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Prime rib, fried chicken, vegetarian selections


The Crystal Palace made a number of significant changes to reopen following its 2020 pandemic closure. Characters are absent from meals until Winnie the Pooh and his friends return on September 20, 2022. And only lunch and dinner are served until breakfast returns on October 25, 2022. For a period of time the buffet was replaced by meals served family-style, but the buffet is back.

The restaurant continues to have trouble maintaining its food quality. The crispy fried chicken is greasy, and the prime rib is tough and overcooked. The best of the bunch might be the plant-based Southern Fried Cauliflower, but nobody should have to pay $39 for albino broccoli. Likewise, the dessert portions are unusually small: one cupcake per table, which you’re supposed to split among your group. Really?

Reader ratings for Crystal Palace have dropped significantly with these changes. For the price of $39 per adult and $23 per child we recommend Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary or Garden Grill at EPCOT instead, however.

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Setting and Atmosphere

A lunch visit to The Crystal Palace surrounds you with cool sunlight and decorative plants. The restaurant’s white steel supports, arched ceilings, and glass roof (especially the atrium) are tributes to its namesake, built to house London’s 1851 Great Exhibition—the first world’s fair—and among the first structures to use plate glass in large quantities. Because of all the windows, the setting is less distinctive for dinner after dark.

House Specialties

For appetizers, the seasonal salads are the best thing on the menu.

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