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Best Breakfasts at Disney World

Best Breakfasts at Disney World

One of the joys of planning a Disney World vacation is anticipating the delicious food you’ll enjoy during your trip. Dining reservations and dinner plans are important, but let’s not forget about the most important meal of the day! The good news is Disney World offers a variety of breakfast options to satisfy every palate and budget – and we’ve given a ton of them a try.

Whether you want a memorable breakfast experience or a quick bite before rope dropping at the parks, read on for the best Disney World breakfasts. Who’s ready to eat?

Best Breakfasts at Disney World

When it comes to planning breakfast at Disney World, there are a few different options. The quickest — and often the easiest — option is to grab a breakfast at a Quick Service location, or a restaurant where you’ll order and pick up your food at a counter without being waited on by a server.

This is especially easy to do if you’re staying at a Disney resort, and you often have the ability to mobile order your food to save even more time.

mickey waffle

If you’re interested in sitting down for a meal, there are plenty of Table Service restaurants that serve breakfast throughout Disney World, and some of them feature character dining, or the opportunity to greet and take photos with different characters while you eat.

Character Breakfasts at Disney World

Character dining is a highlight of many trips. Here’s where you can find the best options:

Magic Kingdom Character Breakfast

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Cinderella's Royal Table

Location type: Table service Character Dining
Type of food: American
Seating available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 table service credits
  • Pros: The experience, view, and characters (which include a combo of Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White, Merida, and Jasmine), are all good. Food has improved over the years.
  • Cons: Expensive, waits can be long to get in even with a reservation.
step sister wine flight at cinderella's royal table
  • Average cost: Over $60
  • Why we love it: Cinderella’s Royal Table is expensive, yes, but the chance to eat a meal inside of the castle is pretty cool — and knocking out photos with most of the princesses in one go can be a time saver for those who are traveling with fans.
  • What it’s known for: The experience of dining in the castle
  • How big is the menu? Breakfast is a prix fixe meal, and guests will start their meal with a pastry plate before being served an entrée of their choosing, from a traditional, basic breakfast platter to Caramel Apple-stuffed French Toast. Avocado toast serves as the plant-based option here, and allergy-friendly menus are available. Nonalcoholic beverages, including coffee and tea, are included in your price, but breakfast cocktails are also available for an additional fee.
  • Is it kid-friendly? Being inside the castle plus meeting princesses makes this meal a hit with kids, and the menu includes choices like oatmeal, a frittata, Mickey Waffles, and cereal.
  • Tip(s): This is one of the most popular restaurants anywhere at Disney World, so be sure to snag your reservation at the very first opportunity.

The Crystal Palace

the crystal palace at magic kingdom

Location type: Buffet-style character dining
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: This is a Winnie the Pooh and friends buffet character meal that has the benefit of having both good food and fun character interactions
  • Cons: Can be a wait, even with reservations (which you almost always have to have to get in here)
eeyore and tigger in the character parade at crystal palace
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: Not only is the atmosphere of Crystal Palace absolutely adorable, with Winnie-the-Pooh characters roaming the restaurant, but the buffet is very solid.
  • What it’s known for: Meeting Pooh and friends, traditional breakfast favorites
  • How big is the menu? Breakfast here is served on a buffet, with plenty of options for different palates. You’ll see traditional items like eggs, bacon, pancakes, and waffles on the buffet, and a menu of beer, wine, hard cider, and cocktails is available (though these drinks come at an additional fee). An allergen guide is available upon arrival.
  • Is it kid-friendly? Kids who love Winnie-the-Pooh characters will love this breakfast, and the buffet includes several kid-friendly options that should please even the pickiest eaters.
  • Tip(s): This is a popular pick, so you’ll want to grab reservations early (and if you want to sample the lunch buffet, too, grabbing a reservation at the end of the breakfast period, around 10:45 am, may allow you to be in the restaurant when the changeover happens).

Hollywood Studios Character Breakfasts

Hollywood & Vine

At breakfast, Hollywood & Vine offers the Disney Junior Play n’ Dine for breakfast with Disney Junior characters (Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins, and Goofy).

