I decided to indulge myself when booking our trip to Disneyland Paris and we booked the Lunch/Dinner meal with the Princesses at Auberge De Cendrillon restaurant (ADC) when we booked our original holiday. I have always loved Disney Princesses and Cinderella was my absolute icon as a little girl. I had heard that the only way to meet the Princesses at DLP was to go to the Princess Pavillion where you queue up to meet just one. I have also seen that the queues can reach up to 3 hours and I knew no one would want to wait that long, so this seemed the best option plus you get three and a prince – no brainer!
We went to the 2pm sitting but arrived about 10 minutes early. When you go inside, you give your name and we were advised to take a seat in a small waiting area before they called us. It is really pretty and really got me all excited.
We then were led through to our table, which we didn’t realise, happened to be pretty much the best table in the place as we were right next to where they danced!
We sat down and the kids spotted Cinderella straight away which made me super excited as she is my favourite of all time Princess. Our waiter came over and introduced himself and we were given non alcoholic cocktails as part of our booking package along with a three course set meal that you chose which ones you wanted, along with one other soft drink.
There was a separate menu for adults and kids.
With four out of the five of us fussy eaters, we knew that the menu was not going to suit us all. I had a pumpkin soup for starter, a cod tomato based dish for my nmain and a super cute Cinderella style pudding. We asked for the kids to have a plain chicken breast with pasta for their main which they all liked luckily.
For dessert, the kids had a cool Cinderella white chocolate slipper which they all devoured and it added such a lovely touch.
Rapunzel was the first princess who came over to us not long after we had sat down and she was absolutely LOVELY. She asked the kids their names and was chatting all about Pascal. She signed their books and posed for photos (even though P1 was grumpy!) She kept coming back at various times and remembered their names. She finally coaxed P1 to have a photo albeit not that great!
Sadly Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) arrived at our table just as our food came so it all felt a bit rushed and really bad timing. I have to admit she wasn’t as chatty and didn’t stay long so I wasn’t that keen on her. She did however, tell us to go and see the dragon under her castle though and signed all our books.
Cinderella and Prince Charming too were lovely and chatty, especially the Prince who really made a special effort with Charlie. I was a bit disappointed in her footwear though! Give the girl some glittery heels for goodness sake.
I absolutely loved the whole thing. I have to admit the food wasn’t my kinda food and the cod main was really not very nice and not warm, but to be honest we weren’t paying for the food, more the experience and not having to queue for hours in the princess pavilion! On check in at our hotel (Newport Bay) we were given 5 tickets with the time and date on that we had to give at the end of the meal.
Suzie and Perla (Cinderella’s mice) were also brilliant at the interaction and liked to stroke my husband’s bald head much to our amusement. They really kept everything flowing.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone and if you can ask for a table by the fireplace as we sat right infront of it and it was brilliant that we all got to see them dancing, as they didn’t seem to annopunce it so you could easily have missed it. We got a front row view and no one stood infront of us luckily. The whole feel and décor inside is just stunning and I am so glad we did it for the wonderful experience.
Make sure you have a look around outside as Cinderella’s beautiful carriage is there (just don’t try to take pics when the sunlight is like this!) You can also go out the gate which leads you under the castle to the dragon that Aurora told us about.
Just a few reminders – there are no photopass photographers in ADC so you will have to take your own pictures. Remember to take your autograph books and pens as they do not carry them to sign and also see if you can bag a table by the fireplace so you’re well positioned for the dancing. You cannot guarantee what Princesses are going to be there so be optimistic. I was thrilled with our three though although Belle for Sleeping Beauty would have been a fair trade for me haha. Oh and ENJOY! It was a real highlight for us to sit down and be warm and fed. I also have written about my five tips for visiting Disneyland in the winter.