Whether you’re hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, add a side of your favorite characters at The Crystal Palace. This delicious all-you-can-eat buffet tempts guests with all-time favorite dishes in a gorgeous setting. With Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet greeting guests and providing lively entertainment, this restaurant is always a winner in my book. Here’s why you should make The Crystal Palace a must-do on your next Walt Disney World trip.
1. An Early Entrance
If you’re interested in dining at The Crystal Palace for breakfast, consider making an early morning reservation. You’ll be able to enter the Magic Kingdom before the park officially opens to guests and have the opportunity to take great pictures on Main Street without the crowds. Looking at Cinderella Castle in the early morning sun without the usual hustle and bustle is a fantastic way to start the morning.
2. Terrific Theming
The Crystal Palace is located between Main Street U.S.A. and Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, yet it takes a very Victorian theme of England in the 1850s. The building is modeled after an exhibition hall from Hyde Park in London that showcased technologies and displays from countries all over the world. Disney’s Imagineers combined this structure with a similar exhibition hall that was created in New York City around the same time period, and the resulting restaurant is a very lovely place for a meal. Beautiful latticework and wooden trim decorate the outside, and the interior is a light-filled space with colorful glass windows, a lofty ceiling, and lush green tropical plants. Completing the picture are reminders that guests will soon meet with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Playful banners and topiaries of the characters greet guests entering the restaurant. The tables and chairs are deliberately meant to look fancy, playing off of the original London building.
3. Character Fun
Waiting in a long line under the hot sun to take a picture and get an autograph with a favorite character in the Magic Kingdom is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s much more relaxing to sit at your table in a lovely air-conditioned restaurant and wait for the characters to come to you. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore will all take turns coming to your table for a playful picture and autograph.
4. An Indoor Parade
Get ready for the lively parade that takes place at regular intervals inside this eatery. Children are invited to join in the fun and walk with the characters on the short parade route.
5. Mouthwatering Menu
I always have a hard time deciding whether to eat at The Crystal Palace for breakfast, or to take advantage of the lunch and dinner buffet. Breakfast features traditional items like omelets, pancakes, breakfast meats, and an endless selection of pastries. The spread for younger guests includes Mickey waffles and Pooh’s Puffed French Toast, although I always make room on my plate for these delicious items too! The lunch and dinner buffet offers delicious carved meats, shrimp, soup and salads, and a tasty assortment of desserts.
6. Lovely Views
One of the reasons I love dining here is the pretty views to enjoy during your meal. Many of the tables are beside one of the large windows that offer a tropical view of Adventureland or a picturesque view of Main Street U.S.A.
7. Perfect Location
Ready for another adventure after your meal? This restaurant is in the perfect spot. Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, and Cinderella Castle are steps away. If you want to check our Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, or another section, a short stroll to the Castle Hub area will quickly get you headed to your next attraction.
8. Fireworks Finale
If you’re enjoying a late evening meal, finding a spot right in front of the restaurant to watch the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show is a great idea. Lit up against the palm trees and a warm Florida sky, the Crystal Palace itself is stunning at night.