Location type: Buffet-style character dining
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: There aren’t many opportunities to meet the Disney Junior characters, so this is a fun way to do that.
  • Cons: Can be loud and busy.
  • Tips: As the only character dining in the park, can be popular. During breakfast, Disney Junior characters and Goofy appear.
Hollywood & Vine Breakfast Buffet
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios is a fun breakfast, especially for little ones who love Disney Junior characters.
  • What it’s known for: Disney Junior characters, classic breakfast cuisine
  • How big is the menu? The buffet is a decent mix of traditional favorites and more unique picks, from breakfast potatoes and omelets to Salmon and Bagel Casserole and Bananas Foster French Toast. There are typically vegan-friendly items on the buffet, and an allergen guide is available upon arrival.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The buffet includes enough basic breakfast items to satisfy picky palates, and little ones especially will enjoy meeting Disney Junior characters including Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and Vampirina.
  • Tip(s): Out of Mickey’s friends, you’ll only see Goofy among the characters at breakfast. To see Minnie, Mickey, and Pluto, you’ll need to dine here at lunch or dinner.

Animal Kingdom Character Breakfast

Tusker House

Tusker House offers character dining featuring Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy in safari attire. Meals here are served buffet-style.

Tusker House Animal Kingdom Mickey Mouse safari outfit

Location type: Buffet-style character dining
Type of food: African, American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Lots of good food (including standard breakfast items)
  • Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent.
  • Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 60 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: Tusker House is a truly unique meal, with the opportunity to try foods that you likely won’t find anywhere else at Disney World.
  • What it’s known for: Mickey and Friends in their adorable safari outfits, African-inspired breakfast options
  • How big is the menu? Breakfast at Tusker House is served buffet-style, with both classic American breakfast items and options with an African flair. A selection of pastries is available, along with both Mickey and Simba Waffles, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and more, plus fruit. Allergen-friendly breakfast platters are available upon request.
  • Is it kid-friendly? Though this breakfast is a bit more adventurous than most, there are enough familiar items on the menu that should help kids feel right at home here, and they’ll have the chance to chat with Mickey along the way.
  • Tip(s): As the only character dining experience in Animal Kingdom, this one is very busy — make sure you get reservations early!

Epcot Character Breakfast

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers character dining featuring a variety of Disney princesses. Meals here are served family-style.

ariel at akershus royal banquet hall

Location type: Family-style character dining
Type of food: Norwegian, American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit for Breakfast and 2 Table Service credits for Lunch and Dinner
  • Pros: Meet multiple Disney princesses at once, that usually include Princess Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Princess Aurora, and Snow White.
  • Cons: Norwegian-style food may not appeal to everyone, especially little ones.
  • Tips: While Cinderella has met here in the past, Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Aurora, and Snow White are usually the main princesses who meet here now. The characters appearances are subject to change, so it’s kind of a “surprise” who you’ll meet during your meal.
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: Conveniently located right next to Frozen Ever After in the World Showcase, Akershus is the spot for princess dining in Epcot and always has a pretty unique set of offerings on the menu.
  • What it’s known for: Princess greetings and Norwegian-inspired food
  • How big is the menu? Food here is served on family-style platters, with both familiar American favorites and Norwegian dishes. Alongside scrambled eggs, fruit, and bacon are Norwegian waffles and lingonberry jam. A plant-based platter is also available, along with allergy-friendly options upon request.
  • Is it kid-friendly? If the kids in question adore Disney princesses, they will likely enjoy Akershus. And even if the more unique waffles and pastries aren’t their speed, they should find enough familiarity in the other offerings to be happy with the food.
  • Tip(s): This is a perfect pre-park opening breakfast, and you may be able to hop in line for Frozen without much of a wait if you eat early enough.

