Happy #tastytuesday friends! After a much needed break, I am back to bring you your anxiously awaited allergy friendly Walt Disney World restaurant reviews. I decided to start off 2021 with a newly reopened restaurant: The Crystal Palace.
The Crystal Palace is located in Magic Kingdom and used to be known for its delicious buffet and fun character meet-and-greets with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. Although neither are currently offered, The Crystal Palace recently received a menu overhaul and became a prix fixed menu, so I was intrigued to try it out.
We had a 12pm reservation, and we were seated about 5 minutes after being checked in via Mobile Check-In. The theming in this restaurant is a little quirky and “Every Day is Friendship Day!” As the signs say. We were seated at a table in the back corner of the restaurant with a view of Casey’s Corner and the Hub area.
I actually really liked sitting back here because it was quiet and had an great view for people watching.
Unlike other Walt Disney World restaurants right now, the allergy friendly menu for this restaurant could be find online by scanning the QR code like you would for the regular menu. On the back of the QR code, you can also scan to get the menu in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. I’ve included some screen shots of the allergy friendly menu found in My Disney Experience below.
I was impressed by the number of allergy friendly items that are offered for both adults and children, and I was dying to try the pork chop.
To start, your party is given a salad to share with the table. The cast member who was serving us opted to give us the allergy friendly option of the Plant Based Salad, which is actually the same as the Seasonal Salad but without the blue cheese on top. She told us that the marinated watermelon was amazing, and I would have to concur. This salad was a great balance of savory and sweet, and I love me some candied walnuts. 9/10 for me!
For our main course, we each were able to pick our own entree, and I ordered the Brown Sugar Glazed Bone-In Pork Chop. This dish is gluten/dairy/egg free as is and was just so sweet and tender. The pork chop was cooked perfectly, and the green beans were some of the best I’ve ever had. They had a sweetness and a savory-ness to them that was to die for. 10/10 for me!
To end my meal, I had allergy friendly dinner rolls! Now, normally I would have started my meal with them, but the cast member told me that the chef had forgotten to take them out to warm them up, as the allergy friendly rolls are typically frozen. I wasn’t bothered by this as I could only have sorbet as a dessert option, and one can only have so much sorbet at Disney in a lifetime (haha). So, I ended my meal with my favorite allergy friendly rolls! 10/10 as always.
Overall, although the experience at The Crystal Palace is different than before, I still found it to be very enjoyable. The cast members were still just as fun to interact with and the food was great, but I did miss the characters a little bit. And for $39 for adults and $29 per child, you do get a lot of food for good quality for the price you’re paying. I hope you enjoyed this review and that it is helpful to you!
Here’s to living our best and most delicious Disney lives! <3
Meagan has been living with many food allergies and sensitivities since she was 19 years old. She is currently a Personal Vacation Advisor for Magical Vacation Planner, specializing in helping her guests book trips to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Meagan enjoys researching fitness and nutrition and has taken a special interest in finding allergy friendly options at Walt Disney World.
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