While character dining is available throughout Walt Disney World, there is something extra special about dining with the Disney princesses. On any given day in the Magic Kingdom theme park, you’ll see little girls dressed up as one of the many Disney princesses, and in many cases they might be on their way to have lunch with Cinderella at her castle.
Disney Character Dining
Cinderella’s Royal Table–located in the iconic Cinderella castle–serves up a breakfast, buffet, lunch and a prix fixe priced dinner and is a very popular restaurant for birthday parties and other special events. You can make reservations as much as 180 days in advance through 407-WDW-DINE, and for this particular restaurant, the sooner the better. Package deals are available to ensure that your little princess gets the royal treatment with a special Cinderella greeting and photo packages.
Like Cinderella’s Royal Table, the Akershus restaurant in the Norway pavilion at Epcot also offers each child an opportunity to be photographed with one of the Disney princesses upon entry, and once guests are seated, they will also be visited by each of the Disney princesses, which usually include Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel (Little Mermaid) and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty).
The prix fixe meal at Akershus includes an appetizer buffet with plenty of smoked salmon, cheeses, and even some caviar–for children who are bold enough to try it out. Other entrees include traditional Norwegian style meatballs and ravioli pasta shaped like Mickey Mouse ears. Be sure to bring a camera and an autograph book to document all of the fun.
And as with many character dining experience, your daughter can be a part of a princess parade as part of the meal’s festivities. Disney World sells a wide variety of princess dresses at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and World of Disney at Downtown Disney–home of the Bibiddy Bobiddy Boutique, where girls can get a princess makeover–but purchasing a princess dress at a local Walmart or Target will not only save you money, but it will give you more peace of mind about stuffing the dress in a small bag should your little princess decide to romp around one of the theme parks’ play areas.
While the Magic Kingdom parades and other character greeting areas offer opportunities to see the Disney princess–even Tiana and Pocahontas have made appearances at the Disney parks–having a chance to photograph your little girl with one of the Disney princesses at a special meal is one experience that your family will remember for years to come.