by MTT Aimee, Aimee Best
Traveling to Disney with little ones is always an exciting time, for both them and you. Seeing their little faces light up when they see those larger than life characters that they love, is a rewarding feeling. These days with the multiple dining plan options available to resort guests, character dining has become a must for every family. But what do you do when you are not able to get those coveted reservations for “Cinderella’s Royal Table” for your princess, or “Chef Mickey’s” for you little character? Disney World resorts offer a number of other character dining options that are comparable. One of my families’ favorites is “The Crystal Palace” at the Magic Kingdom.
On one of our more spur of the moment trips, I was pressed for time and getting reservations for the old standbys was not going to happen. While viewing our options online I came across “The Crystal Palace.” With few choices left and time running out I made a reservation for a breakfast at 8:00am.
As it turns out having those early morning reservations also gained us early admission to the park. While nothing was open, it was a prime opportunity for a photo shoot on Main St. with the Castle in early morning sunlight and with almost no other guests around! No waiting for that perfect moment, there it was!
We were greeted by a Victorian hostess and seated inside of the 1800’s greenhouse setting with palm trees and topiaries. Soon our drink orders were taken and we were directed to enjoy the breakfast buffet while the characters made their way to our table. We were assured that if we were not at our seat when they came around, they would come back.
The menu at “The Crystal Palace” is an American buffet. Fresh fruit, pastries, omelet station, cereal and other comfort foods just to name a few. There is something for everyone, from your picky two year old to a meat and potatoes dad.
Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet all made their way to each and every table. Posing for pictures and signing autographs. There were also at least two opportunities for the kids to join Pooh and the gang for a Hundred-Acre Wood Parade, while mom and dad finished their coffee before heading out into the park for the day.
While I did not have any expectations of this character dining experience, we were blown away. So much so that before we even left, we made reservations for another day that week! From that trip on, we have always made sure to plan at least one of our mornings with Pooh and his friends.
Be sure to check it out on your next trip. Reservations are recommended.
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