Resort Character Breakfasts

Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera

Enjoy a prix-fixe menu during breakfast (aka Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends), where you can meet Mickey (dressed as a painter), Minnie (dressed as a poet), Daisy (dressed as a dancer), and Donald (dressed as a sculptor).

donald at topolino's terrace flavors of the riviera

Location type: Character dining, Fine/Signature dining (non buffet)
Type of food: French, Italian
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit for breakfast and 2 table service credits for dinner
  • Pros: Chance to meet Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Donald in artist-themed attire during breakfast; beautiful rooftop views; can see Epcot fireworks at night; not a character breakfast buffet, which can be easier for families
  • Cons: Relatively small servings for the price; can be tricker to get to if you’re not staying on the Disney Skyliner
breakfast at topolinos terrace bread and pasteries
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: At Disney’s Riviera Resort, not only does Topolino’s Terrace feature Mickey and friends in truly adorable French-inspired outfits, but it’s also some of the best breakfast food on property.
  • What it’s known for: Mickey and friends dressed as artists and poets, the Sour Cream Waffle
  • How big is the menu? As part of the prix fixe experience, guests will start with a pastry basket before choosing an entrée off of a pretty varied menu. The Sour Cream Waffle and Bread Pudding Brûlée are two highlights, and the plant-based option is the Wild Mushroom Scramble, which is served with spinach, plant-based eggs, plant-based sausage, and tomatoes. Allergy-friendly menus are also available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? Between the food and the characters, there’s a very good chance that Topolino’s will please any little ones just as much — if not more — as the adults who are dining.
  • Tip(s): The characters here only appear at breakfast, while dinner is more of an upscale, adult-friendly experience.

Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey’s offers character dining featuring The Fab Five in chef attire: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. Meals here are served buffet-style.

chef mickey's contemporary resort

Location type: Buffet-style character dining
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)
  • Pros: Family favorite due to the fun vibe (and it’s fun to ride the monorail right into the building), good spot to catch the classic characters together, food has improved with many plant-based options
  • Cons: Reservations are hard to get, can be loud
  • Tips: Only 4 of the characters come to your table; you’ll meet either Chef Mickey or Chef Minnie at the separate PhotoPass meet and greet after you’ve paid
Chef Mickey's meat platter
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a meal at Chef Mickey’s is a tradition for many families who visit — it’s a classic experience.
  • What it’s known for: Mickey and friends in chef’s attire, breakfast favorites
  • How big is the menu? The expansive buffet focuses on standard breakfast fare, including fruit, Mickey Waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, potato barrels, and more. Plant-based options include a tofu scramble made with Impossible sausage, and an allergen guide is available upon arrival.
  • Is it kid-friendly? Chef Mickey’s is a loud, fun environment that many kids will love, though it can be overwhelming for some. If your children love meeting characters and eating breakfast food (with a side of chaos) they’ll enjoy this experience.
  • Tip(s): This is a great meal to book before a Magic Kingdom day, since it’s so easy to get from here to the park via monorail or walking path.

Best Breakfast Quick Service Options

Quick-service meals are all about convenience. They are perfect for guests who want to maximize their time in the parks, while still having more than a granola bar in the room.

Quick Service breakfast options range from locations with just a few offerings to the big food courts at the resort where you can find a huge variety of options guaranteed to cater to a wide-range of guests.

Animal Kingdom

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe

Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafe

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American, Asian
Seating Available: Outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Large portions including breakfast bowls and kids meals.
  • Cons: Only outdoor seating is available and can get crowded during meal times.
Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe seating
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: It’s hard to find Quick Service breakfast at Animal Kingdom, but this place is a gem. The menu isn’t huge, but it does cover all the basics, and there’s always plentiful outdoor seating available (including some with a view of the gibbons).
  • What it’s known for: The highlight at breakfast is the Breakfast Bowl, which is served with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, potatoes, peppers, and onions, with the option to add bacon or sausage.
  • How big is the menu? Menu is small, but it’s likely everyone will find something they like here, with options that include fruit, hashbrowns, and English muffin breakfast sandwiches. Guests with allergies are asked to speak with a cast member about their requests.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ menu is small — they can choose between a Pancake and Sausage Stick or french toast — but little ones should be happy here, especially while watching the gibbons play.
  • Tip(s): Since this restaurant is located in the Asia area of the park, it’s a good place to stop after rope-dropping Expedition Everest first thing in the morning.

