About the crystal palace
Cost: $15 – 34.99 for breakfast, $35 – $59.99 for lunch and dinner
Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet
Reservations: Recommended! Log in to the Disney website, your My Disney Experience app, or call (407) 939-3463.
Food: The Crystal Palace buffet is pretty much your standard Disney buffet fare. At breakfast, you’ll find a variety of breakfast meats, potatoes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles, fruit, and pastries. At lunch and dinner, you’ll find a variety of salads, soups, meats, seafood, vegetables, and kids’ items like chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. This means you won’t leave hungry, but you’ll likely encounter other similar foods at other buffets on property!
Rating: 3 out of 5 frying pans
Things to Know: Our travel agent timed this meal just right for us. We enjoyed the Move It Shake It Parade at the hub and then were just steps away for our lunch reservation. It’s definitely worth trying to time, if you plan to have both experiences!
While You’re There: Make sure to admire the Winnie the Pooh themed topiaries just inside the main doors. You’re also very close to First Aid and the Baby Care Center. If you could use either service, make sure to take advantage of the convenience before heading deeper into the park.
About Our Experience(s)
We were one of the first lunch reservations on Thanksgiving day. The dining room was mostly empty when we arrived, which was a welcome quiet from being out in Magic Kingdom! It’s neat to see all of the glasswork and framing in this building, but otherwise the environment isn’t particularly special. As the meal progressed, we ended up with pretty bad glare though (the downside of a crystal palace!). It kind of put a damper on a lot of our character photos, so keep that in mind, if you have an option to sit out of the sun’s rays!
This was our girls’ first up-close-and-personal character experience, so I was anxious about how they’d react. The characters were fantastic. They seemed to really take their time and posed for funny pictures with our group. Piglet photo-bombed one shot and cooed over the baby. Tigger spied on my cousin’s phone over her shoulder. It was a lot of fun to interact with them, even as adults.
Overall, while we enjoyed it, the Crystal Palace wasn’t a super memorable experience. The food is good enough, the characters are pleasant, and the environment is okay. If you have a big Winnie the Pooh fan, it’s definitely worth dining. Otherwise, there are a lot of other great dining experiences to consider too!