The Nine Best Disney Breakfasts!
As a frequent Walt Disney World visitor and analyst, I get asked a lot of questions. A few come up more than the rest, though.
For example, several friends and social media posters have inquired about the best restaurants.
My answer is something of a moving target, as recent meal experiences inform my opinion.
Sometimes, the food will taste better or worse. You know the deal.
Still, some places have gained a hard-earned reputation for being consistently great.
Here are nine of my suggestions for the best Disney breakfasts.
I will start by saying that many resorts provide exceptional breakfast options.
However, most of them require you to either stay at the hotel or travel there.
For this reason, I’m only listing places that you can easily access via monorail or Disney Skyliner.
I’ll start with Capt. Cook’s, which resides on the Great Ceremonial House’s first floor at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
You can reach this place via monorail. The main station is currently undergoing repairs, but you can exit at the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Taking this approach will require about 10 more minutes of walking, but it’s worth the effort.
This restaurant serves one of Disney’s genuine breakfast delicacies, the Tonga Toast.
For only $10, you’ll get bananas stuffed in sourdough bread. It’ll blow your mind.
You can also access Chef Mickey’s via monorail. The restaurant resides on the fourth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, right by the monorail station.
This Table Service restaurant hosts a character meal starring Mickey, Minnie, and other members of Disney’s Sensational Six.
Your traveling party will adore the entertainment value, which frankly surpasses the meal quality during most visits.
Disney currently brings food to your table, as buffets remain a non-starter. You’ll eat fruits, sweet rolls, and breakfast staples like Mickey Waffles.
For vegans, Disney has introduced a plant-based tofu option that’s quite good, too.
Grand Floridian Café
The last stop on the breakfast monorail tour is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
In the hotel lobby, one floor under the station, you’ll find Grand Floridian Café tucked off to one side. It’s one of Disney World’s hidden gems.
The atmosphere here feels elegant, but it’s more laid back than other restaurants at the resort.
The cuisine rivals anything else at the Grand Floridian, though. You can be basic and order the Avocado Toast or Fruit and Yogurt.
On the other hand, you could go big and order steak or a Lobster Thermidor burger for breakfast.
The Grand Breakfast with eggs, bacon, and sausage is also exceptional. I frequently order this for lunch.
Harambe Fruit Market
When you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you may start the day with a trip to Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Disney veterans know that the animals wake early and provide plenty of entertainment at the start of the day.
During your walk to the line queue, you’ll pass Harambe Fruit Market.
In fact, you may have done so and never even noticed. Many people get tunnel vision on the way to the ride.
Well, you can grab some fresh fruit at the markets…and even absolutely delicious grilled corn on the cob.
Seriously, with the African spices, which are optional, you’ll never look at corn the same way again.
You should remember this snack cart throughout the day, but grabbing a fresh fruit cup will ward off potential hangry behavior at the start of the day.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
Okay, I just gave you the healthy option. Now, let’s get real. Sometimes, you want a pastry for breakfast, not a banana. You’re not a Minion, right?
The place to go for pastries is the Norway pavilion at EPCOT, home to Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.
The treats here are so decadent that you’ll sweat your next weigh-in.
Thankfully, you’ll walk enough that you’ll burn the calories. That’s the magic of Disney in action!
Ordinarily, I could publish a complete list of must-do character meals available for breakfast. During the pandemic, Disney hasn’t reopened a few, though.
So, we’re left discussing the best options among the currently available breakfast character meals.
While Chef Mickey’s receives the most attention, the newest character meal possesses more recent acclaim.
People have fallen head over heels in love with Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino’s Terrace.
The appeal lies in the adorable character costumes that allow Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and their friends to show off their artistic sides.
Even without the characters, I’d still recommend this breakfast. The European cuisine is more upscale than at other places listed here.
To wit, you can order a gruyere quiche, a wild mushroom scramble, or a sour cream waffle. Be honest. Have you ever had any of those for breakfast?
You’ll feel like you’re dating a Michelin chef when you dine here, as you’ll start your day with haute cuisine…AND Mickey Mouse! What’s not to love?
Something I get asked a lot is why I never recommend Starbucks for breakfast. Well, here’s my confession.
I never got into Starbucks, as I’m not a coffee guy. When I want caffeine, I have a Coke. I never liked the smell or taste of coffee.
However, I realize that it’s a national obsession for many. So, you should know that you’ll find Starbucks at several Disney parks.
At EPCOT, Fountain View had hosted Starbucks for a while, but it’s closed now. Instead, you’ll find your fix at Traveler’s Café near Refreshment Port.
Woody’s Lunch Box
You may not even realize that Woody’s Lunch Box serves breakfast. That’s almost by design.
This Toy Story Land eatery is among the newest dining options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To date, it’s earned its reputation for delicious sandwiches.
Woody’s Lunch Box does offer a dynamic Breakfast Bowl, though. It’s got tater tots covered in country gravy.
The flavor’s so wonderful that it feels like witchcraft. Plus, you can order one of the Lunch Box Tarts with your breakfast.
I defy anyone to say that’s anything but a spectacular way to start the day.
Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café
In the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Landry’s, Inc. owns and operates this Quick Service restaurant that sits by its more expensive sibling.
Yak & Yeti Restaurant receives the hype, a lot of it coming from me, but its counterpart serves a fine breakfast.
The bowls available here include melt-in-your-mouth breakfast potatoes and sublime cheddar cheese.