Monday, August 18, 2014

Restaurant Review: Crystal Palace

by: Lindsey

When we were planning our 2011 trip, Disney restaurants were foreign to us. On a whim, we decided to get the dining plan and try it out, but we knew nothing about the restaurants. Nick had never been at all and this was my first trip without my parents. We felt a little blind going in.

Our daughter was not even two so our main focus when choosing was looking at kid-friendly restaurants. That’s how we landed on Crystal Palace. It was in Magic Kingdom and it had characters. It fit the criteria.

We made reservations for the dinner buffet. This was actually our first character meal we’d ever been to. When we arrived, we had to wait for a little bit, but it wasn’t bad since Anniston had fallen asleep. She woke up right when it was time to eat.

This meal features, Pooh, Tiger, Piglet, and Eeyore. The characters start on one side of the room and worth their way to the other. Each character stops by the table, takes pictures, and signs autographs. Keep in mind that masked characters (stuff?) do not talk, so don’t be disappointed when they just wave and use their body language.

I will say this. The food is not spectacular. The restaurant flows well. The characters are consistent and visit every table and don’t rush. There was a great selection of food. Just the taste of the food, to us, wasn’t anything to rave about. Here in the south we have a chain restaurant (I assume it’s still open) called Luby’s CafĂ©. It reminds me of that.

Would I recommend it to anyone? Only if your kids love the Winnie the Pooh characters. Otherwise, I’d skip and go to a place like Hollywood & Vine (reviews coming soon!).

Have you eaten here? If so, leave your experience in the comments below!

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