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dutchess 1968
09-18-2005, 09:56 AM
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Greetings fellow Disneyacks! I really felt that I had to post this thread, just because I believe I was misled on the character breakfast in Cinderella's Castle. (Sadly a very big let down)

I am a vetern to Disney World (over 25 years now) and my family has done, well now, every character breakfast that the place has had to offer (even the Villians when they had it)and was always pleased, well till now.

In Aug we confirmed a reservation for Cinderella's castle. We got the reservation quicky, that wasn't a problem.
:) :) :)
Let me start with the good things, everyplace has some. Fairy Godmother was wonderful!!!! She was one of the only things that made it slightly memoriable. The castle itself was a plus and we were seated quickly.
:rolleyes1
Negative things. OH the price! It was so so expensive and the food was bad. Everything on your plate was fried, I asked for something to be cooked a specific way, it was not. I informed them on the reservation, and when we arrived at the castle that it was my daughters birthday, they made note of it, but nothing was done till "yet again" I reminded them. For some crazy reason the castle leaked the day we were there :umbrella: ...so not only were we wet from the rain outside, we had the pleasure of being hit with rain while we ate.

I also found the place very very loud and confusing, the staff was running and we even got someone elses check. Fun huh?

The princesses were very very rushed and not exactly friendly..with the exception on Snow White. Previous breakfast (Princess Breakfast in Norway) the princesses took their time and made several rounds) characters spent time with my child.

If this is the only dining experience you want, I suggest someplace else. I personally liked breakfast at the Grand Flordian with Mary Poppins and Chef Mickeys at the Contemporary. I also very very much liked The Princess Breakfast in Norway at Epcot.

Make your own decissions, but I think the truth should be told about this place instead of all the "fluff" that people print. There never seems to be anything negative printed, I can't believe I am on the only person who experienced this.

Any questions, please feel free to email me.

lucincia
09-18-2005, 01:45 PM
I figure we're probably one of the suckers temped into CRT this coming Nov trip. It is our daughters (6 and 2) first trip to Disney so we figured - why not. I heard the food is nothing to write home about and the princesses can be hurried. Whatever for the kids :) Hopefully with a ressie at 8:10 AM the princesses will be in better mood :)

Oh well, if not for the kids, our lives would be so much simpler :)

BibbidyBobbidyBoo
09-18-2005, 02:01 PM
so not only were we wet from the rain outside, we had the pleasure of being hit with rain while we ate.


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You aren't the only one that isn't really all that keen on Cindy's breakfast at the castle. We've been once... wanted to go last trip SOLELY because it was for my youngest's birthday and she's a major princess (especially Cindy ofcourse) fan... but we probably won't ever even bother trying to eat breakfast there again. We have a lot more fun and enjoy the food more (and buffet style is more our style for my family with picky eaters/light eaters/etc.) at GF for the Cindy dinner. :)

Accash
09-18-2005, 02:22 PM
We ate CRT for breakfast when we went two January's ago. It was something that we never thought of doing before and wanted to do since it would be a new adventure for us. And yes, we did get a little sucked into the hype as well - LOL. We didn't tell them it was our DD12 (at the time 10) birthday, but she did wear her b-day pin. Our server was pleasant and he did announce to the entire seating hall that it was our Daughter's bithday and everyone there had to sing - that was fun, and at the end of the meal before getting the check he brought her out a cupcake and a magical memory card with Cinderella and the Prince's signatures, along with his. Maybe because it was January, but the CM were all very attentive and took a nice while with all the family's. Cinderella and the Prince got to stop by our table 2 times. We had a very nice time and the food was Disney standard fare. We are glad we did it, but haven't done it again, and she hasn't even asked us to do it again.
Melissa

psiprez
09-19-2005, 08:48 PM
Unless my DD7 and DD8 specifically express a desire to eat at the Castle, we won't be going there. They don't know there is a restaurant!

