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Reader Favorites: Disney Grab-and-Go Breakfast Items

It’s apparently a breakfast-y week here on the Disney Food Blog, so here’s another fun, nourishing post about the most important meal of the day! When your main goal is conquering Space Mountain after rope drop or securing FastPasses for Toy Story Mania, a quick breakfast will help get you there before thousands of your fellow vacationers!

Breakfast at the Main Street Bakery

DFB followers and Facebook Friends shared their on-the-go fave breakfast options via the Disney Food Blog Facebook page.

The most mentioned breakfast items were cinnamon rolls, Mickey waffles, and muffins (mostly blueberry)! Favorite Orlando and Anaheim locations for early morning fueling were the Main Street Bakery in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disney Resort food courts, and White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort.

Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Many locations are available for quick-service breakfast items in Disney’s Orlando and Anaheim theme parks. With the quick-service locations at the hotels, finding a bountiful breakfast is extremely easy.

Not to mention there are always stocked bakeries at the parks such as Starring Rolls in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom. In Disneyland, stop by the Blue Ribbon Bakery!

Starring Rolls Breakfast Pastries

Cinnamon Rolls
These extremely large, gooey rolls are filled with cinnamon and dripping in flavorful icing. Facebook friends Julie B., Christie H. and Amy K. are likely to be in line for one of these early morning starters.

Disney World Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Roll

Disneyland Blue Ribbon Bakery Cinnamon Roll -- Yes, that IS icing, not ice cream

Mickey Waffles
These iconic waffles are served throughout Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Many guests like to grab one at their resort’s food court before making their way to the parks. You can also grab big ones at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom! Facebook friends Jolyne H., Ellen A., and Amanda G. favor the Mickey waffles!

Mickey Waffles

Lisa D. simply exclaims “Mickey waffles and bacon!!!!”

Muffins
Muffins are sold at the resorts and bakeries around Walt Disney World and Disneyland. These breakfast items are easy to eat on the bus or car ride to the theme park and can easily be enjoyed while waiting in line at the turnstiles.

Denise S. shares that “Pop Century Resort has the best blueberry muffins I’ve ever had. Add a cup of coffee and you have a great start to a wonderful morning.” Facebook friends Fran S., Tara M., and Stacey E. can be found enjoying muffins on the go!

While blueberry muffins are extremely popular, muffins are offered in many flavors (lingon berry!) including seasonal concoctions. Check out the Disney Food Blog review of Disneyland’s cherry granola muffin sold at the Blue Ribbon Bakery.

Muffins cooling on the bakers' racks at Boardwalk Bakery

Rebecca C. suggests “Chocolate chip muffin from the Boardwalk Bakery! Yummy!!”

Creative Breakfast Ideas
Several comments reminded us that vacation is for splurging! Eileen W. savors a “Dole Whip and coffee at the Polynesian”.  Sounds like a fruit serving to me!

Katie K. gets her morning dairy portion with a Mickey ice cream bar.

And I like Theresa M.’s breakfast style — “We grab a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake from Starring Rolls. What better way to start the day than with a sugar rush?” Yep, I’m gonna sign up for that touring plan!

Chocolate Peanut butter cupcake

Thrifty Ideas
Other readers suggested cost-saving measures and snack credit savings for breakfast. Alicia D. advises “I bring my own Cheerios & disposable bowls.” Ben C. has “Oatmeal packets in the room with hot water from the cafe or coffee maker.”

Self Serve Coffee/Hot Water!

Thanks to everyone who shared their breakfast strategies! Stop by and read the rest of our Best Disney World Restaurants series!

What’s YOUR favorite quick service breakfast item at WDW or Disneyland? Share your fave eats in our comments section below and help our fellow readers enjoy breakfast AND get to rope drop on time!

Thanks to Eileen O’Donnell for the use of her rockin’ cinnamon roll photo with the Matterhorn in the background!

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25 Comments

  1. Heather says:

    I am a big fan of the cupcake for breakfast option. I usually hit Starring Rolls in the Studios or Kusifari Bakery at Animal Kingdom–last week I had a Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake that was amazing–a white and dark chocolate Cotton Top head lolli was placed on top of a chocolate chocolate chip cupcake with white butter cream frosting. There were additional chocolate curls on the back to simulate the rest of the monkey! YUM!