Magic Kingdom

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 snack credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Home of the waffle sandwich. Enough said. Plus, it is a great spot to take a pic with the castle in the background
  • Cons: No indoor seating
fresh fruit waffle with nutella at sleepy hollow refreshments
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: Located right in front of Liberty Square, it’s easy to get to Sleepy Hollow and grab your food if you’re planning to stay close to the castle hub in the morning, and this one of the rare places you can order a large Mickey Waffle.
  • What it’s known for: the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich
  • How big is the menu? Though other offerings join the menu later in the day, at breakfast, guests can choose from Mickey waffles, the famous waffle sandwich, and funnel cakes. Allergy-friendly advice is available upon request.
  • Is it kid-friendly? If the kiddos traveling with you love waffles, this is the place to be, but if not, you may want to grab food elsewhere.
  • Tip(s): Mornings can be busy here, so you may want to mobile order your breakfast on the My Disney Experience app as you enter the park. By the time you make it to Sleepy Hollow, your order may be ready.

Epcot

Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie

les halles boulangerie patisserie - france - epcot

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: French, Bakery
Seating Available: Indoor and some outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: Great use of snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan, lots of great food options available
  • Cons: Limited seating
Les Halles pastry case
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: This is a fun place to grab a quick breakfast on an Epcot morning in the World Showcase, especially after rope-dropping Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. It doesn’t hurt that they serve mimosas, either!
  • What it’s known for: French pastries
  • How big is the menu? The menu here is huge, and you can see just about everything available to order in the pastry cases at the front of the restaurant. It may be difficult to find plant-based and allergy-friendly items here, but Cast Members are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.
  • Is it kid-friendly? With all of the variety offered here, it should be easy enough for even picky eaters to find something they like. But be warned that it can quickly become chaotic and cramped, so you may want to send a designated orderer in to get the food while you wait with little ones outside, especially if the line is long.
  • Tip(s): If you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, certain items here can be purchased for a snack credit instead of a Quick Service meal credit and are filling enough to serve as breakfast.

Hollywood Studios

Woody’s Lunch Box

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Fun atmosphere, one of the few places in Hollywood Studios to grab a Quick Service breakfast
  • Cons: It’s busy most of the day, so you may wait a long time for your food and/or struggle to find seating
lunch box tart woody's lunch box toy story land
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: Hollywood Studios is another tough park to find many Quick Service breakfast options, but this Toy Story Land eatery serves breakfast and is close to both Galaxy’s Edge and Slinky Dog Dash, where many guests choose to start their days.
  • What it’s known for: Lunch Box Tarts, which are similar to Pop Tarts
  • How big is the menu? During breakfast, you can order the Breakfast Bowl, which is served with potato barrels and scrambled eggs and topped with smoked brisket country gravy and green onions. Other items are available that are served all day and may also be breakfast-appropriate, like the Lunch Box tarts. Allergy-friendly menus are available, and the Plant-Based Totchos and Plant-Based Toasted Cheddar Sandwich are also served during breakfast.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ menu only has one breakfast item on it — the smaller portion of the Breakfast Bowl. However, they may also like grabbing mandarin oranges and plain Potato Barrels or a Lunch Box Tart.
  • Tip(s): Woody’s Lunch Box can get very busy, so if you see an available table or a short line, go for it.

Best Resort Quick Service Options for Breakfast

Capt. Cook’s

capt. cooks polynesian

Location type: Grab-and-go
Type of food: American, Seafood
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Easy and quick way to grab favorite breakfast items like Mickey waffles and Tonga Toast, lots of seating
  • Cons: Can get quite busy during peak times
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: It’s easy to get to the Polynesian from Magic Kingdom or the TTC to grab food on the way into the park (or for a mid-morning breakfast break).
  • What it’s known for: Tonga Toast
  • How big is the menu? Along with Tonga Toast, Mickey Waffles, the Bounty Breakfast Platter (similar to the one found at most resorts), Morning Flatbread, and a breakfast burrito are all served here, plus two plant-based options: steel-cut oatmeal, plus the Power Breakfast Bowl, which is a plant-based sausage scramble served with breakfast potatoes and red peppers. Allergy-friendly menus are also available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ breakfast menu is small, but kids who love Mickey Waffles, eggs, or both should be happy with it.
  • Tip(s): This is the only Quick Service restaurant where you can grab the beloved Tonga Toast — the only other place you can find it is Kona Cafe, which is a sit down restaurant.

