Breakfast has long been hailed as “the most important meal of the day,” but then there’s brunch. And it’s still a pretty big deal; at least it is at Walt Disney World Resort. Sure, the vast majority of Guests on vacation are not sleeping in, looking to get an early start and cram in as much magic as possible into their days. Dinner also takes center stage as a leading mealtime contender—a sendoff of sorts, laden with brag-worthy menus and special themed experiences. Lunchtime, however, tends to be a more underwhelming affair, oftentimes reduced to quick service light bites or even replaced altogether by a series of snacks intended to hold you over between breakfast and dinner. But there is a fourth option that offers up the best of both worlds by way of breakfast classics and all that later-in-the-day fare in one mealtime setup. A meal for those who are not afraid to sleep in and take in the Magic at their own pace. That meal is Brunch time.
Brunch offerings at some venues are only presented on select days, like those on weekends. Others feature extended breakfast/lunch combo menus on a daily basis. Just the same, snagging a brunch provides the perfect alternative for those who may want breakfast options a little later on but have other members in their party ready to sink their teeth into those later-in-the-day items a little earlier. Here are 13 Disney World hotel and Disney Springs locations where you can snag some of the best brunch offerings around.
13. Grand Floridian Café
While “bunch” is not advertised by name over on the menu at this Grand Floridian Resort & Spa casual favorite table service restaurant, you’ll find that the breakfast and lunch menus tend to overlap significantly. Breakfast officially starts at 7:30 a.m. and lasts until 11 a.m. Then the lunch menu technically begins at 11:05 a.m. and lasts through 2 p.m. And when you glance over the menu options, you will find that both offer up the same breakfast specialties and regular fare within this same block of time. You have those breakfast classics like pancakes, Mickey Waffles, Brioche French Toast, and even the Grand Breakfast specialty they are so known for. Then there are those options that seem to straddle the line, like Avocado Toast, Steak and Eggs, Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Waffle, Quiche, and the Fruit and Yogurt pairing. Other features are those you don’t typically think about ordering for breakfast but can still be enjoyed as early as 7:30 a.m. These include Reuben sandwiches, the Lobster ‘Thermidor’ Burger, Mizo-glazed Salmon, and so many others.
12. Cape May Café
The bountiful breakfast buffet setup that is Cape May Café over at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a fun-themed all-you-can-eat extravaganza featuring a couple of classic Disney characters live onsite. Since it’s called “Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast,” it’s already a given that Minnie Mouse would be there, donning her prettiest coastal fashions to set the mood. Other friends you can expect to mingle with include Goofy, along with Donald and Daisy Duck.
Because this daily riparian ritual runs from 7:30 a.m. up through 11:30 a.m., it goes without saying that Guests who trickle in a little later on, around 10 a.m. or so, have more of a brunch-time experience to look forward to. In fact, even though the buffet setup features all those day-starting selections to take note of (including their signature Salted Caramel “Beach Buns”), there are other less “breakfasty” options as well, including seasonal vegetables, tortillas, salsa, a special tofu dish, and many others.
11. Whispering Canyon Café
You’ll find a similar scenario as the one over at Grand Floridian Café being played out at this boisterous Wilderness Lodge favorite. Because the Breakfast and Lunch menus are exactly the same, both meals are commonly coined as a “Brunch-B-Q” by Disney. Technically, though, breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and wraps up at 11:25 a.m. Lunch then commences at 11:30 a.m. and lasts through 2 p.m.
Meals here are served family-style via all-you-care-to-enjoy signature skillets. There’s the Heritage, which includes house-made buttermilk-cheddar biscuits and sausage gravy with scrambled eggs, country potatoes, sausage, bacon, and Mickey-shaped waffles. Another option is the Carnivore, served up with house-made cornbread and honey butter, maple-chipotle barbecued slow-smoked pork ribs, oak-smoked beef brisket, barbecued pulled pork, citrus-herb chicken, country potatoes, buttered corn, and charred carrots. Finally, there’s the Lighter Side skillet, consisting of muesli, fresh fruit, yogurt, egg white frittata, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, country potatoes, and Mickey-shaped Waffles. You may also order items via their Main Claims Entrée selections, additional sides, and shareables.
10. Olivia’s Café
This casual table service favorite over at Disney’s Old Key West Resort features a special brunch menu daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because of the easy-going island-style motif of this dining spot, novelty brunch features you can expect to dive into here include Spam-Cheddar Biscuits, Shrimp and Grits, Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken, Oatmeal Brûlée, Banana Bread Pudding, the Conch Flats Club Sandwich, their Sombrero Beach Omelet, and several other specialties. Then, of course, there are more traditional familiar favorites from the breakfast side of things as well as the lunch side.
9. Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast A la Art
Again, here you have a character dining breakfast-specific engagement. Given the fact that the hours for it extend through 12:15 p.m., though, garners this a spot as an honorary brunch location. The grand event takes place daily at the Riviera Resort’s scenic rooftop restaurant Topolino’s Terrace. And as previously mentioned, classic Disney characters are onsite throughout the meal. Friends you can count on mingling with include Mickey and Minnie Mouse, of course, along with Donald and Daisy Duck.
The meal here features a prix fixe menu with presented options for diners to pick and choose from. First, come fresh pastries and breads. Next, you get to decide on your choice of entrée from Quiche Gruyère with house-made pancetta, Avocado Toast, a Sour Cream Waffle, Smoked Salmon, Two Eggs-Any Style, Bread Pudding, a Wild Mushroom Scramble, Wood-fired Butcher’s Steak, of their Fruit Plate featuring fresh fruit, honey yogurt, and seed granola.
8. City Works Eatery & Pour House
Disney Springs really is the place to be if you’re seeking out weekend brunch specialties specifically. And one of the most happening places to rock out with brunch on any given Saturday or Sunday is at City Works Eatery & Pour House. Featuring a special Rock N Roll-themed brunch from 10 a.m. on through 2:55 p.m., they present a vast array of creatively named plates and novelty concoctions alike. From shareables like Jon Bun Jovi (jumbo cinnamon rolls with orange cream frosting) to Donut Stop Believin’ (powdered doughnuts with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mixed berry jam) and so many others to salads and just as creatively named main entrée selections, it’s a great way get a rocking start to your weekend endeavors. Spirited earlier-in-the-day beverage pairings are also included as part of the deal.
7. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
This Irish favorite is always a toe-tapping, beat-y affair full of live musical entertainment and bountiful, filling eats around the clock. But for folks who come in on weekends between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., there’s something extra special in the way of The Rollicking Raglan Brunch. Come out and enjoy wonderfully themed brunch specials that combine traditional favorites with novelty twists, all dubbed with creative names, of course. Here you can have hearty well-loved breakfast bites along with lunchtime hits, handhelds, burgers, and more. All items regularly featured on the menu are available for weekend brunch as well. And, of course, refreshing beverage favorites are always included.
6. House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
You won’t be singing the Blues about the weekend brunch offerings here unless, of course, you want to. Starting at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, this is the place to find some excellent brunchtime compilations that bring together both traditional breakfast bites and later-on options. There’s the uniquely featured Breakfast Burrito, which contains scrambled eggs, maple spiked pork sausage, peppers, onions, cilantro crema, cotija and cheddar cheese, and roasted tomato cream salsa, all wrapped in tortillas and accompanied by fries. Or there’s the Tennessee Toast feature, which comes as country toast with avocado smash, roasted corn salsa, clover honey, and sea salt. Their Chicken ‘n’ Donuts and Chicken Biscuits & Gravy entrées are familiar hits, as is their Steak & Eggs plate. Novelty handhelds include their Breakfast Sandwich and Morning Smash Burger features. But for the ultimate traditional breakfast, you can’t go wrong with ordering their Barnyard Breakfast, which comes with two farm-fresh eggs, garlic home fries, a choice of sausage or bacon, and either white or wheat toast. Again, they offer a host of spirited morning fixings to pair along with any feast.
