We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and when you’ve got a day full of roller coasters to ride and princesses to meet, you need a decent Disney breakfast to set yourself up!
Disney character breakfasts are a particular favourite and a must-do if you’re with children – you can find out more about character meals in my run-down of the top Disney Character Dining Experiences. They book up quickly though, so you’ll usually need to make an advance reservation.
Staying at a Disney World Resort?
The food courts in the resorts have a huge variety of breakfast items, so if you’re staying on-site you can look forward to yummy dishes like these to start your day:
- The Bounty Platter – Artist’s Palette at Saratoga Springs (open 7am -11am)
- Tonga Toast – Capt. Cook’s at Polynesian (open 6.30am-11am)
- Grand Fiesta – Pepper Mill at Coronado Springs (open 7am -11am)
- Breakfast Platter – Riverside Mill at Port Orleans Riverside (open from 6am)
Breakfast at the Table Service Restaurants
Restaurants at the Disney World resorts are a great place to enjoy a morning meal, especially if you are on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) and want to use a Table Service Credit.
Tip: These eateries can get busy, so if there is one you particularly fancy I’d advise to make an Advanced Dining Reservation.
Some of my favourites are:
- The Big Kahuna – Kona at Polynesian (open 7.30-11.15am)
- Olivia’s Breakfast – Olivia’s at Old Key West (open 7.30-10.30am)
- Citrus French Toast – Captain’s Grill at Yacht Club (open 7.30-11.25am)
- Omelettes – Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge (open 7.30-11.15am)
- Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Trail’s End at Wilderness Lodge – two of the best non-character buffets you’ll find at Walt Disney World!
Want to hit the parks as early as possible?
Did you know there are around 6000 different food choices at the Disney World parks??? So even if you’re planning to hit the parks early rather than start off with breakfast, you will still have loads of eateries to choose from!
Where to find breakfast at Animal Kingdom:
The Rainforest Café is a popular choice for breakfast at the Animal Kingdom Park, so I’d recommend to book ahead.
You can also get a lovely breakfast Bounty Platter at Pizzafari for around $8.99.
Where to find breakfast at Magic Kingdom:
Only on holiday can you justify a warm cinnamon roll to start your day, and the ones at Gaston’s Tavern are delicious at around $4!
You can also get fruit from Prince Eric’s and Liberty Square markets.
Where to find breakfast at EPCOT:
Sunshine Seasons does a scrummy Breakfast Panini for about $7.99 and a Croissant Berry Pudding at around $3.19.
Where to find breakfast at Hollywood Studios:
Lighter breakfasts like cereal are available from Fairfax Fare, and if you want a sweet treat, Starring Roles have some amazing cakes!
Can’t live without your morning caffeine kick?
Never fear! All of the parks have coffee carts or kiosks both inside and at the entrance, including:
- Kusafari Coffee and Bakery at Animal Kingdom
- Tower of Terror Coffee Cart at Hollywood Studios
- Expresso Coffee and Pastries at EPCOT
- Sleepy Hollow at Magic Kingdom
- You’ll also find a Starbucks in all the parks except Animal Kingdom
Whether you want to have a leisurely and filling start to your day, or just a quick snack in-between attractions, there’s plenty of choice for breakfasting at Disney World!
Top Tip: Use the Disney Dining Plan!
Just remember that not all of the breakfast items at the counter service restaurants will be on the DDP, so it’s always best to check the menus or ask a Cast Member.
Please note that all prices are correct at the time of writing and may be subject to change
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