The Best Restaurants For Breakfast At Disney World
I’m a firm believer that there’s no better way to start your day at Walt Disney World than with a Mickey Waffle. That being said, we have eaten breakfast at Disney World more times than I can count. Sometimes we choose a restaurant in one of the parks while other items we branch out and head to a Disney resort.
Whether you prefer a character meal, buffet, or just something tasty to start your day, here is our list of best restaurants for breakfast at Disney World.
The Plaza Restaurant
On the quest to find the best restaurants for breakfast at Disney World, this is our most recent addition. The Plaza Restaurant is in the Magic Kingdom at the end of Main Street USA, beside of ice cream shop. I had no idea it existed until a reservation popped up on the Disney dining page.
The Plaza is a small restaurant with the best food I’ve eaten at Magic Kingdom. Start your day with Steak and Eggs, Lobster-Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict, an Omelette, or the most beautiful Mickey Waffles at Walt Disney World.
Read more about our breakfast at The Plaza.
Price: Based on your food selection
Tip: If you picked up something to drink at the Starbucks on Main Street, you can bring it in with you.
Pro Tip: Make a reservation before the park officially opens. You will be able to take pictures in front of Cinderella Castle before the masses arrive.
Disney is more fun when you’re prepared!
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‘Ohana is an all-you-can-eat character dining experience at The Polynesian Village Resort. Delight in an “American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors“. The food is served family style: Hua Paka (scrambled eggs), Uala Kahiki (fried potatoes), Mickey and Stitch Waffles, Seasonal Fruit, Pua’a (pork: sausage and ham topped with Pineapple Compote), and Fresh Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread. Beverages (coffee, POG juice, and soft drinks) are included.
While you are enjoying breakfast, Mickey Mouse, Lilo, and Stitch come by your table to take pictures with you. When you have finished your meal, head to the front of the restaurant to take a picture with Pluto.
Price: $34 per person
Tip: You can ask for bacon!
Pro Tip: Have breakfast at ‘Ohana before visiting Epcot or Magic Kingdom–ride the monorail from the Polynesian.
Note: Disney PhotoPass photographers do not come around to your table. You have to take your own pictures with Mickey, Lilo, and Stitch.
The Crystal Palace is an excellent buffet/character dining option at Magic Kingdom. It, too, is located in Magic Kingdom at the end of Main Street USA, but on the opposite side of The Plaza, by Casey’s Corner. It is MUCH prettier in person than it is in the pictures on the Disney website.
Meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore while enjoying made-to-order omelettes, fruit, scrambled eggs, Mickey Waffles, hash brown casserole, pancakes, yogurt, bacon, sausage, french toast, mini cinnamon rolls, and soft serve ice cream. Drinks (soda, coffee, milk, and juice) are included in the price of the buffet.
Tip: If you’re dining with a large party, this is a great option.
Pro Tip: Book your first FastPass of the day right after breakfast in Adventureland–it’s right outside of the Crystal Palace’s doors.
Note: There are no PhotoPass photographers at the Crystal Palace.
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Grand Floridian Cafe
The Grand Floridian Cafe is an elegant yet unpretentious eatery with fantastic food inside of the beautiful Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This is my favorite brunch spot at Walt Disney World.
While you enjoy Mickey Waffles for the 5th day in a row (as I typically do), the rest of your family can choose from Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, Burgers, Fish, Quiche, or Benedicts. The Grand Floridian Cafe also has a large specialty cocktail menu in the event you need an early morning pick-me-up.
Price: Based on your food selection
Tip: Take time to explore the Grand Floridan while you’re there. Do some shopping or sit, relax, and listen to the piano player.
Pro Tip: Dine here during the Christmas season. The hotel is beautifully decorated and there is a life-size Gingerbread House in the lobby.
Be Our Guest
It wouldn’t be a list of best restaurants for breakfast at Disney World without including arguably the most popular restaurant, Be Our Guest. Unlike the others, Be Our Guest is a quick service restaurant modeled after the Castle in Beauty and the Beast and doesn’t serve Mickey Waffles. You can dine in the Grand Ballroom, West Wing (home to the Enchanted Rose), or Castle Gallery (Belle’s Library).
Croque Madame, Meats and Cheeses, Pastries, and Quiche are all on the menu at Be Our Guest. The food here isn’t the best, but it’s an experience–you can say you ate in the Beast’s castle, and it looks exactly like the movie.
Price: Depends on your order (the most popular breakfast, the Feast á la Gaston with scrambled eggs, herb roasted potatoes, apple smoked bacon, chicken sausage, fruit, and a pastry selection, is $28)
Tip: For a true Be Our Guest experience, order The Master’s Cupcake (formerly called Lumiére’s Gray Stuff Cupcake). It tastes like Cookies and Cream!
Pro Tip: Opt for a children’s meal to save money.
Note: You can place your order before your arrive.
Trattoria al Forno
This restaurant at the BoardWalk Resort is home to the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast. Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric (dressed in his Royal wear) are the stars of this meal, but the food is a close second.
Breakfast begins with your choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit. A frying pan full of pastries is brought for the whole table and includes a Rapunzel themed Sun Cookie and Braided Bread as well as a Little Mermaid Clamshell pastry.
Tip: This is a great breakfast option for children. In addition to the character meet-and-greets, there is an Adventure Journal on the table to fill out while you’re waiting on your food that asks questions, like what is your favorite ride/Disney character/thing to do at Disney. Ariel also leads a napkin parade at one point and there is a ton of The Little Mermaid and Tangled merchandise available for purchase.
Note: Some areas of the restaurant are quite dark, so your pictures might not be the best.
Breakfast At Disney World
Walt Disney World has some really wonderful breakfast options. Whether you want to eat Mickey Waffles every morning of your trip or try something new every day, there is a restaurant for breakfast at Disney World to suit your needs. All of these restaurants require a reservation, which can be made 180 days in advance.
Which restaurant serves your favorite breakfast at Walt Disney World?
Note: All prices are based on my dining experience. As with everything at Disney, prices are subject to change.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.