Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 22, 2011
    Jennifer from ON Asked

    We are planning our first trip to disney with a three year old... The only time that we could get for the Cinderella dinner was at 9:25 pm.. I think that it's way to late but didn't know if it was something that was worth staying up late for or can in wait

    Hi Jennifer! You must be so excited to be planning your three-year-old's first trip to Walt Disney World! I remember taking my daughter to Cinderella's Royal Table when she was that age -- she was so excited to wear her princess dress and meet Cinderella and her princess friends! On that trip, we had breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table, and I don't think our experience there would have been so magical if we'd had a late-night dinner reservation. After a day in the parks, my three-year-old would not have been able to stay awake that late, and she would have been super grumpy if she did. I know some toddlers are night-owls and can easily eat dinner at 9:30 p.m., and if your child falls in that category, then by all means keep the late dinner reservation. If, however, your three-year-old normally eats dinner and goes to bed much earlier than that, I wouldn't recommend you try to dine so late at Cinderella's Royal Table. A meal there is not inexpensive, and I wouldn't want you to spend what should be a magical evening trying to console a fussy toddler. Did you know that Cinderella's Royal Table also serves breakfast and lunch? I'd recommend you try to make a reservation for one of those meals if you can't find an earlier time to have dinner there. If all of the earlier times are booked up, consider booking breakfast, lunch or dinner at Akershus in Epcot or Cinderella's Storybook Dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian, where your little one can meet princesses without having to stay up so late. If your heart is set on having dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table, keep checking to see if earlier time slots open up a few days before your trip. Because this restaurant has a cancellation policy with a credit card guarantee, it is possible to find last-minute availability.

    Wishing you a magical first visit with your little one!  
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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