Crystal Palace for Dinner????

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by disneyccc, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. disneyccc

    disneyccc Earning My Ears

    Jul 19, 2005
    I have heard so much about Crystal Palace for breakfast but I was wondering if their dinner buffet was just as good. Any advice, pics, reviews, etc. would be greatly appreciated:yay:
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    ROEDISNEY DIS Veteran My name

    May 30, 2004
    CP Has always been a good Buffet . In my opinion.
  4. ccgirl

    ccgirl DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2009
    Crystal Palace dinner buffet is one of my favorites. We were introduced to it during the free dining promotion a couple of years ago and it is one of only two character meals that we continue to pay out of pocket for. I highly recommend it!:thumbsup2
  5. SnowWtch

    SnowWtch DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    DH and I have gone and it's always fun even if you don't have kids. The food was quite good too. The adobo pulled pork was wonderful. I went back for more of that.
  6. avalanche1977

    avalanche1977 Turkey Leg Aficionado

    Jun 13, 2008
    Never been to CP before, looking forward to it!
  7. Tisha_PA

    Tisha_PA DIS Veteran

    Sep 4, 2008
    We ate there in March and it was DH's favorite meal of the whole trip. I thought it was really good.
  8. Mommytwotwins

    Mommytwotwins Mouseketeer

    Feb 21, 2009
    We were there first week of June and did not like it at all...the characters were good but I did not care for the food. Even my DH,who eats anything did not like it. You realy have to go and see for yourself because I hear good and bad reviews. I would try a breakfast but no more dinner for me.
  9. Pakey

    Pakey DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2007
    I think the food is decent. I don't think I'd choose to eat here without children (it's pretty noisy) but the food itself is pretty good.
  10. TravelNicholas

    TravelNicholas Earning My Ears

    Mar 3, 2008
    We just returned from a visit to Orlando - a birthday celebration trip for both of my children (whose 9th and 10th birthdays are 3 days apart).

    90 days out, I made ADR's for Crystal Palace and re-confirmed them twice before our trip began.

    On the afternoon of June 18 (my son's birthday), we made it through a wretched thunder/lightning/rain storm to MK for our 6 PM birthday dinner at CP. I stood in line for about half an hour to check-in only to be told, once I arrived at the window, that the restaurant had been closed around 11 AM that morning because of "kitchen issues". I was given no further explanation and no assistance getting a reservtion somewhere else. I was simply told that I could wait around to see if they might open back up or go to another restaurant. I was completely disappointed - as was my son. I immediately called Disney Dining to see if I could re-schedule his birthday dinner somewhere else but there was nothing available for 3-4 hours.

    I am a sensible person who realizes that "things happen" but both my e-mail address and cell phone number were on all of my reservations and had I been given the courtesy of a phone call earlier in the day, I may have had a better chance of getting my family in somewhere else for a TS birthday celebration meal.

    Not very impressive.

    Fortunately - all of our other TS meals were fantastic and amazing and 2 days later, after we explained what had happened at CP, the folks at the Tusker House (breakfast) made a big deal out of my birthday boy and he felt celebrated and special - which is just what I wanted for him.
  11. Sue1016

    Sue1016 Mouseketeer

    Apr 15, 2009
    I went to crystal palace three times 2 times in 2006 and another time in my trip this past May. Breakfast is good. It's really hard to mess up breakfast in my opinion. Dinner was ok in 2006 and just nasty in May. Maybe I've been spolied to have good buffets near my house (Atlantic City casinos' (Espeically the Borgata) has a great buffet Crystal Palace food is horrific. If anyone watched Vegas Vacation with Chevy Chase,,,, when his brother in law says " give my some of the yellow,,, and don't be cheap on me...." that is sooo what i thought of as a watched a lil kid glop mac in cheese in his dish. it's was fake orangey - yellow and looked and smelled like paint! The only ediable thing there was the mashed potatos and the rolls. Everything else was old and must have been sitting there for a while, which sounds silly in Disney where you expect high turnover in food, but the resturatnt wasn't even packed in mid May!!

    don't go in my opinion
  12. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

    Sep 22, 2005
    We have dined there many times for breakfast and dinner and always love it but last Aug we ate dinner there (first time in 2 years) and the food was just so salty and the place was so noisy it was not the most enjoyable dinner....
  13. Disneymanic

    Disneymanic Earning My Ears

    Jan 14, 2008
    My family has gone many times, from when my kids were young to last year when they were in their late twenties. We have found the food to be enjoyable every time. We tell anyone going to the MK that it is worth eating at.:thumbsup2
  14. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Oct 28, 2006
    I've gone twice for dinner, never for breakfeast. I think it was good. Prime rib, rolls, and mash potatoes make me happy! But it had other good stuff as well. There is a link in my signature to my dining review and the first post will tell you which page the CP review is, if you want to check it out.

    All of WDW has that nasty Mac and cheese for the most part. There was a thread recently about how bad the mac and cheese is pretty much everywhere there.


    Jan 5, 2006
    We had dinner at CP this trip. On our last trip we had breakfast. This was my favorite meal of the trip! Not necessarily just for the food, but the atmosphere, waiter, etc.

    My dh fell in love with something from the buffet ?(bbq pork tenderloin maybe), and I loved the garlic potatoes. Other than those two items, everything else was just okay.

    The waiter did bring out three signed cards for my "princess and two pirates". I guess that makes me partial to CP also because I wasn't expecting that! Maybe it was because I gave such a nice tip! LOL

    CP is the first place we have ever had a character meal and still my favorite even after going to Chef Mickey's!
  16. Mom2SamandJames

    Mom2SamandJames DIS Veteran

    Jun 19, 2009
    We took our two sons there on our first night at the World. They were running very slow, and we were not seated until 1 hour after our dinner reservations which was frustrating with an 8 month old and a 3 year old. The food was good, but we were starved by the time we ate so our palates were not picky. The character interaction was great.
  17. Toystoryfan32

    Toystoryfan32 DIS Veteran

    Jul 25, 2007
    We always enjoy dinner at the CP. The food is always good, we love the atmosphere and the characters are just so darn cute. My youngest just adores Pooh and she always looks forward to the little parade through the restaraunt. :)
  18. decker96

    decker96 DIS Veteran

    Aug 29, 2003
    I agree with those that said the food is okay. The garlic mashed potatoes were really good as was one cold salad I had, everything else I could have left. Desserts were also good. The character interaction was excellent, however and really made up for the just okay food.
  19. Joolish1313

    Joolish1313 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2007
    I also think the food is just ok. It's buffet food, expectations shouldn't be too high anyway.Tthe desserts were good though. When we went for dinner the place was very loud. (it's a large room so there is nothing to absorb the sound). Try CP and keep an open mind.
  20. koolaidmoms

    koolaidmoms DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2008
    We love CP for lunch and dinner. We went twice on our last trip because it was so good the first time on DS's 6th birthday. My DS and DD love the character interaction. They seem to take a little longer here with them than some of the other places.

    The sound is incredibly loud but we over look that for the great character interaction for the kids and the skillet cornbread and mashed potatoes for me!


    This is the beef with au jus, mashed garlic potatoes, skillet spoonbread, garden vegetables with aioli, roll and vinegar based potato salad.


    This is DD's plate of salmon, beef with au jus, chicken nuggets and vegetables. LOL.


    DS's plate of beef with au jus, the red blob is cocktail sauce, peel and eat shrimp and chicken nuggets.


    Plate of desserts to share including a sugar cookie, carrot cake, chocolate mousse pie and chocolate cake.


    DD and DS with their favorite - Piglet.

    Hope this helps some. :)
  21. Dawn68PA

    Dawn68PA DIS Veteran

    Nov 12, 2007
    We love CP for dinner! The roast, mashed potatoes and key lime pie are staples for me there!

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