Breakfast without Characters

Breakfast without Characters

Do you love breakfast food but want a more quiet, laid back experience than a character meal provides? We enjoy a leisurely long breakfast once or twice on a trip, but prefer to focus on the food and pass the character interaction. Here are some table service breakfast options sans characters.

The Wave of American Flavors – Contemporary
Buffet, À la carte

The Wave of American Flavors in the Contemporary has an à la carte menu and a buffet. The buffet has standard breakfast fare, plus unique options like sweet potato pancakes.


The Wave – Buffet plate

The Wave is a great option if you’re staying at a monorail resort, or easily visited from the Magic Kingdom, Wilderness Lodge, or Fort Wilderness. Breakfast hours are later than most, until 11:45.

The Wave - Buffet plate

The Wave – Buffet plate


Kona Café – Polynesian
À la carte

Kona Café in the Polynesian has a unique à la carte menu that makes it a fan favorite. Tonga Toast is the most well-known item on the menu, a cube of sourdough French toast covered in cinnamon sugar and stuff with bananas. Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes can take you away to the islands without the long flight. A surprise on the menu is the Big Kahuna, which is the “and and and” meal for a breakfast food lover.

Convenient for monorail resort guests or Magic Kingdom visitors.


Kona Café – Big Kahuna


Kona Café – Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes


Grand Floridian Café – Grand Floridian
À la carte

The Grand Floridian Café flies under the radar with all the monorail competition. The atmosphere is quiet and upscale, but still family friendly. You’ll find standard breakfast items like Mickey waffles, pancakes, and steak and eggs on the à la carte menu. The Grand Floridian Café’s take on eggs benedict includes lobster hash.

Convenient for monorail resort guests or Magic Kingdom visitors.


Whispering Canyon Café – Wilderness Lodge
À la carte, All You Care to Eat

Whispering Canyon Café at Wilderness Lodge is our favorite breakfast locale. The popular all you care to eat platter served at lunch and dinner has a morning version complete with eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, waffles, and biscuits and gravy. Anyone not ordering the breakfast platter has a varied menu to choose from. My favorite is the Belgian waffle with candied pecans to offer a great mix of soft and crunchy. French toast with bananas foster sauce? Not only allowed but encouraged on vacation!

Most convenient for guests at Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, or the Contemporary, but also easily accessed from the Magic Kingdom.

Whispering Canyon Café - Breakfast Platter

Whispering Canyon Café – Breakfast Platter

Whispering Canyon Café - Belgian Waffle with Candied Pecans

Whispering Canyon Café – Belgian Waffle with Candied Pecans


Trail’s End – Fort Wilderness

Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness has a breakfast buffet that will fulfill all your breakfast food dreams. Trail’s End may not be on the Dining Plan for 2016, so plan accordingly. The restaurant is most convenient for guests at Fort Wilderness, or Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary if arriving by boat. From the Magic Kingdom, it’s conveniently accessed via boat transportation.


Trattoria al Forno – Boardwalk Inn
À la carte

Trattoria al Forno is a new restaurant in a familiar location at the Boardwalk Inn. Quick service options around Crescent Lake are lacking, making a table service breakfast more appealing. The à la carte breakfast menu has standard breakfast offerings, some with Italian inspired twists. If you don’t like carb heavy breakfasts, the Italian meat plate offers a small variety of cured meat, tomato, hard-boiled egg, and cheese.

Convenient for guests at the Boardwalk Inn, Yacht Club and Beach Club. Accessible from Hollywood Studios via boat. Accessible, but not quickly from the front of the park, from Epcot’s International Gateway.


Captain’s Grille – Yacht Club
Buffet, À la carte

Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club flies under the radar among its Crescent Lake competition. It has both a breakfast buffet and à la carte menu to offer a complete selection of breakfast foods. Lobster lovers should check out the lobster omelet. I’ll try the dark chocolate waffles next time I’m there.

Convenient for guests at the Yacht Club, Beach Club, or Boardwalk Inn. Accessible from Hollywood Studios via boat. Accessible, but not quickly from the front of the park, from Epcot’s International Gateway.


Boma – Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge has long been a favorite of Walt Disney World regulars. This is a great option if you want an early meal that explores beyond the boundary of American breakfast food. Fill your plate with pap topped with chakalaka or bobotie, all South African dishes.  Finish your meal with with breakfast dessert – French toast bread pudding.

Convenient for Animal Kingdom Lodge guests. Located in Jambo House, Kidani Village guests can also access it with a theme park bus hop off. Other hotel guests will need to use a theme park as an intermediary transfer point.

This covers most of the non-character table service breakfasts in Walt Disney World. There are few other restaurants to mention, including Olivia’s Café at Old Key West, Rainforest Café at Animal Kingdom, and Las Ventanas at Coronado Springs.

Planning a breakfast is a wonderful way to vary your dining experiences at Walt Disney World, but may not be for everyone. We can discuss these options with you when planning your theme park touring and dining reservations to ensure a good fit. Most table service breakfasts start serving at 7:30 am, so if you are early risers you may be able to fit in a breakfast before park opening.

If you’d like to enjoy breakfast without competing with your park touring, consider a breakfast on a break day or your last day. A nice filling breakfast can be a good idea before hitting the road or heading to the airport.

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