Though the Magic Kingdom doesn't have large construction projects going on like those underway at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, this generally-consistent park has actually gone through a number of changes recently, introducing a new opening procedure and welcome show earlier this month, plus reintroducing the controversial Disney After Hours upcharge event.
However, even though we are just three weeks into the new year, it looks like the updates for this park are continuing to stream in, with dining changes, the cancellation of an upcharge option and more now happening around the Magic Kingdom. But first, let's look at an unconfirmed report out of this park which has surfaced in recent days that has made many fans quite upset...
1. Reservations for Cinderella's Royal Table reportedly cancelled to make way for an upcharge event later this month
Cinderella's Royal Table is the most-coveted dining reservation at Walt Disney World, and for good reason. While there are other places around the resort where you can enjoy a gourmet meal and the company of your favorite princesses (Akershus at Norway is the most famous example, but the Grand Floridian's 1900 Park Fare also offers an amazing experience as well), Cinderella's Royal Table allows guests the truly one-of-a-kind experience of actually eating inside Cinderella's Castle, one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
Naturally, guests wanting a table at this restaurant have to plan far in advance, either jumping online or calling the requisite 180 days in advance to try and secure a spot at this highly sought-after eatery. And while not everyone is lucky enough to be able to get a reservation, for those that are, the chance to eat at Cinderella's Royal Table is often the highlight of their trip.
So it would naturally be disturbing then to hear that, according to unconfirmed reports that were brought to light on The DIS Daily fix (which you can watch here), Disney has recently cancelled several guests' reservations at this restaurant (which were likely made quite some time ago) to make way for a new "Delicious Disney" special dining event that was announced a few weeks ago for this restaurant, and costs a truly exorbitant $500 per person (you can read more about what this event includes here at the Orlando Sentinel).
While we should mention that we can't independently confirm these reports, such a development at Cinderella's Royal Table unfortunately would not be too surprising as there has been a trend in recent months towards giving preference to upcharge experiences. Still, even if you don't mind the dozen or so add-ons at the Magic Kingdom that have been introduced over the past year, this move is disappointing in a very different way as Disney is seemingly giving tangible preference to the guests who can spend more money over those who would pay the standard price for this experience, and letting the experience for the lower-paying guest (who is still likely dropping a few hundred dollars) suffer as a result. And speaking of upcharges at Walt Disney World...