We took a Disney Cruise aboard the Fantasy last year and our favorite experience during our 7-night cruise was the Royal Tea Party! I think I was just as excited as my daughter for this unique, magical opportunity. I already love Disney Cruises for their in-depth character interaction (they get to know you over the sailing!), but this went to a new level for us. This was a totally immersive princess experience that was more engaging and exclusive than Cinderella’s Royal Table or Akerhaus at Walt Disney World. It’s similar to the Disney Perfectly Princess Tea at the Grand Floridian except Royal Court Royal Tea has more than one princess, and is less expensive!
The Royal Court Royal Tea Experience takes place on sea days on 7-night cruises (typically occurs twice) as well as on 3- and 4-night cruises, and is now offered on all the ships. This exclusive experience is for ages 3-12, and although it’s not included in your cruise fare (more on that later), for us, this was a magical experience.
Prior to our tea party (we did it on Day 6), our daughter received a royal invitation in our stateroom, and it requested that she choose a cupcake theme. She went with Rapunzel and all I had to do was call that in to guest services. We had friends aboard and we also requested that we were seated with them.
I planned our trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique that morning and turned the whole day into a princess day, with our princess meet & greets occurring that morning. She dressed as Anna in the morning, and then changed into her Cinderella dress for the tea party. (You have to love the fact that having your room right there on board, makes costume changes so much easier)!
TIP: You will receive a Princess-themed autograph book so you can either wait to get autographs at this experience or if you’re doing meet & greets, you could get duplicate signatures. If you would like your autograph book for use for the beginning part of your trip, I recommend trying to book the first sea day tea party (if on a 7-night or longer) so you have the autograph book for the rest of the trip. Since the autograph book is princess-themed, you can use a standard Disney Cruise Line autograph book for the “classic” characters and save the princess autographs for this book.”
We arrived at Royal Court before the doors opened to take pictures. Once we were ushered inside, she was treated like royalty, being greeted by Lady Chamomile herself, and the pages (wait staff). She received a tiara and we were taken to our table.
At our table, she received lots of surprises!
Children receive a doll (everyone at our tea party received Cinderella, but I have heard of other dolls like Aurora being given), a princess autograph book, large princess pen, Belle jewelry box (varies on ships), a Royal Tea necklace, and a Royal Tea charm bracelet just awaiting to be filled up! Boys receive a Royal Court cinch bag, sword and shield, pins, autograph book and Duffy the Disney Bear plush.
Lady Chamomile, the Royal Tea Hostess, and Chef Brule, the Royal Pastry Chef, host the stately celebration, and the pair sings and welcomes everyone to the the tea party. There isn’t a bad seat in the house as it’s an exclusive setting, with only a limited amount of reservations accepted. We were all seated around the round royal table, with perfect views of the princesses and entertainment.
Chef Brule and Lady Chamomile shared their culinary specialties with us and the menu included a selection of herbal teas and 2 delicious courses—one sweet and one savory.
Then it was time for the princesses! As the princesses each entered, they brought a colored charm for the girls’ charm bracelets that matched their gown with them: Tiana (green), Cinderella (blue), and Belle (yellow). There was a pink charm on the necklace, so I bet sometimes another princess (Rapunzel perhaps because of the cupcake choice?) can be in the rotation and she would bring pink for the bracelet.
They signed autographs, spoke with each little princess, and took photos. (An official photographer was there too for every moment). Below you can see my photo vs. the photographer’s.
After the princesses finished their visits, they sang and danced for us.
At the end of the tea, each little princess got to take a photo with all 3 princesses. Later, an 8 x 10 photo was delivered to our stateroom in a leather folio.
We certainly felt like royalty at this special meet-and-greet with the Disney princesses. I would definitely do this again, perhaps on a 7-night, or if we cruise around our daughter’s birthday.
This specially priced experience is not included in cruise fare, and is available for an additional fee. Children are $210 and adults are $69. It books VERY quickly, so reserve this immediately when your booking window opens for your cruise. I definitely had to save up for this, but in the end, it was our favorite activity we did and was a wonderful Mommy/Daughter experience.
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