The Crystal Palace is a Magic Kingdom institution. This restaurant opened with the park in 1971 and the intrinsic bright nature of the space has remained pretty constant, despite changes in theme and layout. Designed to fit in on Main Street USA, the architecture is obnoxiously Victorian, with flourishes everywhere. The extravagant glass roofed style was more prominent in Europe, but there were lesser versions found in the US. The space also ushers us into Adventureland as well, where the more exotic Victorian touches lend themselves nicely. Think Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen...makes sense now, right?
The interior is very big indeed, designed to house many hungry tourists at once. The large population plus the fact that this is a self serve buffet equates to lots of activity. If you think this hustle and bustle will bother you, request a table near the windows, where there is way less foot traffic. In our experience, observing the lively nature of character meals is half the fun whether or not your getting involved yourself.
As vegetarians we are always cautious about going into any buffet restaurant. Its not the options that scare us so much, but the fact that it is a fixed price (obvi...) and we often feel like there isn't as much bang for our proverbial buck. However, we were completely blown away by the amount and variety found at Crystal Palace.