I was lucky to have made many trips to Walt Disney World as a child and always wondered what was inside the Castle. Originally, a suite was planned for the Disney family and executives, but since Walt Disney died nearly five years before the park opened, it remained unfinished, and eventually was turned successively into a telephone call center, a dressing room, and is currently a lavish Dream Suite hotel room for specially selected guests. That would have been a great experience to spend a night in the castle.
Cinderella’s Royal Table, formerly known as King Stefan’s Banquet Hall, is a restaurant inside the castle. Located on the second floor, guests can take the circular stairway or the elevator to this royal dining room, where the younger guests are “princes” and “princesses”, while the adults in the party are referred to as lords and ladies. Walt Disney Imagineers had originally wanted to give the restaurant a regal name, and since there are no well-known characters from “Cinderella” that met their criteria, they instead took a little dramatic license and chose the name of Sleeping Beauty’s father, King Stefan. The name was changed on April 28, 1997, in order not to confuse tourists.
When you enter the castle you are offered a photo opportunity with Cinderella and there are several Princesses roaming the dining hall.
The food at Royal Table is very delicious. During my most recent visit I ordered Sliced Roasted Beef Tenderloin with
Duchess Potatoes, and mac and cheese in place of the asparagus. For dessert I chose VALRHONA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:
A light Chocolate Mousse presented with Berries and Raspberry Sauce.
Pre-payment is required upon making reservations.