Disney World’s Crystal Palace Restaurant: Is it Worth the Money?

Have you or the kids wanted to dine with Winnie the Pooh and a few of his pals? Crystal Palace is where you’ll find Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore.

Crystal Palace was inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s and features lots of natural light, topiaries and tropical palms trees. While having a nice meal, these Disney Characters stop by for pictures and autographs. It’s definitely a beautiful restaurant, that’s for sure.

Crystal Palace is an All-You-Care-to-Enjoy dining experience. Buffets feature American favorites prepared right before your eyes in an onstage kitchen. Breakfast will start your day with delicious omelets, freshly baked pastries, fruit and more. Dinner offers roasted carved meats, freshly prepared pastas, peel-and-eat shrimp and beyond. Desserts are warm bread pudding, key lime pie, coconut flan, brownies, fruit cobbler and soft-serve ice cream.

A couple pointers before we get started:

  • All menu items are subject to change without notice.
  • Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.
  • Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change.

Crystal Palace is a large restaurant and a busy one. You’ll see a lot of characters, but there are so many people dining at the same time, it can take over an hour and a half to see the characters for a second time. And when we had dinner, the Cast Members were not exactly pushy, but the characters seems a little rushed to move on compared to other characters meals we have done in the past.

The cost? $15 to $34.99 per adult and $35 to $59.99 for meals later in the day.

And there’s a special section for kids’ food.

So would I recommend the Crystal Palace?

No, not unless your kids are just having a stroke to see Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore. We thought the food was just average for the price, and the price is definitely high compared to counter service meals. In the hour plus time we were eating, we saw the characters once but barely glimpsed them again. So it was almost like eating in a fancy and super expensive Ryan’s, where three Disney characters just happened to pop in for a visit, sort of like they might show up at a ritzy kid’s birthday party.

I know people complain about Chef Mickey’s food, but we enjoyed our breakfast there more than we did our dinner at Crystal Palace.

But remember, that’s just one opinion. What did you think? Would you recommend it it to your friends? Leave us a comment and let everyone know what you thought. We’ll add your opinion into the article.

 

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