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Old 09-06-2012, 12:34 AM   #32
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:33 AM   #33
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My goodness, your daughter is adorable!! Love the picture with Piglet!! :

Belated Happy Birthday! It sounds as if your celebration is off to a wonderful start!!
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:58 PM   #34
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:43 PM   #35
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CINDERELLA'S ROYAL TABLE breakfast @ 810am

i was very lucky to reserve this ADR as i booked with less than 2 weeks to my vacation. at first, i booked a 10:20am ADR. one hour later, i checked again an the 8:10 ADR was staring back me so i called disney dining & had my time changed. we took our own car to the ticketing center and then took the resort monorail to magic kingdom.

my friend sophie of SEWSMOOTH created this gorgeous dress for emme to wear on this special day. sophie is extremely talented & i highly recommend her to everyone. she also has a site on etsy! emme loved this dress & she received so many lovely comments while at the park. the tiara is from my sister's wedding in 2011 where my daughter was a flower girl. my daughter could live in this tiara...she refuses to take it off most times.

i was so excited to enter magic kingdom before the park opened. we entered magic kingdom a few minutes before 8am and main street was empty! there was photo pass photographers out & about as well. i was worried it would rain but the weather was very hot & sunny already at 8am. after a few photo moments, we headed over to the castle for our reservation.

iphone photo of emme, walt, mickey & random guy in background.

my reservation was for 2 (one adult, one infant) & i had no issues adding my friend to the reservation. he was handed a check at the end of the meal & it was absolutely no hassle. we parked our stroller and we were in line to meet cinderella within 5 minutes.

the castle is absolutely gorgeous! you are given a photo folder with a picture of the castle, a picture with cinderella (the picture itself is a 6x8 but with the framing it equals an 8x10), and 4 4x6's for "free" during your meal. the line itself moved quickly but i did not feel rushed.

this is the actual photo (just an iphone re-photo) with cinderella. my daughter is traumatized with me taking so many pictures of her & she purposefully looks away from the camera so i was shocked that she was actually looking at the camera. actually, i was very thrilled! my daughter was completely shell shocked when she met cinderella. her eyes lit up & after her initial shock, she was so excited. they had great interaction with each other & cinderella stayed in character quite well.

after the picture with cinderella, we were walking up the red carpeted stairs to which we were greeted by a seater. we were taken to our table which was in the middle of the seating area. i was hoping for a window seat but was happy just to be in the castle. my daughter had a wand waiting or her at the table. additionally, there was a pink place mat with all the princesses there as well. i'm not sure if this was for my birthday or if it was for my daughter. either way, she was thrilled & could barely sit still.

our cm came over quickly and filled our cups with orange juice and brought over a large pot of coffee. emme got a milk. he also brought out delicious pastries for us as well.

my friend says these were all delicious but the biscuits were cold & hard. i was unable to eat any of these as my daughter was very excited & i was in mom mode.

my daughter's favorite princess is ariel and ariel was the first one to visit my daughter. the princesses waste no time to greet you once you are seated. again, my daughter was in shock to see ariel. i wish ariel was the last princess to greet my daughter because by then, my daughter got over her shock. she literally just stared at ariel & could barely muster a word. ariel was in character and chattered away to my daughter in a one way conversation with emme. ariel also seemed very rushed compared to the others. i tried to get her attention for a picture re-do but she kind of just hopped along her way. after the third attempt, i just stopped trying to get her attention.

emme did a lot of staring with ariel.

finally a smile from emme with ariel.

the cm took our menu order. i ordered the "steak & eggs", my friend ordered the "cream cheese stuffed french toast" & my daughter received complimentary french toast sticks with syrup.

up next, snow white. my daughter is a huge fan & she was shocked once again but she definitely was warming up to the characters. i can't imagine what she is thinking after seeing all the movies & then seeing the characters in real life. it has to be a bit surreal.

happy emme!

snow white was very sweet and even left a kiss mark on the autograph page. her voice even matched the movies. she also skipped from table to table and around the dining area.

our breakfast finally arrived!

Steak and Eggs - grilled filet mignon on a mild Chipotle-caramelized onion frittata served with our signature rosemary-lemon roasted potatoes

Steak and Eggs - grilled filet mignon on a mild Chipotle-caramelized onion frittata served with our signature rosemary-lemon roasted potatoes

i can't remember if the cm asked how i liked my steak cooked but it was cooked "medium". i'm not sure what the green sauce was (pesto, chimichurri) but it was slightly spicy and added a kick to the steak. the onion frittata was so yummy (for powdered eggs) as was the steak & the sauce. the potatoes were warm and very good (even though i asked for ketchup). i really enjoyed my breakfast!

and this is what my friend ordered (seems like my portrait lens liked the bacon the best & i didn't have time to shoot a second shot).

