The Best Breakfast Options at Magic Kingdom
There’s nothing worse than starting your day at Disney on an empty stomach! Imagine trying to beat the crowds and heat all the while feeling the abysmal effects of HANGER. It won’t take long before you get irritable and snap at the nearest innocent Cast Member.
Thankfully, Magic Kingdom has everything from quick-service, table service, character dining, and coffee kiosks. If you’re looking to try something new or a uniquely Disney experience then consider one of the breakfast options below.
Quick-Service Breakfast Restaurants at Magic Kingdom
Main Street Bakery
All four Disney World parks have a fully-functioning Starbucks (named under a pseudonym) with the standard food and beverage menu. Yes, you can get Starbucks anywhere, but there’s nothing better than sipping on iced vanilla latte while watching the parade stroll down Main Street.
Pro-Tip: Be sure to take advantage of Mobile Ordering here! The line is excruciatingly long in the morning and you’ll need all the time in the parks you can get.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
Sleepy Hollow is home to the famous loaded waffle sandwiches and funnel cakes. The waffle sandwiches range from a Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken Waffle to a Fresh Fruit and Nutella Waffle, and even a breakfast waffle sandwich loaded with eggs, ham, and tomatoes. The funnel cakes are equally impressive and come with strawberries and whipped cream. This place is exclusively for professional sweet tooths!
Gaston’s is worth a visit just to see the cute and cozy rendition of the pub from Beauty and the Beast. Guests come for the atmosphere and stay for the gargantuan cinnamon roll. This sweet treat is warmed up and big enough for at least two people to share.
The goodies don’t stop there! Lefou’s Brew is a crowd-favorite beverage made with apple juice, a touch of marshmallow, topped with passion fruit foam. For lighter fare, you can opt for a fruit and cheese platter, hummus, or veggies.
There’s only one reason to visit Cheshire Cafe and it’s a delicious reason. That reason is the Cheshire Cat Tail. The flaky croissant is stuffed with chocolate and drizzled with pink and purple frosting. It’s surprisingly fresh and doughy, making it the best pastry in Magic Kingdom
Naturally, Cheshire Cafe also serves cold brew and hot coffee. The other signature item is the Wonderland Slushy, which is a raspberry and lemonade slushy with a candy straw. (Not exactly something you want to gulp down at 9:00 AM.) This part of Fantasyland is fairly quiet in the morning and offers a tranquil start to your day.
Westward Ho is an unassuming food cart near Country Bear Jamboree. It’s my favorite “hidden gem” at Magic Kingdom and they happen to serve some tempting breakfast snacks. At park opening, you can enjoy a hot breakfast croissant piled with eggs and bacon, paired with an iced coffee.
That’s all good and well, but the real star is the Candied Bacon Skewer. This isn’t your typical wimpy strip of bacon. It’s huge and the meat is so tender that the texture is closer to pork belly. Then they coat the monster in a sweet and spicy sauce that matches the salty bacon nicely. Come back for lunch and try the equally delicious Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers!
Pro-Tip: Maybe you need something slightly healthier than a chocolate pastry or a giant cinnamon roll. Liberty Square Market provides light snacks like grab-n-go whole fruits and trail mix. This is a great option if you plan on riding Big Thunder Mountain three times in a row.
Be Our Guest
Ever want to dine inside the Grand Ballroom at the Beast’s castle? Be Our Guest is one of Disney’s most atmospherically ambitious restaurants. The replication of Beauty and the Beast’s West Wing and ballroom makes the experience truly authentic. And you get to meet The Beast himself! (Sorry kids, Belle doesn’t appear here.)
The reviews for Be Our Guest tend to be hit-or-miss. Some guests argue that there is better food to experience in Magic Kingdom. I might agree with this when it comes to lunch or dinner. That said, the price and atmosphere makes it one of the top choices for breakfast at Magic Kingdom.
