Review: Croissant Berry Bread Pudding at Sunshine Seasons in Epcot’s Land Pavilion

When it comes to Disney World, sometimes I think there are morning park people and there are night park people.

I’ve always considered myself a night park person… I’m always up for a viewing of any of the nighttime spectaculars, and I’ve never been able to pick a favorite out of Illuminations, Wishes, or Fantasmic!

And the lights on the buildings on Main Street or the torches surrounding World Showcase only add to atmosphere. Plus, the blazing Florida sun has set, so you know… bonus!

But even I have to admit that sometimes the early bird really does catch the worm. Check out this unbelievably peaceful atmosphere for an early morning breakfast of Croissant Berry Pudding at Epcot’s Sunshine Seasons!

Early morning at Sunshine Seasons

Early morning at Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons Sign

Sunshine Seasons Sign

Can’t you just hear the music from Soarin’ somewhere in the back of your mind :) ?

Anyway, while the crowds are lining up for their morning java over at Fountain View (Starbucks) Cafe, Sunshine Seasons has a few great A.M. treasures (available until 11:00AM) that shouldn’t be overlooked.

You can find plenty of bakery pastries alongside hot breakfast dishes, including an Egg and Bacon Breakfast Panini; a full Breakfast Platter featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and a biscuit; and – the reason for today’s visit – a Croissant Berry Bread Pudding.

Breakfast Menu at Sunshine Seasons

Breakfast Menu at Sunshine Seasons

Don’t let the simple presentation in the paper bowl fool you — this unique take on a typical bread pudding has, as you know from the name, croissant pastry as its base.

Croissant Berry Pudding in paper bowl

Croissant Berry Pudding in paper bowl

The focus is on the plentiful, buttery croissant over the bursts of brightly flavored, slightly tart blueberry. You can see all the layers of the croissant when you receive your serving.

(AJ’s Editor Note: “Where’s the Icing?”)

Croissant Berry Pudding

Croissant Berry Pudding

There is an occasional variation in the flavor when you hit a yummy pocket of cinnamon. Good morning!

Cinnamon pocket!

Cinnamon pocket!

I was expecting something much sweeter from the outset, but the subtle, buttery flavor paired with the berry and cinnamon really grew on me with every bite.

It’s very moist as you would expect from a bread pudding, without being weighed down and soggy.

(AJ’s Editor Note: “Um…Icing?”)

Bite of Croissant Berry Pudding

Bite of Croissant Berry Pudding

Since the texture is so light, it caught me by surprise how soon I started to feel full, especially since I arrived good and hungry. I know, I know… I shouldn’t have been surprised —  it is bread and all ;) . Maybe it wasn’t surprise so much as disappointment, because I really wanted to keep enjoying it.

I actually took a picture of the moment when I started to feel full. It may not look like much, but I still had a ways to go at this point.

This much left!

This much left!

Still, I pressed on… it was simply too good not to!

At $2.99 (it’s also a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan), the Croissant Berry Pudding is pretty much a bargain. A hefty, filling serving of something truly tasty without being overly sweet, it’s a winner on all fronts — from portion and price to taste. Not a bad way to start your day at Epcot at all…

(AJ’s Editor Note: “Needs Icing.”)

Have you tried the Croissant Berry Pudding? Please let us know what you thought with a comment!


  1. Limpcat says

    I had the bread pudding last year, and was very surprised that something so cheap could be so tasty and filling. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at some frosting in it though.

  2. NancyB says

    No icing for me–looks plenty sweet. To put it into overkill for me, add a nice custard sauce…

  3. Essie says

    I love blueberries (blueberry pie-yum!), but since they can be tart, it really should have some kind of a healthy, nutritious frosting or icing on it (and no, I was not persuaded by the Editor’s numerous, subtle notes).

  4. Clare says

    That looks amazing. It may be added to my must do list for October, the list is rather large though.

  5. says

    One of my all time favs!!! I have been known to “hang with the baby” during Soarin’ just so I can get it…and savor it (…yes, I share with the baby).

  6. Christine says

    Maybe they could make the icing optional? It’d be a bit too sweet for me with it, but I wouldn’t want to deny AJ or anyone else any sweet, delicious icing! :-)

  7. Joni says

    I’m with NancyB a nice custard or warm vanilla sauce would be perfect!! make it optional for those who don’t want it.

  8. Kelley says

    I’ve had this before. To me it wasn’t sweet but pretty buttery instead. I left thinking it needed a sauce. Glad to see I’m not the only one that thinks that!

  9. Dawn says

    While I’m generally an icing fan, I feel like if it was drizzled over this it would look like they smooshed up a slice of Entenmann’s Danish in a cup.

  10. Chrissy O. says

    I had to laugh- your mention of the breakfast panini brought back a funny memory. My Mom had this and said it was so bad we even took pics of her holding it with thumbs down and it made it into the shutterfly book of our vacation with caption “fastpass to the bathroom.” Ha ha.

  11. Christine says

    ooh yes we’ve tried it. They called it “breakfast pudding” and it was breakfast time, so I took it. And then I put it in my mouth and I thought I had tasted paradise. I found the recipe when I got home and have made it many times since then. It is THE requested breakfast item when my daughter’s friends sleep over .
    – To the person that said everything needs icing? No. just no. Disney created it this way and that’s good enough for me. It would just be gilding the lily at this point.
    – To the person that said they were surprised something so cheap could taste so good – when have croissants, blueberries and cream every been cheap? This is an expensive item to make.
    – digression: and to anyone saying that the School Bread is THE item to get at Norway? It’s NOT ! And the die-hard fans know it !

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