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taragl
06-23-2006, 12:33 PM
Our very first character breakfast! This was our November 2005 trip. Our PS was at 8:00am sharp, and we were there 10 minutes early out of sheer excitement. The CP CMs were still preparing the restaurant when we arrived, so we wandered the Magic Kingdom and took photos. It was so much fun walking down an empty Main Street and taking pictures of ourselves in front of Cinderella's Castle without anyone else in the background!

When the CP opened, we were the second family ushered in. It was only minutes until we were filling plates with character waffles, eggs, fruit and other excellent breakfast goodies. Most items were at least as good as a typical pancake house breakfast -- some were extraordinary. DH didn't like the coffee much, but he's picky about his brew. Every person in our family -- with widely varying dietary needs (a diabetic and a 7-year-old) -- found something to be excited about. And... since it was first-thing in the morning, no lines at the buffet!

A darling honeymoon couple was on our right, table decorated with heart-shaped glitter and matching bride/groom Mickey ears. And a great big mixed group of adults and kids was nearby laughing and enjoying themselves audibly. The atmosphere was festive and everyone (guests and CMs) there had a joyous attitude (isn't that important when you're trying to relax?).

As we ate, each character arrived in turn, no more than 10 minutes apart. So few families were there, we were never rushed with any of them. DS7 got a hug, and autograph and a photo with each character. I thought he might be too "cool" to be excited by Pooh and Tigger, but he became a little kid again. Watching him smile and giggle at Piglet and Eeyore was the best part for me. He's not so grown up after all...

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By the time we were ready for seconds, the crowd was growing and the food lines were lengthening. We lingered over coffee for a few more minutes, then headed out to the still-closed park. We were able to wait right at the Tomorrowland rope and ride at least 4 attractions before lines started to grow. Early mornings are the way to do it!

DJBounce
06-23-2006, 06:16 PM
Thanks for your review! Crystal Palace is by far our favorite breakfast!

ufgator
06-23-2006, 06:34 PM
Thanks for your review.

tinkerbeth
06-23-2006, 07:56 PM
Thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to trying CP for the first time this trip. :)

Beth

deany
06-23-2006, 08:17 PM
Loved your review. We have an ADR at CP for 8:05am when the park opens at 9am. How early will they let you into the park? We would like to get there the suggested 10 mins ahead plus an extra 5-10 mins for pictures of the empty park. :banana: :banana: :banana:

munchkin bunchkin
06-23-2006, 08:17 PM
Thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to trying CP for the first time this trip. :)

Beth
You'll love it! :wave:

Minniespal
06-24-2006, 05:41 AM
Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.

averill94
06-24-2006, 06:00 AM
Glad this worked out so nicely for your family. It sounds like a great time.
We have an 8:10am when we go- I hope things go as smooth for us!

BeadyLady
06-24-2006, 07:03 AM
Lovely report! Now I'm thinging I should get an ADR for Dec for us. It's only the DH and myself, still fun for just couples? :surfweb:

swankybeth
06-24-2006, 08:26 AM
Lovely report! Now I'm thinging I should get an ADR for Dec for us. It's only the DH and myself, still fun for just couples? :surfweb:

You should definitely go! DH and I have gone 2x for breakfast and we have an ADR for dinner in December. No kids yet, but we still love the character meals! pooh: :eeyore:

taragl-Thanks for sharing your review! :sunny:

taragl
06-24-2006, 02:03 PM
How early will they let you into the park? We would like to get there the suggested 10 mins ahead plus an extra 5-10 mins for pictures of the empty park.

I'm sure someone else knows the exact rule, but I recall it was somewhere around 7:45am that they let us in. Plenty of time for pictures.

Booknut
06-24-2006, 04:09 PM
Great review - we're off to CP for breakfast in September (our first time) and we're really looking forward to it! :goodvibes

Albertan mom
06-24-2006, 04:12 PM
Ooohhh yay!!
We have an 8:05 ressie there on a 9am opening day too!
Very excited about it!
Glad to hear it was everything we were hoping it would be!
:cool1:

mydogisbo
06-24-2006, 05:10 PM
Glad you had such a good time--we love CP for breakfast too! Good food, good service, fun characters--& in the MK you can't go wrong!

BeadyLady
06-24-2006, 08:48 PM
You should definitely go! DH and I have gone 2x for breakfast and we have an ADR for dinner in December. No kids yet, but we still love the character meals! pooh: :eeyore:

taragl-Thanks for sharing your review! :sunny:

Thanks! It looks like our trips almost overlap. We're there till Dec 11th.

Disney owl
06-25-2006, 12:20 PM
Great review

littleladykaty
06-30-2006, 02:34 PM
Crystal Palace is our very first meal on our honeymoon!!! I am beyond excited!! I've always been a Pooh and Pals fan and adding breakfast food to Pooh and the Gang AND being on my honeymoon with the absolute delight and joy of my life...well I don't think anything could top it!! YAY!!! princess: :wizard:

mrstbalt
07-03-2006, 09:48 AM
Thank for your report, it sounds wonderful! Glad you had a good experience.