Primo Piatto

Riviera Resort

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Some of the most upscale Quick Service items on Disney property, including the famous Cinnamon Crumble ‘French Toast’ Bread Pudding
  • Cons: Limited indoor seating, fewer options than larger food courts at other resorts
Primo Piatto at Disney's Riviera
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: Disney’s Rivera Resort is a beautiful, peaceful stop for breakfast, whether you’re planning to dine inside or outside.
  • What it’s known for: Cinnamon Crumble ‘French Toast’ Bread Pudding, topped with vanilla custard.
  • How big is the menu? The breakfast menu offers a decent amount of options, from rather fancy breakfast sandwiches (like the Croque Madame) to the fluffy Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes. The plant-based option available is the plant-based egg platter, served with grilled vegetables and plant-based Italian sausage. Allergy-friendly menus are also available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? There are plenty of choices for kids here, including Mickey Waffles, overnight oats, and an egg white frittata. it’s also a fun environment, with a giant chess set and yard games that little ones will love.
  • Tip(s): This is a great place to grab breakfast if you’re visiting Hollywood Studios or Epcot, since it’s just a Skyliner ride away.

Best Quick Service Breakfast at Disney Springs

Earl of Sandwich

earlofsandwich

Location type: Quick Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 quick service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? No
  • Pros: A large menu with plenty of options, one of the few places to grab breakfast at Disney Springs
  • Cons: Mobile ordering via the My Disney Experience app is not supported and lines can get long here
  • Average cost: $14.99 and under
  • Why we love it: You might think of Earl of Sandwich as a lunch restaurant, but honestly, breakfast is one of the things it does best. This is the perfect stop if you’re starting off your day at Disney Springs.
  • What it’s known for: Breakfast sandwiches and bowls
  • How big is the menu? The menu is surprisingly large, offering several breakfast sandwich options, breakfast bowls, and oatmeal. However, there don’t seem to be a lot of plant-based options here, and those with allergies should talk to a Cast Member before ordering.
  • Is it kid-friendly? There’s no kids’ menu at breakfast, but the adult-sized entrées might be big enough for two little ones to share, especially the breakfast bowls (which can be modified so they don’t include ingredients kids don’t want).
  • Tip(s): Come early — lines can get long to order, especially since there is no mobile ordering here.

Best Disney World Table Service Breakfast Options

Kona Cafe

Kona Cafe is a great Table Service restaurant to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’re best known for breakfast, especially the famous Tonga Toast and Kona coffee. We’re also fans of the Macadamia Nut Pancakes.

kona cafe polynesian

Location type: Casual dining
Type of food: American, Seafood
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Is Mobile Order available? Yes
  • Pros: Good food all around (try the Tonga Toast and Kona coffee for breakfast)
  • Cons: Used to be a hidden gem, but now books up much further in advance. Can’t get in? Try pastries, coffee, and sushi at the nearby Kona Island
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Not only is the Polynesian convenient for a Magic Kingdom morning, it also feels like an experience to visit for breakfast in the first place, and there are Mickey-shaped muffins.
  • What it’s known for: Tonga Toast
  • How big is the menu? There are less than 10 breakfast options, but a lot of variety. If you’re looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience, try the Plant-Based Loco Moco, which is served with plant-based eggs, plant-based sausage gravy, and rice, topped with pico de gallo. The Macadamia Nut Pancakes are also delicious. Dedicated allergy-friendly menus are also available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ menu covers the basics, between french toast, pancakes, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs.
  • Tip(s): Make a breakfast reservation here before heading to Magic Kingdom, and then you can take the monorail over to the park.

Steakhouse 71

Steakhouse 71 replaced The Wave and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a casual steakhouse with a range of options, including plant-based menu items and an amazing 15-layer chocolate cake representing the floors of Contemporary.

steakhouse 71 contemporary

Location type: Casual dining
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Really diverse menu with a focus on local and sustainable items, good service, usually easy to get into
  • Cons: Can be noisy, sometimes service is slow
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Aside from being able to see the zebras on the savanna at Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Boma breakfast buffet offers a lot of variety with some truly unique options mixed in.
  • What it’s known for: African food, Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding
  • How big is the menu? The buffet here is huge and covers everything from classic breakfast foods to more African-inspired dishes, like the turkey bobotie. An allergy guide is available upon request.
  • Is it kid-friendly? With so many options on the buffet, kids will surely find something they like here — all the basics like pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, and breakfast pastries can be found. You can also stop outside and visit with the animals on the savanna.
  • Tip(s): The Jungle Mimosa is made with POG juice, a Disney classic.  

