On our last trip, we discovered something else that makes the Crystal Palace a terrific spot and start for the day. We booked a breakfast here before the Magic Kingdom opened. When we arrived at the gate, we discovered that there was a separate line for those who had early reservations in the park. After being granted access, we were let into the park and discovered that it was completely EMPTY! It was like having the park to ourselves!
We walked down an empty Main Street; and since we had a few minutes until our reservation, took pictures of ourselves in front the Cinderella Castle without crowds.
After being seated at the Crystal Palace, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast with a table next to the windows facing the castle. Tigger bounced while we tried to take a picture; and Winnie the Pooh acted as my escort. My brother and I finished our meal before our parents, so we left to explore an empty Magic Kingdom. We soon discovered the entrances to the different lands are roped off until the park officially opens; so we took our time walking through the castle and snapping photos.
When it was almost time for the Magic Kingdom to open, we rushed back to Fantasyland where we waited, with a few others who had also had early breakfasts, at the ropes. When the park officially opened, the Cast Members dropped the ropes and then led the way into the Fantasyland as they blew bubbles! Since we needed to get back to the Crystal Palace to meet our parents, my brother and I grabbed a FastPass for Peter Pan's Flight. When getting our FastPasses, the machine gave us bonus FastPasses for Mickey's Philharmagic! We assumed that this was because we were the first guests that day to use the machine.
After meeting back up with our parents, we then enjoyed the morning at Magic Kingdom with minimal wait times, saw many characters, and a little show in Frontierland where characters welcomed guests!
Overall, our early breakfast at Crystal Palace was a wonderful way to kick off a day at the Magic Kingdom, providing us a delicious meal in a beautiful setting and magical experiences and memories.