Review: Rapunzel’s Royal Table Dinner Experience Aboard the Disney Magic

Rapunzel’s Royal Palace, the brand new rotational dining restaurant aboard the Disney Magic located on deck 3 aft, is inspired by the 2010 Disney Animation hit Tangled with some influence from the recent series airing on the Disney Channel. Rapunzel’s restaurant takes over for the short lived Carioca’s which replaced Parrot Cay during the Disney Magic’s 2013 re-imagination. Our review of Rapunzel’s Royal Palace will cover the food, the theming, and the dinner show featuring some familiar faces from the Snuggly Ducking.

As you traverse deck 3, you cannot help but notice some new concept art near the aft stairs featuring art from the development of Tangled. I am pretty sure these images can be found in The Art of Tangled.

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As you move towards the entrance you are greeted with the entrance sign and themed carpet.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Entrance SignRapunzel's Royal Table Entrance CarpetThe exterior doors reveal a red carpet lined hallway along the port portholes transporting guests to the Castle Hall in the Kingdom of Corona.Rapunzel's Royal Table Entrance WalkwayRapunzel's Royal Table Entrance WalkwayThe walkway walls feature an royal invitation to Rapunzel’s birthday celebration from King Frederic and Queen Arianna.
Rapunzel's Royal Table Royal InvitationRapunzel's Royal Table Walkway Sign PortholesRapunzel's Royal Table Walkway SignRapunzel's Royal Table WalkwayThe walkway also features some of the wanted posters from the film as well as the Tangled restrooms at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Stabbington Wanted Poster

Once through the hallway, guest enter the foyer.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Maitre D StandIf you have a keen eye, you may see one of the three Pascals hanging around the restaurant. More on this in a bit.Rapunzel's Royal Table Maitre D StandRapunzel's Royal Table FoyerFast forwarding a bit, as you leave, Atilla’s dessert cart was available for photos after dinner.
Rapunzel's Royal Table Attila's Cart

Getting hungry yet? Well, we still have to talk about venue. The ceilings are adorned with the floating lanterns that actually flicker like the candle in a real floating lantern. It is a really great look as you will see in the video at the end, they are random so the effect looks fantastic.

Rapunzel's Royal Table LanternsThe carpet features a floral pattern, I am not sure on this, but it could very well be the vines of the Golden Flower that is the source of Rapunzel’s powers.Rapunzel's Royal Table CarpetThe space above the portholes on the perimeter of the restaurant have these wonderful painting reminiscent of the murals Rapunzel painted all over the tower.Rapunzel's Royal Table Window MuralsRapunzel's Royal Table Window MuralsRapunzel's Royal Table Window MuralsIn the back of the venue opposite entrance is the stage used to anchor the performances throughout the evening.Rapunzel's Royal Table LanternsRapunzel's Royal Table Stage Performance

Rapunzel's Royal Table StageFor those Hidden Mickey hunters in the audience, there are three Pascals placed around the restaurant. If you know where to look you can see them all from most seats, but it was still a fun search.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Pascal 1 Of 3 EntranceRapunzel's Royal Table Pascal 2 Of 3 ResturantRapunzel's Royal Table Pascal 3 Of 3 Stage

We are so close to looking at the food, I promise. We are just arriving at our table noted by these really nice laser cut table numbers.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Table Number

The chairs have a Golden Flower pattern in purple with a Golden Flower medallion at the pinnacle of the chair back.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Chair Back Fabric PatternRapunzel's Royal Table Chair Detail

The tableware is fantastic as well. The plates are emblazoned with floral design and the napkin holder is a laser cut Golden Flower.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Napkin HolderThe table numbers and the napkin ring were leading up to the highlight of the table setting, the Golden Flower tray topped with a gorgeous laser cut bread basket.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Bread BasketRapunzel's Royal Table Bread BasketRapunzel's Royal Table Bread Basket Sun BurstRapunzel's Royal Table Bread BasketWhen the light hits just right, the bread bow creates these really cool silhouettes on the table.Rapunzel's Royal Table Bread Basket SilhouettesRapunzel's Royal Table Bread Basket SilhouetteCan you tell I really love the laser cut tableware? For those curious, it is made by SteelForme Design. I don’t know about you, but I’d buy a set to put on my kitchen table. DCL already sells the butter knifes from Animator’s Palate and previously sold the red stateroom pillows and Frette linen sets, so why not sell these amazing Golden Flower laser cut trays and bread bowls?Rapunzel's Royal Table Bread Basket Tray Plateau Steelforme

