Best Breakfasts in Disney World

Best Breakfasts in Disney World

Best Breakfasts in Disney World

Need to know the best breakfasts in Disney World? We’ve got you covered. We rounded up all of our favorite Disney World breakfast options to help you choose where to dine.

Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno

This brand-new character breakfast is located on Disney’s Boardwalk. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, and Ariel and Price Eric from The Little Mermaid will welcome you into this rustic designed restaurant where the Exhibition Kitchen is the focal point and scores from each of the movies play in the background.

As you are seated, you will notice the Bon Voyage Adventure Journal propped in the center of the table and guests are encouraged to write about the Disney World adventures they’re anticipating for the rest of their trip. This is a keepsake item to take with you when you leave. You will also get an autograph card, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean the characters won’t sign your autograph books personally – they will be happy to!

Once all guests have checked in, the characters are introduced one at a time. During the breakfast, each character will visit their guests at each table. This being a table served breakfast, there is no worry of missing a character visit while you are away from the table at the buffet. And as far as food options, there are seven spectacular courses for adults to choose from and three for kids, one being the famous mickey waffle, of course! This character breakfast is one that will create long lasting memories for years to come for your little ones!

Cinderella’s Royal Table

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This is considered a once in a lifetime experience for any Disney/Princess lover. You access Cinderella’s Royal Table via the passage that leads straight through Cinderella’s Castle. Check in is at the Fantasyland end of the passage, and you’ll enter the castle via Cinderella’s foyer.

Immediately, you’ll feel the grandeur of the castle, notice the ornate fireplace and royal shields, impressive chandeliers and flags hang high in the vaulted ceiling. The dining room is on the second floor via a winding staircase or elevator ride. The massive stained-glass windows provide early morning views of the carousel and Fantasy Land.

As you are seated you will find a plate of pastries, including a mickey shaped blue berry muffin and juice. There are about six entrees to choose from for the main course and will be served at your table. Your visiting princesses and princes will receive a wand or sword and a wishing star. These are souvenirs that little royals can take with them.

Throughout the meal, lights will flicker and an announcement will be made to allow everyone to make a wish. About mid-way through the meal you’ll hear a fanfare and the princesses will arrive one by one. Princesses visit each table and interact with their guests; they may even twirl and dance, pulling some of their royal visitors along.

Due to the popularity of this restaurant, reserving at least 180 days prior to your visit to Disney World is suggested.

Akershus


Akershus is located in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion and is modeled after the medieval Akershus Castle and Fortress in Oslo, Norway. It has many royal castle touches, tapestries and thrones line the stone walls, giant fireplaces, and archways that lead to several dining rooms. Banners fly near the chandeliers on the high beamed ceilings.

This option for a princess character breakfast is a good alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table for both ease of reservations and food options, not to mention less cost or use of points. The hot food is served family style at the table, scrambled eggs, delicious cheesy potatoes, sausage and bacon. These are unlimited as well as the buffet that has cold items that includes pastries, fruit, yogurt, smoked fish and cheeses. If you have a picky eater, selections are more mainstream and everyone will find something to their liking.

Princesses appear on a rotating schedule. On your visit, you may encounter Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Mulan, Cinderella, and/or Mary Poppins.

Tusker House

This African influenced restaurant is located through the village of Harambe in Animal Kingdom’s Africa. The décor is over the top and has incredible attention to detail and fun touches. The windows are open and have ornate carvings around them, the rustic tables and chairs look hand carved. The authentic looking signs will keep you entertained and make it seem more realistic. It’s done so well; you could almost pass your photos as the real thing!

There is a wide selection of food served at the buffet here, which is themed to look like an African marketplace. More adventurous eaters will appreciate the African specialties, while less adventurous eaters will be happy to find typical American fare as well.

This is Donald’s Safari Breakfast, so Donald and other classic Disney characters, visit each table for pictures and autographs, dressed in safari attire. Don’t miss the parade, lead by Donald and his friends and be sure to thank him for this adventure on an African Safari.

