Characters Are Finally Returning to This Beloved Disney World Restaurant

It has been a long time coming for some of our favorite restaurants around the Walt Disney World Resort to return to normal, but one staple dining location in the Magic Kingdom will be back in full swing very soon!

The Magic Kingdom is home to some of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World with Be Our Guest Restaurant and Cinderella’s Royal Table taking places at the top of the list for many Guests. Along with some of the best meet-and-greet experiences, the Park is always a hit for those looking to say hello to Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie, Cinderella, Tiana, Merida, and more.

Characters / Cinderella Castle - 50th Anniversary

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Credit: Disney)

One of the best places to meet characters in this Disney Park in years past had been the Crystal Palace restaurant, located right on the end of Main Street, U.S.A. as Guests make their way toward the Hub and Cinderella Castle (or head off left into Adventureland.)

Since the reopening of the Park in summer 2020, the Crystal Palace has been operating without its traditional character breakfast. Thanks to the latest update from Disney Park’s social media, we are pleased to share that this is about to change along with a reminder about lunch and dinner’s return dates.

Winnie the Pooh Crystal Palace

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The Crystal Palace will once again welcome characters from Winnie the Pooh for breakfast with Guests beginning on October 25, 2022. Reservations for breakfast with the characters will open for Guests on Disney World’s official website and in the My Disney Experience app on September 22, 2022. Disney previously shared that characters will also return for lunch and dinner, beginning on September 20, 2022.

So far, Disney has not confirmed which characters will be back at the restaurant by the end of October, but in the past “Winnie the Pooh and Pals” included Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.


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If you visited the Crystal Palace closer to when the Resort reopened, you may have been served a modified family-style meal, but we should also note that the restaurant’s previously offered breakfast buffet has already returned.

Disney’s official description of the Crystal Palace reads:

A Splendid Dining Experience
Inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s, The Crystal Palace brims with light, topiaries and tropical palms. It’s an enchanting spot to dine in the heart of Magic Kingdom park with views of Cinderella Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.

As you plan your next trip to the Magic Kingdom, be sure to mark September 22 on your calendar to grab your reservations to the Crystal Palace for an exciting character breakfast. Enjoy!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."