Best Trip Tips: Meeting Cinderella
It seems the popularity of Disney’s Princesses is at an all time high. You can see it in merchandise at your local store. You see it on TV. Walt Disney World has noticed it too. They are creating more and more ways to interact with their All-Star cast of Disney Princesses. Today’s post is going to specifically focus on meeting Cinderella. She has always been my all time favourite princess and now she’s my daughter’s favourite as well. So this is a priority for our vacations. Making sure we meet Cinderella at least once for a photo op and an autograph. You can meet Cinderella at a couple different locations and two of these do not require a park pass!
Meet Cinderella at the Princess Fairytale Hall. At this meet and greet you wait in a long roped off line to meet Cinderella and Princess Elena. You will have the opportunity to talk with Cinderella, have her sign your book and then take a picture. A photographer will be there to take your picture or you can use the Photopass. There is no entertainment in this line, which can make for an excruciating wait. The Princess Fairtytale Hall is located in Fantasyland. Walk through or around Cinderella’s Castle to the Carousel. The Fairytale Hall is on your right. There are two separate halls, one is for Rapunzel and Tiana, the other is for Cinderella and Princess Elena. So be sure to get in the right line.
Meet Cinderella at Cinderella’s Royal Table. The restaurant is located in the heart of the castle. You meet Cinderella at the very beginning of your experience. You walk in and wait on a bench. You will see Cinderella right away but will have to wait until your party is called to meet her. You’re picture will be taken by a photographer and you will receive three copies of this picture to take home with you as a part of your meal package. This is a really unique way to see Cinderella. But you will not see her for the remainder of the meal. You see her once and she does not come out with the rest of the princess during the course of your meal.
Come and meet Cinderella along with Snow White, Belle, Princess Aurora and Ariel at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. At this restaurant Cinderella will come to your table during the meal, giving you a chance to get a picture and an autograph. This restaurant is located at the Norway pavilion, now extremely popular because of Frozen Ever After, the new Frozen ride and the meet and greet area for Anna and Elsa. Akershus is the only place to meet Cinderella at Epcot. So if you’re only going to Epcot on this vacation or you couldn’t get into Cinderella’s Royal Table this is another great option.
These two character experiences don’t require park admission. Making them great opportunities to see Cinderella without having to carve out time at the park to do so. Leaving you more time at the Magic Kingdom to ride the rides and check out the parades and stage shows.
Located on the main floor of the Grand Floridian, the 1900 Park Fare Cinderella character experience is for those who love the film Cinderella. You get to meet five of the main characters: Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, Prince Charming and Cinderella. The stepmother and step sisters are very entertaining which makes this character dinner a lot of fun. These characters are only a part of the dinner serving. For breakfast there are another set of characters. So if you are looking to see the Cinderella characters be sure to book the dinner meal, not the breakfast meal. This is a great option if you can’t get reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Also it’s the only place where you can meet Prince Charming. You can sometimes meet Lady Tremaine and the Stepsisters at the Magic Kingdom but the only other time I’ve seen Prince Charming is during a RunDisney race.
For this character experience you don’t get to individually meet Cinderella. You get to interact with her in a very unique way but you’re not going to receive her autograph or a picture with you and her. If you’re the age 3-12 you can be a part of a parade through the 2nd floor of the Grand Floridian down to the lobby where she and Prince Charming share a dance. Or you can hang out in the lobby and watch it all take place. Click this link for more details.
Each of these opportunities to meet Cinderella are unique and special. If you’re looking to pick one, try to figure out what you most want out of this experience for yourself or your child. For a one on one conversation and intimate moment the Fairytale Hall is it. There are very few people in the room and you have her undivided attention. Do you love all the characters of the movie and want to kill two birds with one stone then head to 1900 Park Fare for a great meal and character experience. No matter which you choose they are all fun and memorable.