The Best Restaurants for Breakfast at Walt Disney World
Updated: Sep 25
Our top 10 picks for table service and quick-service breakfasts.
You’d think that getting up at 6 a.m. for rope drop would mean that a formal Disney breakfast is required, but often we find ourselves so immersed that we just grab a granola bar and run!
Nevertheless, we LOVE breakfast food here at Wishes & Wayfinding, so we’re rounding up the top places to get mimosas, Mickey waffles, and more!
Note: You can make reservations for sit-down breakfasts 60 days before your trip. At this point, character dining is not available at every restaurant that typically offers it due to COVID-19 protocols, so just make sure you check before you book.
In no particular order, here are our picks for the best breakfasts at Walt Disney World.
Tusker House Restaurant - Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Nestled in Harambe Marketplace is the Tusker House. Currently, it’s a modified character meal with Mickey and Friends in safari attire. There’s a mix of traditional breakfast and African-infused items making it a good option for families. It’s family-style at the moment (it’s usually a buffet) and features safari bread, Mickey and Simba Waffles, and Durban chicken and egg curry with jasmine rice.
Trattoria al Forno - Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
This Italian restaurant offers an interesting breakfast assortment. Start your day with poached eggs and fennel sausage, buttermilk pancakes with a seasonal compote, or an open-faced omelet made with fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil. You can usually meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, and Ariel and Eric, but there’s no character dining here right now. But, you can walk to Epcot or Hollywood Studios after you’re done.
Grand Floridian Café - Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Hotel and Spa
This upscale experience features meals for a more sophisticated palate. The café has stunning views of the Rose Gardens and Seven Seas Lagoon. They serve what they call “blunch” (which is somehow different than brunch I guess), which includes eggs Benedict, lobster Thermidor, and buttermilk-fried chicken and waffles. Then, you can take the monorail one stop to Magic Kingdom, or burn off the calories on the new walkway.
La Crêperie de Paris - Epcot
The newest addition to the France Pavilion at Epcot, is this sit-down café. You can choose the prix fixe menu which includes the soup of the day or house salad, Galette (giant savory crêpe), glass of hard cider, soda, or juice, and one dessert crêpe. Or, you can order a sweet or savory crêpe à là carte.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ - Disney Springs
Southern comfort food is the star of this brunch offered every weekend at Disney Springs. Savor the fried chicken and house-made doughnuts, short rib hash, open-faced biscuits or pecan-smoked bacon smothered in sawmill gravy. And for those 21+, make sure to try some of the tasty cocktails, such as the white peach sangria, mimosas with fresh-squeezed juices, or a Bloody Mary like no other.
At the top of WDW’s newest resort, The Riviera, is an exclusive dining experience with beautiful views of the property. The prix fixe menu begins with fresh pastries and bread service and then you can choose as many entrées as you want — so come hungry! These include quiche Gruyère with house-made pancetta, sour cream waffles, and smoked salmon. There’s also modified character dining with Mickey and Friends who will parade around the restaurant in their European-inspired outfits. Then, take the Skyliner to Epcot or Hollywood Studios.
Gaston’s Tavern - Magic Kingdom
The best part of rope dropping at Magic Kingdom is the giant, gooey, cinnamon roll at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland. Just one can be split among several people, but no judgment if you choose to savor it yourself. There’s not much else on the menu, but you can also try LaFou’s Brew: a sweet, non-alcoholic beverage with a caramel apple flavor. It’s similar to the Butterbeer at Universal Studios.
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie - Epcot
The French certainly know how to do breakfast as they’ve made this list twice! The quick-service bakery opens an hour before the rest of World Showcase due to its popularity and offers freshly-made croissants, sandwiches, beignets, parfaits, and more! It never disappoints and there’s something here for everyone.
Captain Cook’s - Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This quick-service restaurant is one of our favorites for any time of day. And if you can’t snag a reservation for Ohana or Kona Café, you can try the infamous Tonga Toast here. It’s a banana-stuffed french toast that is deep-fried and then loaded with cinnamon-sugar. There’s also breakfast bowls, burritos, and flatbreads if you’d like a more savory option. Then, just get on the monorail and head to Magic Kingdom or walk over to the Ticket and Transportation Center and take the monorail to Epcot.
Sleepy Hollow - Magic Kingdom
If you’re looking for waffles, look no further than Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square. They have a waffle sandwich with fresh strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and chocolate-hazelnut spread, or a large Mickey Waffle with strawberries, whipped cream, and/or powdered sugar. It kind of looks scary with the red coloring, but it tastes great. You can also get plain Mickey waffles for a lighter option if you plan to ride Big Thunder a few times afterwards.