Over the past few months, we’ve seen quite a few restaurant reopenings in Disney World.
Some character meals have come back, resort dining options have expanded, and we saw the return of buffets when Boma reopened at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Now, another buffet is back at Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom, and we’ve got a first look!
When we arrived for our reservation, we checked in on the My Disney Experience app to be seated.
A QR code was located outside for guests to also scan it to check in for their dining reservations.
Of course, we were happy to walk in to join the “Friendship Day Celebrashun” at the Crystal Palace…
…and see our friends from the Hundered Acre Wood!
When we were seated at our table, we were given paper menus with alcoholic and specialty beverages options that were available at an extra charge.
However, included with your meal cost are a variety of beverages like soda, tea, water, and juice.
We were instructed to put our masks on when getting up from the table and walking to the buffet, so as to follow the current health and safety policies on wearing masks indoors. Silverware and napkins are brought to your table by the server, but you’ll pick up your plates at the buffet.
Now, it’s time to check out the food! As far as starters and appetizers go, we have a variety of choices, including salads and dressings, Parker house rolls, pretzel rolls, lavosh, and cheddar-bacon cornbread.
Moving on to the protein section. There are a few different types of meat to choose from. During our visit, we spotted Fire-Roasted Prime Rib…
…Seared Pork Tenderloin….
…Braised Beef Short Ribs…
…and Shrimp and Crab Cocktails.
There are several sides that are available to go with your meal so you can pick and choose between corn on the cob, Basmati rice with crispy shallots, mashed potatoes, green beans…
…cheesy broccoli, roasted wild mushrooms…
…winter squash ravioli, peas, and more!
The kids’ section had chicken strips, macaroni & cheese, mini pizzas, and beef quesadillas (but, of course, we had to try them for ourselves — y’know for taste testing)!
You can also find various dipping sauces to take back with you to your table. Servers are also nearby, so you can ask them for something if you can’t find it!
If you happen to grab something like the Shrimp and Crab Cocktail, you’ll also want to ask your server to bring you something to break open the grab as the necessary utensils aren’t at the buffet line.
Of course, we couldn’t leave dessert! We had a hard time deciding what to get with all these options from mousses to cookies to cake and even cobbler. So, we just decided to try as many as one plate would fit!
Guests are welcome to return to the buffet as many times as they’d like throughout the meal and fill their plates. The meal cost is $39 for adults and $23 for children. (Don’t forget to factor in tax and tip!} We highly recommend making advance dining reservations to visit here, although you may find availability on the Walk-Up Waitlist in the My Disney Experience app day-of.
We’re so glad to see Crystal Palace’s buffet back and running once again! We’ll be sure to keep you updated when even more buffets return to the parks and resorts soon. Stay tuned to AllEars for more news and updates from around Walt Disney World!
Have you ever been to a Disney World buffet recently? Let us know in the comments below!