When you’re staying at a Disney World resort, you’re sometimes in a rush to grab breakfast before you hit the parks!
Many hotels offer quick service restaurants with Mobile Order, but sometimes that can cost you valuable minutes when you’re hurrying to make the bus. So what’s the solution? Well, the grab-and-go spots, of course! And recently, we stopped by one of those places to give you a look at what it’s like.
For this review, we’re taking you along with us to Cafe Rix at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort!
The quick service spot is located in the older part of the resort, right off of where the lobby used to be before Gran Destino Tower was built.
It’s designed as a walk-through where you enter through one doorway, pick out your food and drinks, then checkout before exiting. Typically, it’s open from 7AM-12:30PM so you’ll mostly get breakfast and lunch.
So what can you order? Let’s check out the menu!
Menu & Food Options
When you first step into the restaurant, you’re greeted by a case filled with baked goods. They have assorted doughnuts and bagels during breakfast hours, which are a great option for a grab-and-go meal.
We also spotted a few different pastries, including a few different danishes and Cronuts.
And of course, it wouldn’t be breakfast without muffins and cinnamon rolls!
Next to the baked goods is a refrigerated case with fruit cups and yogurt parfaits, as well as some lunch items. We spotted a few different varieties of pre-made sandwiches and salads.
The online menu lists a Smoked Turkey and Bacon Sandwich, a Smoked Ham and Swiss Sandwich, a Tuna Salad Wrap, a Chicken Caesar Salad, a Blue Cheese Wedge Salad, a House Salad, and a Chef Salad. Each ranges between $10-$12, which is about the cost of a cheap quick service meal elsewhere in Disney World.
The next section of the restaurant has a coffee bar that serves Joffrey’s coffee and teas. There used to be gelato here as well, but the case was empty when we stopped by and we were told that they no longer serve the frozen treat. Bummer!
You can get regular or decaf coffee, as well as a variety of artisanal drinks. One of the highlights of the menu is the smoothies, which come in Tropical Mango Splash, Strawberry Banana Dream, and Wildberry Explosion.
But that’s not all! Since this is a grab-and-go location, you can also get a bunch of pre-packaged brand-name snacks from the shelves on the back wall.
There are bags of chips, granola bars, cookies, candy, chocolate, and little cups of dry cereal. They’ve got a lot of the options that you would find in a hotel gift shop or vending machine outside of Disney World.
They have quite a few options here, but keep in mind that these will likely be more expensive than what you could get if you had groceries delivered to your hotel. It’s nice to have them if you’re in a pinch though!
Also on the back wall are the self-serve drink machines, as well as the dispensers for regular and decaf coffee. You can get your resort mug refilled here, so keep that in mind if you purchase one for your visit.
And of course, there’s a table set up with utensils, napkins, and various sweeteners for your drinks near the checkout.
Now that we’ve taken a tour of the options, let’s review some eats!
Since the coffee options are simply the typical things you get at Joffrey’s and the pre-packaged snacks are your regular brand-name treats, we’ll be skipping out on those for this review. Instead, we ordered a smoothie, a cinnamon roll, and the most popular item in the bakery case according to a Cast Member, which turned out to be the Pink Donut.
First, let’s talk about that smoothie! We ordered the Tropical Mango Splash for $7.39. When it was first handed to us, it was thick and VERY very cold. It’s blended fresh right in front of you, which was a nice little bonus.
It’s pretty smooth, and they have recycled agave straws here, which made it much easier to drink the smoothie than it would’ve been with a paper straw.
It’s pretty thick at first, but melts into a consistency that was easier to drink. The mango flavor tasted pretty real, but it kinda gets loaded down with a lot of sugar. We didn’t mind the sweetness too much, but you might want to drink this one slowly to avoid a sugar overload.
After the smoothie, we tried the Pink Donut for $5.50. It’s a pretty simple yeast donut with pink icing and sprinkles. It didn’t look like it was going to taste very good because it was kind of stiff, but once we bit in, it was SO fluffy.
It pulled apart really easily and it was very soft on the inside. The pink icing on top is sweet and add a fun little bit of depth in the flavor. Honestly, it tasted very similar to the donuts that you get from Joffrey’s in Disney World, although it seemed to be a bit smaller. Since Cafe Rix sells Joffrey’s coffee it’s likely that it could be from the same donut supplier — Donut King.
The Cinnamon Roll was also $5.50, but unfortunately, it wasn’t anywhere near as delicious as the donut. We could tell that it was dry from looking at it, but it was confirmed when we had a tough time pulling it apart. It was quite stiff.
It was softer in the very middle but still pretty dry throughout. The roll had a decent distribution of cinnamon but not enough icing in our opinion. The icing that it did have was hard and fell off the roll in little chunks.
If we had to make a recommendation, we would say to skip this and get the donut instead.
So what are our overall thoughts on Cafe Rix?
When it comes down to it, this is a great place to stop and grab some quick breakfast on your way to the parks or before your catch your departure flight. We spotted many people inside the restaurant doing exactly that during our visit. It’s a great way to avoid the long lines for pastries and coffee once you get to the parks.
It’s a convenient spot, but we really wish that it was open in the late evening hours as well. It would be nice to come here after the parks close and grab a late night snack. On top of that, the breakfast options seem to be sufficient, but there aren’t as many choices here for a substantial lunch unless you want to buy an overpriced pre-packaged sandwich.
Nosh or Not
Make a pit stop at Cafe Rix if…
- You need something quick to eat on your way out the door. The time it took to get our order together was relatively short, even with a line of people waiting.
- You have a group with varying breakfast tastes. They have a good variety of options here, from pastries to cereal to parfaits. Most people in your group could find something they like!
- You need some snacks for your park bag. With the variety of chips, cookies, snack bars, and candy, you’re sure to find something to fill your bag for the long park day ahead!
Grab your food elsewhere if…
- You’re looking for a delicious lunch. The sandwich and salad options here are pretty basic and a little overpriced. You could find more unique eats elsewhere.
- You want some really amazing baked goods. The donut was pretty good, but it’s essentially the same as what you get at any Joffrey’s location. We’ve definitely had better cinnamon rolls elsewhere on property!
- You need to eat in the afternoon or evening. Since this spot is only open in the morning, you’d be out of luck!
We’ll continue to share our dining location thoughts with you, so stay tuned to DFB! We’ve been to every restaurant in Disney World and we have so many tips and tricks to help make your food experience in the parks amazing!
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