Boma – Flavors of Africa

Boma is a popular African themed buffet that features unique African fare in addition to some standard American favorites, plus the popular Zebra Dome dessert.

boma flavors of africa animal kingdom lodge

Location type: Buffet
Type of food: African, Indian
Meals served: Breakfast & dinner

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit
  • Pros: Fantastic food and a great way to sample African foods (save room for great desserts though, including the popular Zebra Domes)
  • Cons:  Small tables that are often close together
Eggs benedict at Steakhouse 71
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: It’s easy to get to the Contemporary for breakfast from the TTC or Magic Kingdom (or on your way to spend the day in the parks) and Steakhouse 71 typically has a very laid-back environment with quick service.
  • What it’s known for: Breakfast favorites, along with Walt’s Prime Rib Hash
  • How big is the menu? From a classic American breakfast platter to seasonal pancakes to several different options for omelets (and even two different eggs benedict entrées), guests have a lot of choices on the menu. Those looking for a plant-based breakfast may be interested in the avocado toast, and allergy-friendly menus are also available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ menu consists of three entrées: scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and Mickey waffles, and can choose two side items among choices like potatoes, bacon, and strawberry yogurt.
  • Tip(s): The Refillable Mimosa is a great deal for $20, and there are several other cool breakfast cocktails on the menu.

Ale & Compass Restaurant

Ale & Compass

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Offers a big breakfast buffet for a lower cost than other Disney restaurants, often easy to secure a reservation or walk-up seating
  • Cons: Smaller menu for lunch and dinner, food can be hit or miss
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Many people don’t know about Ale & Compass’ breakfast — or how reasonably priced it is — so it’s often rather quiet and crowded here (and the food doesn’t hurt, either).
  • What it’s known for: Unique breakfast options, including the Salted Caramel-Apple French Toast
  • How big is the menu? Here, you can choose between a breakfast buffet, which offers more of a continental breakfast variety, for $23, or choose an entrée from a menu that includes a classic American breakfast platter, Crab Cake Benedict, and a Dark Chocolate Waffle. Vegans may enjoy the Breakfast Protein Bowl, which contains a tofu scramble, plant-based sausage, quinoa, sweet potatoes, chard, kale, and pickled carrots, served with chocolate-avocado toast. Allergy-friendly menus are also available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? There’s a decent-sized kids’ menu at Ale & Compass, ranging from scrambled eggs to blueberry pancakes.
  • Tip(s): If you’re staying on the Skyline, it’s easy to get here from the Epcot stop.

Whispering Canyon Cafe

This is a table service restaurant featuring fun shenanigans and western fare and is located in the lobby of Wilderness Lodge.

whispering canyon

Location type: Themed Dining
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Family-pleasing food (skillets/platters) and a fun atmosphere that includes “pony” races
  • Cons: Noisy, little bit pricey, and while the servers here used to be known for their shenanigans, those have been scaled back (which takes away some from the fun)
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Not only is Whispering Canyon a lot of fun (though the antics have been dialed back from what they were a few years ago) but the portion sizes are huge.
  • What it’s known for: All-you-care-to-enjoy Breakfast Skillets
  • How big is the menu?  You can choose between an all-you-care to enjoy breakfast skillet, whether you’re looking for classic breakfast cuisine or want to start your day with BBQ like pulled pork and brisket, or you can order an entrée. There are a surprising number of plant-based options here, like the Pepper Jack “Cheese” Frittata or “Jacked Up” Avocado Toast, and allergy-friendly menus are available.
  • Is it kid-friendly? With all the shenanigans that go on here, Whispering Canyon is a very fun (if sometimes loud) environment for kids. As far as the menu goes, they should have no trouble finding something to eat here, whether that’s eggs, Mickey Waffles, or oatmeal.
  • Tip(s): If you plan to eat here on a Magic Kingdom morning, you can take a scenic boat ride over to the park.

