Review: Breakfast at Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort

We’re starting our day in Disney World’s Yacht Club at Ale & Compass Restaurant!

Ale & Compass Restaurant opened just last November, replacing the long-standing Captain’s Grille as the casual Table Service location for the Yacht Club. (The other Table Service option here — Yachtsman Steakhouse — is a Signature restaurant.)

We’ve already visited for lunch and dinner, but I was particularly curious about breakfast, since this meal in particular had — in my opinion — more to live up to. I (and many others) always thought Captain’s Grille was a hidden gem in regards to breakfast. It offered both a buffet option along with some unique (and even memorable) a la carte items such as Dark Chocolate Waffles and the Lobster Omelet.

While many were ready for a change from Captain’s Grille lunch and dinner options, it left some rather big breakfast shoes to fill.

Ale & Compass Restaurant sign by the entrance

Ale & Compass Restaurant sign by the entrance

So, we’re here bright and early to how breakfast at Ale & Compass Restaurant fares.

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Even More Mother’s Day Treats and Eats in Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Are you and Mom spending Mother’s Day together in The Most Magical Place on Earth (Disney World) OR The Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland)? Well, in addition to the Disney World Brunch options we’ve shared with you previously, we’ve got even more options to add, including specialty snacks and additional Brunches in Disney World, AND special meal options in Disneyland!

Disney World Parks

Epcot

Sunshine Seasons will serve a Mother’s Day Dessert with raspberry mousse and lemon cake topped with a Swiss buttercream rose and fondant pearls on Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Dessert and Cupcake ©Disney

Mother’s Day Dessert and Cupcake ©Disney

But if you’re at Epcot a bit earlier, find a vanilla Mother’s Day Cupcake with raspberry white chocolate mousse and pink icing at Fountain View from May 11 – 13.

Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom, stop by Creature Comforts and Isle of Java for a vanilla Mother’s Day Cupcake filled with white chocolate raspberry mousse and topped with buttercream flowers.

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Easter Eggs and Eats around Disney World!

We’ve already taken you on a tour of the gorgeous Chocolate Easter Egg display at the Grand Floridian this year.

Eggs on display at Grand Floridian

Eggs on display at Grand Floridian

But there is no shortage of Easter fun and food happening around Disney World over the next several days, so let’s HOP to it!

Resort Easter Egg Displays

The Grand Floridian display will be available for guests to view through April 9th. (And if your spring break plans don’t include a trip down to Disney World, you can see the whole thing here!)

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Ale & Compass Restaurant Review: Is it Worth A Visit to Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort?

The Yacht Club’s Ale & Compass Restaurant hit the Disney World dining scene just this past November.

But our first visit was for lunch, so it’s time to step back in for our dinner review. And since there are some fairly major menu changes from day to night at this still-new spot, it’s a great reason to check it out again.

Now, before we move forward with the review, just a reminder that the Ale & Compass Restaurant is one third of an entirely new Ale & Compass dining concept at Disney World’s Yacht Club, so it’s not to be confused with the Ale & Compass Lounge and The Market at Ale & Compass (a Counter Service meets Grab-and-Go setup).

The Ale & Compass Restaurant is the Table Service component of this trio, serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (each one Table Service Credit on the Disney Dining Plan).

Ale & Compass Restaurant sign by the entrance

Ale & Compass Restaurant sign by the entrance

And now that we’ve got the details out of the way, let’s check out the digs!

Atmosphere

We have a full tour of Ale & Compass Restaurant available from our first visit, and you can peruse it by clicking here.

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The Year in Review: Top Disney News Stories of 2017

Happy New Year!

There’s no denying that 2017 has been a year of changes, some good and some not-so-good. But when it comes to Disney food news, we have to say this year has been FULL of updates!

Ready to ring in the New Year!

Ready to ring in the New Year!

And as we get ready to ring in the New Year with party hats, noisemakers, and a toast, we’re taking a few minutes to review some of the biggest Disney Food News stories of 2017!

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NEW!!! The New Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Welcome to the brand new Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!

The Ale & Compass Restaurant has taken the spot of Captain’s Grille as the casual Table Service Restaurant option in the Yacht Club. (The Resort’s other Table Service restaurant, Yachtsman Steakhouse, is a Signature Restaurant.) It comes to us as part of the new Ale & Compass dining concept for the Resort, which also includes the newly reopen and majorly refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge as well as The Market at Ale & Compass which opened earlier this year.

The Captain’s Grille was — in my opinion — something of a hidden gem. It offered a cheerful, comfy nautical feel and some decent options for surf-and-turf style eating for lunch and dinner, and a terrific breakfast which featured not only a buffet, but also a better-than-average a la carte menu.

The Ale & Compass Restaurant, though, has been completely re-imagined with its own unique feel.

Ale & Compass Restaurant Sign and Entrance

Ale & Compass Restaurant Sign and Entrance

Let’s step in!

