When traveling to Disney World, most people are worried about where you can grab a fantastic dinner, but the one meal that is routinely forgotten about is breakfast, the most important meal of the day! While some people do prefer eating a small meal in the room before they head out to theme parks, make sure you book at least one of the breakfast buffets on Disney property. They are nothing short of fantastic and provide a great character experienced as well if you are looking to score some extra pictures and autographs for any little ones in the family.
Before we delve into our top choices there are some thing to keep in mind about Disney Dining:
Dining Reservations for breakfast is a must. Do not try to get a breakfast last minute because you will be let down. Because a majority of the breakfast buffets are Disney World character dining experiences, they are incredibly popular.
You can make dining reservations 180 days in advance and the sooner the better is always going to be the case especially when characters are involved.
Disney dining plans are always an option. Make sure you use one of the dining calculators to see if the dining plan will save you any money. Also, make sure you get the dining plan that best fits what type of meals you are looking for.
Now Disney does have two types of main dining facilities which are quick service and table service. For the purposes of this article, all buffets are considered table service meals and you should plan accordingly if you are using a Disney dining plan.
Buffets are going to be your best shot of having a Disney World character dining experiences so if you are looking for an extra magical character experience, this is going to be a meal and a picture taking opportunity all in one.
If you are planning to do any of the character buffets that are located inside the theme park, please remember that you need valid theme park admission in order to dine at that particular experience.
So here we go, the 9 Best Disney World Breakfast Buffets You Can’t Miss during your magical vacation.
Our first spot is located inside of Hollywood Studios. This is going to be our number one spot for one very important reason and that is that it is one location where you can dine with the Disney Junior characters. If you have littles in your party, this is going to be the one meal you cannot miss out on. Your littles will be able to play and eat and get some fantastic photographs with all of their friends from the Disney Junior channel while you are able munch down on some Mickey waffles, pastries, frittatas and any other breakfast staple you can think of including bacon.
This is going to be worth one table service dining credit and runs about $35 to $59.99 per adult. There is no dress code so come prepared and dressed in whatever you plan on wearing in the theme parks that day, but make sure you snag reservations. Since this is the only dining location where you can have a secure chance of seeing Disney Junior characters reservations do go quickly so make sure you snag them as early as possible to have your best chance of making everyone’s morning start off the magical way.
Coming in at number two is going to be one of two of the dining buffets on our list that does not have any characters. Now this may seem like a downfall, but the food makes up for whatever characters the buffet is missing. Seriously, this is going to be one of the best breakfasts at Disney World you will have in your life. Located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, make sure you secure reservations. Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most popular venues when it comes to dining and the reservations do go quickly.
Book a reservation early in the morning and make your way over the Lodge. Keep your eyes out and head outside to see some of the beautiful safari creatures beginning their day before you head back into the resort for you meal. Make sure you have an empty belly because you are going to want to fill up on some favorites including French toast bread pudding, corned beef hash, African fruit fool and sweet plantains. There is no dress code to dine here so do not hesitate making reservations at Boma already wearing your theme park best. This is worth one table service dining credit and runs $35 to over $60 per adult.
Next we head over to the Fort Wilderness where you find Trail’s End. This is going to be a rustic adventure right into the heart of American Wilderness. Make sure you have plenty of room once again for all of the American breakfast classics including Mickey waffles, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and anything else you can possibly think of. This is going to be a great breakfast to plan if you are heading into Magic Kingdom for the day, but make sure you take a stroll around the beautiful grounds that are located at the Ft Wilderness to start your day and keep your eye out for any wildlife that might be making its way around the grounds.
I would once again strongly recommend dining reservations if you are planning on making this your breakfast buffet and there is no dress code so everyone is welcome! It is worth one table service dining credit and runs about $35 to $59.99 per adult. Remember there are no characters at this particular dining location, but what it lacks in character it makes up for in charm.
Staying in the Magic Kingdom resort area, next we are going to head to Chef Mickey’s located inside the Contemporary Resort. Chef Mickey’s is known for its Disney nostalgia and if you want to make sure you entire family can snag their picture with Mickey and the gang then this is going to a breakfast buffet you cannot miss. I also strongly recommend selecting this as your breakfast buffet on a day you plan on going to Magic Kingdom. From the Contemporary you can hop right on the monorail and be at the gates of Magic Kingdom in no time! Now Mickey and his pals make their way around the restaurant so make sure you take your time eating so you can wait and get your picture with everyone you want.