Best Brunch at Disney World

If getting up early isn’t your thing but you don’t want to miss out on Mickey Waffles, you may be happy to find out that there are several different restaurants on Disney property that offer brunch. While some of these locations only serve brunch on certain days of the week, it can be really helpful to know when and where you can grab brunch at Disney World on days you’re sleeping in, or days when you want to eat later on in the morning after you’ve had the chance to knock out a few attractions after the parks open.

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Homecomin'

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Large portions, Moonshine bar, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating
  • Cons: Most of the entrées here are fried, which could pose a problem for those avoiding fried foods, not many plant-based options
Homecomin
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Homecomin’ serves brunch from 9:30 am – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and if you’re a fan of southern cooking, the menu will be a hit.
  • What it’s known for: Biscuits, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts
  • How big is the menu? The menu is pretty big, and even the most basic of breakfast items has a unique twist (the bacon is pecan-smoked, for example). Those who are looking for plant-based options can order modified versions of the dishes upon request, and anyone with allergies should consult their server when ordering.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for families, whether you’re seated outdoors or indoors. However, the kids’ menu is pretty small, only offering two choices: french toast or the Junior Farmer Plate, which comes with two eggs, fresh fruit, and a choice of side item.
  • Tip(s): If you plan on coming back to Homecomin’ anytime in the future and enjoy alcoholic beverages with your meal, grab a refillable squeeze bottle when you order your drink. For $20, the bottle guarantees lifetime $13 moonshine refills.

Wine Bar George

Outdoor seating at Wine Bar George in Disney Springs

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Extensive curated wine menu, Dole Whip cocktails, large family-style meals
  • Cons: Food menu is limited and on the more expensive side, not a very kid-friendly atmosphere
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Wine Bar George isn’t just the place to grab wine at Disney Springs — it’s also the home of one seriously delicious brunch that also happens to serve cocktails made with Dole Whip.
  • What it’s known for: Charcuterie, classic brunch dishes, and cocktails
  • How big is the menu? For brunch, the menu is decently sized. Some items that are on the regular menu (like the Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites) are also on the brunch menu, along with more breakfast-y choices like the Fried Chicken Biscuit and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, which are also vegan. Those with allergies should consult a Cast Member before ordering.
  • Is it kid-friendly? Even though this is technically a bar, Wine Bar George is especially kid-friendly at brunch. The menu offers a few choices, from pancakes to crispy chicken tenders.
  • Tip(s): Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Brunch served on weekends, live music outside in the evenings
  • Cons: Can be very loud and crowded, especially when a show is going on, not everyone enjoys dining at chain restaurants during a Disney vacation
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: It’s usually pretty easy to grab a reservation at the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, including at brunch, which is served from 10 a.m – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • What it’s known for: Southern-inspired brunch cuisine
  • How big is the menu? The strictly brunch menu is a bit small, but after 12 p.m., the lunch menu is also served, which will give you even more options to choose from. You’ll find southern favorites like chicken biscuits and Chicken ‘n’ Donuts on the brunch menu. Guests should ask their server for help with plant-based and allergy-friendly ordering.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The casual atmosphere of House of Blues should be welcoming to kids, and
  • Tip(s): For those looking to imbibe at brunch, this restaurant offers bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys for $16 per person.

The BOATHOUSE

The Boathouse in Disney Springs

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: American
Seating Available: Indoor and outdoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 table service credits
  • Pros: Large menu, including plenty of fresh seafood options, along with a raw bar, beautiful views if dining outside
  • Cons: Many items on the menu can be pricy, crowded during meal times
  • Average cost: $35-59.99
  • Why we love it: Whether you’re in the nautical-themed dining room or sitting outside with a view of the water, the vibes at The BOATHOUSE are beautiful, and if you want seafood for brunch, this is the place.
  • What it’s known for: Seafood, elevated classic cuisine
  • How big is the menu? The brunch menu isn’t huge, but it covers all the basics you’re looking for. In the seafood department, you can choose between Shrimp and Grits or Crabcakes Benedict, while those with a sweet tooth may enjoy the Biscoff Cookie Waffle, which is topped with cookie butter syrup, crushed cookies, mixed berry compote, and whipped cream. Those with allergies or who need to make plant-based modifications to their meal should talk to their server when ordering.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ brunch menu is pretty small, with only two options: scrambled eggs served with bacon and home fries, or half a Belgian waffle served with bacon.
  • Tip(s): Brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