Pro-Tip: Be Our Guest is a hybrid between Quick-Service and Table Service restaurants. Quick-Service is served during breakfast and lunch, but you still need a reservation to eat here.
Joffrey’s Coffee is Disney’s signature coffee company. If you order a cup from any restaurant you’re most likely drinking Joffrey’s. Each theme park has at least two Joffrey’s Coffee kiosks doling out lattes, cold brews, and giant doughnuts. Thankfully, Disney was smart enough to place a kiosk outside the entrance of three of the parks. At Magic Kingdom, there’s a Joffrey’s at the Ticket and Transportation Center. This gives you the opportunity to grab a mocha while you wait for your monorail ride to Magic Kingdom.
Table Service Breakfast Restaurants at Magic Kingdom
Crystal Palace serves your standard breakfast buffet items like bacon, eggs, pancakes and an omelette station. The real reason to go here is for the character dining experience. Here, you can meet Winnie the Pooh and friends. During your meal, the characters do small dance parties or celebrations. It’s a fun experience for anyone who wants to meet a slew of Winnie the Pooh characters and pig out on unlimited waffles.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is the hardest place to get a reservation in Disney World. Why? Because it’s located inside the castle and it’s where you can meet most of the Disney Princesses at once. You can’t get more magical than that! The food is higher quality than any other restaurant in Magic Kingdom too. Indulge in decadent apple-stuffed french toast, beef tenderloin, or shrimp and grits. This experience is unforgettable if you have a Princess-lover in your group.
Pro-Tip: In order to hold your table, Disney will charge the full amount of your meal when you make the reservation. If you want to cancel, be sure to do so at least 24 hours in advance otherwise you lose your entire deposit!
The Plaza Restaurant
You know what’s funny? I had no idea The Plaza served food until recently. I thought it was a central hub for enormous ice cream sundaes. I was happy to discover they serve a full menu. The food isn’t your typical breakfast fare either! Choose from selections like lobster-fried green tomato eggs benedict or steak and eggs.The Plaza is a good choice if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal at Magic Kingdom and don’t want to spend twice as much on character dining.
Top 3 Choices for Breakfast at Magic Kingdom
Now that I’ve bombarded you with choices let’s break it down with the most popular choices for breakfast at Magic Kingdom. Choose one of these restaurants and you most likely won’t be disappointed.
- Be Our Guest – Quick-Service
- Cinderella’s Royal Table – Table Service/Character Dining
- Westward Ho – (Grab n’ Go) Quick-Service
5 Best Magic Kingdom Monorail Resort Restaurants for Breakfast
It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention all the delicious restaurants located inside the resorts that surround Magic Kingdom. Yes, Magic Kingdom has a few fairly good options for breakfast, but the most popular restaurants are located just outside! All three resorts are connected by monorail and are a short ride to Magic Kingdom. Consider any of these for your breakfast needs.
- ‘Ohana – Table Service/Character Dining (Polynesian Resort): Extremely popular Mickey, Lilo & Stitch character dining with excellent Hawaiian-inspired food.
- The Wave – Table Service (Contemporary Resort): A “hidden secret” with a surprisingly good buffet!
- Kona Cafe – Table Service (Polynesian Resort): The food is also island-inspired and at a cheaper price than ‘Ohana. Get the Tonga Toast!
- 1900 Park Fare – Table Service/Character Dining (The Grand Floridian Resort): Character dining buffet with characters like Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland. Alternately, The Grand Floridian Cafe has a great menu and elegant vibes.
- Chef Mickey’s – Table Service/Character Dining (Contemporary Resort): Mickey and friends character buffet. (Given the choice, I would choose ‘Ohana over Chef Mickey’s.)
There’s nothing sweeter than starting your day with a Mickey waffle and some Disney magic! With so many good breakfast options at Magic Kingdom it’s hard to go wrong. Stuff yourself at the all-you-can-eat buffet, hang out with some Princesses, or grab some candied bacon on your way to Big Thunder Mountain!
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