It had been a good few years since I last did the Crystal Palace character breakfast, long before I had kids. On our 18-night free dining plan trip it was somewhere I thought our girls would enjoy, so I made an ADR for 8:10am. That was the first ADR available when I booked and an excellent time to book a character meal for in the Magic Kingdom. Providing it’s not an Extra Magic Hour morning, you get to enter the park before regular guests. This means you can get some wonderful photos on a relatively uncrowded Main St., U.S.A. By the time you’ve finished breakfast it won’t be long after park opening so you’ll be one of the first on the rides.
For those who don’t know, The Crystal Palace is located as you turn left at the top of Main St., past Casey’s Corner, the restrooms & Baby Care Center. It’s modeled after the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, England, which was built in 1851 to house the Great Exhibition.
It’s a very popular location, so booking as near to the 180 day ADR mark is strongly recommended. You also need to be prepared to wait once you arrive, as it can take a while to get seated. As we’d been busy taking photos on Main St. we didn’t arrive before our ADR time and so had to wait behind those who had arrived early.
Just inside the beautiful glass building, you’ll find some familiar faces.
The restaurant is split into two halves.
The buffet area is in the center, with two sides, each serving the same offerings.
Our server came to take our drinks order soon after we were seated, then we managed to go and get some food before the characters came to our table.
There was a great choice on offer, including some very yummy chocolate Mickey waffles!
Menu items can change, but may include:
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Freshly Baked Pastries
Corned Beef Hash
Puffed French Toast
Pooh’s peach casserole
Biscuits and gravy
The characters visit both rooms, so it can take a while for them to make their way around, but you’re visited by Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore. Every so often they join together for a parade around the dining room, which kids are encouraged to join.
As they’ve so many people to see they don’t spend a lot of time at each table, but were happy to sign autographs and pose for a photo.
Some people aren’t keen on this breakfast as it’s so busy and there’s not a lot of character time, but out of all of the ones we’ve done, this is one of my favorites. There’s a good selection of food on offer and I didn’t feel the characters were as rushed as they were at Donald’s Safari Breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also character meals at the Crystal Palace.