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!
Kouzzina at the Boardwalk Resort
While many guests never to look beyond the standard theme-park fare, those who prefer to sleep in — or save money by getting brunch instead of breakfast AND lunch — should look no further than this!
One of the best brunch spots in Orlando is Kouzzina by Cat Cora, where everything from the robust menu to the warm decor was driven by celebrity Iron Chef Cat Cora.
The restaurant, overlooking Crescent Lake at the Boardwalk Inn Resort, has a Greek-inspired menu and a welcoming atmosphere. My favorite breakfast in the World is the mascarpone-topped waffles. So good they should be illegal.
Or snap up the yummy skillet breakfast — or the stacked breakfast with poached eggs, kalamata olive toast, and artichoke spread — while you savor the sights and sounds of the open show kitchen.
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 specialty Jungle 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 macadamia nut pineapple pancakes topped with melty butter!
The Polynesian-influenced Samoan – poached eggs served over pulled pork hash and topped with Hollandaise – is another filling option.
The Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road
Don’t forget the brand new Rollicking Raglan Sunday Brunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub!
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 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Raglan Road also offers live music and traditional Irish dancing from 12-4 p.m. each Sunday.
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 a spinach, tomato, and feta scramble 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.