It used to be so very difficult to meet any characters. Now, even Cindy is available anytime in Toontown. (a good thing)

I am sure it is magical in it's own right, but we will pass for know.
princess:

adisneymama
09-19-2005, 09:04 PM
We just got back from our trip which included breakfast at CRT. We really enjoyed it. We thought the food was great. Fairy Godmother was our favorite, but only because we had about 20 mins of one on one time with her. We just happened to hit it right when we got done eating and no one else was in there with her. The princesses did come around only once. The place was busy! They all were friendly, just didn't get to spend a lot of time. This was the only negative we had. We will definitely do the castle again. DD3 loved it! When Mary Poppins came over, DD told her she was trying to say supercali....yada yada. Mary told her to keep practicing and then dh said we want to hear you say it backwards. So she said ok on the count of three! Then she turned around putting her back to my dh and said it the correct way! :rotfl: :rotfl: Then she turned back around and said or you could say it and then proceeded to say it backwards. Then she winked at him and said "But you need to do it the other way". :rotfl: :rotfl: I was crying I was laughing so hard!

byoung
09-21-2005, 06:48 PM
Didn't like it myself. Norway's is better. :Pinkbounc :banana:

JustHereToHelp
09-23-2005, 02:27 AM
A great alternative I've found that not a lot of people know about is the Cindy's Gala Feast at the GF. A good end to an evening at MK as its right on the monorail and is the ONLY dinner event in which Cindy can be found. Food, as it always is anywhere in the GF is fantastic and is just as elegant an atmosphere.

MumTo2Princesses
09-23-2005, 01:12 PM
:earsboy: :earsgirl:

Make your own decissions, but I think the truth should be told about this place instead of all the "fluff" that people print. There never seems to be anything negative printed, I can't believe I am on the only person who experienced this.

Any questions, please feel free to email me.


i guess i will cross for my fingers for a non-rainy day when we go!! or bring a poncho!! who knew it could rain in the castle.

i like to read the good, bad and ugly experiences whenever i travel so thanks for sharing. the one thing that jumped out about your experience is when you said "Make your own decissions, but I think the truth should be told about this place instead of all the "fluff" that people print. There never seems to be anything negative printed, I can't believe I am on the only person who experienced this."

i don't think people try to mislead anyone with their experiences. they are just writing about what THEY experienced, just as you did. and i thank you for taking time to write about your experience, and others who write about any part of the MK experience for that matter-- that is why this board is so helpful.

i can only speak for myself of course but i am not doing the CRT for me or the food. i am doing it for my very own little 3 yr old princess who would be heartbroken if she did not get to go to the castle. so yes, i bought into the hype, tried calling for 3 days straight until i finally got a ressie, and i fully expect her to not eat one bite of her $20 breakfast but i know that going into it and i am ok with it b/c it wont be long b/f she finds out that the world sometimes isn't all that magical so while she believes, i will believe! but that is just me...

adisneymama
09-23-2005, 01:33 PM
i can only speak for myself of course but i am not doing the CRT for me or the food. i am doing it for my very own little 3 yr old princess who would be heartbroken if she did not get to go to the castle. so yes, i bought into the hype, tried calling for 3 days straight until i finally got a ressie, and i fully expect her to not eat one bite of her $20 breakfast but i know that going into it and i am ok with it b/c it wont be long b/f she finds out that the world sometimes isn't all that magical so while she believes, i will believe! but that is just me...[/QUOTE]

I totally agree with you! Thank you for posting this. Isn't this actually what all the Character Dinings are about? In fact, I go to Disney to see my childs face. Sure I love Disney myself, but it is so much fun to see it thru the eyes of a child.

palmtreegirl
09-23-2005, 01:37 PM
We had the exact opposite experience. We had a great time at CRT but our Norway breakfast(for DD's B-day) was terrible.

Mysteria
09-23-2005, 01:44 PM
I don't think what other people have to say about it is "fluff". They are relating their experiences and if they are good ones that is what they tell. Personally I had a great experience at CRT and I'm happy to have been there. I do realize at the same time though that not everyone has that same experience.

Myst

SheDaisy0088
09-23-2005, 02:45 PM
I too had a horrible experience!! The food was undercooked and the characters were just so-so. Had heard good things about it and decided to give it a try. Maybe it is because I have a boy, but I felt as though they were rushing to get to the next table. My DS was 3 at the time. I guess it is like anything at WDW. There is good and bad in everything. Thankfully most of our dining experiences have been wonderful!!

HaleyB
09-23-2005, 03:38 PM
I think any one with a little girl needs to do this once, just to be able to say you did. I agree somewhat with the OP. There was nothing extra special about CRT, my 6 year old daughter liked the Storybook breakfast in Norway much better. The fact that we ate in the castle went right over my daughters head. We didn't feel too rushed by the staff, but we were in a hurry to get done and down to Fantasyland. I think the huge drawback to CRT is it so interfers with getting onto the rides before the lines get crazy.

