Top In-Park Restaurants for Christmas Breakfast
For the past few years, our Christmas breakfast has been a large cinnamon roll with a coffee. The tradition started when a friend recommended the famous cinnamon roll from Main Street Bakery. That Christmas would be the first and last time we ever ate the original cinnamon roll (talk about regret, huh?) as the Main Street Bakery underwent renovations and was transformed into a Starbucks that spring. We’ve spent the last two Christmas mornings at Gaston’s Tavern, which now offers a new version of the beloved breakfast pastry. While the new cinnamon roll gets the job done, it’s a far cry from the original and we’ve decided to retire the tradition.
Our quest for a new Christmas tradition has us researching breakfast options in the Magic Kingdom area. As I’ve mentioned in the past, my family normally heads to Magic Kingdom early in the morning, making it tough to get in a good breakfast. We have the option to eat a quick breakfast at our resort, but we’d much rather find a spot closer to, or within the park.
If you’re looking for a solid option for breakfast on Christmas morning, here are the best options within the parks:
Be Our Guest, Quick-Service Breakfast
I’m a little bitter, as I was positive that I secured a breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest. The immensely popular Magic Kingdom restaurant tested a breakfast menu earlier this year and has decided to make it a permanent mainstay. Be Our Guest’s breakfast is on the Disney Dining Plan, and like its lunch, is considered a Quick Service credit. When I logged into My Disney Experience to check my plans, the reservation was not there. As you may assume, I was not happy nor was I able to secure a “new” reservation – although I continue to trying!
Enough of my complaining, though. If you’re on the meal plan, Be Our Guest is a fantastic option. It’s one of the more expensive quick service breakfasts at Disney. A breakfast at Be Our Guest costs right around $20-$25 per person. With a quick service meal averaging around $15, this makes it a great use of a credit. It also allows you to eat inside the park. Magic Kingdom really lacks a solid quick service spot for breakfast. Like I said in a previous post, Magic Kingdom gets very crowded around 10am. I would recommend heading to the park for rope drop, experiencing as many attractions as possible, heading to your reservation, and then reserving your FP+ after you eat or sometime in the afternoon. It’ll put you ahead of those who eat elsewhere.
Each table gets their own plate of assorted breakfast pastries. The menu includes upscale breakfast dishes – both savory and sweet. While it is a bit pricey for those paying out of pocket, you benefit from being within the park – and eating at Beast’s castle is a pretty awesome experience!
Crystal Palace, 1 Table Service Credit
I’m a big fan of Crystal Palace – it’s a great option for families. My sister is a big kid and loves getting pictures with the characters; I just love breakfast food. Crystal Palace has a pretty traditional assortment of offerings. They have an omelet station, where a chef prepares made-to-order omelets. They also have Mickey waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and my favorite – Puffed French Toast. As usual, they also feature assorted pastries and fruit.
With so many options at Walt Disney World, Crystal Palace definitely skews more on the side of a traditional breakfast. Like Be Our Guest, though, the biggest benefit is being inside Magic Kingdom and not worrying about being turned away due to a phased closure.
Cinderella’s Royal Table, 2 Table Service Credits
Cinderella’s Royal Table is the perfect spot to bring your little princess. Even though we arrive Christmas Eve morning, we choose not to enter Magic Kingdom until Christmas morning. There’s something truly magical about entering Magic Kingdom for the first time early Christmas morning and seeing Cinderella’s castle, standing tall at the end of a gorgeously decorated Main Street. Now, imagine eating there.
There’s a reason the meal costs two credits – you’re paying for the experience. AJ from DisneyFoodBlog recommends booking breakfast close to rope drop. Not only does getting to dine in Cinderella’s Castle with all the princesses feel special, but entering the park before it opens makes you feel like VIP (and gives you an awesome opportunity for some photos.)
Admittedly, I’ve never dined at Cinderella’s Royal Castle, but I’ve heard the food is okay, and many have complained about the price point. I’ll say this – like Be Our Guest, you’re paying purely for the experience. Having seen photos of the restaurant, it’s beautifully decorated and offers unique views of Magic Kingdom. Sure, you can get eggs and french toast anywhere, but where else can you dine with the princesses in a castle? That’s a Christmas morning your little one will never forget!
Tusker House Restaurant, 1 Table Service Credit
I’m a huge fan of trying new things, so I really looked forward to eating breakfast at Tusker House last Christmas vacation. We usually use one table service credit on a breakfast. Being a big fan of Boma and African spices, I campaigned for Tusker House. My family was eery of trying an African-inspired restaurant for breakfast, but really enjoyed their meal.
Tusker House is in the Africa area of Animal Kingdom. Just like the rest of Animal Kingdom, the restaurant is highly themed. Every detail of the restaurant fits the theme and it truly feels like you just stepped foot within an African marketplace. There’s a lot of windows in the restaurant and it’s soaked with natural light – another recurring theme at Animal Kingdom.
While Tusker House has a lot of traditional breakfast items – suiting those with a less-than-adventurous palate, I was glad to see a solid variety of African-inspired dishes. The African dishes included beef bobotie, sweet plantains, mealie pap, and a spiced corn beef hash with cornbread topping. Like other breakfast buffets at Walt Disney World, it also has Mickey pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage. My favorite was the bone-in ham, which a chef freshly sliced for guests. The pastry table features assorted breads – the orange bread was outstanding!
Tusker House is a character breakfast, making it a great Christmas memory for families. Donald, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy visit tables in Safari gear, making for a unique photo opportunity you won’t find anywhere else.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Animal Kingdom is the least crowded park on Christmas Day, making Tusker House a great spot for your holiday breakfast. As I’m writing this, there are still reservations available for Christmas morning.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, 1 Table Service Credit
If Cinderella’s Royal Table is a bit out of your price range, but you’d still like a princess dining experience, then Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is a great alternative. Akershus, located in the Norway Pavilion, offers guests a breakfast buffet with the Disney princesses. Breakfast is served family and buffet style, with pastries, eggs, bacon and potatoes. They also serve a few Norwegian inspired dishes, such as smoked salmon and herring two ways.
While I’ve never dined at Akershus, I’ve heard great things. The food is good, but the princesses are the real draw. Cinderella’s Royal Table is not only a tough reservation to secure, but it’s pricey. If you’re looking to save some money or don’t care to spend two table service credits on breakfast, then Akershus is a solid option for a “royal” experience your little one will never forget!
Hollywood & Vine, 1 Table Service Credit
If Akershus and Cinderella’s Royal Table is a great option for families with little girls, then Hollywood & Vine is an awesome spot for families with boys. I have three baby cousins. One is only a few months old, but the other two are toddlers and very much in love with Disney. They haven’t quite entered the princess stage yet – they’re still obsessed with Minnie and Mickey; but we have a family friend with a son who is obsessed with Jake. Hollywood & Vine is another breakfast buffet where the character meet-and-greet is the real draw. The food is good and passable, but guests go for the character experience over the food.