The Crystal Palace Character Dining
The Crystal Palace is one of just two character dining locations found within the gates of the Magic Kingdom (the other being Cinderella’s Royal Table - you can learn more about that on our last post!). Located on Main Street USA not far from Adventureland, it’s a nice place to sit down and enjoy a meal. It is also the only location in all of Disney property where you can dine with Winnie the Pooh and friends. Characters are available for all three meals served at the Crystal Palace. (Breakfast: 8 am- 10:45 am; Lunch: 11:30 am- 3:15 pm; or Dinner: 3:15 pm - 9 pm).
The buffet offerings are standard for Disney character dining--American fare with a few “fun” salad options, a butcher’s station, a “kids” food buffet option (but don’t judge me for taking the Mac & Cheese), and a delicious variety of dessert options. You will be seated at a specific table and your server will bring your drinks and refills, which are included in the cost of the meal; just don’t forget to tip!
Crystal Palace is a one-credit dining plan option and is a nice value for your dining plan dollar, especially when you dine at lunch or dinner. If you are not on the dining plan (which you need not be to dine here, or anywhere in Disney), breakfast is $41/adult, and $24/child; lunch and dinner are $54/adult, and $32/child.
Because Crystal Palace is located inside of the Magic Kingdom, it’s a good option to consider on a Magic Kingdom park day as park tickets are required to dine here. But, make sure you make reservations at the 180 day mark! While they will fit in walk-ins as often as possible, it is not always guaranteed that there will be space, especially when park levels are high.
The typical line up of characters includes Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore; the interactions with the characters are, by far, the highlight of dining at Crystal Palace. Each time I have dined there, the characters spent actual time with my children and were gracious after overzealous 4-year-old hugs. The Hundred Acre Wood gang also leads the children (and willing adults) around the restaurant in a march that gives you the chance to wave “hi” to the characters that may not yet have visited your table.
All-in-all, the Crystal Palace is definitely worth a reservation on your next Disney vacation!