The food was so-so, but we are not too pickey there. I didn't go for the food. The princesses were nice enough and each did ask my daughter her name. However my daughter is shy, and only one (Cindy herself) took the time to try to draw her out and interact with her. At the Storybook they all did, and hey stayed and asked her questions and even waited for her to answer.

One hint for anyone going to either, don't be too fast to get that photo. As soon as I snapped a picture they were saying good-bye and moving on. I got smart and dragged my feet a little and that kept them at our table a bit longer.

MinnieMe67
09-25-2005, 12:45 PM
We had the exact opposite experience. We had a great time at CRT but our Norway breakfast(for DD's B-day) was terrible.

I am going to weigh in with my opinion and agree with palmtreegirl, we had a GREAT experience at Cinderella's Royal Table and a ho-hum experience at the Princess StoryBook Breakfast in Norway. I guess it depends on the luck of the draw. That said, I would go back to both, just to see my DD5's eyes sparkle at the sight of her "heros" and to see my DS3's grin after getting a kiss from a princess! :love: Not "fluff" at all, JMHO! :wave2:

CheezDoodle
09-25-2005, 05:21 PM
I ate breakfest there for my 9th birthday and had a decent time. I loved the fairy godmother! The food wasn't bad, but the charecters did seem a little rushed. But overall it truley was a magical experiance, even more so if you have a little girl who loves the princesses! princess:

tinkergurl
09-26-2005, 12:08 PM
Thanks for your opinions. I was wondering about this! :)

DisneyMommyMichelle
09-26-2005, 12:18 PM
Just had to post that we had a GREAt experience at our breakfast last year. We had a party of 14 and had PLENTY of princess time! we were there to welcome some family members that were coming to our wedding later that week. The princesses spent so much time with DFI (now DH) and I and with the kids at our table.
The food was warm and YUMMMMMMY! we loved it! the service was GREAT!

We did get the wrong check, but it was for only 2 guests and not 14 haha so we were happy! the waitress was shocked and then apologized!

We got out CRT champagne glasses delivered to our table by Cinderella who wished us many years of happiness.

It was fabulous!

Poohsmommi
09-26-2005, 12:23 PM
A great alternative I've found that not a lot of people know about is the Cindy's Gala Feast at the GF. A good end to an evening at MK as its right on the monorail and is the ONLY dinner event in which Cindy can be found. Food, as it always is anywhere in the GF is fantastic and is just as elegant an atmosphere.


I totally agree. I have no complaints about the Princess dinner at GF. It was awesome!

mjslvswdw1
09-26-2005, 12:47 PM
This Halloween will be my 5th CRT breakfast...and I will be celebrating my 30th Birthday. It is now a tradition for me to have my B-Day Breakfast with the Princesses. I will say that sometimes the food is great, and sometimes it's so-so...sometimes the Princesses are rushed and sometimes they like talking a bit more. Overall for me it is the ambiance, the "dream come true" to be in the castle. Last year we were there for my Disney Wedding and the server found out and made a heart out of Mickey confetti and gave us the champagne glasses. The princess's gave me a signed B-Day card, and even my DH asked me if we were going there for breakfast this year! (he's learning!) So all in all I will say that its more about the experience then it is the food and how much it costs...I love watching all of the little faces light up when their favorite princess comes to see them!

Melissa

dizneekim
09-26-2005, 02:07 PM
I have enjoyed reading everyone's opinions about CRT; that's what these boards are about, right? I am glad to hear the good and the bad. So much also depends on the mood of the CM's that day. (It shouldn't, but it does.)

My DD and I had a great experience at the castle. She was 4 1/2, it was December 2002, and our guys had gone to Breakfastosaurus. We surely had the better time. DD was excited but very shy about eating with the princesses. When we reached the Fairy Godmother's seat in the room downstairs, I explained our situation. The FG chitchatted with DD for at least 5 mins. and eventually got her on her lap. She was all smiles after that! FG was really a lifesaver.

The food was good, tho all DD ate was a huge chocolate muffin. (She's showing how big it is in the photo.) We had a view of Fantasyland out our window, and we saw Captain Cook chase Peter Pan down below! She remembers that more than the princesses! I thought all of them spent enough time with us and were personable. I enjoyed it as much as she did.

Price-it's Disney. Much of what we pay there is obscene. That's the choice we make; is is worth it or not? For us on that day, it was.

