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Restaurant Review: The Crystal Palace

Full Disclosure:  I paid for this meal with my own money and I am not being compensated for this post. As always, the opinions are completely my own.

One of the major factors for us choosing to stay at the Polynesian was that the transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot is so convenient.  Especially the Magic Kingdom, it is only a short monorail ride away! Since it was super convenient, and we had heard great things, we decided to make reservations for dinner at The Crystal Palace located inside of the Magic Kingdom.

It is a buffet with characters, meaning that as you are eating the characters come around and greet you at your table.  This type of a meal happens at several different Disney restaurants, each with different characters.  At The Crystal Palace, the characters that you see are Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.  When we were seated, we were told that their normal rotation is about an 60-90 minutes.  We are pretty fast eaters – especially when it is a buffet – so we weren’t sure we would even spend that much time there.  I know that part of the cost of the meal is basically because you get to see the characters, but we weren’t going to be too upset if they didn’t make their way around by the time we finished.   We aren’t Winnie the Pooh superfans or anything, so we figured we would let the children who had finished their meals and were patiently (or not so much) waiting to see them have their turn and not make a big deal out of it.


As it turns out, we paced ourselves pretty well and just as we finished eating, the characters were headed to our section.  I have to say, if your child (or you) has a favorite character, going to a dining experience that involves them is the way to go.  I love many of the Disney characters, but standing in line to see them is not something that sounds like fun to me. Having our meal end with a character greeting was perfect timing, what would have been “wasted” time waiting in line was spent eating dinner.


(We did take photos with all four of the characters, but I will spare you the awkwardness and only post one of them.)

Oh, and there was food, too!  It was good, but also really anything special.  Pretty typical buffet food – salad, carved meats, various side dishes, and desserts.  They did have bread pudding (That I had just fallen in love with the night before at Ohana) so that was pretty delicious.

Overall it was a good time!

Taste: A-, not really anything particularly special, but pretty good.
Cost: A-, pretty typical for a character brunch experience.  As with all buffets, I don’t think I necessarily eat as much food as I pay for, but I realize that charging by the ounce or something to make it more fair would be a little ridiculous.

Would I go there again?  Eh, I don’t think so.  It was fun to see the characters and go there once, but it isn’t high on my list to go again.


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