When traveling to Walt Disney World Resort one of the main components to a great vacation is planning where to enjoy a good meal. Of course, being at the most magical place on earth with favorite childhood friends just a hug away, character dining is usually at the top of a must-do dining list. One of my personal favorite character dining restaurants is The Crystal Palace, located at the Magic Kingdom. It has become a tradition, if you will, for us to stop and have a meal with a silly old bear.
Upon entering the building, guests are greeted with a banner that says, “Welcome to Our Friendship Day Celebration," which appears to be written in the famous handwriting by one of our Hundred Acre Wood pals. Below the welcoming drapery, are topiaries of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet, situated in a lush garden. The restaurant itself can best be described as a large solarium, allowing natural light to shine in and highlight all of its beautiful details.
The Crystal Palace offers meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have experienced all three meals there and have not had a bad one yet. Breakfast consists of traditional items such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruits, croissants, pastries, muffins and bagels. These items are also accompanied by an omelet station, potato dishes and of course – Mickey Waffles! Assorted cereals are also available. Having breakfast here is a wonderful way to begin a fun day at the Magic Kingdom!
While lunch is absolutely scrumptious, it tends to be a bit heavy for a mid-day meal for my husband and myself. We normally make our Crystal Palace reservation for a dinner meal. While breakfast and lunch are both great meals to be had here, dinner does not disappoint either! To add on to the meats mentioned in the lunch buffet above, you can often find prime rib, herb roasted turkey and shrimp on the dinner menu. Garlic smashed potatoes, vegetable pasta, soups and chowders await your plate, as well as a variety of salads and sides. Mac and cheese, chicken fingers and cheese pizza are available for kids, or the less adventurous eaters.
Both lunch and dinner bring temptation to your taste buds with a wide array of desserts. Lunch offers cheesecake, cookies, brownies, cobbler and soft-serve vanilla and chocolate ice cream – with toppings too! These lunch desserts carry over to the dinner menu, and as if that weren’t yummy enough, you can also find tiramisu, key lime pie, Boston Cream pie and more! Be sure to save some appetite for these sweet treats. Please note that menu items are subject to change without notice.
Generations have grown up helping Eeyore find his tail, trying to bounce like Tigger, being brave for Piglet and helping Pooh Bear seek out more “hunny." For those who are two years old to ninety-two years old, The Crystal Palace is more than just another character meal. It’s taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the park in a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. It’s enjoying a hearty meal that will take care of any rumbly in your tumbly. But most importantly, it’s getting a chance to reconnect with some childhood friends.