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  Home > Walt Disney World > Dining > Restaurant Reviews > The Crystal Palace - Lunch  

The Crystal Palace
Located in the Magic Kingdom

Heading past Casey’s Corner a counter service restaurant that stand at the end of Main Street with its offering of Hot Dogs and fries I had my sights set on something a little more substantial.

I had opted for The Crystal Palace restaurant that is located near the hub of the Magic Kingdom and is themed with turn of the century architecture offering guests a taste of an earlier age.

As I made my way onto the elevated verandah with Cinderella Castle in the background a sense of excitement was now a companion to my steadily increasing appetite. The fact that it was nearly 2:00pm and seeing how the main lunch crowd and come and gone allowed me to be almost immediately seated. My server was also quick to appear and after taking my drink order gave me permission to head to the buffet. This lunch buffet is rather extensive with a large selection of both hot and cold offerings. The salad bar presented fresh greens with any number of toppings and salad dressings. Working my way past the cold cut meats I had the opportunity to fill my plate with sliced roast beef, turkey, salami and ham, as well as chicken salad and tuna salad. Next was a serving station offering a wide variety of fresh slice breads, which could be used to build a personalized sandwich. The hot entrees included about a half a dozen tempting selections. I found room on my plate for some sample size portions of the Sheppard’s pie, Cesar pasta and Sausage and Peppers and Onions.

Returning to my table I found that not only my beverage was waiting for me, but also a picturesque view of Cinderella Castle. Starting with my salad that was both fresh and tasty I began to satisfy the hunger that I had brought with me, This well prepared and nicely presented lunch was interrupted on several occasion by a wondering band of characters that included Eyorre, Tiger, Piglet and of course Winnie The Pooh. This gang was more than willing to indulge this “Big Kid” with a few hugs and a little bit of that special Disney Magic that comes with a character dining experience.

Timing my return trips to the buffet, so as not to miss a character encounter I replenished my plate with a little bit of Fruit Salad and finally finishing off with a small taste from the dessert bar.

Having enjoyed some fresh, appetizing and well prepared food that was offered up by some gracious Disney Cast members I headed back out into The Magic Kingdom both satisfied and refreshed in search of some more magic and fun.

Peek at the Menu

Lunch Hours: 11:30am to 3:00pm

Sliced Roast Beef, Salami, Turkey and Ham
Tossed Salad Fixings
Caesar Salad
Sliced American, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese
Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
Cole Slaw
Fruit Salad
Rye, Wheat, Pumpernickel, and White Breads
Steak Sandwich Slices
Ham Roll-Ups
Chicken Caesar Pasta
BBQ Chicken
Sausage and Peppers and Onions
Shepard's Pie
Mashed or Roasted Potatoes

Kid's Buffet with Mini Hot Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, and Cheese Pizza

Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Chip, Sugar and Peanut Butter Cookies
Peach Cobbler
Whole Fruit


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