Atmosphere

If you ever paid a visit to Captain’s Grille, you’ll remember a somewhat busier appearance to the entrance, since the check-in took place just outside the restaurant. Now, you step inside to see if there is walk-in space available (there was plenty on opening day), or check in for your Advance Dining Reservation. [Read more…]

Sneak Peek INSIDE The NEW Ale & Compass Lounge and Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club — PLUS A New Opening Date!

Disney’s Yacht Club has some major dining changes in store. The refurbished Ale & Compass Lounge and new Ale & Compass Restaurant will complete the rollout of the Ale & Compass dining concept for the Deluxe Resort, in cohesion with the previously opened Market at Ale & Compass.

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Ale & Compass Lounge sign

Since there is currently a Private Event happening in the soon-to-be opened spaces, we were able to get a Sneak Peek TODAY!!

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 22, 2017

Happy Sunday and happy October! We’re back with another edition of our Disney Food Round-up for you today.

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Company

HalloweenTime is happening at Disneyland, and we’ve got reviews of the adorably spooky eats!

The Savannah Bee Company is now open at Disney Springs —>!

The 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is in full swing at Epcot for a few more weeks! If you’re making plans to attend the Festival you should check out our Best of the Fest post and DFB Best of the Fest YouTube video!

And don’t forget, the 2017 Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is next week on October 27 and 28! We have all the details for you!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including menu updates, restaurant closures, special events, and more! We’ve got all the latest for you, so check it out before you go.

New DFB Video: 7 Things You Have to Try at Disney World RIGHT NOW

Have you subscribed to the DFB YouTube Channel? We’ve got great content going up twice a week showcasing our adventures in Disney World and Disneyland! This week, we’re ranking the restaurants at the Animal Kingdom! Check it out below — and subscribe here.

Deal of the Week: Save 20% off the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 Pre-Order

The calendar might say “fall” but the holiday season is fast approaching and if you’re planning a visit to Disney World this year for the holidays, it’s time to check out the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 e-book!

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The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2017 is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you get the most out of your holiday vacation at Walt Disney World.

We’ll guide you through all the special events, activities, and dining so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck! Yep — Our Holiday Guide covers everything Disney holiday-related — not just the food!

And if you pre-order the 2017 Guide now, we will send you an instant download of the 2016 Guide so that you can start your planning right away! Then, you will automatically receive the 2017 Guide as soon as it’s published in early November.

What’s In The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holiday 2017 e-book?

  • Clickable Monthly Schedule of Events
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  • Disney Parks scavenger hunts
  • And MORE!

As always, we’ve made this guide instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. It’s a PDF guide with ​380+ pages of detailed information about the Holidays at Disney World as well as hundreds of photographs and customized bonus items to help you get the best experience possible. ​​​​​​​

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DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or around Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday.

Tokyo Disneyland has some of the coolest food at any of the Disney Parks! And this Jack Skellington Curry Bread that our friend Jon C. spotted on his recent trip is incredible! Thanks for sharing, JOBBER!!

Super cool Jack Skellington food!

Super cool Jack Skellington food!

Do you have a favorite Disney Food find? Share your photos with us!
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On to the Round-Up!

Mickey Fix shared their Top 10 Disney Halloween Goodies!

WDW for Grownups shared some tips for carb–loading before a runDisney race.

Disney Parks Blog shared a fun how-to for creating a Br’er Rabbit Bento Box.

Disney Family shared a recipe for Zero Marshmallows inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Have a great week! We’ll see you back here tomorrow with another great Disney food review!

UPDATED: Ale and Compass MENUS and Opening Date at Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort

The upcoming Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is opening on November 21, 2017!

©Disney

©Disney

While the Disney World website displays November 26th as the first date you’re able to make an Advance Dining Reservation for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at this spot, we’ve been told that in fact November 21st will be the grand opening! This location will be the flagship offering of the new Ale & Compass dining concept for the Deluxe Resort. [Read more…]

News: Yachtsman Steakhouse Serving Casual Breakfast and Lunch For a Limited Time

For a limited time, Yachtsman Steakhouse — the Yacht Club’s Signature Restaurant — will host a casual breakfast and lunch.

This option is available in the midst of transition for the Resort’s dining options. The Yacht Club will soon be home to the new Ale & Compass Restaurant, which will serve as the cornerstone for a new  Ale & Compass dining concept. The concept will also include a renovated Ale & Compass Lounge and the recently opened Market at Ale & Compass.

The Ale & Compass Restaurant will replace the long-standing Captain’s Grille, which has been operating out of a temporary location at Ariel’s in the Beach Club since May. Now, with the official closure of Captain’s Grille there is a temporary need of a breakfast and lunch options at the Yacht Club. Hence, the Yachtsman’s limited run offerings!

Breakfast and lunch are currently available for Advance Dining Reservations through November 1, 2017 (the new Ale & Compass locations are slated for an October opening, with a confirmed date yet to be announced).

Yachtsman Steakhouse Entrance

Yachtsman Steakhouse Entrance

For breakfast, choices include a Pastry Board among the Early Starters, and it’s fun to see the Dark Chocolate Waffles from Captain’s Grille still listed as an Entree (even if I already miss the Lobster Omelet). [Read more…]