I'm toying with the thought of a family meal there this Dec. Me, DH, Dss 10 & 14, and DD 7. Not sure which meal the boys will tolerate... Might be neat to have a later dinner and try to see Wishes? All said, I think the castle embodies the spirit of the MK. My rose-colored glasses help, too. Thanks for listening.

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a240/dizneekim/hannahandmuffins.jpg

metivier
09-28-2005, 04:15 AM
dizneekim, your daughter is absolutely adorable in that photo!

dizneekim
09-28-2005, 05:10 PM
Thank you very much!

Dizneydaz
09-28-2005, 05:47 PM
We haven't done the Cinderella breakfast however, we have done, and can highly recommend the 1900 Park Faire for dinner. We ate there last week and the food was wonderful! Cinderella, the Prince and the 2 mice were in attendance (no FG).

We also ate at the Royal Banquet in Norway for a late lunch and Restaurant Akershus did not disappoint on the food. The Princesses were great too! It was my DD 6th birthday, and even though nothing "special" was done for her, all the princesses noticed her birthday pin and commented on it. We saw Belle, Aurora, Jasmine, Ariel, and Cinderella.

Both meals were good, 1900 Park Faire food was great!

Laurajean1014
09-28-2005, 07:43 PM
Then why is it such a hot place?

Mysteria
09-28-2005, 11:06 PM
Then why is it such a hot place?

This post will explain that question best. Click here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=922956) :flower:

Myst

missypie
09-29-2005, 01:20 PM
Our kids were older when we went to WDW (14, 12 and 9) so I didn't feel like we HAD to have a CRT breakfast. We were so fortunate, however, to be able to have a normal (non-character) lunch in the castle. (It was the last week before they started having a character lunch.) I had read that the breakfast offerings weren't so great. Our family enjoyed our lunch...deep down, the kids really wanted to "eat in the castle" even if they didn't care about the characters.

ZippyDooDah
09-29-2005, 07:26 PM
We had b'fast there 2 wks ago. Wasn't really for the princesses b/c we have a son and he's only 2; but I HAD to see the inside of the castle at least once. Food was ok, DH really liked it. I liked the fruit best. View was ok. Service was fine. Characters were...quickly moving. But the greatest thing was that our reservation was for 8:20 and we seemed to get finished right at 9:00 which was PERFECT timing to go do EVERYthing in Fantasyland at least once before the crowds came in. That made it all worthwhile.

scorpad99
09-29-2005, 10:11 PM
I wont be expecting the food to be the best, but I know seeing my dd with cinderella in the castle will be worth the money on her birthday. We are also doing storybook dinner for her actual birthday dinner, and 1900 park faire dinner for mine, so out of the 3 , I`m sure at least one of these meals will be magical.

feeling like a princess already! princess: princess:

Skroops
09-29-2005, 11:44 PM
IMO, I think it is a specialty market for the young girls to go to CRT. Since I have a boy, I didn't think much about it. I think he'd enjoy it, but he'd enjoy any character interaction. The little girls in their princess dresses is what that is all about! I haven't heard about the Cinderellas Royal Feast at the GF, other than 1900 Park Faire. Does Cinderella visit every night?

Cam2Mike
09-30-2005, 08:43 AM
I too have done many character means and would rank Cinderella's table at the bottom of my list. First we made a reservation for a party of 7 and they gave us a table for six and a table for 2. Second, the breakfast meal itself was very disappointing. I would compare it to McDonalds served on nicer plates ( I know I'm harsh but it was a lot of $$). I can't complain about the character time, we had plently of it. I had to keep telling myself that I am paying for the princesses, not the food! Which is too bad, I felt the food was excellent at the other places we have been ( Crystal Palace, Liberty Tree Tavern, Restuarantoosausus (Sp?) and Chef Mickey). I haven't done any in Epcot so I can't comment on those.

belsam
09-30-2005, 03:32 PM
Our problem with CRT (other than losing sleep on another vacation to wake up and call each morning @ 6:45 AM) was that our daughter was so psyched to have "Breakfast with Cinderella" that she was quite miffed when Cinderella didn't actually sit down and eat with her.

