From the Disney World Vault: King Stefan’s Banquet Hall

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King Stefan's Banquet Hall Image courtesy of Imaginerding
King Stefan’s Banquet Hall
Image courtesy of Imaginerding

Any Chip and Co fans born after 1990 are going to have no idea what I’m talking about.  So I’m going to get you all ready for the Double Jeopardy Question.  When Disney World opened in 1971, the restaurant in Cinderella Castle was… If you guessed Cinderella’s Royal Table you would be wrong. The answer is…

King Stefan’s Banquet Hall

Yes, the restaurant featured in Cinderella Castle was named after Sleeping Beauty’s father.  It only took until 1997 for Disney to get sick of answering all the questions and change the name to Cinderella’s Royal Table.  Apparently the Disney Imaginers wanted to give the restaurant a regal name to match the dozens of Coat of Arms on the wall.  Since Cinderella’s father isn’t named in the movie, they decided on King Stefan.  Hence 25 years of confusing tourists and Cast Members.

The menu was known for its Beef and Barley Soup and Fried Brie.  The Fairy Godmothers Vegetarian Plate was a gnocchi and vegetable combination, a favorite among diners.  The Kid’s menu resembles a fast food chain “crown” and joins other King Stefan’s Banquet Hall collectibles on Ebay.  Check here for recipes of old favorites from the original Royal Table.

As my first Disney visit was as an adult, I never knew King Stefan’s Banquet Hall.   Please share your stories, menu items and collectibles with Chip and Co in the comment section below.

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