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Old 12-28-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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My parents, my DD (4) and I are going to WDW in April for DD's first trip (yay!). I have an ADR at CRT for 8:20 breakfast our first full day there. I'm a little on the fence on whether its worth the price. As far as Disney characters go, DD's #1 loves are Lion King characters, #2 Toy Story characters, and #3 princesses (favorites prob Snow White and Belle).

Obviously there are no Lion King or Toy Story CMs, so that's why I chose CRT. Only doing a half day at Epcot, so Akershus is out. I think she will love meeting the princesses, and dining inside the castle...but it's just so pricey, lol! She loves characters in general too, and is very friendly. Anyone else have a non-princess obsessed kid that loved (or hated!) CRT?
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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ok- this may not help much bc my DD has always loved the princesses- yeah- obsessed at 4. Putting that aside though- I say if she is 4 yrs old- DO IT!!! Nothing is more magical than eating in THE castle. Yes- it is crazy expensive. But, she will only be 4 yrs old once. We usually travel with my whole family- parents, brothers & fams, etc. We have our DD who is now 13 and nieces who are now 16 and 19. All 3 still think the castle is a 'must'. My niece who is a sophomore in college is taking her roommate who has never been to WDW for a day during Spring Break. First thing she asked her dad was- can you make us a ressie in the castle- everyone should do that once! and I agree- if you go to WDW- splurge at least once if you have a daughter. And I must say- 4 yrs old is such a magical age- I really think any 4 yr old little girl would love it. My DD at that age was convinced that Cinderella's bedroom was upstairs and she had her princess friends eat with her daily. It was so cool. Nothing compares to the magic of CRT. Is it ridiculously overpriced? Yes. But what isn't in WDW? If my daughter were 4 yrs old again- I wouldn't hesitate. Heck, we are considering another family trip next year with all teen girls- yes- I feel very sure they will all 3 beg to eat in the castle again. And I'm sure we'll probably suck it up and pay it again..... lol
My daughter's eyes were so bright and wide eating in the castle at 4 yrs old...... you couldn't put a price on those memories.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #3
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Well, she CAN meet snow white at epcot and Belle in MK. I personally dont feel its worth the price. We did it once, and honestly I had a princess obsessed 4 YO, and still think it wasn't worth the price. She liked 1900PF just as much for half the price. You can do TWO others for the same price. Just my opinion though
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
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My parents, my DD (4) and I are going to WDW in April for DD's first trip (yay!). I have an ADR at CRT for 8:20 breakfast our first full day there. I'm a little on the fence on whether its worth the price. As far as Disney characters go, DD's #1 loves are Lion King characters, #2 Toy Story characters, and #3 princesses (favorites prob Snow White and Belle).

Obviously there are no Lion King or Toy Story CMs, so that's why I chose CRT. Only doing a half day at Epcot, so Akershus is out. I think she will love meeting the princesses, and dining inside the castle...but it's just so pricey, lol! She loves characters in general too, and is very friendly. Anyone else have a non-princess obsessed kid that loved (or hated!) CRT?
I think it's worth doing once. I'm a mom of three boys, I've never been into princesses myself (always a Minnie girl!) and I loved dinner in the castle long ago before dinner was a princess meal. But our youngest son went through a princess phase right before he turned four years old and asked to go to Akershus and CRT during his birthday trip. So we did - for breakfast. I definitely prefer Akershus for the character interaction and calm atmosphere, but that's because I've loved Akershus since childhood and have already been to both several times. If you and your kids have never been to CRT, I'd suggest keeping the reservation for the in-castle experience. I really wish they still offered one non-princess meal in the castle, but I can understand why that's no longer a wise business decision!
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Well, she CAN meet snow white at epcot and Belle in MK. I personally dont feel its worth the price. We did it once, and honestly I had a princess obsessed 4 YO, and still think it wasn't worth the price. She liked 1900PF just as much for half the price. You can do TWO others for the same price. Just my opinion though
I 100% agree. My daughter was 5 years old when we went last year, we debated on eating at the Castle and decided against it. We ate at 1900 Park Fare and then did the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique for the price that it would have cost us to eat the Castle. The BBB was SO amazing and memorable. I would recommend you skip the Castle and save your money.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #6
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We have done it a few times, the last time a few weeks ago and it was the LAST, there is only so much bad food you can overlook just to be in the castle.Belle is no longer there because of course she is in fantasyland and she cant be at both places.They changed te cheese plate and the new one is horrid! Lol I am a cheese lover and could not stand it ( ick) and the other dishes were very limited and just tasted awful.I can see if you want to take a child one time to " eat in the castle" but after that.... Uuugggg. Now remember this is just my opinion but unless your on the meal plan I cant see paying the cost.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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My vote is try it once and check it off your bucket list. We took our daughter when she was 5 and she liked it........ Turns out my wife was the one who loved it! That said, i cant bring myself to pay the cash to do it again......
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:20 PM   #8
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We ate at the castle once and it was the trip we had the DDP. My kids were 12, 15, and 4. I think a meal in the castle is a "must do." That said, I think once is enough and I wouldn't bother again. It is a very magical experience though and would probably splurge on it-especially with a little girl!
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #9
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My parents, my DD (4) and I are going to WDW in April for DD's first trip (yay!). I have an ADR at CRT for 8:20 breakfast our first full day there. I'm a little on the fence on whether its worth the price. As far as Disney characters go, DD's #1 loves are Lion King characters, #2 Toy Story characters, and #3 princesses (favorites prob Snow White and Belle).

