We share our experience and the best menu items we would have seconds of in our review of Crystal Palace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

You can work up an appetite while walking around Magic Kingdom, in which case you’ll probably want a satisfying meal. If you are looking for one of the best buffets to satisfy him, look no further than The Crystal Palace.

The restaurant, inspired by 19th century Victorian greenhouses, is located a few steps from Cinderella Castle and filled with savory dishes and decadent desserts. This restaurant is a must for Winnie fans the bear.

Welcome to Hundred Acres Wood

Photo by Jeff Chiu

Upon entering the Crystal Palace, you will find that it is decorated for Friendship Day. Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore celebrate with streamers, balloons and a parade around the restaurant.

As of press time, they’re taking a break from the festivities, and Disney hasn’t announced when they’ll be back. But in normal operations, it is a meal of character not to be missed.

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How much does Crystal Palace cost?

Tigger welcomes a very young and enthusiastic guest to the Crystal Palace at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Photo by Brett Svenson

Crystal Palace lunch and dinner are $39 per adult and $23 per child (3-9), plus tax and tip. Prices are currently lower than usual as Winnie the Pooh and Friends are not welcoming guests at the time of publication.

Both menus (breakfast and lunch/dinner) offer a self-serve buffetand offerings change throughout the year.

Crystal Palace lunch and dinner menu

Inside the Crystal Palace at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Photo by Brett Svenson

Bring your appetite to Crystal Palace so you can fill your plate with hearty servings of mouth-watering treats. Both sides of the sideboard are identical and start with items for children— and kids at heart — like macaroni and cheese, beef quesadillas, cheese pizza, and chicken nuggets.

The station is also closer to the groundmaking it easier for children to select their favourites.

The next step is an assortment of bread including pretzel rolls, cornbread and rolls followed by seasonal salads, meats and cheeses, and peeling shrimp (and sometimes crab).

Disney's Crystal Palace Eggs, Bacon & Sausage

Photo by Laurie Sapp

After a trip (or two) to rehearsals, it’s time for the main course. Highly recommend trying Walt’s Mashed Potatoes—buttery, creamy goodness-and Walt’s Favorite Chili—a hearty mix of meat and beans. I like to add a scoop of sour cream to balance out the flavors.

You also don’t want to miss the fresh fish, pasta dishes and assorted sides to accompany your meal. A must at Crystal Palace is the Carved prime rib (horseradish and juice optional) semi-cooked. If you prefer yours more well done, the chef can cook it to your liking.

Offers at the Crystal Palace buffet bar

Photo by Eric Freilich

Although there are a variety of choices for dessert, we weren’t impressed with most of the offerings. Caramel pudding and caramel popcorn was one of the few items I enjoyed. We found the others lacking in flavor, including the soft serve ice cream.

Soft drinks are included in the price of the mealand you can order beer and wine for an additional fee.

Crystal Palace Review

Inside the Crystal Palace at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Photo by Jeff Chiu

Crystal Palace is a great value even with the current absence of Winnie the Pooh and friends. Servers return to your table frequently to refill drinks and clear plates, and the food and ambiance are enchanting.

It can get a bit crowded with the tables nearbyso take your time navigating to and from the buffet.

Dining at Crystal Palace: A Few Things to Remember

Crystal Palace Friendship Day Celebration Banner

Photo by Brett Svenson

As you plan your visit to Crystal Palace, here are some helpful tips:

  • Make your reservations early. If you don’t get it in your 60 day ADR session, keep checking the My Disney Experience app in the days and weeks leading up to your visit. We have found that other customers may cancel the day before their reservation, leaving one or two places free.
  • Talk to your server or the chef if you have food allergies/sensitivities. They will be happy to discuss ingredients and offer recommendations for substitutions.

We look forward to our next visit to Crystal Palace and hope Pooh and his pals come back soon!

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Eric Freilich is a former Walt Disney World cast member and lives in South Florida. As Annual Passholders, he and his family visit theme parks year-round to experience all that Disney has to offer. When he’s not soaring across the Pandora landscape on a Banshee or joining the Resistance to defeat the First Order, Eric enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family. Discover Eric and his family on the Mousegearz Channel.