Review: River Belle Terrace Breakfast at Disneyland Park

Editor’s Note: River Belle Terrace no longer serves breakfast as of February 10, 2016, and is now a table service restaurant for lunch and dinner.

On a recent trip to Disneyland, we had many things to cross off of our list. But when it came time for breakfast in the Park one morning, only one stop would do — River Belle Terrace!

River Belle Terrace Entrance

River Belle Terrace in Disneyland’s Frontierland

You’ll find this counter service spot in Frontierland along the Rivers of America. And that last bit of information is important. After all, you may come to River Belle Terrace because you’re hungry, but it has more to recommend it than the menu. Here we go!

Atmosphere

Located in New Orleans Square, the aesthetic of River Belle Terrace is Antebellum all the way. The entrance is fashioned to look like a grand Southern mansion on a small scale.

River Belle Terrace in Disneyland

Entrance

Step inside, and you see gracious touches that echo that feeling. Arched windows allow plenty of light into the seating area, so even if you choose to dine inside, you’ll still have the sense of being in an outdoor garden setting.

Indoor Seating and Condiment Area

Indoor Seating and Condiment Area

Ornate ceiling medallions and flowering vines on the chandeliers fancy up the spot a bit.

And keep this in mind: it may not look all that interesting or distinguished, but River Belle Terrace deserves a pause in your Disney Day. This restaurant has been serving since Disneyland opened in 1955! As the story goes, you could find Mr. Disney enjoying breakfast here often on serene Sunday mornings.

Light Fixture and Ceiling Detail

Light Fixture and Ceiling Detail

While the indoor seating is pleasant, it’s the terrace that is truly beloved by so many. Don’t you love the old-fashioned, tasseled umbrellas? They could have updated them and used something modern, but they haven’t. And I’m so glad.

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

And this — this view. It’s why you come to River Belle Terrace. Eat your breakfast and watch for the Mark Twain Riverboat to paddle by. There’s nothing like this view of the Rivers of America, and if you can enjoy a classic Disneyland breakfast at the same time, it’s a win/win!

View from River Belle Terrace

View from River Belle Terrace

Speaking of classic Disneyland breakfasts, it seems like the right time to move on to the food. :-) Let’s check it out.

Eats

Although River Belle Terrace offers all-day dining, it’s breakfast that we usually enjoy here. In addition to some standard offerings, you’ll find comfort food favorites like Biscuits and Gravy. But there are some really unique options, too. We’ll get to a couple of my favorites in just a moment.

Breakfast Menu -- Click to Enlarge

Breakfast Menu — Click to Enlarge

Menus, for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner, offer only a few selections. But the food is hearty and interesting. (Note to self: come back for that River Belle’s Roast Beef and the Messy Mississippi BBQ Sandwich at lunch time.)

Lunch and Dinner Menus -- Click to Enlarge

Lunch and Dinner Menus — Click to Enlarge

When it’s time to order, your first stop will be at the Tray Station, where you’ll go ahead and get the utensils you need.

Oddly, this station really put me off. Is it just me, or are those trays the perfect shade of “hospital mauve?” Ugh. I kind of felt like I was at a hospital cafeteria. Anyway, don’t let me bore you with my brain’s dalliances. Let’s get on with it, right?

Trays and Plastic Tableware

Trays and Plastic Tableware

After that, proceed along the brass railing to the ordering counter, where you’ll order your selections, cafeteria-style.

The ordering protocol at River Belle Terrace is fun for another reason: if you choose the Mickey Mouse Pancake (and really, why wouldn’t you?), you can watch it take shape right before your eyes!

Dusting My Mickey Pancake with Powdered Sugar

Dusting My Mickey Pancake with Powdered Sugar

I had to snap a pic of this for you. Mickey Pancakes are so popular here that they’ve streamlined the garnishing process. Cast members can just grab the fruity eyes and nose, all ready to go on toothpicks! I thought that was pretty cool.

Cherry Garnishes

Cherry Garnishes

Once you’ve ordered, you can also select from some grab and go options. You’ll pick up your cup of Yogurt for your “Build Your Own” Yogurt Parfait here as well.

Grab and Go Offerings

Grab and Go Offerings

When you have everything you’ve ordered and you’ve paid for your items, it’s time to check out the condiments. You’ll head to the Toppings Bar with your Yogurt to customize your Parfait if you’ve chosen one. (Or grab a bunch of free toppings to go with whatever you DID order!)