Chef Mickey’s is known for being classic Disney and because of it being such a tradition for so many guests, you need to try to book your dining reservation up to 180 days in advance. The early, the better because the closer you get to your vacation day, the less likely you are to dine here. Make sure you grab some of your favorites including Mickey waffles, speciality pancakes and all the bacon you can imagine. This meal is going to be worth one table service dining credit and runs about $35 to $59.99 per adult. This should be a must for anyone wanting some one on one time with Mickey and his gang.
1900 Park Fare
Now we are going to jump back on the monorail loop and head over to the Grand Floridian. Here we have another character buffet that is going to provide a different selection of characters. That is one thing to always keep in mind is that there is always something for everyone so if you are checking out a buffet at one resort and realize that the characters are not who you are looking for then have no fear because somewhere else will. At 1900 Park Fare you are going to have the chance to meet with Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and the Mad Hatter while munching down on custom omelets, pancakes, Mickey waffles, carved ham, bacon and so much more.
This is going to be another one of the most do buffets if you are heading to Magic Kingdom because the Grand Floridian is also located on the monorail loop. You are going to need dining reservations here due to the high demand location and closeness to the Magic Kingdom. It is worth one table service dining credit and is about $15 to $59.99 per adult. And you can always come here before a day at the theme parks because there is no dress code! So get those phones charged and remember your cameras packed because this is going to steal the hearts of any little Disney fan!
In the Norway Pavilion in the heart of Epcot, you are going to find a princess buffet that will knock the socks off of any little princess that makes their way through the front doors. Here you expect to see any of the following princesses including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle or Ariel. This meal is going to be served family style instead of a traditional buffet featuring American classics such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls, potato casserole and so much more. Dining reservations are needed. You have to have them as close to 180 days out as possible.
Depending on the time of the reservation you may have early access to Epcot and this does make the reservations go fast. It is also one of the few locations where you can find that many princess in one area. It is worth one table service dining credit and runs over $60 per adult. But the price is worth it!
If you have any Lilo and Stitch fans in your family then make your way over to the Polynesian for a meal the entire family will not forget! Served as a family style meal you are going to find some American favorites with a Polynesian twist including scrambled eggs, island style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausages, Hawaiian style ham and so much more. This is also going to be on the monorail loop inside the Magic Kingdom resort area so you know this will be a great spot to stop for breakfast if you are heading over the Magic Kingdom for the day! Dining reservations are a must here because it is one of the only locations you are going to find Lilo and Stitch on the Disney property. This dining experience is one of a kind This is worth one table service dining credit and runs about $35 to $59.99 per adult. There is no dress code, so just make sure you plan this into your day, get your reservations and plan to blow the mind of any Lilo and Stitch fan in your family!
Cape May Cafe
We are know going to head over to the Epcot resort area to the Beach Club where you can dine with Minnie and her pals at the ultimate breakfast beach bash! Here you will find Minnie and her pals making their way around the dining area while you snack down on Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs, sausages, seasonal fruit and other staples. Now this is going to be a great breakfast if you are spending the day inside Epcot, but make sure you snag dining reservations as always. This is going to be worth one table service dining credit and runs about $35 to $59.99 per adult. There is no dress code here so come and eat and then head over to the Boardwalk area where you can either walk through Epcot or take the water exit and arrive through the back entrance of Epcot right into the World Showcase. It is going to be a Minnie-tastic way to start a park day!
We are going to wrap up our list at Animal Kingdom where your party can dine with Donald Duck and his pals right in the heart of Africa. You will find everything from Mickey waffles to frittatas to bacon and so much more while waiting for Donald and his gang to make their way to your table where you can have one of a kind photos taken. This is the best way to begin your day at Animal Kingdom and the food is divine. You will never go wrong coming here, but make sure you snag those dining reservations first.
Character buffets in the theme parks are busy so you are going to want to book this out as far as possible and make sure it does not affect any fastpasses as well. You will need a good chunk of time to wait around for all those stellar photos. It is worth one table service dining credit and is about $35 to $59.99 per adult. Come in your theme park best because there is no dress code and get ready to start your magical safari day the best way possible… with Donald!
So there you have it! The 9 best ways to start your day with breakfast buffets while at the Walt Disney World Resort. So make sure to know what your party wants and snag those reservations as early as possible because there is no better way than to start a Disney day with a full belly and your morning dose of magic!
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