For today’s Foodie Friday, we take a look at the top resort table service restaurants for Christmas breakfast. As I’ve mentioned before, my family typically wakes up and heads directly to Magic Kingdom on Christmas morning, grabbing a quick bite to eat in the park. If you’d rather have a nice sit-down meal with your family, here are your best resort options:
The Wave…of American Flavors, The Contemporary Resort
We start with possibly the most underrated breakfast at Walt Disney World. We tried The Wave a few years ago for dinner. It was an unfortunate experience – I was kicking a cold and my mom and sister were both recovering from a stomach virus they contracted shortly after arriving at Disney, so our appetites weren’t exactly there.
The reason that I like The Wave is because of the atmosphere. It has a very quiet, relaxing atmosphere. It’s tucked away inside The Contemporary’s lobby and features simple, yet very detailed decor. It has this warm earthy hue to it, making for a comfortable space.
You can either order off the menu or opt for the breakfast buffet. The Wave’s options are definitely different from any other restaurant at Disney. While it offers the traditional eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage, it also features sweet potato pancakes! The sweet potato pancakes are a signature dish at The Wave, served with Pecan-Honey butter. The buffet features many of the menu’s offerings, including a few additional options. Of course you can get the traditional Disney breakfast items – like eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast pastries. You may notice the Mickey waffles look a little… “off”… That’s because they’re multigrain! Perhaps the most interesting offering is the eggs benedict with a Key Lime Hollandaise sauce!
I’d recommend The Wave for older families, like mine, with adventurous palates. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for a “different” spin on breakfast and a few “healthier” options.
‘OHana, Polynesian Village Resort
Like dinner, ‘Ohana is an extremely popular option for breakfast, making it a difficult reservation to secure! Also like dinner, ‘Ohana breakfast is served family style and is “all you care to eat.” You’re immediately welcomed with a basket of Hawaiian Welcome Bread, the restaurant’s version of breakfast pastries. You’re also treated to POG juice – a combination of passion fruit, orange and guava juice.
The breakfast options are pretty traditional, with a Polynesian flair. The breakfast skillets include scrambled eggs, fried potatoes with caramelized onions and scallions, sausage and bacon, and biscuits.
I mentioned in last week’s post how the food at character meals tends to lack quality. You pay for the experience. Well, ‘Ohana is the best of both worlds. You get to hang out with the characters – Stitch, Lilo, Pluto and Mickey; and you get a pretty good meal, too!
Cape May Cafe, Yacht & Beach Club
We’ll be dining here on December 28th, as it was highly recommended by a friend. AJ, from DisneyFoodBlog, hails Cape May as her favorite buffet at Disney, so it must be good! It features traditional breakfast offerings with some flair. Of course, there’s a separate section for the breakfast pastries and fruit – which includes everything from English Muffins to an Orange-Cranberry bread. There’s also plain oatmeal and an apple cranberry quinoa – but let’s get to the main offerings! Disney includes all the usual breakfast foods: eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. You can also get a breakfast frittata, asparagus, hollandaise sauce and creamy cheddar grits. I’m most excited for the french toast and waffle bar. They serve the usual Mickey waffles, as well as french toast, accompanied by a toppings bar – caramelized bananas, maple syrup, chocolate chips, strawberry melba and whipped topping. Oh yeah – and there’s a bread pudding!
While the characters are a bit limited, it’s a unique experience. Goofy, Donald and Minnie each visit tables, dressed in beach attire. It’s a photo you can’t get anywhere else.
I’m really excited to try the food here, as the offerings are really interesting. It’s another character meal where the food quality matches the experience!
Boma, Animal Kingdom Lodge
I mentioned it back in a previous post, but Boma is probably my favorite Table Service restaurant for dinner. I’m a huge fan of trying new things and really enjoy dishes with African spices. I could fill myself up on the soups alone! But we’re not talking dinner here, we’re talking breakfast!
Like Tusker House, guests are welcomed with the famous Jungle Juice! The fruit and pastry section feature a bunch of African-inspired options, including an African fruit salad, banana bread, and orange and banana macadamia muffins. They also serve sticky buns, which I’ve heard are outstanding!
The main dishes are traditional African-inspired breakfast items. They have plain scrambled eggs or goat cheese and spinach scrambled eggs. They also have bobotie. If it’s anything like Tusker House, I highly recommend grabbing some! Boma offers bacon and sausage, as well as African-spiced corn beef hash, freshly carved turkey, and freshly carved ham. Pap is another great option – it’s similar to grits and it goes really well with the grilled tomatoes and chakalaka. My recommendation – grab some Pap along with some chakalaka and bacon!
Even the kids’ station has some different offerings, including M&M pancakes! Of course, no trip is complete without some French Toast Bread Pudding, topped with Pecan Praline sauce.
Boma is a spacious restaurant that’s great for families. It’s a bit darker, which makes it a comfortable environment, but the buffet line can get really crowded! If you’re staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or heading to Animal Kingdom on Christmas morning, I highly recommend eating breakfast here!
Kona Cafe, Polynesian Village Resort
After listing all buffets, it’s time to take a look at a normal table service restaurant. Kona Cafe, located in the Polynesian VIllage Resort, is one of the top table service restaurants for breakfast. After all, it’s home to the famous Tonga Toast – two thick slices of sourdough bread sandwiched together with bananas and then dipped in egg and deep fried, before being rolled in cinnamon sugar. Is your mouth watering yet? A lot of people love Tonga Toast, while some argue that it’s overrated and too sweet. Regardless, it continues to be a fan favorite and a major draw for the restaurant.
Kona offers customary breakfast options with a Polynesian twist, including Macadamia Pineapple pancakes. If you have a Samoan-size appetite, go for the Big Kahuna, which includes french toast, Macadamia Pineapple pancakes, eggs, home-fried potatoes, ham, bacon and sausage. This is a seriously big dish and will leave you full!
The restaurant itself lacks a real identity. The decor is a bit boring and it looks out into the Polynesian’s lobby. In a word – it lacks intimacy, but it certainly packs some flavor. While it is on the meal plan, I’d recommend paying out-of-pocket. The prices are right in line with a Quick Service breakfast, making it a poor use of a Table Service credit.
Notably Left Off: Chef Mickey’s, The Contemporary Resort
I’m not saying Chef Mickey’s is a bad option, I’m just saying that there’s better options. Chef Mickey’s is a highly debated restaurant – some absolutely despise it, others tolerate it, and some people love it. My personal opinion: it’s a run-of-the-mill buffet, with run-of-the-mill, yet formidable breakfast food, where the characters and experience are the true draw. After all, this is the one restaurant where you can meet all the top Disney characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy!
The buffet includes all the normal breakfast foods: eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. You can’t really mess up breakfast food. My main concern was the temperature of the food. I had a few Mickey waffles that were room temperature and the breakfast potatoes were cold the last time I ate there. It’s not a huge deal and they certainly could have improved since then, but that’s just my personal experience.
From an atmosphere standpoint, it’s unmatched when it comes to the characters and the decor. It’s located in a really cool location (within The Contemporary) and it has a pop cartoony theme throughout. It’s the one spot to meet and dine with all your favorite classic Disney characters, making it a great spot for young families.