Mom of Sleepy, Bashful and BabyDoc
07-05-2006, 02:51 PM
Thanks for the review!! :goodvibes

PoohGal05
07-05-2006, 08:18 PM
My mom and I also love, Love LOVE Crystal Palace! We have always had good character interaction, the food has always been hot and fresh, and the wait staff has been friendly!

ilovepooh
07-06-2006, 08:49 PM
Thank you for the nice review. I can't wait to go there too!!

danjoan14
07-07-2006, 12:31 PM
pirate: We love CP for breakfast. We can't wait to get there again in October. DW loves the made-to-order eggs!

heartsy77
07-13-2006, 08:31 AM
We have never had brek at Cp, however we had dinner there are last night in Feb 05. It was horrible! We had PS and still had to wait in line for an hour! It was cold outside and the Mk was packed! I finally went and told the lady at the door that I wanted to cancel my reservation, as long as my cc wouldn't be charged for the PS. They did take us inside and had us seated next, I wasn't tyring to be a grump and get ahead of everyone at that point I just wanted to leave. They insisted we come inside, and eat. We did, and I was still disappointed with the food! For the $$$ it was hospital food! Chef Mickey's is much better! That whole experience broke my heart because that dinner at CP was for me, because I love Eeyore! We won't even consider going back to CP again, it Chef Mickey's all the way!

BuzzBelleMom
07-13-2006, 12:00 PM
We had breakfast at CP the last day of our trip in 2005. We had 8:05 reservations. DD was dressed as Aurora and DD was Peter, minus the hat. We must have been the first couple in with children, because one of the waiters told us they needed a child to open the buffet and which one would we prefer. We went with DD because she was older and could appreciate it more.

She got a signed paper chef's hat, a signed certificate, special Mickey head pancakes and we all got to pose with all four characters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DD was on cloud nine all day. I felt bad for the couple next to us who tried to bribe their sons with the Mickey pancakes. I had to tell her they were special for DD. She became upset because she had the same reservation time, but arrived late due to the monorail.

The food was incredible! I fell in love with the breakfast lasagna (pound cake, waffles, pancakes, berries and creme brulee all mixed together) and asked the waiter for the recipe. He disappeared. I thought that meant no. He returned a few minutes later with a gold-embossed card with the recipe!!!!!!

DH said that was the best meal we had and wants to go back.

That will be in about 130 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oh, the quick hint, dressing your child as a character tends to get you much better service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bethbuchall
07-17-2006, 09:23 AM
We have an 8:05 am ADR for dd's 13th birthday, and I can't wait! Thanks for adding to the excitement!

Beth

richard_andmel
07-24-2006, 09:52 AM
Glad you enjoyed your breakfast. :) This is the one Character meal we always do, even when it's just the two of us. We really like the breakfast food here. The puffed french toast is yummy. :thumbsup2

Manda_the_pirate
08-02-2006, 12:56 PM
My mom ate at CP last time, and loved it! We made dinner reservations for this trip. I'm excited. I hope our food doesn't taste like hospital food too :(

mamaprincess
08-09-2006, 10:04 AM
Next trip I will definitely be booking CP for a before park opening breakfast!
Thanks for the good review! :thumbsup2

Disfan3
08-10-2006, 05:21 PM
We had breakfast at CP the last day of our trip in 2005. We had 8:05 reservations. DD was dressed as Aurora and DD was Peter, minus the hat. We must have been the first couple in with children, because one of the waiters told us they needed a child to open the buffet and which one would we prefer. We went with DD because she was older and could appreciate it more.

She got a signed paper chef\\\'s hat, a signed certificate, special Mickey head pancakes and we all got to pose with all four characters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DD was on cloud nine all day. I felt bad for the couple next to us who tried to bribe their sons with the Mickey pancakes. I had to tell her they were special for DD. She became upset because she had the same reservation time, but arrived late due to the monorail.

The food was incredible! I fell in love with the breakfast lasagna (pound cake, waffles, pancakes, berries and creme brulee all mixed together) and asked the waiter for the recipe. He disappeared. I thought that meant no. He returned a few minutes later with a gold-embossed card with the recipe!!!!!!

DH said that was the best meal we had and wants to go back.

That will be in about 130 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oh, the quick hint, dressing your child as a character tends to get you much better service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


we have an 8am ADR on Tuesday so maybe we will get lucky! We are at the Poly so it won\\\'t take long to get over there but I will make sure we are there early! My dd\\\'s don\\\'t want to dress up this time though :( they did for CRT last yr but this yr they all say no dresses!! boohooo!!

I am making them wear disney t shirts though and they got tiny braids all over their hair today they look very festive!!

thanks for the advice

I am very ready to try a park opening at least once this trip!

*~ellagirlsmama~*
08-10-2006, 10:40 PM
Great review :wave:
We went for lunch last year and loved it! We have 8:10 breakfast ressies next month, I can't wait!

DanaHesson
08-14-2006, 10:37 PM
We have never had brek at Cp, however we had dinner there are last night in Feb 05. It was horrible! We had PS and still had to wait in line for an hour! It was cold outside and the Mk was packed! I finally went and told the lady at the door that I wanted to cancel my reservation, as long as my cc wouldn't be charged for the PS. They did take us inside and had us seated next, I wasn't tyring to be a grump and get ahead of everyone at that point I just wanted to leave. They insisted we come inside, and eat. We did, and I was still disappointed with the food! For the $$$ it was hospital food! Chef Mickey's is much better! That whole experience broke my heart because that dinner at CP was for me, because I love Eeyore! We won't even consider going back to CP again, it Chef Mickey's all the way!

We have always enjoyed CP. I am PICKY and I think it is awesome. I am also a nurse, and it is a jillion times better than the food served at my hospital. I am so sorry you had a bad experience, maybe in a year or two after the "bad taste" leaves your mouth, you should try it again. :wizard: :wizard: