing Fairy Godmother to be seated. In no time at all our party was called and we where sent up the staircase of the castle to the restaurant. (There is also an elevator for your convenience.) As you scale the stairs, you can't help but notice the beautiful Cinderella-themed stained glass windows.
When we arrived at our table, we found a basket of mini-pastries (croissants and Danish), fresh cut-up fruit and strawberry yogurt. Our server quickly appeared and took our beverage order and poured orange juice. She explained that there are two basic meals -- healthy and hearty - and that you can ask for unlimited refills of any of the foods offered. The ‘hearty’ breakfast consists of pre-plated scrambled eggs, potato casserole, bacon, sausage links and cheese-stuffed French toast in a blueberry sauce. The "healthy choice" breakfast consisted of granola, low-fat strawberry yogurt and caramelized bananas. We all choose the hearty breakfast.
After a quick sampling, I found the potato casserole was the best item on the regular plate -- the bacon and sausage were also good. If you have special dietary needs you need to call at least 24 hours ahead of time and the restaurant will make special accommodations for you.
Enough about the food -- what about Cinderella? Is *she* at least worth the price of admission? Well, since we were one of the last parties to be seated the Princesses where already moving around the room. They all followed the same circuit around the dining room. Our first "Princess" visitor was Mary Poppins. She was followed by Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, then Sleeping Beauty. Each was delightfully in character and posed for photographs and autographs. After a few moments, they were on to the next table, where other youngsters were anxiously awaiting their arrival. And to answer the question, Yes she is worth it.
Prices: Adults, $19.99; children 3-11, $9.99. Tax, gratuity extra; a beverage is included.