My favorite kind of day begins with me waking up at a Walt Disney World Resort in the early morning hours, heading out for an amazing breakfast, and jump starting the Disney fun from there. I’m a long-time believer in the power of a good breakfast to fuel your body for the day ahead and whether it’s a full course meal or a quick grab-and-go piece of fruit and granola bar, come rain or shine I make it happen. So often the spotlight is focused on the delicious lunch and dinner options at Disney, but the incredible breakfast offerings are just as deserving of attention. Though we could probably give you no less than fifty solid Disney World breakfast recommendations, we are narrowing it down to our top ten favorite spots—in and out of the Parks—to enjoy the most important meal of the day.
10. 1900 Park Fare—Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
A character breakfast featuring delightful Disney characters like Mary Poppins, Alice, The Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie-the-Pooh, this all-you-can-eat buffet is filled to the brim with insanely delicious and somewhat unique breakfast fare. This is the only place on property where you can indulge in a chilled strawberry soup for breakfast. Creamy and potently bursting forth with the sweet taste of strawberries, it’s unlike anything you’ve had before and outstandingly memorable. Also available in the buffet line is cheese blintz, lobster eggs benedict, smoked salmon lox, fresh carved hickory smoked ham, assorted fruits and breads, and so much more. They offer pancakes topped with bananas foster sauce (yummmm) and fluffy, made-to-order omelets, or you can just stack those famously delicious Mickey waffles as high as you’d like on your plate and go to town. Try a little bit of everything if you want my advice! It’s a fun breakfast with a slightly luxurious feel that you and your family will love! Check out “Supercalifragilistic Character Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare.”
9. Be Our Guest—Magic Kingdom
As evidenced by the consistently booked lunch and dinner seating, this is one of the most popular restaurants on Disney World property. It was simply a matter of time before they opened up this spectacularly themed location for breakfast, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they did. The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu has a modest seven entrees to choose from, all accompanied by a basket of assorted pastries for your table and a beverage of your choosing. There is, of course, a kid’s menu too and the options available, such as Fifi’s French Toast and Crepes de Cogsworth, are sure to please your little one. As far as the adult entrées go, the open faced egg sandwich on a toasted baguette is a perfect way to start your day and if you are a dessert enthusiast like I am then just go ahead and order the Croissant Doughnut (cronut) topped with caramel banana sauce—you’ll be dreaming about this breakfast for weeks thereafter. Between the incredible, immersive atmosphere and the drool-worthy plates of French fare, Be Our Guest is a can’t-go-wrong contender for breakfast!
8. Boardwalk Bakery—Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
What better way to spend your breakfast hour than at a charming bakery, located on an equally charming quiet boardwalk sprinkled with the scant early-risers ready to start a magical day? At the Boardwalk Bakery you will find the usual bakery suspects—Danishes, donuts, bagels and breads—but they also offer quite a few savory items to grab-and-go as well. Their hot breakfast choices include biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, bread bowls (filled with eggs, potatoes, and sausage), and the newest fan-favorite, the Maple Waffle Breakfast Cone, which is a large ice-cream cone filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar and chopped bacon. Can you imagine strolling along the Boardwalk with this in hand, listening to the distant call of the Friendship Boat horns, eager to start your fun-filled Disney day? Yeah, me too, and it’s a wonderful thought.
7. Sleepy Hollow Refreshments—Magic Kingdom
For some of us, sitting down for a table-service meal will only “eat” into our much-coveted Disney attraction time so for those people quick-service dining is a great option. You can always hit up the Starbucks on Main Street (expect a somewhat lengthy line in the mornings) or you can just beeline it to one of my favorite counter-service spots in all of Magic Kingdom. There is nothing I don’t love about this place, and I often make more than one visit here throughout my Magic Kingdom park day. This quaint stop is known for their mouthwatering waffles—from savory to sweet—and that is no different during breakfast hours. Choose between their Ham and Cheese Omelet Waffle Sandwich or their Fresh Fruit and Nutella Waffle Sandwich or just go old-school and order a waffle with powdered sugar, cinnamon, or strawberries. You’ll wolf your breakfast down in no time and be well on your way to Big Thunder Mountain before the crowds beat you to it.
6. Whispering Canyon Café—Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort and Villas
I always come away from this restaurant with a huge grin on my face and aching cheeks because I couldn’t stop smiling throughout my meal. This place is the epitome of fun—between the servers’ pranks and the overall restaurant shenanigans there is never a dull moment. This restaurant matches the dynamic entertainment with equally dynamic food—rib sticking, delicious and hearty—making it a must-experience while vacationing at Disney World. The breakfast menu is a definite winner in my book offering individual entrees like chocolate chip buttermilk flapjacks, house-made banana bread French toast, and pulled pork eggs benedict, as well as an all-you-can eat platter featuring scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, waffles, and biscuits and gravy. Here, you’ll be sure to fill your bellies with yummy food and your hearts with laughter just in time to hop on a complimentary ferry which will proceed to take you to the most magical place on earth! Win, win, and win!
