Character dining is a classic Disney experience for guests of all ages. Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom has become one of the most popular character meals over the past several years.
During our last trip in June, we made a memorable trip over to see Winnie the Pooh and all of his Hundred Acre Woods friends!
Crystal Palace Inspiration
The restaurant is inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the 1800s, so guests can enjoy a flavorful meal surrounded by large windows that provide views of the Magic Kingdom. The interior is a large dining room with bright greenery and a banner welcoming you to the Friendship Day Celebration.
Due to its location in Magic Kingdom and the rare characters that you can’t often find roaming around the parks, Crystal Palace is incredibly popular and requires a reservation. Because of this, it is essential to try to secure your reservation as soon as possible.
To determine if Crystal Palace is the correct character dining restaurant, look at our guide to everything you may want to know about dining with Winnie the Pooh and his pals.
What characters are at Crystal Palace?
This character dining experience is perfect for fans of Winnie the Pooh and all his friends. Whether you eat here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can expect to see Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger.
While you enjoy your meal, all four characters will come to your table for autographs, photos, and fun interactions.
If you’re worried about missing them while you’re at the buffet filling your plate, don’t worry! The characters are great at making sure they get to every table. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to interact with some of them more than once during your meal.
Also, during our last visit, we missed Winnie the Pooh. One of the great Cast Members walked us over to Pooh, where we got a photo before leaving. The Cast Members at Crystal Palace were great!
There is a mini parade of characters where Pooh and his friends will march around the dining area with balloons and fun props!
What kind of food is available at Crystal Palace?
Like many character dining restaurants, Crystal Palace is a buffet where you serve yourself.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 10:45 AM. Offerings include classic Disney breakfast foods such as Mickey waffles, bacon, eggs, pancakes, yogurt, fruit, and pastries. You can also get biscuits and gravy or have a fresh omelet made by one of Disney’s chefs. Nonalcoholic drinks are included, and alcoholic beverages can be added at an additional price.
Lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 2:55 PM, while dinner is served from 3:00 PM to 9:30 PM, though the food options for both meals are the same. You can help yourself to seasonal salads and vegetables, ravioli, mashed potatoes, prime rib, shrimp creole, fried chicken and gravy, and several delicious desserts! Like breakfast, nonalcoholic drinks are included, and alcoholic beverages can be added at an additional price.
And of course, we can’t forget about dessert. One of the best parts about a character buffet is the chance to sample a little of everything. Crystal Palace offers delicious desserts such as butterscotch pudding, seasonable cobbler, strawberry shortcake, and soft-serve ice cream.
If you’re concerned about specific dietary restrictions, let the host or your server know as you check in for your reservation. The Disney parks are fantastic at ensuring you can enjoy your meal and have options for everyone in your party, regardless of allergies and dietary needs.
How much does Crystal Palace cost?
As with all character dining, Crystal Palace is a little expensive because you’re paying for the experience and the characters, not just the food. The prices at Crystal Palace are very similar to most character dining experiences around the Disney World Resort.
Breakfast for adults – $45 plus tax and gratuity
Breakfast for children (ages 3-9) – $29 plus tax and gratuity
Lunch and dinner for adults – $59 plus tax and gratuity
Lunch and dinner for children (ages 3-9) – $39 plus tax and gratuity
Where is Crystal Palace located?
One of the best parts of Crystal Palace is its location. Depending on where you’re seated inside, you can view Cinderella’s Castle and even the fireworks if you time your reservation right.
Crystal Palace is located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., between Casey’s Corner and the entrance to Adventureland.
Crystal Palace – A Whimsical Meal for All
Whether you’re a young child or just a child at heart, character dining is a magical experience for any Disney guest. The next time you’re planning where to eat while in Magic Kingdom, consider giving Crystal Palace a chance. Enjoying them with some of your favorite Disney characters is the only thing to improve Mickey Waffles.
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Is Crystal Palace in Disney Worth it?
It’s one of the best character dining experiences we’ve had on property. If you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh, then its a must visit. Just keep in mind that ultimately you are paying for the character interactions. Comparable food can be found at any of the resorts or parks in WDW.
Where is Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom?
Hang a left at the end of Main Street USA after you pass Casey’s. You will run right in to it.
Will Crystal Palace at Disney have characters?
The characters have officially returned to Crystal Place at Magic Kingdom. Each table gets their own special time with Winnie, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. So be ready to take lots of photos. Or hand the camera to the Cast Member for a group photo.
Which Disney World Park is Crystal Palace in?
The character dining experience at Crystal Palace is located in Magic Kingdom.