Ohana

Ohana is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House in the Polynesian Village Resort. This Polynesian inspired restaurant features lush green plants, colorful floor tiles, round warm beams, and tiki gods throughout. Outside you can see the palm trees in the garden and the pool, some window views you can see the castle in the distance. The fish and dolphins look as though they are jumping above you as you enjoy an “all you care to eat” menu of Hawaii inspired breakfast dishes. Don’t worry, they also serve the famous Mickey shaped waffles, a tradition you will find throughout the park.

When you get to your table the smell of freshly made Pineapple-Coconut breakfast bread will entice you to sample a taste of the islands. This experience is not a buffet; instead, your server will present family style dishes including scrambled eggs, Island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, Hawaiian-style ham topped with pineapple compote and a variety of fresh fruits and assorted breads to your table, and will bring as much as you can eat.

Lilo and Stich are the main attraction but may also be joined by other Disney characters. Adorned in flower lei’s, they will greet you at your table to allow for pictures and autographs. The real fun begins when they encourage your keiki (children) to participate in coconut racing, hula hooping and dancing to island music, to name a few! Don’t miss the fun of experiencing the islands while on your stay at Walt Disney World!

Kona Cafe

photo credit via flickr: Jeff Christiansen

This restaurant is also located on the second floor of the lobby in the Polynesian Village Resort. This relaxed café combines an Asian flair with traditional American to make this a must stop on your trip through the Polynesian Village!

The rattan fans swirl above you in the high vaulted ceilings, the leaf lights give a modern flair to the tropical garden décor with potted palms. Be sure to look down at the brightly colored tropical-inspired carpet, you just might find a hidden Mickey. Shields and bamboo beams line the walls.

The breakfast delights and one not to be missed is the Tonga Toast! This item starts with a giant piece of bread stuffed with bananas, battered and fried then dusted with lots of cinnamon sugar and served with a strawberry compote. This is an amazing treat! Another specialty is the macadamia-pineapple pancakes, and to drink, Lilikoi Juice. A refreshing combination of passionfruit, orange, and guava juices, this is sweet with just the right amount of tart kick. Of course, you can order real Kona coffee at the Kona café and even take a bag home with you if you’d like.

Even though this restaurant may not look like much from the outside, and can get a bit noisy since it opens up to an atrium, you can’t bear to miss this menu of delights!

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Dining in Disneyland: Quick Service Beyond Burgers

Dining in Disneyland: Quick Service Beyond Burgers

Dining in Disneyland: Quick service beyond burgers

Could be just me, but when I head to Disneyland or Disney World, I’m hoping for something a bit healthier and more interesting than burgers and fries for every meal.  In Disney World, many people realize up front that Epcot offers some more unique dining options.  But what about Disneyland?  Because Disneyland caters more to locals, percentage wise, than tourists, it’s overall dining options are less.  But fear not – if you don’t feel like downing burgers and pizza for your whole vacation, you’ll have some great alternative options.  And you don’t have to do a sit down restaurant every time to achieve this either!  In fact, Disneyland has some very interesting quick service options, if you know where to look.

It just so happens that my favorites are in California Adventure, so we’ll start there.  I’ll post again another time about options on the Disneyland side.

Here are my favorites and some examples of the food I had on my last trip.

Pacific Wharf Café

First up, something fresh and tasty from the Pacific Wharf Café in California Adventure.  You can get all kinds of delicious bread bowls here (and the bowls are fresh baked all day long).  I chose the chicken salad, which was super fresh, cold and delicious on a really hot day.

 Pacific Wharf Cafe Disneyland

 

My husband had the classic clam chowder in a bread bowl.  Too hot for me in that weather, but he loved it!

Pacific Wharf Cafe Disneyland

If you like sourdough, this is the ideal lunch for you.  The bread was amazingly fresh with that perfect amount of chewiness in the crust.  The only downside of this quick service location is that all of the seating is outside.  While this isn’t always an issue, on a 95 degree day like this day was, it would have been nice to get into some air conditioning for a little while.

