The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom Has Finally Reopened!

It’s quite a happy day as the holidays are in full swing, and restaurants in Disney World have been reopening left and right recently.

Crystal Palace

Although the Crystal Palace has been closed to guests since Disney World reopened this past summer, the restaurant is welcoming guests again today for the first time in forever! But, there’s some big changes coming to the restaurant (and we’re taking you with us to see them all)!

Crystal Palace has previously been known as a spot where you could meet Winnie the Pooh and his pals for a Character Dining experience. However, Disney announced that the Hundred Acre Wood friends would be “taking a break from greeting guests” for now.

Pooh and Eeyore Decor

Unfortunately, these adorable topiaries are currently the only way we’ll be seeing Pooh and Friends, for now at least.

Tigger and Piglet Decor

The inside of the restaurant looks a little different, with plexiglass installed in between rows of tables, and an empty buffet area in accordance with its new family-style dining.

The restaurant’s buffet-style has also been switched to brand new family-style dining with a southern home-cooked vibe to the menu. Since the Crystal Palace looks pretty different than it did prior to Disney World’s closure, we were curious to see the changes for ourselves!

Crystal Palace Sign

The area where the buffet would normally be served was totally empty.

Barren buffet station

The new menu is available by scanning this QR code.

Scannable Menu

The menu features family-style starters including salads and biscuits!

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Homestyle Buttermilk and Cheddar Biscuits

You also get the choice of an entrée which includes options like Crispy Fried Chicken, served with Collard Greens and Macaroni and Cheese…

Crispy Fried Chicken

…and other hearty options like Fire-Roasted Prime Rib, served with Asiago Potatoes au Gratin and Creamed Spinach.

Prime Rib

The Dessert Platter includes absolutely adorable treats designed to represent some of those characters we’re missing. It includes Fritters with Powdered Sugar and Chocolate Sauce, Banana Cream Pie, Hummingbird Cake, and a Cupcake!

Dessert Platter

Although we’re missing our pals from the Hundred Acre Wood, we sure were glad to make it back to the Crystal Palace!

Crystal Palace

We’re thrilled to be able to return back to newly re-opened restaurants throughout Disney World! And, we’ll be sure to give you a look at our upcoming dining experiences as we return to the parks and resorts soon!

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Will you be going back to the Crystal Palace any time soon? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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