The Crystal Palace is a Winnie the Pooh and friends character buffet located just past Main Street U.S.A in the Magic Kingdom. The restaurant is inspired by Victorian greenhouses of the late 1800s and brims with light, topiaries and tropical palms. I was very surprised by how beautiful it was! Despite being very busy, we were seated right away. Our server was very friendly and helpful. In my opinion, he was one of our best servers from our trip.
The characters of The Crystal Palace were my favorite. They were the most interactive and acted just as you expected their characters to be. Tigger was bouncy and energetic. Winnie the Pooh was sweet. He gave lots of hugs and kisses. Piglet was shy and seemed nervous to meet everyone. Eeyore was very depressed and moped around. Although I have heard that Rabbit sometimes makes appearances as well, we did not see him. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for this meal. These characters take breaks very often so it does take them a while to make it to each and every table.
The food at The Crystal Palace was my least favorite. It was typical buffet food. Nothing really stood out. Selections included sirloin, rotisserie chicken, Atlantic salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken nuggets, and pizza. I expected a lot better food considering how beautiful the restaurant was and how wonderful the character interaction was.
After we left The Crystal Palace, people were beginning to line up on Main Street U.S.A. for the Main Street Electrical Parade. We were able to get great spots to view the parade! It was the perfect restaurant to be at in the evening!
Alexia is a fan of all things Disney, especially the food, and an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida. When Alexia isn’t helping plan magical vacations you can find her on Facebook or Twitter. You can also contact her at alexia@destinationsinflorida.