Welcome back guest author Catie Hiltz! Hundred Acre Wood fans will love this review of the Crystal Palace Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Read on…
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I have been going to Crystal Palace ever since I was a little kid – they have been serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner with “character” for years from their prime location near Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
My husband and I were lucky enough to get to visit Walt Disney World last year at Christmas time – and we couldn’t miss out on the chance to dine at this character buffet featuring Winnie The Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
We had a 9:40am Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) for breakfast at the Crystal Palace, and we arrived a bit early so we could leisurely stroll down Main Street before heading over to the restaurant (and we took time to pose for a photo or two of course!).
The week of Christmas is a busy time at the Disney Parks but I was pleased to see that the level of service I had come to expect from Disney was still upheld. We were led inside promptly at 9:40am and our waitress appeared right after to take our drink order (soft drinks, coffee, teas, and juice are available here) and explain the buffet to us.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was pretty upbeat overall; it was loud and crowded and full of kids running around, but it was a high-spirited kind of chaos, where everyone seemed happy – which I am convinced had to do with the amazing food options!
The menu is pretty standard as far as Disney breakfast buffets go; it’s advertised as “traditional fare with American flair” – which means there will be plenty of options to choose from, and that everyone will find something they love!
The kids’ area featured puffed french toast and Mickey waffles.
There’s a selection of Assorted Pastries.
At the Fresh Fruit Station, you’ll have plenty of choices, including Honey Yogurt and Strawberry Yogurt.
OK, this probably was my favorite part of the buffet. I LOVED the potato choices (Potato Casserole, Grits, Corned Beef Hash, and Breakfast Potatoes). The delicious potato casserole was crisp on top and creamy/cheesy inside, and the classic breakfast potatoes were made with peppers and onions. The hash with potatoes (NOT the kind from a can – it was awesome!) rounded out the choices and I was in spud heaven!
There was sausage, bacon, biscuits, and sausage gravy too. My husband is a HUGE fan of sausage gravy and MUST try it whenever a menu offers it – and he really loved this one. The biscuits were on the dry side, but the gravy made it all better; creamy and just the right amount of spice!
Made to order omelets with tons of different filling options were also available. There’s definitely no lack of protein here. In addition to the above, there were hard boiled eggs and a western omelet pizza, too – so you can load up on enough eggs to fuel your day full of Disney Park fun!
I call this the piece de resistance – Pooh’s Breakfast Lasagna can only be found at the Crystal Palace, and it alone is worth eating here for! (Check out the recipe here!)
It’s kind of like bread pudding that’s loaded with berries and peaches — and it’s served warm with bananas and creamy custard on top. It’s a must have item for sure.
My husband opted for two plates (a smart choice I think!).
The Mickey Waffles may have been on the “kids” station – but that didn’t stop me from grabbing one!
After we grabbed our (first) plates of food, it was time to hobnob with some characters!
It takes about an hour for all of the characters to make it to your table, and every so often the characters march around and do a “friendship parade” with all the kids at the restaurant following them – which I love. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to march around and be friends with Winnie The Pooh?!
We sampled just about every item on the buffet that morning (in the name of research, of course!) and I can honestly say that there wasn’t one thing I didn’t like. Everything was fresh and warm, and even though it was busy, they were quick to refill empty buffet dishes and replenish drinks, which I definitely appreciated.
After the “parade” and a few more plates of delicious buffet offerings, we were ready to pay our bill – which was super easy with our Magic Bands — the server just scanned them and then brought out our receipt to sign and then we were done!
During our visit, the buffet cost was $26.99 for an adult and $14.99 for a child, or 1 Disney Dining Plan credit per person – and I definitely think the Crystal Palace is worth every penny! I am not the only one who thinks so. It’s definitely a popular place to eat, and I highly recommend you make an Advance Dining Reservation as they rarely have openings for walk up diners.
Overall, I really enjoyed this visit to the Crystal Palace. There’s a reason I have been coming here for years, and will continue to come here on future Disney trips – it’s the great food, perfect setting, and fun character interaction that will keep me coming back for more!
Catie Hiltz has been a Disney lover since age 4 when she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain and cried the whole time. Luckily, she got over that fear and loves visiting Disney as much as possible and writing about why Walt Disney World is fun for adults at her blog, Living in a grown up World.
What’s your favorite breakfast item at the Crystal Palace? Let us know in the comments below!