Nestled inside Walt Disney’s Beach Club Resort lies a wonderfully quaint, seaside-themed restaurant called the Cape May Cafe. There they serve both breakfast and dinner, but in the morning your family can enjoy not only excellent food but also the chance to rub elbows with favorite Disney characters. Here are seven wonderful things about a Cape May Character Breakfast.
7. The Easy Reservations – Unlike other character meals, it is relatively simple to get a reservation at the Cape May Cafe. Perhaps the smaller scale of the Beach Club Resort helps in this matter, as well as the fact that this is a lesser-known restaurant. For our family of six, it was the easiest reservation that we looked into, with several time slots available. In fact, during our dining time there were even empty tables, making me think they probably easily accommodated walk up guests as well.
6. The Ambiance – Going hand in hand with #7 is the fact that Cape May was incredibly quiet – almost serene – in ambiance. In my mind, I was prepared for loud crowds and chaos (which is understandable when children get their eyes on their favorite characters and parents get their eyes on an unlimited buffet). However, the atmosphere was calm and friendly. We talked easily amongst ourselves and with the tables beside ours. It was a complete absence of stress – delightful!
5. The Food – OK, I confess I am not an experienced foodie. It’s fairly easy to wow me when it comes to food. (If you make me something that has more than six ingredients, I will consider you a Top Chef candidate.) But let me tell you – the Cape May buffet was GOOD. I’m talking Feta Portabello Arugala Fritatta good. (Impressed? I think so.) I’m talking Ciabatta Bacon Scrambled Eggs good. (Mouth watering? For sure.) The Mickey Waffle bar even had real whipped cream, for goodness’ sake. The bread section had fig bagel slices with espresso cream cheese. Oh my word. It’s the real deal.
4. The Parking – Parking at the Beach Club was a breeze with our reservations. The security guard simply scanned my husband’s Magic Band for confirmation, and then we were granted access to either valet or self parking. Since there is no time limit on the parking, we planned our Cape May breakfast on the morning that we intended to go to Epcot. After breakfast it was a short walk from the Beach Club to the World Showcase entrance. We left our car at the Beach Club all day and avoided the parking fee, the tram ride, and the congested main entrance.
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3. The View – So we were pretty spoiled at Cape May. Our table was in the corner, with 180 degree views of the garden walkway and waterfall area. Amazing. However, looking around the restaurant, there really wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The whole place is flooded with sunshine, and feels light and airy. And while not every seat can be a window seat, there is definitely not a dungeon feeling anywhere in there.
2. The Characters – Obviously one of the main draws of a Character Breakfast is the characters! Cape May allows you to visit with classic Mickey pals, though you will not be promised which particular ones. On the morning of our meal we got some love from Minnie, Donald, and Goofy, who were all dressed in their cutest beach wear. It’s an extra fun touch to see Minnie in starfish heels and Goofy in a life vest and water shoes! My kids love meeting characters any time they can, but honestly, this was the best experience we’ve ever had. It was un-rushed, casual, and truly magical.
1. The Prices – Character meals at Disney have a reputation for being pretty pricy. However, I was extremely impressed with the value at Cape May. Adults get in for $26.99, kids for $14.99, and babies two and under are free. So for our family of six (we have 2 babies) our total bill was $104.53, including an 18% gratuity. When you consider it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet and that you could potentially utilize the free self-parking, it turns out to be pretty reasonable. And when you see the smiles on those whipped-cream faces, you know it’s priceless!
All in all, the experience is an unofficial five stars in my book. On your next Disney visit, plan on visiting the amazing Cape May Character Breakfast. You won’t be disappointed!
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