Brunch time offerings end after the 2 p.m. hour. Starting as early as 12 p.m. though, you can start ordering off of the full menu in addition.
5. STK Orlando
You don’t usually think of steakhouses as serving up breakfast-like brunch hits, but that’s exactly what you can enjoy over at STK Orlando every Saturday, and Sunday, as well as on select holidays between 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some of the unexpected breakfast-like kicks to start the day with include such specialties as Smoked Pork Belly Benedict and Lobster & Eggs Benedict, Eggs & Avocado of Toast, Truffle Steak & Egg, Cinnamon French Toast, Hot Chicken & Waffle, Egg White Omelet, and their Wagyu Burger BKFT. Regular steak offerings are still available even during brunchtime hours, as are salads, starters, desserts, and all your favorite beverage accompaniments.
4. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Another epic brunchtime extravaganza on the Disney Springs scene can be found over at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Taking place on weekends only between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can enjoy a host of brunch time exclusives during the grand event, including Smashed Avocado Toast, Crispy Chicken & Waffles, Sweet Corn Pancakes, Cajun Shrimp & Grits, and even a Breakfast Pizza with eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and tabasco cream. There’s also an Old School Breakfast platter that comes with two eggs of any style, bacon, Tuscan potatoes, and toast. Regular menu items are also available during brunch, including salads, appetizers, desserts, and traditional pizza variations.
3. Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
What’s considered the epitome of classic Italian fixings in Disney Springs does something special every weekend in offering up a delectable brunch menu from 11:30 a.m. on through 3:30 p.m. Brunch exclusives you can enjoy during this time include their Crunch Toast, which comes as a cornflake cereal crusted brioche with Nutella spread, mascarpone, and strawberry compote, an Eggs Benedetto feature, Smoked Salmon Board, an Italian take on an omelet via their Frittata al Forno, and their novelty Spaghetti Carbonara American, which includes applewood bacon and a soft poached egg. They also present a host of appetizers, salads, sides, and regular menu presentations.
2. Wine Bar George
You wouldn’t normally expect a place known for lavish libations and light bite pairings to feature bountiful brunchtime offerings every weekend, but that’s just what you can expect with Wine Bar George’s Wine Country Brunch. Taking place every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., they really up their game with not only small platters but specially featured starters, meat and cheese boards, and even filling entrée selections. These latter options include Fried Chicken Biscuits, French Toast, Steak and Eggs, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, their signature Wine Country Omelet, Burrata, and Shakshuka. Traditional sides can be added to any entrée, and they even have a host of sweet sendoffs in addition, like Olive Oil Cake, Key Lime Pie, and Pecan and Chocolate Chess Pie.
1. Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
This may very well be the most acclaimed brunch spot in all of Walt Disney World. In fact, the name itself, alluding to coming home for a home-cooked meal, almost feels synonymous with brunchy classics. And every weekend between 9 a.m. and 12:55 p.m., that’s exactly what you get. Some of their options do overlap with regular lunch and even dinner features, but in specifying the brunch menu in particular, they have such starters as Bee Haven Bay Fried Green Tomatoes, Church Lady Deviled Eggs, House-made Doughnuts, and their signature biscuits. As part of their Rise n’ Shine Brunch featured eats, they present their Grand-Daddy Plate, Hush Puppy Benedict, Grits & Green Breakfast Bowl, Short Rib Hash, Fried Egg & Avocado Toast, French Toast, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts combo, and Hallelujah Biscuit with fried chicken, two eggs over easy, pimento cheese, pecan-smoked bacon with sawmill gravy, and a choice of side. And, of course, they also offer their host of special Rise n’ Shine cocktails of legendary fame, including their Moonshine Mash, Florida Crush, Sweet Tea Shine, White Peach Sangria, Southern Mary, and so many others.
The brunch scene is forever changing at Walt Disney World Resort. As some previously offered experiences have been temporarily halted, many with announced plans to return to full operations in the future, it’s quite possible that some of your favorite venues may be featuring new favorite experiences to come as well. And when that happens, you will have even more magical mealtime memories to make along the way.