Disney World Really Knows How to Do Brunch, and These 12 Spots Prove It
When you think of brunch, you probably think of trendy cafes, Champagne, and overpriced avocado toast. And while that may be true for a lot of places, did you know that Disney World actually has some of the best brunch spots around? We're talking Mickey waffles, all-you-can-eat buffets, and bottomless mimosas at the most magical place on Earth, and we found the top 12 spots to enjoy this breakfast-and-lunch mashup. For most of these restaurants, advanced reservations are highly recommended and accepted up to 180 days before your visit. So take a moment, choose a few favorites, and get ready to brunch it up, Disney style.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
Whispering Canyon Cafe, located inside Disney's rustic Wilderness Lodge Resort, serves up country cooking every morning until 11:15 a.m. The servers in this Western-themed establishment are known for their hijinks (consider yourself officially warned), while the restaurant itself is best known for its omelets and all-you-care-to-enjoy skillets. Fuel up before a long day at the parks!
Trattoria al Forno
If you're looking for something a step up from the typical Disney breakfast buffet, but still want to rub shoulders with a few of your favorite characters, you'll want to book a table for the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno. This table service restaurant in Disney's BoardWalk area serves breakfast daily until 12:05 p.m., and you can meet famous couples from The Little Mermaid and Tangled while you dine. Your table will even receive a tasty assortment of pastries served in Rapunzel's weapon of choice – a frying pan.
The Contemporary Resort's California Grill offers gorgeous panoramic views of Magic Kingdom and the Seven Seas Lagoon and, on Sundays from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., an equally gorgeous brunch. This sophisticated take on brunch includes live music, bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar, and upscale dishes like pineapple-coconut stuffed french toast and blackened gulf shrimp. Hang onto your receipt because you can return to the resort before the evening fireworks and watch from their rooftop deck.
'Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind (at brunch, that is). You definitely won't leave hungry after a meal at the Polynesian Village Resort's 'Ohana. Served daily until noon, this South Seas-inspired restaurant serves meals family-style by bringing large plates of fried potatoes, Hawaiian-style breakfast meats, fresh fruits, breads, and their famous POG Juice to your table for your entire party to share.
Maria & Enzo's Ristorante
Designed to mimic a 1930s airline terminal, Maria & Enzo's Ristorante in Disney Springs offers a decadent, Italian-inspired brunch every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our top picks include the Nutella-stuffed french toast and the spaghetti alla carbonara.
Be Our Guest
Come for the food, stay because you're in a real-life enchanted castle from Beauty and the Beast. At Be Our Guest, you can feast on French cuisine like an open-faced croque madame sandwich or a vegetable quiche while you sip on bellinis and mimosas. If you have time, explore all three of the regal dining rooms and see if you can discover the hidden magic within. Breakfast is served here daily from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'
Chef Art Smith is a born-and-bred Floridian who showcases the foodie side of Florida at his namesake restaurant in Disney Springs. The Southern-style Rise 'n Shine Brunch is held every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes fresh fare like shrimp and grits and house-made sugar donuts. We recommend finding a relaxing, water-view spot on the covered porch to compliment your meal.
Held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Raglan Road's weekend brunch brings guests authentic Irish cuisine and, at the stroke of noon, an in-house band and Irish dance troupe. The menu boasts familiar Celtic fare like bangers and mash and a full Irish breakfast, but also unexpected gems like an "American" peanut butter and jelly french toast. An extensive list of wine, beer, and cocktails round out the menu at this lively pub.
Anyone who's had the chance to check out the Safari-themed character breakfast at Animal Kingdom's Tusker House already knows this is one of the best character meals on property. The costumes are adorable and the food on the buffet is a mix of traditional Disney breakfast choices and African flavors such as beef bobotie and Cape Malay curry chicken.
The best way to experience this breakfast is by making a reservation around 10:30 a.m. – the buffet switches over to lunch at 11 a.m., giving you the chance to make your second plate a lunch plate.
Chip 'n' Dale? Check. Farm-fresh foods served family-style? Check. Views of the nearby Living With the Land attraction? Check. There's so much to love about Garden Grill's daily character breakfast. Most of the dishes are the same foods you'll find at any Disney breakfast spot, but the gooey Chip's Sticky Bun Bake is a must-try, and the Mickey waffles are served with a warm chocolate-hazelnut drizzle. It's also Disney's only rotating restaurant, and breakfast is served here daily until 10:20 a.m.
Grand Floridian Cafe
If you need a break from Mickey overload, the understated yet elegant atmosphere of the Grand Floridian Cafe will almost make you forget you're at Disney World. The menu is just as elegant, with dishes like a lobster "Thermidor" burger and an eggs benedict flight. Breakfast is served daily until 11 a.m., and this eatery's proximity to Magic Kingdom means you're just a monorail ride away from the magic.
Phins, located inside the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel lobby, serves up oversize Bloody Marys each weekend that are pretty much brunch in a glass. Held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests can choose off-the-menu Marys or go for the build-your-own option with garnishes like entire sushi rolls, steak, and shrimp.