They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That is especially true when you plan on spending that day braving the crowds at Walt Disney World. If you hit the parks without having had a proper breakfast you will feel it an hour or two into the day. If your breakfast leaves you feeling full you will be ready for the fun that waits for you.
Some of the restaurants on this list are all you can eat buffets. Many people like to fill up on breakfast and then skip lunch, saving time and money. If that is your thinking remember to not overdo it. You don’t want to hit Tower of Terror and realize too late that you ate too much.
Most of the restaurants here require reservations. You can make them 180 days in advance by visiting http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining or calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463). This is especially important if you want to try a character breakfast, they fill up fast.
The food court options at the Resort Hotels are not on this list. That is not saying to avoid them, quite the contrary. The hotels have fabulous offerings for a filling breakfast that will get you in and out in a hurry. The food at the food courts is delicious, the Cast Members take pride is giving you a great meal for a relatively low price. If you’re staying at a Disney hotel and want a good breakfast in a hurry, see what the food court has to offer. You just might be surprised.
Many favorites have been left off of this list because there are only nine spots. I tried to give a good variety of options so that you will have a better chance of finding something that is exactly what you are looking for. There is not a bad breakfast in all of Walt Disney World so go ahead and try something different. You’ll get your day started off the right way.
9. Whispering Canyon Café
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge, full service
Traditional breakfast food with a western flair is served here. If you really want to fill up the Breakfast Platter is “all you care to enjoy”. It features scrambled eggs, waffles, sausage, bacon, Western Style home fries, and buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy. Lighter choices include cold cereal, cheese grits or fresh fruit with ginger yogurt and granola. Smoothies, shakes and morning cocktails are also available.
8. Trail’s End
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, buffet
If you’re looking for a rustic setting and a filling breakfast, Trail’s End might be exactly what you have hoped to find. If you or your kids are squeamish be warned that the restaurant is designed to resemble a hunting lodge so there are animal heads on the walls. If you want to fill up they have eggs, breakfast meats and biscuits and gravy. If you do not want something quite that heavy there’s fresh fruit, oatmeal and hot cinnamon spiced apples. The kids will love the Mickey waffles, a must have on every Disney vacation! Coffee and tea are included.
7. Grand Floridian Café
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, full service
For beauty and elegance you will want to start your day at the Grand Floridian Café. Try the French Toast with Madagascar Vanilla Bean Butter or the Lobster Eggs Benedict. If you want something more traditional try the American, featuring two eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and juice. Grand Blend Press Pot Coffee is served, or enjoy a cappuccino or a latte.
6. Cape May Café
Disney’s Beach Club Resort, character buffet
Want to see Minnie, Donald and Goofy ready to head out to the beach? You will be able to do just that at Cape May Café. This popular character breakfast has a good selection of items. The cold choices include fresh fruit, cereals, a large assortment of pastries and a yogurt bar. For a hot breakfast try an omelet or scrambled eggs, breakfast meats or French Toast served with maple syrup. Mickey Waffles are also on the buffet. Breakfast beverages are included with your meal.
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5. Tusker House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom-Africa, character buffet
Known as “Donald’s Dining Safari Breakfast”, your whole family will have a great time. You’ll meet Donald when you first arrive and then you’ll proceed inside the restaurant. Other characters may include Mickey, Minnie, Daisy and Goofy, all dressed in their safari gear. While other drinks are available the Jungle Juice is the house specialty and is included in the price. The foods on the buffet are fresh and the items are refilled often so that the hot foods stay hot and the cold foods stay cold. Hot items include eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, frittatas, quiche and Mealie Pop, which is porridge. Pastries, breads with an assortment of cream cheeses, fruit, cereal and a yogurt station are also part of the buffet. Admission to Animal Kingdom is required, if your reservation is early enough you’ll have a chance to see what parts of the park look like before it opens.
4. Boma – Flavors of Africa
Animal Kingdom Lodge, buffet
If you ever wondered what it would be like to dine in an African marketplace, but without your passport, you will want to try Boma. You can’t go wrong at dinner but the breakfast is exceptional as well. There are over 45 items on the buffet so you will leave happy and full. You can enjoy seasonal fresh fruit, dried fruit and a large assortment of pastries and cereals. The hot selection includes omelets that are made to order, breakfast pizzas, pancakes, waffles and many other dishes. Pressed Kenyan coffee is extra but worth the price. Make sure you try the West African Frunch, which is lemonade combined with orange, pineapple, papaya and guava juices.
3. Crystal Palace
Magic Kingdom-Main Street, U.S.A., character buffet
While breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table might be the hardest reservation to get at Walt Disney World, Crystal Palace is the character meal at the Magic Kingdom that people return to over and over again. It is a favorite of many so make sure that you book your reservation as soon as you can. Pooh and his friends from the 100 Acre Wood will join you, there’s plenty of character interaction. Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore are usually there, Rabbit will sometimes join in the fun near Easter. This is a great choice if you have special dietary needs, the chef will be glad to assist you. It’s a beautiful restaurant and the food is delicious. You can enjoy fresh pastries, cereal, fresh fruit and other cold selections, or dine on eggs, potatoes and breakfast meats. There’s an omelet station as well. It’s a perfect, albeit filling, way to start your day. Admission to the Magic Kingdom is required, if your reservation is early enough you’ll have a chance to see what parts of the park look like before it opens.
2. Chef Mickey’s
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, character buffet
This is one of the most popular character breakfasts in all of Walt Disney World and there is a reason why. Chef Mickey’s does it right! Mickey and friends dress up as chefs to create a meal that you won’t soon forget. Other characters often include Minnie, Goofy and Pluto. Like all character breakfasts, characters are subject to change. There are plenty of healthy selections, from fresh fruit to granola to assorted yogurts. Other buffet items include omelets and other eggs, various types of potatoes, pancakes, Mickey Waffles and pastries. When you’re finished, catch the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. You’ll soon see why this is such a popular choice and you’ll be glad that you made your reservation early.
1. Kona Café
Disney’s Polynesian Resort, full service
Some people say that breakfast of Kona Café is one of the best meals that they ever had at Disney. The food will leave you full and wanting to come back. A favorite of many loyal fans is the Tonga Toast, which is sourdough french toast stuffed with bananas and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. There’s a small pitcher of strawberry compote on the side. It’s served with your choice of bacon, ham or sausage. Other popular choices include the Big Kahuna, which is also a french toast dish, Steak and Eggs, or Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes. Kona Coffee is flown in from Hawaii and is so delicious that they also sell it by the bag. In the restaurant the Kona coffee is served in a French Press Pot that is enough for two. If you are a coffee lover you will want to try it. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty beverages are also available at breakfast. When you’re done you can take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom.