Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 20, 2012
    Andrea from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    So, what is your opinion about if it is overkill to do both Cinderella's Table and Akershus in the same visit? I have 3 young girls who like princesses (but love all the characters) and the meals sound a little different- maybe not very?

    Hi, Andrea!

    Thanks so much for checking back in with me!

    I think the two main points of argument are the characters and the ambiance.

    Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus
    places you in a medieval hall setting, while Cinderella's Royal Table brings you into the Castle.That might be a real selling point for your girls.

    But the characters, in my opinion, are far superior at Akershus. You'll meet a variety of Princesses - and other characters might stop by (there have been "sightings" of Mary Poppins, Mulan, and Jasmine in addition to the regulars: Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora).

    At CRT, you'll see Cinderella, the mice from the story, and the Fairy Godmother, who makes an appearance, but does not stop for pictures. Again, the pull of CRT seems to be all in the setting.

    If you have real Cinderella fans, one option to consider that is slightly less expensive than CRT is Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian. At this buffet meal, you can meet, among other characters, Cinderella and her Prince Charming! The rarity of seeing the Prince might be an excellent trade-off for not dining in the Castle.

    So the short answer is that while it isn't necessarily overkill to do both Akershus and CRT, as the experiences are different, I think there is more of a "wow" factor at Akershus in terms of character opportunity. If you want to do two, maybe Akershus and the 1900 Park Fare are a good combination.

    Please let me know what you decide!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.

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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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