One thing is certain, Disney World is not lacking in fun or food choices but many people often forget Disney has some great options when it comes to breakfast. So we often get the question, what is the best breakfast at Disney World? This is a hard question to answer because, well, everyone is different when it comes to their morning ritual. There are tons of choices as to what kind of breakfast options you have at Disney World one can have. For example, my husband isn’t very hungry in the morning so he only eats something small. I, on the other hand, could devour some pancakes and hashbrowns right after waking.
There are a variety of options on property for the breakfast goer, which I will discuss in my list of the best breakfast options at Disney World. They are categorized into 3 sections: Standard/Buffet Table Service; Character Breakfast and Grab N’ Go. I’ve given a few choices in each category.
These are your standard breakfast type of options where it’s either buffet or sit down, no characters or other special offerings are involved with these meals.
Boma – Flavors of Africa
Since 2013, I’ve been to Boma for breakfast on every one of my Disney trips. It has become a sort of tradition with my family and I. This buffet restaurant is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House, so it is African-themed. What is great about it is the atmosphere and variety of foods offered. You can always get standard scrambled eggs and bacon staples, but they also have authentic African fare, such as chakalaka and turkey bobotie. This might just be the best Disney World breakfast so I would make reservations for this meal early as possible as it is quite popular.
Two words that should lure you into eating at Kona Cafe – TONGA TOAST. I would guess that it is their most popular dish, which it is banana-stuffed french toast sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with strawberry compote. So yummy. Other specialties include Loco-Moco and Kona’s Eggs Benedict. What also makes it one of the top breakfast restaurants is its location. You’ll find it on the second floor in the Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, right next to the doors that lead to the monorail. It is also open air to the lobby, making it feel inviting and relaxing.
The name says it all. These are character breakfasts where you can meet, interact and take pictures with various Disney characters. Each meal has their own set of characters and food options.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
While the food at this Norwegian themed buffet restaurant in EPCOT’s World Showcase is decent, there are other reasons that I ranked it high for one of the best breakfasts on property. It is an all-in-one stop to meet many Disney Princess characters. You could potentially meet Snow White, Jasmine, Belle, Aurora, Mulan, and even Mary Poppins, depending on the rotating schedule. And after you have finished your meal, it is just a hop, skip, and a jump to meet Anna and Elsa from the movie “Frozen.” Or, you can get in line to ride Frozen Ever After. If you have an early morning reservation, you may be one of the first ones to get in line with little to no wait. Reservations are strongly recommended here.
Here is another restaurant that is ranked high because of other reasons besides the food. Don’t get me wrong, the food is not terrible, but a lot of guests eat here for the character interaction and proximity to the rides at Magic Kingdom. Crystal Palace is the only character meal that specifically includes Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Sure, you may find Pooh here and there as fill-ins at other restaurants, but Crystal Palace is the only guaranteed spot to see him. And, since it sits on the corner of Main Street, guests will take advantage of early reservations in the morning in order to be one of the first in line for extremely popular attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort next to Kona Cafe, this is another character meal opportunity to see characters that are sometimes hard to find. While Mickey and his gang are present, you’ll also find Lilo and Stitch. But the characters only come out during breakfast, not for dinner. So make sure you keep that in mind when you make your reservations. Another bonus to ‘Ohana breakfast is the family-style serving. It is all-you-can-eat so you better go hungry! And try the POG (sometimes called Aloha) juice, which stands for a blend of pineapple, orange, and guava juices.
This is probably over favorite breakfast spot at Disney, if you’re curious about it we did a vlog about it that I’ve included below.
Cape May Cafe
Although it has been many years since I have eaten at Cape May Cafe, I can still remember how much I liked it. The food is really good and there is quite the variety. I especially enjoy the crepe station! The character interaction is great, with Mickey’s friends sporting beach attire, given that this restaurant is located at Disney’s Beach Club. And its location is super convenient, being just a 5 minute walk to the World Showcase at EPCOT.
These are options that are quick and easy so if you’re on the go or you don’t want to spend the money on the sit down or character breakfasts but still have a great meal then these are some great options.
The main reason Boardwalk Bakery is one of my favorites is its variety and location. It is situated right on Disney’s Boardwalk, making it super convenient for those staying at The Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin resort. As for what is offered, you can find lots of bakery items, coffees, and a few hot food items. This place does get busy so I recommend grabbing your breakfast items here early in the morning. It smells amazing walking right by it, even if you don’t go inside.
Main Street Bakery
Another bakery on my list! When I think of a “general” breakfast location that is grab n’ go style, I immediately think of Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom. As you walk into this park, usually in the morning, who wouldn’t want to stop for some yummy breakfast items and coffee? Just recently, this place became the one Starbucks location at the Magic Kingdom, so it has gotten even busier than it once was. I would like to see it expanded to accommodate more people and more menu items, but I still love it.
I love this semi-hidden gem! You can find this snack/quick service eatery just as you enter Liberty Square. The ordering line doesn’t get too long during most of the day, which is a nice perk. And while the menu options are small, there’s one item you should order: the waffle sandwich. You can either get it with chicken or fruit and Nutella. Talk about delicious! And another bonus about the menu? It’s available all day long, not just for breakfast! I just love this spot.
What do you think of my list? Are they any breakfast spots that you think should be included? How about any that I should have left off the list? Let us know and when we go back to Disney next we will be sure to check them out and let you know what we think!
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