Cream Cheese-stuffed French Toast - drizzled with Cognac chocolate ganache served with bacon and fresh fruit

my friend (who has a sweet tooth) loved his french toast. he still loved it even after the outrageous price of the meal. he ate every single bite. i wish disney bacon had a litte more "oomph" to it. the bacon is so thin & i love bacon. i also wish i tasted it but no time as i was stuffing my facing, helping my daughter & taking pictures.

up next, sleeping beauty!

aurora spent the most time with my daughter. my daughter has never seen sleeping beauty & just called her a princess when she saw her. they talked about their tiaras & she was very kind to my daughter.

during breakfast, the princesses danced around and a wishing star song played and stars were waved around.

lastly, belle arrived to our table. she had on her blue dress. she was so pretty!

belle was very patient & exceptionally soft spoken & super sweet to my daughter. she played the part very well and was extremely genuine with her time with my daughter. ariel was rushed (sad face) but belle took her time & kindess radiated from her.

our server was very good & efficient. he replenished our drinks without us asking and checked on us often. i don't know how my daughter lost her wand during the meal but the cm replaced it quickly.

the meal lasted about 70 minutes for us. we had a really great time during breakfast. i'm not quite sure if i would pay for this meal out of pocket and it did take 2 TS credits. but the experience was very worthwhile. i will probably only visit the castle for a very special occasion. i am glad i got to try out the new menu as the old menu looked very uninspired.

after the meal, we were unleashed into fantasyland. my daughter rode the carousel first. she loved the white horses. it was so nice to just be able to walk up and ride every ride in fantasyland with virtually no wait. the longest i waited was 5 minutes for peter pan's flight. so.much.awesome.

walking towards the carousel and you can see the new fantasyland behind her!

after leaving the carousel, we saw lady tremaine & the step sisters. it was so hot this early (humid, sticky hot) & i have no idea how these 3 did not melt. they did cut off the line early.

drizella was taunting my daughter's dress and twirled around. as she twirled, her dress almost knocked my daughter over. drizella was horrified (maybe she thought i would turn into mama bear & unleash my fury) but my daughter just laughed and then the three snapped back into character. lady tremaine told me daughter to "stay out of the way" next time.

after a few more rides, we were about to exit the park but the parade had started. we had a great view (right in front of the castle). my daughter was very tired but mustered up some energy to dance. she found jessie & they danced together for a few minutes. very awesome!

festive mickey!

so cute!

my daughter loved this view!

emme dancing with jessie

tuckered out emme finally taking a nap after a very busy morning.

my final thoughts on crt: we had a very delicious meal at the castle. i don't think the meal itself is worth the hefty price tag but you are paying for the overall experience. however, the food was very good! my daughter loved meeting all the princesses (who all stayed in character very well) and it was nice to actually be able to keep the picture. i always feel awkward when i turn down the $30 photo taken at a character meal.

the dining room was very calm (unlike other character meals where there is a frenetic energy present) & i never felt rushed during my meal. i was very busy trying to eat, help my daughter actually eat as she was distracted with the princesses & swapping lenses for pictures. it was a very unique experience and something i am glad to have tried. my daughter is still talking about this meal and wants to return to have breakfast with cinderella. i did use my dxddp for this meal & if i think of it that way, the monetary cost of it seems less than the actual $58.00 for the meal (funny how my brain works...ha!).

but the way my daughter's face lit up & her excitement made this a very special meal for us. i will never forget it!

my next trip, we are going to try akershus & i'm looking forward to comparing the experiences.

up next, MAMA MELROSE F! PACKAGE dinner.

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:25 PM   #36
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Your steak and eggs looks really good! CRT has gotten many lukewarm reviews when it comes to food, but this year they made some major improvements to the breakfast menu, and it shows! Glad to hear that the overall experience was wonderful.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:31 PM   #37
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What a little sweet princess she is!! Her dress and tiara are both precious and she is beautiful!! I love the looks of awe on her face, when a princess was near by!! Too too cute!!
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:11 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by DonaldDoleWhip View Post
Your steak and eggs looks really good! CRT has gotten many lukewarm reviews when it comes to food, but this year they made some major improvements to the breakfast menu, and it shows! Glad to hear that the overall experience was wonderful.
i agree! i've read the lukewarm reviews of the subpar breakfast at the castle & i am glad to experienced the new menu. it was castle worthy!

@shortstuff: thank you for the compliments about my daughter. she had such a fabulous time!

i also forgot to mention that i did get a birthday cupcake during breakfast. it did not have the usual sprinkles and i thought it was much prettier than the usual birthday cupcakes.

both pics taken via iphone. my daughter took 1 bite as she was still very excited about meeting all the princesses!
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:34 AM   #39
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LOOOOVE your pictures! Great camera you have, youre a pretty good & creative photographer! Loving the reviews.

CRT breakfast actually looks quite delish. Esp the french toast your friend had. MMmmmmmm.

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Old 09-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #40
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I love your pics! And you're right - CRT is a special experience. I was quite amazed at how rushed the whole meal felt for me though. We had a 10:20 reservation and we were out of there in about an hour or so. Of course, part of feeling rushed was constantly getting up to take pics. My food was pretty cold by the time I got to eat it.

It's probably a one time thing for us to eat in the Castle...unless there's any particular special reason. I'm so glad we did it and now have the bragging rights It was well worth it once.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:12 PM   #41
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I loved reading your whole CRT experience. Your daughter's dress and tiara are so lovely and she looked so beautiful! I'm tearing up because I'm already thinking how great it will be to take DD to CRT one day dressed as a princess. Of course, she's not even 1 yet, so I'll have to wait a while.

Glad to hear the food was decent, since I've read some pretty bad reviews of the food in the castle.
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Love your review and pictures. You're daughter is absolutely beautiful!!
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #43
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That birthday cupcake definitely looks different from the typical 'celebration' cupcakes. Very nice touch!

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walking towards the carousel and you can see the new fantasyland behind her!
One more thing - this looks like it could be a Disney promotional pic! Emme is adorable in her dress, and New Fantasyland looks great in the background.
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Your daughter is adorable. Enjoying your reviews - yours is the first steak pic i've seen at CRT. Think my DH will go for that next month.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:26 PM   #45
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I am loving your TR so far. The pics are gorgeous...you are a very talented photographer, and Emme looks like she is having a blast! I love the picture of Piglet kissing her head!
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