Saturday, January 4, 2014

Character Breakfasts in Walt Disney World ~ Part 1: Where to Find Them and Our Favorites

I love when I ask something on Twitter and I get a fun conversation that lasts throughout the day (and into the next!).  I have always said I could talk Disney all day long, I just need to find someone who can listen as long as I can talk! And yesterday was just that!

I asked on Twitter what everyone considered their favorite character breakfast in Walt Disney World.  The responses were awesome and got me thinking about new breakfasts spots we just have to try on our next trip.  As a mom of three, character breakfasts not only bring a lot of magical moments to our trip, but I can use it for something more.  We always schedule a character breakfast for the first morning of our trip.  It has become a fun tradition and a great way to "kick off" our trip, or as BRGUEST (@Florida407wdw) said on Twitter yesterday, "It's like the opening ceremony of a Disney vacation" - that says it perfectly!  It also has become a way for me to check how my children will react to the characters.  If any one of my three are intimidated by the characters, I know once we enter the parks, there is no point in heading to a meet and greet area.  It saves us time and helps me avoid having a scared and crying little one in our travel party. On the other hand, if no one is afraid of the characters, I know waiting in line for a meet and greet with a favorite character will be worth it!  Finally, should we be short on time in the parks, if we have already met a character at our breakfast, I can usually convince the kids we do not need to stand in line to meet them, because we have already spoken with them.  For us, character breakfasts prepare me, as a mom, for a week of meeting (or not meeting characters) and bring a little fun to start our vacation.

Before I get into the conversation from Twitter, here is a list of the character breakfast options you to choose from when visiting Walt Disney World:

In the Magic Kingdom:
  • Crystal Palace (Characters: Pooh and Friends)
  • Cinderella's Royal Table (Disney Princesses)
In Epcot:
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Disney Princesses)
In Disney's Hollywood Studios:
  • Playhouse Disney's Play ' Dine (Playhouse Disney Characters, soon to include Doc McStuffins and Princess Sophia)
In Disney's Animal Kingdom:
  • Tusker House (The Fab in Safari attire)
At Disney Resorts:
  • 1900 Park Fare (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa; Various Characters which may include Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, etc.)
  • Cape May Cafe (Disney's Beach Club Resort; The Fab Five in Beach Attire)
  • Chef Mickey's (Disney's Contemporary Resort; The Fab Five in various forms of chef's coats and aprons)
  • 'Ohana (Disney's Polynesian Resort; Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto in their Hawaiian attire)

We have experienced three of these breakfasts and enjoyed every one of them!  That makes it very difficult, when planning our vacation, to decide which ones we must do.  We have so many favorites now that in some cases we have to skip some.  We have experienced a meal at every one of the spots listed above other than two, but we have only had breakfast at three of them (due to not wanting to give up favorites!).

Our very first character meal, which was our traditional first day breakfast, is Cape May Cafe.  This breakfast is extremely laid back and we find our character interactions here to be superior to other breakfasts.  We never feel rushed, and my children seem to always get extended time with each and every character.  You can read more about our experience in my review of Cape May Cafe.

Chef Mickey's is by far one of the loudest, and in the words of my children, "funnest" breakfasts.  They love all the food options, but also our family, though we love all Disney characters, we can't get enough of the Fab Five.  Chef Mickey's has always been a place of some of our most playful character interactions, including a little fun with Pluto who mistakenly thought Hayley's new Stitch stuffed animal was a dog toy!

'Ohana was the new breakfast spot we tried last trip.  The Lilo and Stitch Best Friends Breakfast proved to be just that.  Best friends!  My children had a lot of fun with all the characters, but all certainly enjoyed Pluto giving our server a VERY hard time.  Needless to say, Pluto had my children giggling all day just thinking about it.  We will definitely return to 'Ohana for breakfast, which you can probably tell from my previous review of our experience.

There is no shortage of choices when it comes to character breakfasts.  I will be back tomorrow with part two of this post to share what everyone I tweeted with on Twitter considered their favorite character breakfast and which ones we will be adding to our "must do" list for our next trip!

Use the links below to find the next two parts of this series:

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