One of the biggest surprises for me on my recent sailing on the Disney Magic was my first night dining at the new Rapunzel’s Royal Table. It caught me off-guard because I was expecting your average, run-of-the-mill character dinner. It was so much more than that!
The restaurant, formerly known as Parrot Cay, was reimagined about a year ago — it morphed into Rapunzel’s Royal Table in March 2018.
The new venue, the first table-service restaurant themed to Disney’s “Tangled,” takes you to the kingdom of Corona for a fun-filled evening — a dinner show with lots of characters and live entertainment.
The fun begins as you enter the restaurant, where you are greeted by the thugs from Tangled’s friendly villain hideout, “The Snuggly Duckling.” (It helps if you’ve seen the movie, but if you haven’t, you’ll still enjoy it, I promise!)
The restaurant is set up like a regal ballroom in the castle of Corona, where the king and queen have invited everyone to participate in the celebration of Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.
The tables are beautifully set, adorned with the sun symbol of Corona.
The room is illuminated with glowing “wish lanterns” suspended from the ceiling. The walls are decorated with colorful drawings by Rapunzel that depict the Tangled story.
There are so many little touches that make this dining location memorable, not just for the Tangled fan, but for everyone. There’s the attention to detail in the decor, from the faux-timbers in the flooring to the beautiful purple carpet, to the rustic accent pieces.
Here’s a video of the restaurant during the day, so you can get a good look at all the details that make the spot so special.
Throughout your meal, you’re treated to the lively music of a trio of minstrels…
… and the antics of three of the more personable Thugs from the Snuggly Duckling.
Hook Hand (who, you know, has a hook for a hand). He serves as your emcee for the evening.
The sort of menacing Vlad…
And Attila, with the flat-top helmet, who I never was able to photograph solo. (You’ll catch glimpses of him in the video below, though!)
More than just a mere character meal, during which the characters routinely make their rounds, these performers actually engage the audience. They teach the Snuggly Duckling secret salute (not so secret now!) and eventually introduce the star princess herself, Rapunzel who is joined by her hero, Flynn Rider — er, Eugene Fitzherbert.
Several songs from the film “Tangled” are performed during the meal, notably, “I’ve Got a Dream” and “I See the Light.” While the former is rowdy and riotous fun, the latter is truly magical as servers and other cast members walk around the restaurant with illuminated “wish lanterns.”
Rapunzel herself roams amongst the diners at times, stopping for photos and a chat about her Best Day Ever. At one point, she even leads the youngest diners with the servers around the room in a lively parade.
As for the meal, the dishes are reminiscent of what you might find at a German table.
You start with a bread service of pretzel bread with a mustard dipping sauce. (Sorry for the low lighting in some of these photos — it was a delightful ambiance, but played havoc with the photography!)
What else is on the menu? You can start with the Snuggly Duckling Platter, pumpernickel with assorted charcuterie meats. Or try some of the other refined appetizers like the Ahi Tuna Tartare or the Ravioli “Tiroler” (ravioli filled with pulled beef and portobello mushroom, tossed in red wine-thyme reduction).
For your main course, you can try the Tangled Pasta with scallops and tomatoes tossed with basil pesto.
There’s also a sea bass with white asparagus, spinach, broccoli, kohlrabi, carrots and peas in a champagne-truffle vinaigrette.
There are several other entrees, including prime rib and smoked pork loin, as well as a few lighter entrees like the vegetarian potato crepes filled with spinach, zucchini, eggplant and ricotta, and chili-spiced tofu ramen.
Even if you’re not inclined to having a sweet tooth, desserts here are truly tempting. You can have the signature Gothel Black Forest Tower, a chocolatey, almost mousse-like concoction that was much better than I expected, filled with cream and a hint of black cherry.
There’s also traditional Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce and butter pecan ice cream, as well as Rapunzel’s Fry Pan Sweet Bread, a no-sugar-added Lemon-Raspberry Mousse Bombe, and a definitely sugar-added Birthday Cupcake Sundae, in honor of the Birthday Girl.
There’s even a dessert for those who can’t make up their minds — a creme brulee cheesecake that artfully combines two popular desserts into one dish.
While it’s not exactly part of the meal, don’t miss the little glowing Pascal chameleon that can be clipped on to your drinks for an add-on of $3.
There’s so much to enjoy during your dinner at Rapunzel’s Royal Table — it was truly an unexpected highlight of my cruise on the Disney Magic!
Here’s a video of some excerpts from the hugely entertaining dinner show:
Disclaimer: AllEars.Net’s Deb Koma was an invited media guest of Disney on this special Marvel Day at Sea sailing of the Disney Magic. This does not affect her opinions, however — her opinions are her own.
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