The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom | Disney Restaurant Review

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The Crystal Palace is a buffet restaurant at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. We dined here for breakfast on the first day of our Dine Around Disney 2014 Trip. The restaurant has table-to-table meet and greets with Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet. It has a Victorian setting with a glass atrium. As it is a character dining experience, the atmosphere is very loud!

We checked in at The Crystal Palace and only had to wait a few moments before being called in to our table. There must have been a celebration at the table before us as it was covered in Mickey confetti – made our morning a little bit more special!

The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom

The Crystal Palace Breakfast

Last year, we had a character lunch in The Crystal Palace, and this year was the turn of breakfast. We really enjoyed our lunch on our last trip, and the breakfast proved to be just as enjoyable. Our waitress was super friendly and accommodating, which makes the whole experience that much nicer. The characters – Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet will still come to your table, sign autographs and have photographs taken, even if you don’t have little children in tow, so don’t worry if you’re adults – you can still have fun at a character dining experience! I decided to start a new trend – taking selfies with the characters – will continue that on our next trip!

Pooh and Tigger were in our section of the restaurant, and just a few tables away as we sat down, so we waited to meet them before going up to grab the morning’s offerings at the buffet. Eeyore and Piglet followed in the second wave. And don’t panic – the characters will get around to you eventually (sometimes you might get lucky and meet some of them twice!)

Meeting Winnie The Pooh

Meeting Tigger

Meeting Eeyore and Piglet

I love the flower topiary display as soon as you walk into The Crystal Palace! And I do love the Victoriana feel to the décor as well.

The Crystal Palace Flower Topiaries

Piglet Tigger Flower Topiaries

Pooh Eeyore Flower Topiaries

The Crystal Palace

Breakfast at The Crystal Palace is a buffet affair, so you can help yourself to as much or as little as you wish. I quite like that the plates here are small, it means you don’t overload yourself, which is quite easy to do at a buffet!

As far as the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan and buffet restaurants are concerned (and I believe on the regular plan) it is one credit per person, which entitles you to one full buffet and a non-alcoholic beverage (usually refillable).

The buffet area is really spacious, and both sides have the same dishes, so if one side is less busy then the other – switch! They meet in the middle at an omelette station, and there are also desserts and pastries in an island in the centre.

The Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

I didn’t think to take photos of the tops of the serving counters to tell you exactly what was on the buffet, but in general, expect breakfast foods like scrambled eggs, sausages (they’re quite spicy), bacon (always streaky, and always crispy), biscuits and gravy, some sort of hash, some sort of breakfast potato dish, Mickey waffles, pancakes and syrup.

The Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

Generally, you find the Mickey waffles at the kid’s station, which is lower down for them to be able to help themselves – but don’t worry – us grown ups can take from there too! I can’t have a Disney breakfast without a Mickey waffle!

Particularly good were some herby, cheesy scones, and the corned beef hash. I personally love biscuits and gravy too, so it’s the food I tend to go for.

There is also a cold section with fruit, smoked salmon and hard boiled eggs – so really, something for everyone.

The Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

The Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

Baked goods will often contain banana bread and cinnamon rolls (two family favourites here) as well as bagels and breads. You’ll find different pastries, cakes and something which we’ve never seen before – breakfast lasagne, which was layers of waffles and fruit with a custard like topping, which Steve really enjoyed!

The Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

The Crystal Palace

Bill Total: $79.85 (3 Credits) {Tip: $14.99}

DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $197.94 | Credits: 6/126| Tips: $34.99

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