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Old 10-06-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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CRT & Girl's Trip - Is it worth it?

My 2 friends and I are going to WDW in December. We have an ADR for lunch at CRT to celebrate my 50th bday, but now I'm second guessing it and wondering if it's really worth it. None of us has eaten there before and at the time I booked the ADR it sounded like a good idea. Thoughts???
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Like most character meals, you go for the experience, not so much the food.

If you’re looking to enjoy yourselves as 5 to 7-year-olds thrilled to meet Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White, etc., you’ll have a great time and probably reach that “worth it” goal.

Looking for conversation and good food with a Disney theme not so important? Then, CRT likely won’t be worth it.

The menu is somewhat limited compared with other MK restaurants, very limited compared with MK resort restaurants. Food is adequate to good, nothing to rave about.

It all depends upon what your group will enjoy most, IMO.
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Silly me forgot to mention the most exciting part of a CRT meal: You get to eat IN THE CASTLE.

That really is a thrill when you never have before.

However, consider that DH and I do 4-5 character meals each trip. We love sitting and eating while the characters come to meet us instead of waiting in line to meet them.
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Silly me forgot to mention the most exciting part of a CRT meal: You get to eat IN THE CASTLE.
Point taken; thank you!
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If you enjoy chocolate and want that birthday lunch to be extra-magical, consider ordering the Cinderella’s Slipper Dessert.

It must be ordered in advance of your arrival at the Castle.

How-tos here: https://disneyparksmomspanel.disney....essert-351719/
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Personally, there are many other places I would choose for a 50th birthday party unless you and your friends are totally excited about a princess character meal. Even then, there are other princess meals that are better.

I would have to go with the "not worth it" group because the food is mediocre at best, the character interaction is so-so and the overall experience is directed towards children. However, the castle is special.
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As others have said, CRT is all about the experience (not the food). Might I suggest changing your reservation to dinner, if possible? We celebrated my daughter's 16th birthday there, making a late reservation to coincide with the fireworks. While we didn't have a true view of the fireworks, they dim the lights and we saw them through the stained glass windows. We thought it was quite magical!

It is special to dine in the castle, though admittedly expensive and not nearly the quality of food available at other signature restaurants. If you've never been to CRT, it may be a special place to celebrate the your milestone birthday!
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