One of my favorite Disney Dining tips for saving money in Disney World is to exchange two meals for one — especially when you’re trading breakfast and lunch for an awesome brunch!
In the past, a main planning focus for many guests has been getting to the parks early so that they can grab fastpasses for favorite rides — or ride things before the crowds arrive.
But now that MyMagic+ is going to make reserving later-in-the-day ride times that much easier, you might be able to take a few days to sleep in — and save some dough at the same time!
So I’m adding to our Best Disney Restaurants Series and outlining a few of my personal favorite places to start the day off slow at Walt Disney World. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions, too!
Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk Resort
In spring of 2017, Trattoria al Forno introduced a brand new character brunch experience called the Bon Voyage Character Breakfast. And this character breakfast isn’t just about the princesses. In addition to character meet and greets with Rapunzel and Ariel, diners also get to meet Flynn Ryder and Prince Eric, making this one of the only character meals with princes!
And the food is pretty exciting, too! Pastries and entrees are designed to reflect themes and icons from Tangled and The Little Mermaid, making this meal as fun to look at as it is to eat! We particularly enjoyed the Tower of Pancakes meant to represent Rapunzel’s tower!
Boma at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
Your African adventure begins the moment you arrive at this exotic resort and take in the splendor of the lobby. As you make your way to Boma, dark woods and thatched roofs mingle with the delicious smells to make you feel like you’ve entered an African marketplace for breakfast.
The buffet here is stocked with popular brunch options like omelets, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, carved ham, breakfast potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs; but they also serve up more multi-cultural dishes, including African pastries, quinoa porridge, and bobotie — a type of quiche.
Seriously, you could totally go for that cinnamon roll right now, couldn’t you??
Be sure to try some of the specialtyJungle juice as well!
Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort
While guests in the Magic Kingdom line up for a ride on Space Mountain, visitors at the Polynesian Resort can soak up the Hawaiian ambiance at Kona Cafe.
From the first “Aloha,” you’ll feel your stress melting away, especially if you make your Advanced Dining Reservation for after 10 a.m.
The restaurant has warm woods, colorful mosaics, and tropical artifacts, but it’s the out-of-this-world breakfast foods that really make this a must-try in Disney World.
Just about everything on the Kona Cafe breakfast menu is a cult favorite or Disney guests!!!
I recommend the restaurant’s super sweet signature dish, Tonga Toast: thick sourdough French Toast stuffed with bananas and then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Or try the luxurious specialty pancakes with macadamia nut butter and pineapple!
Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch
Located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch is a great way to enjoy this spectacular resort and this restaurant’s beautiful food. Brunch includes a specialty beverage (bottomless mimosas!), a pastry basket, an appetizer, and entree, and a dessert plate. It’s a fantastic selection of food and a meal over which to linger!
Entrees offer options fresh from the sea, as is Narcoossee’s specialty, and plenty of choices for landlubbers as well.
Desserts are fabulous, too, and diners can enjoy them with a complimentary cup of coffee or capuccino.
Enjoy Narcoossee’s leisurely Waterfront Brunch on Sundays from 10Am to 2PM.
The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road
Don’t forget the Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs!
With a focus on traditional Irish breakfast fare, you can’t go wrong with the new brunch menu. The Full Irish offers a little bit of everything, and the black and white puddings are incredible. We can also enthusiastically recommend their amazing Eggs Benedict, with its lemony, luscious hollandaise.
And what would brunch be without a Red Eye — Raglan Road’s answer to the Bloody Mary?
Brunch is served 10AM to 3PM every Saturday and Sunday. Raglan Road also offers live music and traditional Irish dancing from 12-4 p.m. each Sunday.
Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs
Morimoto Asia puts its own delicious spin on brunch with a Dim Sum Brunch! This offering of small plates allows diners to try several different dishes — one dish for the first course and three for the second. Dishes include favorites like Hot and Sour Soup and Pork Ribs.
With so many exquisite options, you might want to try more than the included four — and that’s possible! For $6 each, you can add other options from the menu. And we recommend it as everything we tried was superb, and sharing these small plates is a fun way to interact with your family and friends and this great food!
Dim Sum Brunch is available from 11:30AM to 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
California Grill at the Contemporary Resort
For an upscale brunch experience, look no further than California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. From complimentary mimosas to a make-your-own-bloody-Mary bar, this is a brunch that’s made for grown ups (although the kids are welcome too — and receive kid-friendly ‘mimosas’!).
The buffet includes bountiful charcuterie and multifarious cheeses, sushi, pastries, Greek yogurt parfaits, salads, and classics like grits and pancakes. There’s something for everyone — and plenty of gourmet options you might not have tried before!
California Grill — with its priceless view of the Magic Kingdom — is a relaxing and special place for a meal, and the brunch is amazing! Make your reservation for brunch on Sundays from 10Am to 1PM.
The Wave at the Contemporary Resort
Tucked away on the first floor of the Contemporary Resort, The Wave is a sleek, modern retreat that’s quiet and comfortable.
With its upscale decor and focus on seasonal and sustainable foods, it’s a fantastic brunch pick for a more relaxing, grown up experience.
I highly recommend the restaurant’s expansive breakfast buffet, loaded with delicious, freshly prepared local foods. The spread changes daily, but you’re almost certain to find the outrageously delicious sweet potato pancakes with pecan honey butter and the multi-grain Mickey waffles.
There’s also an a la carte menu, including an avocado toast and other breakfast favorites prepared with “naturally-raised” eggs.
What better way to spend the morning at Disney World than with sleeping in followed by an awesome — and money-saving! — brunch?! Even if you’re a fan of doing the parks “commando,” everyone needs a break now and again. Planning for a leisurely morning one day during your vacation could be just what the Mouse ordered!
For more information about breakfast options on property, check out “The Best Thing I Ever Ate at Disney” for breakfast as well as our Breakfast Specialty Showdown. If you’re in need of a more speedy morning meal, explore our readers’ favorite quick service breakfast options.
What are your tried and true breakfast spots in Walt Disney World? I’d love to hear your tips for a leisurely late breakfast.