Raglan Road in Disney Springs has outdoor seating

Location type: Table Service
Type of food: Irish
Seating Available: Indoor

  • On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 table service credit
  • Pros: Fun atmosphere, large menu of Irish-inspired food
  • Cons: It can be very loud inside the restaurant during dinner
  • Average cost: $15-34.99
  • Why we love it: Much like dinner, brunch at Raglan Road is a party, complete with a performance from the Rhythms of Raglan Dance Show.
  • What it’s known for: Irish-inspired food, live entertainment
  • How big is the menu? The brunch menu here is huge, separated into starters, brunch food, and lunch food, with plenty of options to choose from. The food is heavily influenced by Irish culture, and a full Irish breakfast is on the menu, complete with Cheshire heritage pork Irish banger, black & white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms, chips, and fried eggs. The plant-based option is a vegan shepherd’s pie, and those with allergies are encouraged to talk to a Cast Member upon arrival.
  • Is it kid-friendly? The kids’ brunch menu is also quite large, and includes everything from bacon and eggs to bangers and mash. If the kids in question enjoy boisterous environments, they’ll love this brunch.
  • Tip(s): Brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Other Breakfast Ideas

It may not always make sense for your schedule (or your budget) to order breakfast every morning of your trip. In that case, you do have a couple of other options for your first meal of the day:

  • Order groceries to your resort. There are several different grocery delivery services that do this, from the popular Garden Grocer service to the big box stores that are available on apps like InstaCart and DoorDash. Do be aware that you will need to meet your driver at the front lobby to retrieve your items, or you can have them delivered to your room by bell services for a small fee. Though many DVC villas will come equipped with full kitchens, most hotel rooms at Disney do not, so you will want to make sure everything you’ve ordered can be prepared in a microwave or a toaster found in your resort’s food court.
  • Consider grab-and-go options. Each Disney resort will offer an area (usually found in the food court or Quick Service dining location) with grab and go options like fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cereal, and various pastries available. It can be a bit less expensive and significantly more time effective to grab breakfast on your way to the bus and eat on the go.

Tips for Disney World Breakfast

  • Purchase breakfast the night before your park day. Getting a grab-and-go option from the resort and stowing it in the beverage cooler in your room can save even more valuable minutes in the morning, when every second counts to make it to rope drop on time!
  • Don’t forget to make reservations in advance. With how busy Disney dining can be, making advance reservations is always the way to go, ideally as early as possible. This is especially true for popular restaurants, like anywhere that features character dining.
  • Take advantage of mobile ordering. Most Quick Service locations offer mobile ordering now, and it can help make ordering breakfast a breeze and save time in the process.
  • Stop at Joffrey’s at the Ticket & Transportation Center before going to Magic Kingdom. If you’re looking for coffee and a quick bite to eat and happen to be passing through the TTC, it doesn’t hurt to stop at Joffrey’s before boarding the ferry or monorail to the park. The lines here are typically shorter than they are inside the park, and you can eat during your journey over.
  • Eat a late breakfast after rope dropping. If there are headlining rides you want to check out first thing in the morning, it might be easier to save breakfast for after you’ve hit all the rides you want to do in the first hour or so after park opening, so you can really take advantage of the lack of crowds.
  • Plan character meals on a rest day. Character meals can be time-consuming and, since they’re typically all-you-care-to-enjoy, very filling. It may be more fun to plan these as the main event on a rest day so you can fully enjoy it (and maybe even take a nap afterwards).
  • Save on character dining by booking breakfast. Character dining is one of the most expensive ways to eat at Disney, but the cheapest meal of the day is usually breakfast, allowing you to get the same experience for less.
  • Take advantage of the resorts near the park you’re visiting. If you’re at Magic Kingdom, consider dining at one of the monorail resorts for a change of pace. If you’re at Epcot or Hollywood Studios, eating breakfast at the Riviera or any of the Epcot resorts could be fun!
  • Find fresh fruit around the parks. Snack stands around the park often stock fresh fruit, including apples, bananas, mandarin oranges, and grapes. This is a great addition to a breakfast on the go.

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