diy disney: character dining

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hello and happy day to you!

We chose two character dining experiences this time: Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom and Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort.

We chose CRT because S1 had never eaten there and we could make a breakfast reservation so we could get into the park before it opened to the public.  There's nothing like walking down a practically empty Main Street!  And there's just something so magical about eating INSIDE Cinderella's castle. Now if only I could live there, that would be the real dream come true.

Have I already mentioned that S2 loves Cinderella?  Here's more proof:

She loved seeing all the princesses milling about and wondering who was going to come to our table next.  There was Ariel...

...and a bokeh-y Snow White (ha, forgot that I had my 50mm lens on my camera, sorry Snow! I still love this pic).

There was Jasmine too!

Oh and breakfast was delicious!  Somehow the coffee was way better than what they serve at the hotel and I was savoring every sip.  They brought out pastries while we perused the menu and everything was just so good.  I was very impressed!

Unlike Cinderella's Royal Table, Chef Mickey's is a buffet.  And Mickey waffles were involved - my favorite!

I love how she's looking at our pal Mickey here:

(Oh and I promise to share about these shirts soon.)

She also gave Minnie the side-eye!  She cracks me up.

Pluto has a ginormous head.  Just throwing that out there.

Donald got a little side-eye action too.  This is one of my favorite photos of all time.

So that's where we ate this time.  We've done lots of character dining experiences before and I prefer to do them in the late afternoon/evening, just because by that time, everyone generally needs to take a load off and rest for a little while.  Plus, doing them in the morning could mean that you miss out on the precious moments right when the parks open that you can go on any ride without a wait.  We made our reservations early enough that we didn't miss much time in the parks, but it meant we had to get up at the crack of dawn - just something to think about!  S2 is the happiest first thing in the morning which is why we did breakfasts this time.  Plus I just love breakfast food. :)
Also, just FYI:  Cinderella's Royal Table books 6 months in advance.  To the day.  So, if you want to eat there on July 30, you better be calling on January 30.  Some of the other experiences aren't quite as popular, but it's still a good idea to book as far in advance as you can.  We made our dining reservations and then planned our days around them.

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