How to Get Cinderella’s Royal Table Reservations: Tips and Tricks from a Disney World Pro

by | Apr 24, 2024 | Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

It takes more than a little bibbidi-bobbidi-boo to get dining reservations for Cinderella’s Royal Table. Here are expert tips, tricks, and advice from a Walt Disney World that’ll help you score a table.

Where else can you experience fairytale dining in one of the most famous and recognizable castles in the world? Only at Walt Disney World – specifically, at Magic Kingdom Park! Here, you’ll find Cinderella’s Royal Table, a dining destination that offers a princess-themed character breakfast and delicious meals throughout the rest of the day.

Cinderella’s Royal Table is a guest-favorite table service restaurant that’s been enchanting diners and dreamers of all ages since 1997. It’s still the hottest ticket at Magic Kingdom… and notoriously difficult to score a table. So, if you’re hoping to dine with royalty and enjoy one of the best character dining experiences in all of Disney World, what’s the best strategy for booking your own Cinderella’s Royal Table reservations?

As someone who’s an expert in the ins and outs of nabbing a table at Disney World’s most popular restaurants, I’m sharing tips and tricks that’ll increase your odds for Cinderella’s Royal Table reservations.

Why Are Cinderella’s Royal Table Dining Reservations So Hard to Get?

While any meal at Cinderella’s Royal Table can be a great experience, it’s the character dining offered at this Disney World restaurant that makes it so popular.

The biggest draw of the Cinderella’s Royal Table experience is being able to rub shoulders with real Disney princesses. Here, as soon as the trumpet sounds, the banquet hall welcomes Cinderella and 4 to 5 of her friends to the festivities. Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine, and Aurora are all on the guest list. 

As you dine, the princesses make a point of stopping at each table. Guests can snap photos, get autographs, and have an individual moment with each princess, which makes for a pretty special experience. Oh, and there’s the added perk of dining inside the iconic Cinderella Castle!

Both families with young kids and adults alike want to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, which means you’re competing against a lot of guests for a reservation – and there are only so many tables available per day.

How to Get Reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table

Wish you had your own Fairy Godmother who could make Cinderella’s Royal Table reservations for you? Us too. 

For a hot spot like this, the chances of walking in and getting seated without a prior reservation are pretty slim. Don’t expect to be able to nab a same-day walk-up table, even if it’s your first action of the day.

Disney recommends that anyone looking to dine at an in-park table-service restaurant gets an advance dining reservation (ADR) up to 60 days in advance. 

That’s where you’ll want to rely on the My Disney Experience app. You can make a breakfast, lunch, or dinner reservation through My Disney Experience. Or, you can book through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

When reservations become available at the 60-day mark, you’ll want to act fast (and be up early!). Reservations are released at approximately 6:00 AM Eastern time daily – and they get snapped up quickly, meaning you’ll need to be online or in the app right at 6:00 AM. Set an alarm 60 days out from the date you’d like to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, and make sure you’re ready to search as soon as reservations roll out.

Tips for Getting Cinderella’s Royal Table Reservations

Check Back Often for More Reservation Availability

if you aren’t able to get a dining reservation right at the 60-day window, don’t panic. All hope is not lost – but you will need to be diligent to get a table! Often, additional reservation availability will appear in the My Disney Experience app or on the Disney World website. Other guests will cancel their reservations, change their plans, and leave new openings available. But in order to nab one of these reservations, you’ll need to check back often.

So, I suggest checking the app and website regularly if you want to get a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table. You can check once or twice a week while you’re still 6 to 8 weeks out from your trip. As you approach the 1-month mark, you may want to check more frequently. I’ve had the most success at getting in-demand dining reservations in the two weeks leading up to my visit, so try to check daily once you’re just 14 days or so out.

And don’t forget to check at odd times of the day! Reservations that open up due to other guests’ cancellations can pop up at any time. I’ve found reservations for popular restaurants like Be Our Guest and Space 220 appear late in the evening or right in the middle of the day – so check at different times.

Stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel

If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel during your trip, good news: You’ll have a chance to grab Cinderella’s Royal Table reservations before anyone else. Hotel guests can book dining reservations 70 days out instead of the typical 60.

So, make sure to log into your Disney World account 70 days out from the date you’re hoping to dine! Reservations will become available at 6:00 AM Eastern time just like any other day.

Use Disney World Crowd Calendars to Plan Your Stay

Lastly, one of the best ways to eliminate (some, but not all of) your competition for Cinderella’s Royal Table reservations is to visit Disney World during a less crowded time of the year. If you’re visiting when the parks are at their lowest crowd levels, your odds of nabbing a dining reservation are better.

You can use our Disney World crowd calendars to determine when it’ll be least crowded throughout the year. If you’re visiting during a low-crowd period, you may find more reservations are available. But be warned: With the popularity of Cinderella’s Royal Table, they’ll still get booked up fast!

Is Cinderella’s Royal Table Worth It?

Dining with the Disney princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table is a one-of-a-kind experience, which is why reservations are so highly in demand. But this character meal also comes with a high price tag – one that may or may not be worth paying.

For many guests, the castle’s ambiance and one-of-a-kind character meet-and-greet experience justify the cost and extra hassle to book reservations. You’re dining inside a Disney castle, after all!

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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