For some reason I love having a big breakfast at a restaurant at Walt Disney World. I don’t know if it is because it is not something I normally do at home because we are too rushed in the mornings, but it feels like a real luxury on vacation. I like the breakfast options because they are often a little less expensive than lunch or dinner (especially for character meals), and many restaurants have really creative breakfast menu options to give you a chance to experience their cuisine. Here are 10 of my favorite places to eat breakfast at Walt Disney World:
10. Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom
I love the atmosphere of Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom, but honestly I’m not in love with the dinner menu (or the difficulty in getting a dinner reservation). Not that it is a piece of cake to get a breakfast reservation either, but it is a little bit easier than dinner. There are two strategies here: breakfast before the park opens so you are ready to hit Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as soon as they let you, or a mid-morning brunch after you’ve maximized your rope drop touring. Each table is given pastries to share, and the menu has great options including a meat and cheese plate, Croque Madame, and a Croissant Doughnut for those of us with a sweet tooth in the mornings.
9. Cape May Café, Disney’s Beach Club
This is one of my favorite character meals: Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast. Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and now Daisy are dressed in their beach gear and come around to greet you as you eat. The breakfast is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet with great options including an omelet station (and of course Mickey waffles). The atmosphere is bright & cheery, and relaxed. It is a popular meal but it doesn’t feel as hectic to me as some others. And it is a great way to start off a day at Epcot as you are just a short walk away when you are at the Beach Club Resort.
8. Trail’s End, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground
Trail’s End Breakfast is one of those best kept Disney secrets, and one of the best values on property. It takes a little bit of work to get here if you are not staying at the Campground, but it is worth it. You could spend a morning at Magic Kingdom and then take the relaxing boat ride over to Fort Wilderness for a down home brunch. Mickey Waffles with toppings, biscuits, eggs and more are served at the buffet.
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7. The Wave, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
We recently enjoyed a fantastic breakfast at the Wave in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The menu was creative and unique featuring dishes with locally sourced ingredients. And everything on the menu is also offered on the buffet which makes it a great value. The standouts for me were the Citrus-Scented Brioche French Toast, Wave Signature Sweet Potato Pancakes (so good), and the Floridian Eggs Benedict. This is another great spot to dine before or during your Magic Kingdom day to get away from the busy-ness of the park for a bit and enjoy a more quiet dining experience.
6. France, Epcot
Many people may not realize it, but Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion opens at 9am to serve breakfast. Since World Showcase doesn’t open the pavilions until 11:00am it is a nice quiet time to enjoy some of the pastries from the bakery. My recommendation? Quiche Lorraine or the Roulé Lard and Fromage (that’s a bacon & cheese roll, yes it is).
5. Kona Café, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
This has long been one of my favorite breakfast spots in all of Walt Disney World. I love the Polynesian resort atmosphere and vibe, and Kona Café is right in the middle of the Great Ceremonial House where you can soak it all in (& smell that delicious lobby smell). There are so many menu favorites here, but you really need to try the Tonga Toast (Banana-stuffed French Toast rolled in Cinnamon Sugar and served with a Strawberry Compote). I love the Macadamia Nut Pancakes too, they satisfy my breakfast sweet tooth but don’t a sugar crash & burn like the Tonga Toast could. Looking for a savory breakfast? Try the Loco Moco (Rice, grilled Hamburger Patty, House-made Chorizo Gravy, Two Eggs-Any Style, and topped with Tomato Salsa) or the Seven Seas Samoan (Poached Eggs with Citrus Hollandaise Sauce on Pulled Pork and Turkey Hash with Mustard Greens and Tomatoes tossed in a Citrus Vinaigrette). No matter what you choose you will not leave Kona Café hungry. And you can’t have breakfast here without the Liliko’i Juice (Orange, Passion Fruit, and Guava blend). You can even get a Liliko’I Mimosa.
4. Ale & Compass Restaurant, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Similar to the Wave, Ale & Compass may be the sleeper hit of the Walt Disney World Breakfast scene. The restaurant was recently re-imagined into a sleek and modern feeling eatery with an updated nautical vibe. And the breakfast menu here is killer! Again, with my sweet tooth I’ve sampled the Cornbread Waffle (Strawberry-Orange Compote, Lemon Ricotta, and Basil Sugar), the Blueberry Bacon Pancakes and the Salted Caramel-Apple French Toast. My favorite was the Cornbread waffle. I’m told the Breakfast Flatbread (Sunny–side Egg, House-made Bacon, Ham, Provolone, and Arugula) is their most popular item. The fresh squeezed Orange Juice was the perfect Florida touch to the breakfast.
3. The Garden Grill, Epcot’s Land Pavilion
This is another favorite character meal for many reasons. This restaurant is located in the Land Pavilion at Epcot and it overlooks the Living with the Land attraction . . .right there is reason to eat there. The restaurant VERY slowly rotates to show you different scenes from the ride as you dine. The second thing I love about this breakfast is that it is served family style all-you-care-to-eat at your table. So no stress about going to the buffet with little ones, or missing characters, or if you have germ issues with the buffet there are no worries with that here. Farmer Mickey, Pluto and Chip and Dale visit you while dining on your delicious feast. Mickey Waffles with Chocolate Hazelnut Drizzle, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage and Fruit are included with your breakfast.
2. ‘Ohana, Disney’s Polynesian Resort
This is another family style character meal that I really enjoy. Located in the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, ‘Ohana breakfast is a great start to your day of enjoying resort activities, or before heading over to the Magic Kingdom. Like Garden Grill, your food is served to your table so I find that much more relaxing than a buffet service. Scrambled Eggs, Sausage and Hawaiian-Style Ham (topped with Pineapple Compote), Mickey waffles and Fried Potatoes are included on your platter. But the star of the breakfast is the Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread. At this meal you meet Mickey & Pluto in their Hawaiian clothes, as well as Lilo & Stitch. So this is a great choice for the food, location and the more unusual characters. Disney, if you are reading please add Maui & Moana to this meal! And don’t forget the Liliko’i Juice!
1. Tusker House, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
There is so much to love about Tusker House Breakfast. First, I love the setting of Tusker House restaurant. Like much of Animal Kingdom the details are amazing and so accurate. You feel as though you are immersed in the setting in an African village. Second, the characters here are so much fun! You’ll meet Donald (your host), Daisy, Mickey & Goofy all dressed in their safari gear and ready to hit the savanna. The best part is probably the food. All of my experiences here have featured fresh, hot and unique foods on the buffet. Traditional breakfast favorites like the Mickey waffles, pastries, scrambled eggs and fruits are joined by Beef Bobotie, Fruit Chutneys and Banana Bread Pudding. And try the Jungle Juice (just like Kona & ‘Ohana’s Liliko’i).
What are your favorite places for breakfast at Walt Disney World?