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karebear1
05-30-2009, 07:53 AM
How would you rate it? Is it worth the price? Food Good? Character interaction? I know the atmosphere is nice, but I haven't been here since they made the change to what it is now. I know in the beginning people were saying it was not worth the price and that the food was really ho-hum, so I'm wondering if it's changed any?

It will be just DH and I- no kids. Are the kids running around like wild people (understandably so if that is the case), or is it still a pretty calm and serene place to eat?

H20DogsNDisney
05-30-2009, 07:58 AM
it is okay food! this coming trip it will be the 2nd time. I would go for breakfast. Last trip it was 3 Adults. This trip 5 Adults and 1 child. I think its fine a little to $$$ but I would do the breakfast next time or maybe dinner!

joenan88
05-30-2009, 08:02 AM
I went to Cindy's Royal for breakfast 3 years ago...we loved it..the food was great the characters were great and the service was wonderful...now, let's fast forward 3 years to last August...we choose CRT for my son's 8th birthday dinner..I figured it would be fun to try it for dinner..knowing I was giving up 2 credits on my meal plan...well, all I am going to say is AWEFUL!!!! The food was unedible, the service was nonexistant...we were seated for 20 minutes before we were even brought menus. The atmosphere is what you pay for and a cute 3 minute dinner show...where we were sitting I didn't even see it...If you have no kids and want good food and views try California Grill...;)

ShannonMB
05-30-2009, 08:05 AM
I've only ever tried breakfast (yum) and lunch (meh). I thought the kids were very well-behaved, and it was a pretty mellow meal as far as character meals go. If I were going with just my DH, I would probably go to the dinner. I have seen some dishes on the food-porn thread that look really nice, and the characters don't come around to each table as they do at breakfast and lunch (unless you were particularly looking for that).

As far as cost goes, I don't know how to really judge that. It was worth it to us, because DD was enthralled with the castle and LOVED seeing the princesses. We go on the dining plan, and I think if it were just DH and I, we might be better spending our 2 TS credits on a meal at Narcoosee's. It's worth dining in the castle once, IMO, but if you already have before, you might enjoy another signature place better? :confused3

ktlm
05-30-2009, 11:59 AM
We had lunch there a couple of weeks ago. We thought the food was really good. I thought eating in the castle was worth the price. It was definitely the calmest character meal of our last two trips. I did not think the kids were running around like wild animals at all, but since it, like most restaurants at WDW, are loaded with kids, I wouldn't call it calm or serene either. I loved it. I'd do it again even with just adults.

maddiesmom0116
05-30-2009, 12:03 PM
I went for dinner once and it wasn't all that great, not worth 2 TS credits. Lunch has more character interaction. I am doign breakfast for the first time on the next trip and I am very excited to see what happens.

MissionMouse
05-30-2009, 12:23 PM
How would you rate it? Is it worth the price? Food Good? Character interaction? I know the atmosphere is nice, but I haven't been here since they made the change to what it is now. ... Are the kids running around like wild people (understandably so if that is the case), or is it still a pretty calm and serene place to eat?Its a character meal so that sets the stage. We have two little girls and this is a great place...castle, Cinderella Greeting, wand, castle dining, etc.

We have only dined at Breakfast over all the years. The food is eat all you care to eat. The food is good, not bad, not great. Service varies from visit to visit. Do not hesitate to ask for a specific item it you want more when you want more. The set up is designed to control food cost, since many guest are hesitant to ask for more food items. Character interaction is standard with most ADP CM's noting most interaction in Breakfast. The lobby photo with Cinderella adds a little more character interaction. There is also a little more interaction as they work the crowd toward the "end the meal" to skillfully and indirectly communicate to the crowd they want to turn the tables. Atmosphere is nice and there is little movement of guest since there is no buffet serving lines, so kids are almost aways seated.

Is it worth the price. Food wise-no. Interaction-location-yes for many.
Even for Disney the price is elevated and is priced to control demand to acceptable-manageable levels while providing a hefty revenue stream.

Overall worth-depends on what you value. For us the memories for our children (2 girls) factor into the worth equation. If we had 2 boys I am not sure we would have dined here...if we did it would of been for the experience of dining inside the castle once. The food was OK but not something we talked about later. The pictures, kids excitement, and their recall of the dining experience are the last memories.

I always find it funny that most people can't tell you the monetary value of one table service ticket especially if you are thinking of getting the marketed 40% discount...

ehaley
05-31-2009, 01:59 PM
We've been several times for breakfast and is worth it, although high. Last time was 3/08 after the changes were made. Went with DD(21) and her friend from Croatia (21 also) for spring break. They loved the pictures that are now included, and the wands..go figure. For a special time is worth it, but wait in the lobby area is VERY LONG - be prepared. I'd do it again for small kids or with someone who never has.

dooledoo
05-31-2009, 03:24 PM
Don't bother - go somehwere else!!!

niklynn1
05-31-2009, 05:09 PM
We have an ADR here for breakfast next month. What are the "changes" that were made that I see people mentioning? Just curious...

TinkerbellinLouisian
05-31-2009, 09:08 PM
CRT is a family tradition for us so we go there every trip.

Of course it has changed over the years....and the last few years we have been there for an early dinner... (4p or so).

We LOVE the whole experience...so it is worth it to us....to

Eat in the Castle
See Cinderella
Get our picture (actually - the teens pic now)
Have a Nice cool calm atmosphere on a hurried...hot park day...
Good Food.... (I love the Prime Rib....DD1 who is normally picky...loved the lavendar chicken so much last visit...she looked up the recipe when we got home...the desserts are precious....appetizers are yummy....but no - we're paying for the Experience...not just the food)
Love the sword and wand...I still have my wand at my make up table....and enjoy the interaction.

With just the 2 of you - I would try the TS Dinner.

Have a magical visit!

Mary

monkeyknuckler
05-31-2009, 09:18 PM
Yeah, its cool to eat in the castle, but what they serve isn't worth the money. If your little (or not so little) ones enjoy lining up for 25 minutes to get their picture with Cindy before they let you in, then they'll love it.:sad2: