Crystal Palace One thing I like about the deluxe dining plan is that you can include a lot of character dining and still do more foodie restaurants. I like the character meals for breakfasts because you can usually get an early dining time and make it for rope drop or be already in the park for park opening. I also find that my DD doesnt eat much at character meals because she is so excited, but she loved waffles, bacon and fruit so we can usually get her eat. Our reservation was for 8:05 and we checked into the Crystal Palace before they had opened. We were seated quickly, one table down from where we sat when we visited last year and we had the same waiter. He took our drink orders and told us to visit the buffet. The restaurant was still fairly empty. The food was all very fresh looking and they had a good selection of breakfast food. Two things that Crystal Palace serves that I have not seen at other buffets are chocolate Mickey waffles and puffed french toast, found in the childrens section of the buffet. I found the food to be very good, Crystal Palace is one of the better character breakfast buffets. I forgot to take pictures until part way through. From the to bacon, a mickey waffle, smoke salmon, and berries. the puffed french toast and pineapple is missing. So... ...I went back for seconds The puffed toast was very good, it was still warm! The characters stopped by for pictures and autographs. First we saw Piglet followed by Tigger. They then did the character March around the restaurant. After the March Pooh and Eeyore stopped by. I am very impressed at how well the non-face characters sign their name, but Eeyore was the most impressive. Once Eyeore stop by we paid our bill and headed out to Magic Kingdom. The characters seem to come by slowly at The Crystal Palace, we were not finished until after 9am so we did miss rope drop, the same thing happened last year. If you are concerned about making it to rope drop I would recommend asking for your bill when you first sit down that way you can leave as soon as you see the last character, it could save you 5-10 minutes. I would probably eat at the Crystal Palace again, my daughter like s the characters and the food is better than many of the other character buffets. Up next tea at the Grand Floridian Tea Room.