Gumby
09-30-2005, 10:41 PM
Noway has a charactor breakfast?

krbq
10-01-2005, 04:07 PM
Is the dinner at CRT any better? We have an adr there for dinner, but now I'm reconsidering!

cara loves the poly
10-01-2005, 06:03 PM
Wow I've been afraid to say anything! Actually my daughter loved it, but it took FOREVER for the princesses to come around to our table, we were almost ready to leave, that is my only complaint. My dd still loved it when they finally came around.

1princessX2princes
10-06-2005, 01:53 PM
Is the dinner at CRT any better? We have an adr there for dinner, but now I'm reconsidering!

We just returned on 10/4 and did Lunch at CRT and Lunch at Norway. I thought the food at CRT was MUCH better for the money. Both Lunches had lots of princesses: Cinderella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins(CRT), and Ariel (Norway). I did like at Norway when you entered you got a picture with Ariel and they gave you two complimentary copies of the picture while you were eating. I thought everyone spent a decent amount of time at our table, considering the amount of tables to cover in the resturant. My DD3, was very thrilled and loved "eating with the princesses"--DS5 not so impressed, and DS1 is now saying "princesses" and wants to wear sisters dresses!!! princess: princess: princess:

kritter
10-07-2005, 09:06 AM
When we went last month no fairy god mother it was esmerelda to greet you..we got short changed...

cillakat
10-10-2005, 08:18 AM
i'd read a ton of reviews and knew what i was getting into before i went. i knew the food would be subpar cafeteria style food and that it could be hit or miss with the princesses. we were one of the first tables seated so luckily it was hit instead of miss on that front.

but the food was *really* random cafeteria/IHOP style food and it was soooo expensive. two things i knew going in.

we did it solely for the experience of eating in the castle. that's it pure and simple and i think it is for just about everyone who does it.

as a kid, i was told by my parents that there was nothing in the castle. just some offices and the rest was hollow. it was so exciting to be able to just go in there and experience it. for food it's definitely epcot or preferably, the resorts.

:)
katherine in atl

speakupjc
10-10-2005, 01:04 PM
Dinner is really good but it is hit and miss as to whether or not you will see the characters.

kritter
10-10-2005, 02:12 PM
why dinner has no characters??

AaronandJessica
10-10-2005, 04:12 PM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a286/kritter_/ICantBelieveYouSaidThat.jpg [/QUOTE]

Your daughters are adorable! I love that photo. I can't wait to have kids and have photos that are that adorable. So sweet.

Jessica

speakupjc
10-10-2005, 04:33 PM
They have stated that the characters may or may not be at Dinner. This dining experience is considered more upscale in Disney's eyes. You order off the menu and there is not a buffet. I must tell you it is good.

kritter
10-10-2005, 06:34 PM
thanks so much for saying the kdis are adorable..you will love it when you have kids...



Are the characters there at dinner or is it hit or miss or just on certain days??Is there any way to tell if they will be there or not....what type of food is at dinner time??any one know..

chrissyc
10-10-2005, 06:59 PM
We did it in May and hated it. Food stunk, it was a big rush and Snow White didn't even come to us. Passed us right by. We had to chase after her. I won't do it again. But everyone has a different experience. Good Luck!

kritter
10-10-2005, 08:19 PM
which did youd o breakfast or lunch??

vamassey
10-11-2005, 01:30 PM
We have an ADR for lunch in the Castle the first week in January. I really hope we have a good experience. We did the Princess breakfast in Norway last trip. I was okay but the princesses rushed by. We had dinner at the Castle for Thanksgiving 2002. We all enjoyed our meal. Cinderella showed up while we were waiting to be seated and we got great pictures with her and the Christmas tree.

bopper
10-11-2005, 03:06 PM
I think Breakfast with Cindy is one of those things like Hoop-De-Doo-Review. Some people love it, some people hate it. I have tried both and I would go back to CRT way before HDDR.

Cogswel_Cogs
10-11-2005, 04:29 PM
My daughters favorite part of the trip. They went once with me and once just with m wife while I fast passed.

Suejeffali
10-12-2005, 03:12 PM
I am really glad that you posted about your experience with the breakfast. We are going the end of June and we were going to do the breakfast with our DD (she will be 5 1/2). We went when she was 3 1/2 and we did the Character Lunch at the Crystal Palace and she loved it and we were going to try Cinderella this time.

~Sue

ainmama2001
10-12-2005, 03:35 PM
We had a great experience. Both my mom and MIL cried when they saw my dd with the princesses. We had a great meal (we did lunch). I'd do it again in a heartbeat.