Winnie the Pooh! Tigger! Piglet and Eeyore galore!
If you get a chance to dine at Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom, you will be able to meet the wonderful friends from the 100 acre woods.
Which is pretty cool to relive some childhood nostalgia.
And maybe slightly scary for kids that don’t like characters… I’m only half kidding. Some kids just don’t respond well to giant non talking characters hanging out at their dinner table. Luckily our youngest two are fine (for now) but the oldest one had a stint where he wanted nothing to do with a masked person.
But ehh… you win some you loose some!
Hop on below (pun intended!) to see the yummy eats we had at Crystal Palace!
Precautions and Eating with Allergies at Disney World
For one, when you reserve dining, make sure to list your allergies (they don’t have options for all, so pick what you can!) Then CLARIFY at check in that you have allergies, get an allergen menu and ask to speak to a chef or manager.
Please consider talking to a manager or chef- especially if you have more than one allergy and ESPECIALLY if you have a cashier that might seem like they don’t know what they are doing.
As far as the kitchens, Disney has dedicated allergy kitchens and we know that they follow FARE guidelines. If they have a risk of CC they tell you.
For me, the times I’ve had exposure was when the cashier/server didn’t understand/didn’t properly list the allergies/gave me incorrect information. In their defense, they aren’t necessarily trained in allergies- so talk to a chef or manager if you are concerned.
You know those gut feelings that something isn’t right. Speak up! They have never (ok once at a quick serve place did a cashier give me grief) given me any problems.
Give us the Deets about the Crystal Palace
It’s located in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It’s to the left if you are walking down Main Street towards the castle, before Adventureland and by the Baby Care Centers.
We went for lunch in the summer and it wasn’t too busy. The dining room had lots of room to walk around in (a rarity if you ask me) and the bathrooms had adequate room (would be somewhat difficult in a wheelchair or stroller as it’s two doors to get in and out).
Here’s a menu guide that they gave me when I checked in. Since our whole family is gluten free, it makes it a little easier for them to serve us.
We got to meet the characters and have a nice meal. It was buffet style.
The meal was 51 for adults and 32 for kids.
What’s allergy free and gluten free?
They recommended that we get items made from the buffet. Instead we spoke to a chef.
Here’s what we ate.
Rolls as an appetizer (these are the same ones we’ve had at Garden Grill, Tony’s restaurant, mama melrose and a few other places I can’t remember. They are very common and all come individually packaged.)
Then we got fresh veggies and mashed potatoes. We got our meet off the buffet line from the chef there as the meat is prepared separately from other items.
For dessert, the chef brought out a delicious tray of gluten free brownies.
Now, for those that have eaten a gluten free brownie, you know that sometimes its lacking in flavor, or texture. They are hard to get just right.
Let me assure you that these brownies… oh my… they tasted like heaven. I’m tempted to go back just to eat the brownies!
Concerns while eating there
The only thing that concerned me was their suggestions at eating off the Buffett. Things happen with Buffets and it’s hard to tell if there was any CC as you aren’t familiar with the food, there are lots of allergens around, and the items could have been touched and put back, or the utensils contaminated.
I really liked it!
So did the kids
It was a very fun character meal, and we will be back (at least for the brownies!!!!)
The food itself was okish. And they treated the buffet rather nonchalant- I like the way tusker house does it better!