We made it! No food yet, but we made it to the point in this post were we get to take a look at the menu. Wait, the menu has been online since the first day Rapunzel’s opened, but we’ve now added pictures of the actual menu instead of just screenshots from the DCL Navigator app. Additionally, we now have the menu with specialty cocktails, beer and wine.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Drink Menu CoverRapunzel's Royal Table Drinks Wine MenuThere are even souvenir cups available for the non-alcoholic drinks as well as an add on Pascal light up. Sorry for the terrible photo, they did not bring them by our table so I had to seriously crop this photo from when the server presented them to a nearby table. There is a mug, the white one is a lantern which lights up and then there is a toweres-que looking goblet. We couldn’t pass up on the $3 Pascal light-up, the photo is below with the desserts and is also featured in the video.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Souvinir MugsThe dinner menu cover features the Golden Flower design and a view of Rapunzel and Flynn in the boat with the floating lanterns launching from the Kingdom of Corona. Rapunzel's Royal Table Menu CoverRapunzel's Royal Table Menu CoverRapunzel's Royal Table MenuThe dessert menu gave away the name of the menu… Rapunzel’s Royal Table Lantern Night. I suspect the Magic will adopt a hybrid rotational schedule that has been pioneered on the Wonder at some point in the future on longer sailings. If you are wondering what I am talking about well, over on the Wonder during longer voyages, there are multiple Tiana’s Place menus. You get the standard Mardi Gras menu along with a variant of Prince and Princess while Triton’s maintains the same menu resulting in guests not getting the Prince and Princess menu on the same in night in all venues or something like that. I’m sure if I wrote it down, it would make more sense, but for now I’ve said too much. Besides, I could be reading too much into the menu name.Rapunzel's Royal Table Dessert Menu

Rapunzel's Royal Table Dessert Menu Lantern Night

The kids menu is cute with the Golden Flower on one side and the menu on the reverse.Rapunzel's Royal Table Kids Menu FrontRapunzel's Royal Table Kids MenuAt first, it appears to be a Tangled themed kids menu, but upon further review, it is actually designed to fold up so each kid has their own personal floating lantern! It is such a great idea as well as souvenir. Although, I am not 100% sure Isabelle’s made it home. Rapunzel's Royal Table Kids Menu LanternWell, look at that! I told you and told you we’d eventually get to the food at Rapunzel’s Royal Table. The bread course served in those amazing laser cut bread bowls includes Pretzel Bread as well as some random rolls that just went to waste. The bread is served with a side of whole-grain mustard dip. We felt the ratio of mustard to mayo was way off, in this case, it needed to be flipped, the mustard flavor was appetizing, but understated. It wasn’t terrible; I still put in on my pretzel. While on the subject of ratios, I might as well say the ratio of pretzels to dinner rolls needs to be addressed or ask the table what they prefer considering the pretzels were the hot item.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Bread ServiceIsabelle continuing to try soups ordered the Potato Cream Soup with carrots, leeks, celery, and knockwurst. The soup’s primary flavor was the knockwurst and Isabelle not being a beef or pork eater, passed it off to me to finish. I thought the soup had a nice balance of flavor between the knockwurst and the potato cream side of things plus there were a few decent sized chunks of knockworst in the serving.Rapunzel's Royal Table Potato Cream SoupWhen in Rapunzel’s, one must order the appetizer with the coolest name – also Hook Hands let me know it was in my best interest to order it since it was his idea to have it on the menu in the first place. The selection of charcuterie was decent and the accompanying German mustard dip was enjoyable. Rapunzel's Royal Table Snuggly Duckling PlatterEmily ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartar served on a bed of diced cucumbers, mangos with wasabi and a side of sweet chili-mayonnaise.Rapunzel's Royal Table Ahi Tuna TartarMoving along the the entrees, the birthday girl really enjoyed the the caramelized sea scallops in the Tangled Pasta. I took a chance with my shellfish allergy by carefully taking a bite of the pasta and was really impressed by the flavor of the pesto on the angel hair pasta. One of my regular complaints with DCL’s food is the lack of flavor, but this was flavorful! Rapunzel's Royal Table Tangled PastaI was at a crossroads and it opted for the Oktoberfest Lemon and Thyme Roasted chicken over the Sea Bass. Again, I was impressed the chicken was flavorful and the red win chicken jus added to my overall enjoyment. I did however, regret not getting the sea bass. While the the chicken had an enjoyable flavor, it was pretty dried out which to be honest doesn’t surprise me based on the number of dishes that are prepared each night.
Rapunzel's Royal Table Oktoberfest Lemon And Thyme Roasted ChickEmily ordered the Pan-seared Sea Bass Filet with white asparagus, leeks, spinach, broccoli, peas, tangled kohlrabi and carrots served with a Champange-truffle vinaigrette. She was unimpressed as it lacked flavor and wished that she went with the chili ramen vegetarian option. It was, however, cooked well and was flaky and not overdone.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Pan Seared Sea Bass Filet

