Crystal Palace Character Breakfast

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  1. taragl

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    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!
     
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  3. DJBounce

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    Thanks for your review! Crystal Palace is by far our favorite breakfast!
     
  4. ufgator

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    Thanks for your review.
     
  5. tinkerbeth

    tinkerbeth Goin' back soon!!

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    Thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to trying CP for the first time this trip. :)

    Beth
     
  6. deany

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    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:
     
  7. munchkin bunchkin

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    You'll love it! :wave:
     
  8. Minniespal

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    Enjoyed reading your review ~ Thanx for sharing.
     
  9. averill94

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    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!
     
  10. BeadyLady

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    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:
     
  11. swankybeth

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    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:
     
  12. taragl

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    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.
     
  13. Booknut

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    Great review - we're off to CP for breakfast in September (our first time) and we're really looking forward to it! :goodvibes
     
  14. Albertan mom

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    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:
     
  15. mydogisbo

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    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!
     
  16. BeadyLady

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

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    Great review
     
  18. littleladykaty

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    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:
     
  19. mrstbalt

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    Thank for your report, it sounds wonderful! Glad you had a good experience.
     
  20. Mom of Sleepy Bashful and BabyDoc

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    Thanks for the review!! :goodvibes
     
  21. PoohGal05

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    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!
     

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