5. Tusker House Restaurant—Animal Kingdom
It’s a character breakfast with unique African inspired eats located in Animal Kingdom—does it get any better than this? In the realm of character dining at Disney, we consider this location to be a hidden gem. Sure you can head on over to the bustling Chef Mickey’s to rub elbows with Mickey and the gang while you enjoy traditional American breakfast fare, but here you get to experience unique flavors in an even more unique setting, all the while still hanging out with Disney’s finest friends. Safari Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey himself will visit with you while you dine, guaranteed to make this meal a worthwhile venture. Picky eaters need not worry too much; though African influenced, there is still plenty of traditional American fare to enjoy. It’s critical in my book, however, to venture on out and taste the Mealie cornbread, coconut sweet potato casserole, and Jungle Juice!
4. Kona Café—Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Rise and shine, fellow Disney friends! This breakfast is worth waking up for! At Kona Café you will have the rare opportunity to indulge in one of the tastiest desserts—I mean, BREAKFASTS—of your lifetime. Introducing Tonga Toast, a HUGE hunk of banana stuffed sourdough bread (think French toast), covered in cinnamon sugar and topped with strawberry compote. Sure, you might need a nap afterwards, but it is worth every calorie-laden bite and might just be the best thing you ever ate. Also available at this wonderful location is the Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes, sure to have your fork stabbing at other intruding hands eager to taste your dish (yes, this is a hard-to-share zone). You can also get eggs and such but why bother? THIS is the place to get your fill of carbs for the day (week/month/whatever). Do yourself a favor—don’t leave without trying their coffee. Coffee lovers will have refill after refill of the glorious Kona coffee—rich and dark and luscious. What are you waiting for?! Get on over there and see what all the fuss is about! Check out “Kona Cafe – Breakfast with a Hawaiian Twist.”
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3. Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie—Epcot’s France Pavilion
My social media feed is a contradiction of sorts. I follow just as many people who post healthy green smoothie recipes as I do people who share photos of sinfully decadent desserts. I’d have it no other way, because sometimes you just have to live a little and spoil yourself. On those Disney mornings when I’m leaning a little more towards the wild side of life, Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is my go-to destination. The last time I came here for breakfast my family and I all ordered our own “breakfast dessert” (i.e. chocolate stuffed donut, croissant, puff pastry, etc.) and then we all shared pieces with each other so we could try a little bit of everything. Authentic, scrumptious, sweet-as-the-day-is-long pastries fill the display cases here, delightfully pleasing to the eye as well as the taste buds. The best part of coming here for breakfast is that you get a chance to “sneak” into the World Showcase before it officially opens and wander about the charming cobblestone walkways of the France Pavilion before the crowds devour the streets. This bakery opens its doors at 9 a.m. while the rest of the World Showcase typically opens at 11 a.m. If you let the Cast Member who stands “guard” at the bridge connecting the United Kingdom Pavilion and France Pavilion know that you are heading to France for breakfast, they will let you right on in. The Patisserie doesn’t just offer sweet pastries either—you can get a savory quiche or breakfast sandwich too. The coffee offerings here are dynamite, so don’t forget to order up a latte or cappuccino as the perfect accompaniment to your enchantingly quiet breakfast.
2. Boma-Flavors of Africa—Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
I become giddy just thinking of this place—such unique African flavors filling plate after plate. The buffet is brimming with delicious breakfast foods from the not-so-exotic traditional fare like hand-carved turkey and corned beef, omelets, pancakes, fruits and muffins to the flavor-bursting African-inspired dishes like the Turkey Bobotie, African beef hash, and Pap and Chakalaka (think grits and a flavorful tomato stew on top). The true spotlight goes to the French Toast Bread Pudding with Pecan-Caramel Sauce—yes, it’s sweet and indulgent, but you’d be doing yourself no favors by NOT tasting this spectacular option. It’s not hard to see why Boma is a highly recommended breakfast stop. With the African wildlife just outside, the delicious all-you-care-to-eat breakfast spread, and incredible atmosphere you have plenty of reasons to make this a must-try on your next visit!
1. ‘Ohana—Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
I’m kind of obsessed with the Polynesian Village Resort and always find one reason or another to mosey on over even when I’m not staying there. Lucky for me, their dining options are stellar, making the decision that much easier to head on over for a bite to eat. ‘Ohana gets my recommendation every time, whether for breakfast or dinner. If you’ve seen Lilo & Stitch you know that “‘Ohana” means “family,” and boy do they drive that point home while you dine with them. The whole meal is sure to bring your family closer together with music, character interactions, dancing and storytelling. The food is superb, a hint of Hawaiian-flavors sprinkled throughout each dish. All you care-to-enjoy eggs, pork, assorted breads, fruit, fried potatoes, and Mickey waffles are among some of the items you’ll find here for breakfast. Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto pop on over to your table for some magical character interaction, too. Fill up on delicious breakfast here, and jump on the monorail heading to Magic Kingdom—what a perfect way to start your day!
Honorable Mentions: Chef Mickey’s, Sunshine Seasons, Riverside Mill, Trail’s End, Cape May Café, Grand Floridian Café, Starring Rolls Café, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
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