on January 14, 2008
Crystal Palace is located inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World; therefore theme park admission is required. We arrived pretty early in the morning for our breakfast and the park was still closed. After showing our confirmation number for our priority seating to the ticket attendants, we were allowed into the park. This was great. We got to see the Magic Kingdom without people everywhere! This allowed us to take some pictures of Cinderella's Castle without having other people in our photos. It was a terrific photo opportunity.Once we were seated in the restaurant, we were told the buffet was ours for the taking, and that the characters would be by soon. The buffet offered lots to choose from including chocolate chip pancakes which were my favorite. I was able to go back for several helpings. Not too long after we had gotten our first plate, Eeyore, Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet came by to take pictures and sign autographs. We had a big group (8 of us all together) and the characters didn't mind taking pictures with each of us. We got to spend as much time with them as we needed. They always seemed to make sure we were done before they moved onto another table. About half-way through our breakfast some fast paced music started playing and all the kids followed the characters dancing in a big circle which covered the entire restaurant. The kids seemed to really enjoy that.We had two young kids in our party (ages 2 and 5) and they really enjoyed interacting with the characters, but they were often distracted from eating by watching what the characters were doing at the other tables. But overall it was a great experience and the food was pretty good too.
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