Enjoy: Winnie-the-Pooh breakfast buffet at The Crystal Palace

Of the two options for sit-down breakfasts in the Magic Kingdom, one is pricey and the other is shockingly expensive. Especially if you’re feeding a larger-than-average family! This is primarily why we’ve balked at breakfasting with Cinderella and opted instead to dine with Winnie-the-Pooh and his pals at The Crystal Palace. Plus, the Palace does a decent breakfast buffet with lots of choices: cooked-to-order omelets for Mom and Dad, Mickey waffles for the kids and plenty of fruit and yogurt for the baby.

The restaurant is clearly named for its conservatory-style glass dome and walls of windows in the dining room that let in the sunlight. Palms, hanging plants and fun topiaries complete the feel. Winnie and Friends are on hand to keep things from feeling too grown-up garden-partyish – coming around to tables to greet guests, pose for pictures, and then lead the kids in a short parade.

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Location: The Crystal Palace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in the Main Street U.S.A section of Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort.

Touring tips: Consider booking either the first (8 a.m.) or last (10:30 a.m.) seating time for the Winnie breakfast (if possible). Here’s why: The 8 a.m. reservation will allow you the earliest entry possible into the Magic Kingdom (read: beat the crowds!). Just show up at the “breakfast” turnstile about 20 minutes before your reservation and provide your ID and dining confirmation number. Booking the 10:30 a.m. slot (which we usually do) allows us to eat a light, cheap breakfast at the resort then bulk up at the Crystal Palace for an early lunch. Choosing the last seating time has also rewarded us extra time with the Winnie characters as new diners have not yet arrived for lunch.

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