Breakfast Toppings Bar

“Build Your Own Yogurt Parfait” Toppings

Beyond the bar, there are also lots of condiments to choose from. We found a selection of savory items, salt and pepper, and some coffee creamer here.

Packaged Savory Condiments

Packaged Savory Condiments

Further down, we found ketchup and an assortment of jams, jellies, and honey.

Jams, Jellies, and Other Condiments

Jams, Jellies, and Other Condiments

Dickinson’s is the brand of choice, and their variety of syrup was available in vast quantities. Ah, ya gotta love a place where you can get all the syrup you need. :-)

Dickinson's Pancake Syrup

Dickinson’s Pancake Syrup

I know you’re anxious to see what we chose! Drum roll…

You knew I was going for the Mickey Mouse Pancake, right? They’re the stuff that Disneyland breakfast legends are made of!

I know, I know. It doesn’t looks all that “wow”. But here’s where you must understand the power of nostalgia. They’ve been cranking these little guys out — garnished just this way — for half of forever. Honestly, it’s kind of a rite of passage, and I bet if they ever so much as change that pineapple smile, there would be riots. Riots, I tell you.

And it’s huge. That’s basically three pancakes right there.

Mickey Pancake

Mickey Pancake

And with our homage to the Golden Age taken care of, I turned my attention to something a bit newer that I can never, ever resist — Cinnamon Roll French Toast!

Now, this is not exactly like the Cinnamon Roll French Toast that — sigh — used to be on the menu at Carnation Cafe. (We should have a moment of silence here.) That version involved Cinnamon Rolls that had been cut into squares and deep fried before it was rolled in Cinnamon Sugar.

But this version is still pretty spectacular. Round Cinnamon Rolls are split lengthwise, battered, and grilled. They’re topped with a drizzle of Cream Cheese Icing. But I asked for extra lots. And then I asked for even more extra on the side. Yes. I’m that person. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to go to the parks with me? Luckily, I had a super-sweet cast member who was willing to indulge me.

As if that weren’t enough, the platter also comes with Scrambled Eggs and your choice of Sausage or Bacon.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Here’s what it looks like between the slices. Golden brown, delicious, and a ton of icing. It doesn’t get much better.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast -- Inside

Cinnamon Roll French Toast — Inside

With that view and all of this delicious food, we’d already had an amazing Disney Day! And that was just the beginning… .

Overall

They say we should start our day off right with a good breakfast. And I think they’re right. So if you have a chance to enjoy your breakfast in a spot that was dear to Walt Disney’s heart, it’s even better!

If you’re visiting Disneyland, then it’s fair to guess that your day will be spent enjoying overstimulation of your senses to the max. Beginning your day in leisurely fashion, watching people and paddleboats pass by while enjoying a pretty delicious breakfast, can be the best way to prepare for all that is to come.

Have you enjoyed breakfast at the beautiful River Belle Terrace? Tell us what your favorites are in comments below!

Comments

  1. Kelly M says

    We managed to do so much at Disneyland on our first visit last year but never managed to get in to this amazing place.
    On our last day it was Dapper Day and the 1st day of Haunted Mansion Holiday and the lines for dinner here were crazy. Lucky for me I was already addicted to soup & grilled cheese in Jolly Holiday… seriously. I could live on it! (With a Matterhorn Macaroon for dessert naturally)
    So, I guess that just means I have to go back!! Yay!

  2. Stacy says

    Fun review, but I think it would be useful to put the date the reviewer visited RBT because there have been significant changes to lunch/dinner (starting in mid-December). Breakfast is now served until 2:00 pm (or there abouts) and then RBT closes and re-opens as a table service restaurant that is part of the Fantasmic! Dining packages from 3:00 pm on.

  3. says

    I agree with Stacy – this restaurant has changed it’s schedule to accommodate the Fantasmic dining packages. Breakfast until 2pm (latest time in the park). then a pretty pricey table service from 3pm on.

  4. Kyle Hayes says

    Its now official that River Belle is no longer serving this well-liked, classic, vista rich breakfast. In fact, they won’t be serving breakfast at all at this location any longer. The menu has been been moved verbatim to Rancho del Zocalo. o_O yes—this classic Americana themed breakfast has been moved to the Mexican restaurant.

  5. says

    Kyle — Yes, unfortunately, that’s true. You can read more about it in our post here. I’ve added an editor’s note to this post to alert future readers. Thank you!

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