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St. Louis, Missouri
September 14, 2005
From journal A Great Time in Orlando!
virginia beach, Virginia
August 27, 2005
The windows and high ceiling give it an atrium-like feeling. Spacing between tables was good since the characters have to roam around, but the table itself was a little small for the seven of us.
A celebration parade is held (hourly?) for those celebrating special occasions. We were supposed to get a birthday treat for our table but it didn't arrive and we actually forgot about it since the buffet choices were amazing. Just have them make a note when you make your reservation and then confirm it with them when you check in at the restaurant.
Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore will come to your table and visit. Very willing to pose for pictures and goof around with children of all ages.
Service was good, buffet was well-stocked and the drink glasses were quickly refilled.
We opted for the lunch option to save a little money. It's still not a cheap meal, but it's worth the splurge.
From journal A perfectly planned trip to Magic Kingdom
June 10, 2005
The building is big, and it might take an hour for you to see everyone. They stop at each table for autographs and pictures. My mom and I got some great shots of me with Tigger and Pooh. Piglet was at the front of the room greeting guests. It was a lot of fun and a very interesting dining experience.
While pricey, consider at least one character dining experience if you have children. The pictures you take will be priceless, and since children usually don't cooperate during fancy dinners, this is a nice alternative. It’s fun for them, and the adults get some great food other than burgers!
From journal Worth the Money at Disney World
June 3, 2005
The food was surprisingly delicious and hot! It was served buffet style, with so many types of wonderful types of cuisine to choose from. There was pasta, chicken, fish, salad, rolls, mac-and-cheese, potatoes, and more. The desserts were delicious, too!
What really made my experience special was the Winnie the Pooh characters rotating through the restaurant. They stopped at our table about every 15 minutes and happily posed for many pictures. They left a good amount of time in between to go to the buffet before they came back. Overall, the Crystal Palace was a magical dining experience for the whole family.
From journal My Happiest Place on Earth
East Haven, Connecticut
May 12, 2005
I have been to the Walt Disney World theme parks more than 55 times in the 32 years I have been alive, and after walking around the park all morning, there is nothing I like better than lunch with Pooh. At the very end of Main Street on the left, you will find the Crystal Palace. This is an affordable, buffet-style character dining restaurant that offers everyone an opportunity to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore and without a doubt our favorite place to eat while in the MAGIC KINGDOM.
The Crystal Palace was built to look like a building in Regent’s Park, London that was built in the 1800s. The building is still alive today with the smells and sounds of the culinary delights that are prepared fresh daily on the wood-burning rotisserie in the "On Stage Kitchen". There are three menu options: breakfast, lunch and dinner, which are inspired by the seasons and change often. This restaurant is quite affordable considering that it is all-you-can-eat with the cost of unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and dessert included. Breakfast is just $17.99 for adults, $9.99 for kids (3-11), lunch is $19.99 for adults, $10.99 for kids, and dinner is $22.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids.
There are a few things that draw our family back to the Crystal Palace every year we visit. Other than price, one of the reasons we return is to see all our friends from the Hundred Acre Woods. There is no waiting in line or looking through the park to meet the characters, because you and your kids will love the fact that while you’re eating your meal, you will have a visit from Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet. All four characters roam the restaurant while you eat and each one makes a special stop to every table for photo and autograph opportunities. Also, every half-hour, there is a mini parade (more like a conga line) that is led by Tigger inside the restaurant, which your children can participate in. If you time your lunch just right, a big plus to eating at the Crystal Palace is that the restaurant is located within feet of the parade route, so as you finish your meal you can walk outside and catch the Share A Dream Come True Parade .
There are many choices that you can make when you are looking for a character dining experience, but in our opinion, the Crystal Palace ranks on top of the list.
Please review our other Dining Guide - Inside Disney World journals: RAINFOREST CAFÉ – ANIMAL KINGDOM LES CHEFS de FRANCE – EPCOT WORLD SHOWCASE 50’s PRIME TIME CAFÉ – MGM STUDIOS
From journal Dining Guide - Inside Disney World
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
April 2, 2005
The restaurant looks very elegant on the outside, with glass domes and glass windows around the entire exterior. Inside, it's all you care to eat from a decent spread of salads, main dishes, and desserts. There's even a special station for children with chicken fingers, corn, and macaroni and cheese. For my meal, I started out with some whole-wheat dinner rolls and mixed greens with a fruity vinaigrette. Then I moved onto to some wonderfully flavorful shredded pork (similar to what you get in Hawaii at a luau). I also had some garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread, salmon, and snap peas. For dessert, I tried the bread pudding, apple cobbler, and tiramisu. My son had an ice-cream sundae with chocolate sprinkles.
The highlight was seeing how excited the children were (including my son) when the characters stopped by each of the tables. It's a nice setup, because the characters spend enough time at each table to take photos and sign autographs. There's no waiting in line like with the photo ops in the theme parks themselves. For the price, it is a good value, with good to above-average food and quality time with the characters!
From journal Spring Break at Walt Disney World
Gales Ferry, Connecticut
July 8, 2004
From journal Week at Summer Bay
Port Orange, Florida
March 31, 2004
From journal Disneyriffic
August 28, 2003
From journal My First Disney Trip
July 21, 2003
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