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Old 02-25-2013, 09:06 PM   #10
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So, DS was feeling a little better by the time our dinner reservation rolled around. I was very happy about this because, well, first of all I was glad he was feeling better, it is so hard to see your babies sick! But also because we had a reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table for dinner! My kids didn't even know there was a restaurant inside the castle, so this was a big surprise for them! DH and I ate there right after we were engaged in 2003 but since then we had not been back.

We went in and waited only a few minutes before we had our picture with Cinderella. This was nice to actually get a family photograph that they printed and gave to you. Most of our photos seem to live on the computer, so I liked getting that hard copy. After our picture, we waited around 10 minutes before they called us to our table. We walked up the spiral staircase and we were seated in the very middle of the castle! It was a neat space and about that time DD5 finally realized where we were, upstairs in the castle! She was loving it! They brought us wishing stars, a wand for DD5 and a sword for DS7. The kids thought that was the best thing ever.

We had a look over the menu, which seemed to be different from what I had seen anywhere before our trip when I was menu browsing. I wish I had taken pictures of the actual menu, but I didn't. So, I have pictures of everything, but the descriptions might be sketchy.

They started out with rolls. They were very good, the standard ones you get all over the place in Disney World. We had these same ones at both Rose & Crown and Be our Guest on this trip.

Then we all got appetizers here. Both kids chose the...

Bite sized Cheddar Cheese and Grapes

They both loved it and ate every bite. I chose the Shrimp and Grits type appetizer.

This was very good. It had shrimp, crawfish, very rich grits, and a tasty sauce on top. Honestly, I think I would have liked it better without the sauce on it, but it was still good and I ate all of the seafood and some of the grits from it. I believe this is the correct description of it, "Crawfish and Rock Shrimp with Grits - Crawfish and Rock Shrimp in a New Orleans-style Barbecue Sauce with Goat Cheese Grits".

DH chose the Royal Tasting of Cheese - A trio of Cheeses with Accompaniments

He loved this and ate almost the entire plate of cheese. It was a great appetizer and he enjoyed it a lot.

Next, we moved on the the main entrees. The kids both selected the Beef Tenderloin which came with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

They ate most of this, but it was a lot of food for them, especially after they already had the rolls and cheese & grapes appetizer. They really enjoyed it though and it seemed to be cooked properly.

I chose something pretty similar for myself, the Beef Tenderloin with Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus and a Tarragon Demi Glaze. I substituted Green Beans for the Asparagus because I prefer them.

The meat was cooked properly and had a really great flavor, especially with the glaze paired with it. The potatoes were seasoned well, but they were a bit dry, though I did enjoy the taste. The green beans were pretty standard, but I really appreciated the green vegetable at this point in the trip! I also hadn't eaten all day, being back at the hotel with DS, who wasn't feeling well earlier, so I was very hungry for this meal! I am not sure if that colored my feelings on it, but I really did enjoy this beef. However, I did not think it was quite as good as what my husband ordered! He got the...

Pork (yes, that is all I know! LOL I can't find the description, but it is pork slow cooked with some root vegetables and a sauce.

This was amazing! It was so tender that it fell off the bone. The flavor was great and we both thought it was the best entree of the night. I wished I had ordered this, even though I liked what I got, I loved this much more. I am a sucker for good pork though.

Now it was onto dessert. The kids got a choice of a cupcake or ice cream to decorate. DD5 chose the cupcake.

DS7 picked the ice cream.

As you could probably guess, these went over really well with the kids! They loved getting toarrange their own decorations on the cupcake and ice cream. They each split their dessert in half and shared with each other so that they both got cupcakes and ice cream. They still didn't eat it all, I think they were full from the rest of the meal! But it was a nice touch and very fun for them.

I went with the Seasonal Cheesecake:

I believe this is a description for what I had (when I ordered it just said "Seasonal Cheesecake" but I found this on another site), Almond Cheesecake With Lingonberry jam. It was tasty and very creamy on top with a fruit jam inside the cake. I didn't try the piece on top, but it appeared to be nuts of some sort, so I would assume it was almonds. The few bites I had of it were very good, but I didn't have enough room left in my stomach to eat more than that! It wasn't phenomenal or anything, but it was a nice dessert.

My husband chose the Chef's Dessert Trio:

This consisted of a mini version of the cheesecake I had, a flourless chocolate cake, and something with a pudding like consistency. He enjoyed everything and said he was glad he got to try a little of each dessert.

So, now we had finished our meal and we had not one princess visit us yet, would you believe that? Shortly after though, all of them came by, and my daughter was super surprised by the whole thing! She thought it was great and both of the kids took pictures with each princess. Right before we got the bill I asked for another wand and sword for the adults, I wanted one, too! Our server said no problem and brought another wand, sword, and two wishing stars to our table.

We finished up just in time and headed outside to watch Wishes from the outside. I wasn't sure what the view would be like inside and I didn't want to take the chance on missing it. We got to the bottom and they had the gates locked! We were stuck inside the pass through in the castle. I was worried that we wouldn't get out in time for the fireworks but a cast member told us the gates would open soon. Of course, this gave DH and DS plenty of time to sword fight as we were waiting. I was so glad to see DS feeling better that it really warmed my heart to see this.

A few minutes later, the gates opened up to the front of the castle and we walked through them to see a HUGE crowd of people down Main Street. It was a bit surreal because all these people were looking at only us, like our family was someone special because we were walking out of the castle right as everyone was watching it just waiting for the fireworks to begin!

We walked down the side and they moved the ropes and instructed us just to stay there. Fine with me, we had the best and closest seats in the world, front row!

I do have to say, being at the front for the fireworks was great. However, being at the back of that crowd trying to get out of the Magic Kingdom was not so great! It took us an hour and a half to get back to T&TC via the Ferry. It was still a wonderful experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Me, wife to DH and mama to DD5 and DS7
DD's favorite character is Pete, so that is where the screen name comes in!

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