Moving along to desserts. There were a few items that sounded great. First up, the Creme Brûlée Cheesecake – it is like the best of both worlds. You get your cheesecake and you get to eat Creme Brûlée. This is likely my go to pick for future dinners, Emily made a great choice ordering this dessert.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Creme Brulee Cheesecake

Isabelle keyed in on the Birthday Cupcake Sunday which was a big hit at the table. The birthday cake ice cream had swirls of frosting, actual delicious frosting. The cupcake reminded me of a Funfetti cake.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Birthday Cupcake Sundae

After browsing the dessert menu back when the menu was first revealed, I was dead set on ordering Rapunzel’s Fry Pan Sweet Bread.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Rapunzel’s Fry Pan Sweet BreadFry bread dusted with powdered sugar… Sound familiar? To me that read, Rapunzel is trying to replicate the success of the Buttermilk Beignets over at Tiana’s Place on the Wonder. Just like the Magic and Wonder, these desserts are like sisters at the core. The Pan Fry Sweet Bread is essentially the same except the sauce is hazelnut instead of chocolate espresso and it is serve a la mode. Side by side, I’d pick the beignets, but this is a solid dessert – I may consider ordering it again just without the ice cream. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ll order the cheesecake and save the beignet splurge for the Wonder.

Rapunzel’s Royal Table Dinner Show/Experience

Rapunzel’s Royal Table isn’t just a castle hall venue themed to Tangled. It is the stage for an immersive dining experience. As you arrive, at the entrance you can already hear the band playing in the restaurant. The live entrainment is more than just a musical trio. Some of the Snuggly Ducking Thugs include Hook Hands, Vladimir, and Attila splitting time between visiting guests tableside to brining the cast together for various segments of the dinner show.

Below is a video from our dinner. I’ll leave it up to you if you want to watch it or not. I didn’t watch any of the videos posted from the first two sailings because I wanted to see it live first. If you decide not to watch, please watch another of our videos twice. While you are there, please be sure to like and subscribe so one day, we too can call ourselves YouTubers.

During the evening Rapunzel stopped by our table and chatted with Isabelle.

Rapunzel's Royal Table Hair BraidRapunzel's Royal Table Rapunzel Isabelle

Overall, it was unanimous – we loved the restaurant and the dinner experience. After letting the experience sink in, I’m backing away from my micro review from our day 2 trip report. Although, my feeling from that night are still valid, I feel confident the show will be fined tuned sooner than later. If the star align you may even get to dine at Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the same night Tangled The Musical is performed in the Walt Disney Theater and O’Gill is transformed into the Snuggly Ducking. Combined, this makes for a really awesome Tangled experience. We felt the show and the character integration is fantastic aside and a great enhancement to the Disney Magic, and as much as I originally loved Carioca’s, I do not miss it for one second. We cannot wait to return.

9 thoughts on “Review: Rapunzel’s Royal Table Dinner Experience Aboard the Disney Magic

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for the great review, very exciting to see all the details!

    For the new rotation style on the Wonder, here’s how I understand it (haven’t done it myself yet though):

    Nights 1/2/3 – rotate with the following menus at each:
    Triton’s – regular
    Animators – regular w/ Mickey finale
    Tiana’s – slightly modified version of Prince and Princess

    Night 4 – the only night with a shipwide menu; normally Pirates, Frozen if in Alaska

    Nights 5/6/7 – rotate with the following menus at each:
    Triton’s – Captains Gala
    Animators – reduced version of Til We Meet Again, w animation magic
    Tiana’s – Mardi Gras

    That way everyone is getting all of the menus on a rotation. Which I actually like much better than how the Fantasy has it, where you get reduced menus depending on which night/rotation you end up with the animation/drawing.

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  2. Tammi

    Thanks for the review. Rapunzel is my daughter’s favorite princess. She was so excited when I told her about the new restaurant. We can’t wait to experience it this summer on our Mediterranean cruise.

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  3. Kevin Burns

    Thank you, Scott. Fun and informative. Another shining example why you are deserving of the “Blogger of the Year” recognition.

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  4. Sharon

    In addition to the ‘Lantern’ Menu, there will apparently be a ‘Thug’ menu on 7 nt cruises. A concierge guest in our summer Magic cruise listed our 7 nt rotation, and ‘Thug’ is listed for Rapunzel’s for the first 3 nights, and ‘Lantern’ for the last 3 nts. The 7 nt Magic rotation schedule looks to be like Anonymous posted for the Wonder, with day 4 being the same in all 3 restaurants.

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  5. David

    Hello Scott. First off: excellent review. I’ve been making purchases with my Disney card just to earn the points for one of these.

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