Park mornings can be very early. Especially if you want to be there for rope drop. Quite often you’ll be leaving your Disney resort half an hour before the park opens, or if you’re travelling from off property you’ll be leaving even earlier. Grabbing breakfast may seem rushed while you’re packing up your park backpack and slathering on sunscreen. No worries, each theme park has a place to grab breakfast. Whether you’re looking for a sit down dining experience or want to grab something to eat while waiting in line for an attraction, there’s a place for your breakfast needs. Today’s post is going to look at your choices at Walt Disney World’s theme park, Epcot.
Some of these restaurants require advanced reservations and all of these dining experiences will require park admission. Pay attention to the hours, some of these restaurants are open before official park open which means you’ll have access into the park before many other guests. Bonus! So let’s dig in.
Sit Down Restaurants
Located in the Norway Pavilion, at Epcot’s World Showcase, guests will enjoy a character buffet at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Princess Aurora and Belle will interact with patrons, signing autographs and taking pictures. The food here is Norwegian, so you won’t get the plentiful skillets of pancakes, oatmeal and breakfast potatoes you would find at many of the other breakfast buffets. They do offer scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potato casserole and Mickey Mouse waffles (upon request). A variety of cheeses, bagels, meats, yogurts and preserves are found at the buffet as well. This buffet has a high cost, but perfect for guests on the dining plan as it only requires one table service meal credit. By eating here early you gain access to Norway, the home of Frozen. With the Frozen ride across the courtyard and the Anna and Elsa meet and greet steps away, you’ll be starting your day off perfectly. Reservations are strongly recommended. Akershus serves breakfast from 8am until 11:10am.
The Garden Grill is another character dining experience, featuring Chip n Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto. It’s not a buffet, but you will not have a menu either. Servers will bring you a platter of food to share among the table and replenish as you need it. The platters will be filled with eggs, bacon, sausage, Mickey Waffles, buns and fresh fruit. The restaurant is located on the ground level of the Land, beside Living with the Land. Garden Grill does a slow moving circular spin as guests dine. Giving you a glance into the Living with the Land attraction, and giving younger visitors a much needed distraction. Garden Grill serves mimosas and bloody mary’s, giving those on the dining plan that option to indulge in their alcoholic offerings. Reservations are recommended but not to difficult to get, making it a perfect choice for last minute travel planners. With Garden Grill’s location in The Land, grab a first thing reservation, dine and then jump on Soarin’ before the crowds arrive. Then you’ll have one of the most popular attractions off your list. Garden Grill is open for breakfast from 8am until 10:30am.
The only quick-service restaurant at Epcot that serves breakfast, guests using the quick-service dining plan can redeem their credits here. Sunshine Seasons offers a couple of full breakfast options as well as snack style breakfast options. Sunshine Seasons is located on the ground level of The Land and has a large seating area. So you simply go up, order, get your food and then find a seat. No previous reservation required. Order a Breakfast Platter, with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Potatoes and French Toast Bread Pudding, a Breakfast Souffle, Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding or one of the many other choices. Similar to Garden Grill, this location is great, because it puts you right next to one of the most popular attractions at Epcot. And if you’re travelling with kids shorter than 38”, one parent can ride Soarin, while the other feeds the kids. And then use a Rider Switch pass and skip the wait. Great way to start your day at Epcot. Sunshine Seasons opens at 9am.
Grab and Go.
Start your morning with a Starbucks coffee and a Starbucks pastry at home? Well you can do the same at Epcot. The Fountain View, located in the shadow of Spaceship Earth, in the view of the Future World fountain, is a Walt Disney World Starbucks location. Serving all your favourite drinks and your breakfast of choice. Whether you’re looking to have a Caramel Macchiato with a Blueberry Muffin or a dark roast with a banana, your Starbucks order will be at the ready at Fountain View. Fountain View opens upon rope drop. They do accept the dining plan, only snack credits.
Not as many options as the Magic Kingdom, but the majority of Epcot’s dining is found in World Showcase. Which, except for Norway, doesn’t open until 11am. So your options are definitely lowered. You can also enjoy breakfast at the neighbouring resorts: Beach Club Resort and Boardwalk Inn & Villas. Beach Club has Cape May Cafe, which opens at 7:30am and is a character buffet. When you finish your meal you can simply walk through the World Showcase entrance. At the Boardwalk you can eat at Trattoria al Forno, also open at 7:30am and also a character breakfast. Two other great options that will have you filled and at the parks by park open. Happy Planning, Friends.