= Cara's Favorite
French-inspired cuisine. Quick-service breakfast and lunch; table-service dinner.
A pair of minotaur are your greeters as you cross a stone bridge and into the Beast’s castle and this fantasy of a restaurant. While lunch is a quick-service option, dinner here is a festive table-service event with, believe it or not, French and California wine along with Belgium beer. Inside the Beast’s castle has been recreated from the terrazzo floors to the massive chandeliers and cherubs frolicking on a frescoed, domed ceiling, even suits of armor lining the hallways with royal purple and gold décor. At dinner you may dine in one of two dining rooms: the Ballroom where music from Beauty and the Beast plays and your view outside the tall, arched windows is one of a softly falling snow in a moonlit sky; or a darker, more sinister West Wing dining area where intermittent thunder and lightning set the scene as a portrait hanging over the fireplace changes from the prince to the beast as an enchanted rose slowly loses its petals.
Sorry, I almost forgot about the food, which is quite good, particularly when the Magic Kingdom and great food are rarely used in the same sentence. Dinner is a prix fixe meal with starters such as French onion soup, nice and bubbly with crusty cheese and a simpler broth than most…ooh la la! Roasted pork tenderloin with crispy pork belly and pork jus sometimes arrive a bit overcooked, so to be safe, you may want to go with the sea scallops with seasonal risotto or everyone’s favorite, the filet mignon with a red wine glaze.
Cara’s Tip: This, along with Cinderella’s Royal Table, is the most difficult reservation to get at Magic Kingdom.
Contemporary American cuisine. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Those who want to feel like a six-year-old again should plan to dine in Cinderella’s fairy-tale castle, a medieval dream with solid stone floors, shining shields, dazzling suits of armor, and resplendent banners. Up a spiral staircase is the grand dining room where through glittering leaded-glass windows is a bird’s-eye view of Fantasyland and, if you time it correctly, Wishes fireworks. It’s a great respite from the crowds below with satisfying food and where everyone is a prince or princess waited on by “royal attendants” clad in Renaissance clothing.
All meals are hosted by Cinderella, who you’ll take your photo with on arrival downstairs, while upstairs is one of Disney’s best princess meals with such characters as Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, Belle, and Aurora. Each little princess receives a sparkling wand, each prince a knight’s sword.
Cara’s Tip: While it’s an uber-popular place to dine, it’s only worth the high price tag if little ones, particularly little princesses, are part of your vacation party. To ensure a seat for these highly coveted meals it’s essential to reserve precisely 180 days prior. Food arrives very quickly, so if possible, drag out each course so you’ll be able to see each princess before the end of the meal. Full payment is taken at the time of booking (unless you are on the dining plan, in which case it will be a credit card guarantee) with a one-day cancellation policy.
Tropical cuisine. Lunch and dinner.
Italian cuisine. Lunch and dinner.