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.
You’re in the Happiest Place on Earth — Disneyland!! And you’re ready to kick off a fun-filled day of park touring, thrills, and lots of character interaction. These are the streets that Walt himself walked, the Park that started them all!
But how do you ensure that your day gets off to a great start? By kicking it off with the most important meal of the day!
There are tons of iconic snacks and delicious meals that we love to enjoy every time we visit Disneyland. But there are also some terrific breakfast options, too. Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of our favorites.
If it’s a leisurely, sit-down breakfast you’re looking forward to, you can’t go wrong with Steakhouse 55. Located in Disneyland Hotel, this restaurant has been around nearly as long as the Park itself. It offers a quiet and elegant way to start off a day of Disney fun.
Sometimes, I really love the option to fill up on a big breakfast, and then snack or eat lightly through the rest of the day. And there’s a no more luxurious morning splurge than a beautifully cooked plate of New York Steak and Eggs!
You can also customize your breakfast a bit and Build Your Own Omelette. Choose three from a list of fillings to make your breakfast totally unique.
Add some of those delicious Roasted Potatoes, and you’ll be fueled up for hours of Disney fun.
River Belle Terrace
Other times, my first priority is to get into the Parks super early, and then find a bite to eat. After all, there’s something truly magical about being one the of the first people in!
When I’m more interested in touring than spending precious time waiting for my order to arrive, I head to River Belle Terrace. And actually, there are two reasons that this is one of my favorite Disneyland breakfast spots. First off, the patio area offers gorgeous views of the Rivers of America. For me, this is such a serene way to start my day.
Although it’s a counter service spot, this isn’t food that you eat on the go. Comforting options like Biscuits and Gravy demand that you stop long enough to enjoy your meal.
Of course, you can’t enjoy breakfast here without at least one Mickey Pancake! Enjoying one while watching for the Mark Twain Riverboat to paddle by is Disney Bucket List stuff!
But don’t pass up the chance to try the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. As if the over-the-top, Cinnamon-Roll-morphs-into-French-Toast isn’t enough, there are also Scrambled Eggs and your choice of Bacon or Sausage!
It’s truly a spectacular way to kick off your day. Seriously. You won’t eat again until next Tuesday.
Another Disneyland spot that celebrates the history of the Park as well as offering delicious food is Carnation Cafe.
While this iconic spot recently added indoor seating, it’s still the charming patio area that we prefer.
And don’t forget to look for Chef Oscar! While he’s no longer in the kitchen, this Disney legend is still on hand to greet guests many mornings.
While Carnation Cafe no longer offers some of my favorite breakfast options from years past (a moment of silence for the cinnamon french toast here), I found a new favorite when I tried the Apple Granola Pancakes.
Served with a side of Bacon or Chicken-Apple Sausage Links, you really can’t go wrong.
Flo’s V-8 Cafe
What’s that? This is vacation and you want to try something that you can’t get just anywhere? Then you, my friend, should head over to Flo’s V-8 Cafe.
While we’ve talked a lot about history up to this point, you’ll get something equally awesome at Flo’s. Located right in the heart of Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land, the themeing here is so immersive, you may wonder if you’ve become animated yourself. 🙂
Because the setting of Flo’s is the American Southwest diner, you can expect comfort food with a little regional twist here and there. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, give the Chicken Tamale Breakfast a try.
Looking for a sweet start to your day? I can totally vouch for the deliciousness of the Brioche French Toast! Served with Salted Caramel Sauce and Bananas it’s a terrific morning jolt of sugar.
You’ll definitely feel like facing the Mother Road after this!
But we haven’t forgotten about the characters. After all, what’s a trip to Disneyland without a chance to check in with some of its cuddliest residents?
While there aren’t as many character dining breakfast options at Disneyland as you’ll find in Walt Disney World, there are a couple of great ones. And we really enjoy Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel for breakfast the most.
It may not boost a monorail running above like Chef Mickey’s, but will find outdoor dining!
But one of the biggest reasons we recommend Goofy’s Kitchen is the good to great quality of the food. You’ll get better food here than you will at many other character meals. The breakfast buffet offers five different stations to choose from. Highlights include a Make Your Own Omelette Station…but don’t forget to try Goofy’s specialty — Peanut Butter and Jelly Pizza!
But for me personally, no trip to Disney is complete without at least one breakfast made entirely of Beignets! And even in that, there are options.
Less authentic, but no less delicious are the Mickey Shaped Beignets that are a specialty in Disneyland. I love to get them at the Mint Julep Bar, where they come in a bag, covered in powdered sugary goodness. (to clarify, the beignets are covered in powdered sugary goodness. not the bag.)
Whose ready for some breakfast??
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely, elegant brunch, a high energy character experience, or a healthy dose of history or themeing, you have a ton of ridiculously awesome ways to start your day in Disneyland.
Now let’s here from you — what’s your favorite Disneyland Breakfast Spot? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!