Flo’s V8 Cafe

Another great option is Flo’s V8 Cafe.  Not only is the theming adorable (come on, who doesn’t want to eat inside of the world of Cars?), but the food was quite good and a nice alternative to all the fried stuff out there.  I had the Citrus Turkey Breast meal:

Flo's V8 Cafe

You get to pick your sides, and I had coleslaw and baked beans – both were good.  My mom ordered the Porkloin with a Cola BBQ Sauce:

Flo's V8 Cafe

The amount of food for the money makes this a very good deal.  Plus, the theme inside is fantastic, and there is plenty of seating.  On a hot day when you’d like to have a good meal but enjoy it in cool air, this is an excellent choice.

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

And my third favorite option was a bit of a surprise.  We ended up at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, because the kids wanted pizza.  When I first walked in, I wasn’t impressed.  But then I saw they make the pasta dish right in front of you, to order, and a little hope returned.  Turns out the pasta was delicious!

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta California Adventure

Look at that tasty dish!  I opted for pine nuts and tomatoes and cheese on top, but you can customize it the way you’d like.  Added bonus – this location was the least crowded of any of the dining options on our last trip.

I’ll be returning to Disneyland shortly, so stay tuned for some more dining updates in the near future.  And to keep up on the latest tips and info, subscribe to the monthly newsletter by clicking below!

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Spotlight On: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Spotlight On: Whispering Canyon Cafe

Spotlight on: Whispering Canyon Café

Whispering Canyon Cafe

photo credit: Mike Miley via Flickr

There are what can seem like endless dining options in Walt Disney World.  But often, new visitors focus on restaurants inside the parks, forgetting about or not realizing there are some awesome options at the resorts themselves.  Got kids?  My kids absolutely adored Whispering Canyon Café at the Wilderness Lodge.  And getting there can be lots of fun!

What’s special about the Whispering Canyon Café?

So what’s so special about this restaurant?  First of all, it means taking a visit the gorgeous Wilderness Lodge.  With a geyser, waterfalls and a soaring lodge style lobby, it’s pretty amazing.  The Whispering Canyon Café is located inside, just off the main lobby.  Here, you’ll find a casual menu to please most anyone in your family.  But what’s really fun is that the servers here are lively and entertaining, playing around with you and messing with your kids.  They have a hobby horse parade for the little ones in the middle of your dining.  And if you want to see something really funny, just ask for some ketchup – trust me.

Whispering Canyon Café menu

And the food?  Delicious.  One of the most popular options is the all you can eat Family Platter, with your choice of three: Kansas City-style Smoked Pork Ribs, Herb-baked Chicken, Hand-carved Oak-roasted Beef Strip Loin, Citrus-crusted Market Fish, Western-style Sausage Sides for Sharing: Seasonal Farm Fresh Vegetables, Herb-crushed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cowboy-style Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob.  You also get the dessert sampler with Whispering Canyon Chocolate Cake, Jalapeno-Lime Cheesecake, and Apple-Cranberry Buckle.

This restaurant is also well known for its milkshakes, and one of the best things about them is that they are one of the included beverages if you are on the dining plan, which is not true of most of the restaurants!

How to get to the Whispering Canyon Café

So what about getting here?  Easy.  There is a boat that will take you from the Magic Kingdom to the Wilderness Lodge!  This just adds to the fun if you’ve got kids in tow – a boat ride and a fun restaurant?  Win/win!  If you are coming from elsewhere in Walt Disney World, first take your transportation to the Magic Kindom, then go the boat docks to catch the boat over to the Wilderness Lodge.  But this is also a great choice as a lunch and afternoon break for a Magic Kindgom park day, or a nice little escape for dinner before re-entering the Magic Kindgom for some fireworks.  Or, end your day by heading over the to nearby Fort Wilderness Campgrounds for a campfire and some s’mores with Chip and Dale!

 

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