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Last week, I saw an article about reduced prices at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Disney World. The restaurant will re-open this Thursday, September 24, 2020 for lunch and dinner only.
Disney has lowered the prices at Cinderella’s Royal Table because it is reopening the restaurant without any princesses. The price of an adult meal was slashed to $62 (down from $75), and children 9 and under are now $37 (down from $45).
This restaurant is arguable the best location in all the Disney parks since it is inside Cinderella’s castle. But the big question is, will people still dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table if there are no princesses there?
My Experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Five years ago, when my daughter was 4 1/2 years old, the two of us ate breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. I don’t remember the exact cost, but it wasn’t cheap.
Because our reservation was before the park opened, we got to enter the park early. We took photos of an empty Main Street U.S.A. and had a leisurely walk to the castle.
The breakfast was served plated, and my goat cheese quiche was very good. But, my daughter didn’t eat a thing. She was way too excited to visit with each of the princesses that came to our table!
She was the perfect age for this experience–not too young to be scared, but not too old to think the characters weren’t real.
Overall, it was a great experience, and worth the price for a one-time splurge. But it wasn’t about the food at all. It was maybe 10% about being inside the castle and 90% about the princesses.
Time Marches On
If my daughter was younger or still really into the princesses, would I pay for this same restaurant with no princesses? Heck no! Not even at the reduced price.
However, I think some people will still pay for it. People who were supposed to visit Disney World this year have pushed trips to next year, but time still marches on. Kids aren’t getting any younger, and people may not have the chance to visit Disney again in 2022 when the pandemic is (hopefully) all the way behind us. So, we will all make the best of the situation during the time we visit.
My family was supposed to be at Disney World this past May during my son’s 16th birthday. We let him decide where to celebrate, and he picked a character dinner at Chef Mickey’s. Obviously, we missed that celebration this year, but we are scheduled to return to Disney next May.
Chef Mickey’s is no longer a buffet and right now has no characters, which is a deal breaker. But we’re not putting off our trip for another year. My son will be going into his junior year of high school, and we only have two summers left with him. We will deal with whatever modifications Disney World still has in place next May. I hope the new Space 220 restaurant will be open by then.
Would you pay for a meal at one of Disney’s traditional character restaurants while the characters are not there due to Covid? Why or why not? Does the reduced price entice you?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.