• On Jun 7, 2009
    Amy from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When taking into consideration the volume of people, which meal would be better at Crystal Palace-Lunch or Dinner? I love the panel and hope to see more videos soon!

    Hi Amy!  I'm so glad that you enjoy coming to the Moms Panel for help in planning your next vacation! I also love seeing my fellow Moms in their videos, and I believe there are a few more in the works!

    I love the atmosphere at the Crystal Palace! It is a beautiful restaraunt and the Pooh characters are some of my favorites so I have enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner here. I honestly have to say that there always seems to be a steady stream of people coming and going from the restaraunt. If you are looking for a less crowded experience, I would suggest booking your meal at an off time.

    For example, instead of booking lunch at the typical "lunch time" around 12:00 or 12:30, book a late lunch. The last seating for lunch is usually around 3:00 pm, so I would aim for a reservation at around 2:30 for lunch. The buffet will remain stocked and the characters will all be around to see you even though lunchtime is almost over. In fact, I have had some of the best character interaction when we have a late seating because the restaraunt empties out and the characters have  a lot more time to devote to you.

    In my experience, I much preferred the buffet selection at dinner over lunch. Both were very good and had plenty of things to choose from, but I just enjoyed the items on the dinner buffet more. The typical dinner hours at the Crystal Palace are from 4:00 - park closing. Again, if you prefer dinner, I would opt for one of the first reservations at around 4:00 or a late seating around 8:00.

    I hope this helps! Have a wonderful vacation!
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My name is Amber and I’m a stay-at-home mom from southwestern Pennsylvania. Planning my family’s Disney vacations is always so much fun. I love spreading the magic by getting others excited for their trips.
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