  2. Janna says:

    Chocolate croissants from Pop are our run-out-the-door-to-the-park breakfast option. Since this is the second tine I’ve thought about them this week, I need to find a suitable replacement here at home! The Fresh Market, perhaps…

  3. Pudge the Fish says:

    Last week I discovered the joys of a little, white paper bag filled with hot, soft beignets buried in a avalanche of powdered sugar from Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express in DTD Disneyland. Not condusive to walking and eating but well worth a 10 minute morning pit stop. Yum.

  4. A. Gif says:

    I prefer something lighter, like a bowl of fresh fruit from the refrigerator at the pop food court. Anything too sweet in the morning makes me feel heavy and tired :(

  5. Niki says:

    I second the chocolate croissants or a ham, egg, and cheese croissant from the Main Street Bakery at the MK.

  6. Deb says:

    My ‘must have” is simple and boring. I adore the WDW croissants. They are buttery, light pillows of heavenly bread. A croissant stop at the Main Street Bakery and then off for a real coffee to dunk it in at the Castle circle cart is my perfect MK start.

  7. Kris says:

    My favorite way to start my day at Hollywood Studios is at Starring Rolls with a bagel topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Yum!

  8. Lissa says:

    Your best bet is protein to keep your energy going till lunch. All the muffins, waffles, bread and sugar will just have you crashing by 11 am. We are going to focus on a healthy filling breakfast of eggs, sausage, and bacon and a bit of fruit every morning before even leaving for the parks! We may not even need lunch after that!

  9. Christie H says:

    Thanks for the great post, and the shout out! Somewhere on the facebook comments someone suggested Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzels. Anyone know where to find these at WDW?

  10. Kara B says:

    We had fruit smoothies in Tomorrowland for breakfast that were mighty tasty. We liked the “cool” factor and ease of walking/eating. And the best, they count as a snack credit!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I am reading this on my phone in a meeting and I think I better stop before my stomach starts growling!! All of things look so good to me right now!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I am reading this on my phone in a meeting and I think I better stop before my stomach starts growling!! All of these things look so good to me right now!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Oops…sorry for the double post where I corrected my grammar! lol

  14. Queila says:

    A cheese danish and a cup of coffee it is all I need. ;)

  15. Erin says:

    I discovered the coffee cake at Main Street Bakery at WDW a couple of years ago and fell in love with it! But I think my go-to breakfast item (which is a little boring) is yogurt with fruit and granola at the resort. Add a bottle of OJ and I’m ready to hit the parks!

  16. AJ says:

    Christie– The cream cheese pretzel is at Lunching Pad in Magic Kingdom and Bayside Brews at Disney California Adventure

  17. jenny s says:

    Wow, all delish, but OUR favorite grab-n-go breakfast is a made to order yogurt parfait at one of the resort food courts. We load it up: strawberries, blueberries, granola, walnuts, chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds. Fruit, protein, carbs and sugar. All four food groups. ;-)

  18. Erica says:

    I second the parfait breakfast they are wonderful!

  19. Bethabee says:

    Jenny S and Erica – can you tell me which food courts offer made-to-order yougurt parfaits? This sounds like a great breakfast option for our November trip!

    Thanks :)

  20. Aydin says:

    Cheese danish. Amazing.

  21. Jessica says:

    I can’t eat a huge breakfast early in the AM, so these are all wonderful options! :)

  22. Marc says:

    I love the funnel cake at Sleepy Hollow, which we eat on our way to Big Thunder Mountain first thing so we can get on with no lineup!

  23. Joy says:

    More like a dessert than breakfast…but husband to be and I have been known to grab a magic cookie from the roaring fork at wilderness lodge for breakfast :-) Less than 6 months till our honeymoon there!

    P.S the chocolate peanut butter cupcake looks a-ma-zing!

  24. Lottie says:

    I have 15 mornings in WDW to sample as many of these ideas as possible. Challenge accepted!

  25. Cheryl says:

    All these fave breakfast items seem very delicious; however, when I have a full day of running around WDW, I just can’t cram a bunch of sugar and carbs into my stomach without crashing (see Lissa’s post above) by 11am. I instead prefer low or no sugar options (think protein) like eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, etc. and pair that with either an orange or banana. To drink, I like coffee or water. Boring, I know, but all these waffles, muffins, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and sugar toast would just make me sick if I tried to eat those before theme-parking. I would, however, save one of those for a mid-day treat. But not for first meal of the day.

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