Tuesday, March 2, 2010

WDW Resturant Reviews: Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)

I picked the Crystal Palace (located in the Magic Kingdom) to have my son's birthday dinner. Even though he was turning 5 and a bit past Pooh and pals, I knew he would still get a big kick out of seeing all the characters.

The Crystal Palace is a buffet style restaurant and even though I personally am not a huge fan of buffets, the kids love it! There was plenty of the traditional kid fare (mac n'cheese, chicken nuggets, pizza, meatballs, etc) but a lot of other choices as well (baked salmon, prime rib, array of salads and sides). We definitely got our money's worth that night... my son ate a TON!

I also ordered a small, six inch birthday cake (for an additional $22), so my son could blow out some candles. This was definitely pricey, especially since the cake tasted awful!! They had a good variety of desserts at the buffet that were much, much better...oh, well...live and learn.

The best thing about the Crystal Palace though is the interaction with the characters. Pooh Bear, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore made their way to all the tables for a meet and greet session. They also did a "parade" through the restaurants that the kids could participate in. My kids were in heaven!!!

The buffet spread.....


Kids and buffets go hand-in-hand. My son ate a TON!

My son's birthday cake....it tasted AWFUL but at least it had candles!!

The best part of Crystal Palace....Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore.


  1. Hi Maria,

    Welcome back and thanks for posting the reviews. I am in the process of planning a vacation for the family and WDW is on my maybe list.

    Looks like Drew and Abby were having a great time.

  2. I'm so glad you took the time to post all these reviews as I'm much more likely to take a personal recommendation over a yelp review any day! :)

    Sucks about the crappy cake, though, seems that's a common theme with Disney Parks which is a shame.

    Happy birthday to your son!!!