Obviously there are no Lion King or Toy Story CMs, so that's why I chose CRT. Only doing a half day at Epcot, so Akershus is out. I think she will love meeting the princesses, and dining inside the castle...but it's just so pricey, lol! She loves characters in general too, and is very friendly. Anyone else have a non-princess obsessed kid that loved (or hated!) CRT?
Yes, it is *very* pricey, but we went twice when our children were small, and it was well worth the $$$'s.

You aren't just paying for your meal, it's mainly the experience of eating in a castle and seeing Cinderella. My DH & I enjoyed it as much as the kids did

We have no plans to ever do it again, but have no regrets eating there and experiencing the castle ambiance and Cinderella when we did.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:34 PM   #10
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I have been torn myself about CRT because of the food reviews and cost, although the photo package balances it out a bit for me. I would do breakfast over lunch or dinner after reviewing the menus. I figure we will do it once for the experience. I also agree about 1900 Park Faire - it is a quick trip from the MK (monorail to the Grand Floridian). It is a buffet so it should have something for everyone and is 1 TS credit. Dinner and breakfast characters are different. Dinner is Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and the 2 step sisters. Lady Tremaine and the step sisters have great reviews and are the hit of the meal - ask the step sisters to sing!
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:50 PM   #11
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If you will be returning again before she is 7, then wait. She'll remember it more and possibly be more into the princesses. If you won't be back by then, DO IT! You will regret it if you don't. It is so beatiful and magical in the morning. Breakfast is yummy. Take lots of pics!

I wish my DD was still into the princesses and I could justify the cost. Alas, she is 11 and my time has passed. Until I'm a grandma someday!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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We did CRT when dd was 3 AND 4. (We weren't planning on going back to WDW so soon, but what can I say!) She LOVED it both times. (So did I.....and so did DH and DS, 2.) I thought the atmosphere was excellent. Definitely something worth experiencing once. And you do get the free picture package (a large pic and 4 reg. sized photos) and the price includes tip. So keep that in mind with the cost. We found the food to be decent (not excellent, but not awful.) It was on par with food from other character meals.

I think 1900 Park Faire is a totally different experience. It was nice, but DD didn't enjoy it as much nor did the rest of us although we still enjoyed it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:30 PM   #13
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We did it this past Nov. with our DD9. She loved it and we found the princess spent a lot of time with her. We have also done the Akersaus, but that was in June. We found the waiter was more pleasant and took more time with our table than the princess' at Akersaus. So, honestly in my opinion, the time the characters spend depends on the crowds. I just asked my daughter what her favorite memory of our recent trip was. (and there were plenty, a private dessert party, BBB, Chef Mickeys, Crystal Palace, CRT, MVMCP) 1st place BBB, followed by CRT. So... I say do it. We went for Breakfast, 8:20 ADR. We all agreed the food was good. Overpriced? yes, but ... DD's 2nd favorite memory... priceless.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:13 AM   #14
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I would keep the ADR...especially since princesses are in her top 3 and her 1 and 2 choices aren't in any of the character meals.

We've done breakfast, lunch and dinner at CRT and Akershus ... breakfast at both last month ... and if I had to pick the superior princess breakfast based on our experiences it would be CRT as the solid winner. The new menu is quite tasty. Even DH raved about it.

I also like eating in the castle...it feels special to me. And while 8:20a is a good time, if you're able to snag an 8:05a you'll almost definitely be out in time for park opening.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:27 AM   #15
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Heck--I don't even HAVE kids and I enjoyed breakfast at the castle. Got my pic with 4 princesses and Cinderella!!

Worth doing at least once and breakfast is best.
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