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Food Type: Character Meal Buffet
Dining Plan: 1 Table Service
Breakfast: $20.99 for adults and $10.99 for children
Lunch: $20.99 for adults and $11.99 for children
Dinner: $28.99 for adults and $13.99 for children
Setting: Crystal Palace is a character buffet that features Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet at all meals. Crystal Palace is one of the prettier buffet locations and features lots of windows, bright spaces, and Victorian era touches. There is also a fantastic Winnie the Pooh and friends topiary at the front of the restaurant.
Advantages: This is the only character meal with the Winnie the Pooh characters. If you make a reservation around 8am then you get to enter the Magic Kingdom early and walk down a mostly empty Main Street. In terms of food quality, selection, and service this is one of the best buffets at Disney. Characters usually spend a lot of time at each table. Breakfast features the excellent French Toast Puffs, made to order omelets, and chocolate chip pancakes.
Disadvantages: Can get crowded and noisy, especially during check-in. It may take a while for the characters to get to your table. Although it’s nice to have a few minutes with Winnie and Tigger, you also have to wait for everyone else to have their few minutes as well. Guests are routinely seated after their reservation time.
Value: Above average. Although $21 for breakfast is a bit spendy, it’s still a good value considering the variety and quality of the food, character interaction, and the fact that you can enter the Magic Kingdom before everyone else with an early reservation.
Reputation: Crystal Palace is one of the best regarded buffets on property because of its wide selection, high quality food, and the fact that dining with Winnie and friends is impossible anywhere else. Breakfast is the stand-out meal with several delicious and unique items to go along with the traditional choices. Make sure to load up on the French Toast Puffs and Mickey Waffles. Lunch and dinner aren’t bad, but for $20-$30 you can get a better meal elsewhere as far as food is concerned. My recommendation would be to reserve a table around 8am and use the opportunity to take some great pictures on Main Street without anyone else around. For dinner, I would look elsewhere unless you love buffets or are unable to get out early enough to enjoy breakfast.
Overall Rank on The Best Magic Kingdom Sit Down Restaurants: 4th out of 5