The Crystal Palace had been on my Bucket List for a while. Every time I made a reservation, something came up that required me to cancel it. I was so excited to try this place out, plus it is one of the few places you can see Eeyore and Piglet. My original plan, and still on my Bucket List, was to have an early morning reservation so I could see the Magic Kingdom before it opens. That didn’t happen but I did snag a kind of last minute ADR for a late lunch.
Disney’s Crystal Palace Lunch Review
What I loved:
- The view! I was seated with a great view of the castle. I was able to see the castle show Dreams Come True while dining. Since I know that show by heart, it didn’t matter that I couldn’t hear it. This would be a perfect place to dine while Wishes is going on.
- The Character Interaction. The Winnie the Pooh gang was so awesome! Eeyore was my favorite, he was just so sad and bashful that is was awfully cute. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to see all the characters. I got to see Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore two times before Tigger came to visit. I treasured the extra interaction time. My husband joked that Tigger’s ADHD kept him from our table, lol. My husband challenged Tigger to a bouncing contest. Tigger won, of course! (Related Post: Top Magic Kingdom Character Meet & Greets)
- The Decor. The decor is very pretty!
What I liked:
- The food. The food was common buffet fare. I have heard some of the breakfast items are awesome ( i.e. Breakfast Lasagna), but the lunch menu is kind of blah. I did really like the sweet potato tater tots though.
My Biggest Mistake & Regret:
It is hot here in Florida and I thought a lunch buffet would be a nice break in the day. Unfortunately, I get dehydrated and overheated very easily. I was so sick right before the meal. I got to enjoy some but really not as much as I would have liked. I was thirsty more than hungry. I didn’t even have dessert. In the future, I know not to plan a big meal in the middle of the day. Late dinners and breakfast times work for me.
Crystal Palace Dining Tips
Get an ADR. Since Crystal Palace offers character dining, reservations go quickly so try to schedule your advanced dining reservation (ADR) as soon as you knowing you are going. You can make reservations 6 months ahead of time.
Get an Early ADR. Even though the opening show has moved inside of the park, if you get an really early reservation you can still get into the park before the crowd and get some pictures on an almost empty Main Street.
Take a Cookie. I got this tip from my friend, Lori, over at Main Street Moms. Before you head over to your meal, drop by the Main Street Confectionary and grab a couple of Ziploc baggies (the ones for filling with Jelly Bellies) and take those to the meal. If you get too full for dessert you can take away a few of cookies to enjoy for later.
Cuisine: American Cuisine, Buffet, Character Dining
Location: Magic Kingdom- Main Street
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 table service credit
Price: $30.00 to $59.99 per adult—is it worth it? yes, if Winnie the Pooh Characters are on your bucket list.
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