Citricos is located at the Grand Floridian Resort and the Princess Dining is available for breakfast and brunch. Like Cinderella's Royal Table, the seating is done in waves. We are not early risers so I decided to go with a 10:50 reservation. When we did breakfast at the castle we had a reservation for around 8 am and the Magic Kingdom was not yet open. While it was nice to be in a fairly empty Magic Kingdom, there were plenty of other people on Main Street as well as the Main St vehicles. My daughter is not a morning person and was still waking up so our pictures in a somewhat empty Magic Kingdom are less than ideal. We felt a little rushed trying to get through the breakfast entry line and then to the actual breakfast so it was nice to be able to stroll leisurely through the Grand Floridian grounds and lobby from the parking lot to Citricos.
Citricos is located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian. We had brought a stroller along and were directed to park it in the lounge next to Citricos. They had Cast Members greeting families and parking strollers but we opted to park it ourselves and hang out in the empty lounge while we waited for grandma to arrive.
After using the restroom we walked back to the lounge and met grandma. They recommend all members of your party be present before you check in. We checked in at the desk at 10:45, 5 minutes before our reservation time, and were given a beeper and directed to walk down the short hallway to the waiting area.
Citricos seems to be divided into two different sections or "rooms." We were led through the restaurant to a table by the windows in the back room.
Unlike Cinderella's Royal Table, the price of the meal includes one specialty drink. For kids the choice was a strawberry smoothie or two different punches. I ordered my daughter the Buzz Apple which was a ginger ale, pineapple, grenadine and apple juice mixture in a sovenier cup. Adult choices were things like champagne, mimosas, wine, cappuccino, latte, and espressos. I am not a coffee drinker and did not want alcohol so early in the morning so I asked for the same kid's punch I ordered for my daughter. My mom ordered the mimosa. Both drinks were very good. You can also order coca-cola products if you'd like something more to drink.
We saw Jasmine first and she spent lots of time at our table talking to my little one. Ariel arrived shortly after. All of the princesses were wonderful and spent lots of time talking to my daughter. It could be because the restaurant wasn't full, but I felt like they spent a lot more time talking to her and she got a lot more personalized interaction than she did at Cinderella's Royal Table and Akershus. My daughter can be a bit quiet around the princesses and I find that sometimes if they see she is more interested in her food than she is in talking to them they take photos and move on to the next table fairly quickly. This was not the case at all at Citricos. All of the princesses were able to engage her in conversation about something.
Our drinks and pastry basket arrived about the same time Ariel was visiting with us. The pastry basket is similar to what you get at Cinderella's Royal Table but I thought the pastries I tried tasted better. I had an apple turnover and a blueberry muffin. Both were delicious and my daughter who doesn't usually eat much managed to finish an entire blueberry muffin. One thing I do recall is some of the pastries (the muffins?) were Mickey Mouse shaped at Cinderella's Royal Table but at Citricos they were all just standard pastries. I thought the blueberry muffin at Citricos also tasted a lot fresher than the one I had at Royal Table.
A few minutes after our pastry basket was brought out we were brought our appetizers, which were a choice of garden salad or fresh fruit. For my daughter it was a choice of garden salad or grapes and cheese cubes. Both adults at our table had the fresh fruit & it was served with yummy yogurt on top. My daughter really enjoyed the grapes and cheese cubes and probably would've been happy if that had been her main course. The meal at Citricos definitely includes a lot of food. At Cinderella's Royal Table the only appetizer we got was the pastry basket and the only fruit we were brought was two strawberries on the pastry plate. (I remember asking for more strawberries for my strawberry loving daughter and they happily obliged. The adult fruit bowl at Citricos had sliced strawberries in it so I gave her the strawberries out of mine to go with her grapes and cheese.)
I am not a big fan of seafood and really don't like eggs so I am probably not the best one to write a review of the main entrees. All of the adult choices include either eggs or some type of seafood. I am sure they would be happy to alter the menu items slightly but like my daughter I am a huge fan of waffles. I asked if I could have the Mickey waffles as well and our server had no problem bringing me them. The Mickey waffle entree also included bacon and sausage. I was given a double portion so I had four mini waffles, two sausages, and four strips of bacon whereas my daughter was served only two waffles, one sausage, and two pieces of bacon. With all the other food we were served the child's portion would've been more than enough for me!
The Mickey waffles, sausage, and bacon were the same standard stuff you can get elsewhere on Disney property. Delicious and always fun to have Mickey shaped waffles for breakfast at Disney but nothing to really write home about. I actually prefer the Mickey waffles with fruit or chocolate chips my daughter and I frequently get at the quick service place at Wilderness Lodge (Roaring Forks) and share before a day at the Magic Kingdom and those are A LOT less money! My mom had the steak and egg meal and really enjoyed it.
Sometime while we were eating our main entree the wishing ceremony took place. I thought this was a bit of a dud compared to the wishing ceremony at Cinderella's Royal Table. Before the wishing ceremony all the kids in the restaurant are given a wand or a sword (I saw adults at adult only tables with them as well so I guess you can ask for one if you want it). At Royal Table my daughter also got a wishing star but that was not given out here. The ceremony is the same as the one at Royal Table but it just doesn't work as well at Citricos. I think this is due to the fact that the restaurant is so much brighter and they can't dim the lights and make the ceiling seem to sparkle.
After the wishing ceremony all of the princesses seemed to disappear. This happened at Cinderella's Royal Table too so I wasn't surprised. The problem with this, however, was that we hadn't seen Belle yet. We were still eating our main entrees so I wasn't too concerned but my daughter kept asking for her. The kids at the next table, who had already moved on to dessert, were also asking for her and their parents mentioned it to their sever, who went off in search of her. We had been in the restaurant a little over an hour at that point. Most of the tables around us had already left so I assume they saw Belle before the other princesses since she was in our dining room when we arrived. A little while later Belle was brought over to their table and she came to visit with us next.
After Belle left our table we moved on to dessert. The adult dessert is a trio of a chocolate and rasberry mousse cake, a (guava or passion fruit?) tart, and a creme puff. The child's dessert was 3 creme puffs and some raspberries. We also got a standard birthday cupcake since we were celebrating a birthday.
Overall we had a great time at Citricos. While it is pricey and the atmosphere is just not the same as being in the castle, the food was plentiful and delicious and the princesses spent lots of time interacting with my daughter. I thought it was a very good alternative while the castle is under renovation!