Most Important Meal of the Day at Disneyland Resort

Pluto Enjoying Breakfast with a Few Guests

Everyone’s in a hurry to get the day going when they arrive at Disneyland Resort, but like Mom always said, breakfast is the way to jump start your morning – for staying power, fuel up!

Here are five of our favorite breakfasts. Share your favorites with us.

In Disneyland park: We like starting the day early in the theme park and getting photos with the characters checked off our to-do list. Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park at Plaza Inn fills us up and sends us on our way with cereals, made-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Mickey waffles, muffins, croissant, Danish and fresh fruit. And photos with Minnie and friends. Check!

But if you’re in more of a hurry to get to the attractions, grab a bite at River Belle Terrace, where the generous Mickey Mouse pancake is a favorite. Or go for the “Mark Twain” with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon or sausage and biscuit. Carb- and protein-loaders will love the pancakes with scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. Or just eat light with a beautiful plate of fresh fruit. Or throw caution to the wind enjoy a gooey cinnamon roll. Nothing is more than $8 on the menu.

At Disney California Adventure park: If you’ve got little girls, nothing beats starting the day at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration. Sit indoors or out and share the “breakfast tier” with fresh fruit, cheeses and cold cuts and pastries, bagels and croissants, followed by an ample platter of scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage and potatoes. All those beautiful princesses make a stop at the table for memorable photos and smiling faces.

Eat efficiently at Pacific Wharf Cafe, where your scrambled eggs and bacon come in an edible sourdough boule with a bite of fresh fruit. Or grab a portable croissant with scrambled eggs, cheddar and bacon. Of course, the most healthful is a warm bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, honey and raisins. Nothing is more than $6.

At Paradise Pier Hotel: If you’re not in a hurry to get in the park, what’s better than breakfast with the Big Cheese? Surf’s Up! Breakfast With Mickey and Friends features made-to-order omelets, flatbreads, Mickey waffles, chocolate peanut butter banana French toast, smoothies, a parfait station, chilaquiles (one of our favorites), smoked salmon and all the fixins’ and more. It’s a satisfying meal, and Mickey Mouse and pals dance and sing and make a stop at every table.

For reservations for character dining, call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463.


  • My Disneyland ritual is breakfast at the River Belle Terrace, just after the park opens — looking out over the peaceful Rivers of America and everything so sparkling and fresh before the crowds arrive. It’s a great, relaxing way to start a day!

  • I thought the Breakfast at the All Start Music was pretty darn good. Mickey waffles were a great way to start the day.

  • Plaza Inn is great when kids are with you. The characters come right to the table and the food is really good. But for a “grown-ups only” trip, we order room service at the Grand Californian. You can request the time you want it delivered, it’s not much more expensive than any other Resort eatery, and you can relax in your cozy room-HEAVEN!

  • My family loves Minnie’s Breakfast at the Plaza Inn. The french toast there is to die for it is so good. We do that every time we go to Disneyland.

    We love Goofy’s Kitchen too, but tend to do that for lunch or dinner.

  • Love the character dining… we just did Minnie and friends at the plaza yesterday.

  • The words of this blog smell yummy and healthy.
    I cannot stop trying the meals one day in Shanghai Disneyland.

  • My husband and I love Goofy’s Kitchen for breakfast. The peanut butter pizza is his absolute favorite.

  • I’m with Charles…we LOVE the Carnation Cafe. There’s nothing in the world that compares to eating Mickey Mouse waffles, cinnamon rolls (with tons of gooey icing!!) and sipping hot chocolate on Main Street U.S.A.; all while the hustle and bustle of Main Street vehicles and pedestrians are just a few feet away!

  • My kids love Mickey’s surfs up & Goofy’ kitchen but my husband and I LOVE Carnation Cafe. The croissant benedict is the best!!!!

  • I have to agree that the Storyteller’s cafe at The Grand Californian is our favorite for breakfast. The food was amazing!!! We didn’t have a reservation and the wait wasn’t bad either, we only waited 5-10 minutes for a table, it was well worth the money!!!

  • I agree with Laura – our family’s FAVORITE breakfast (ok–lunch too) spot is Storytellers Cafe. Hands down, they have the best quality food. The best – well the most “traditional” Disney characters are at Minnie’s Breakfast at the Plaza Inn. We loved all the characters–especially seeing Captain Hook, Peter Pan, The Fairy Godmother,however, we were not impressed with the quality of the food. If you haven’t tried Storytellers, I highly recommend it!

  • I like The Blue Ribbon Bakery. Mochas and chocolate croissants or cinnamon rolls- yum!

  • We will be going to Ariel’s Grotto for breakfast on Friday for my daughter’s 4th birthday! I hope the food is yummy…I can’t wait to see her meet the princesses! Getting so excited! Only 1 more sleep til we get on the plane! Disney.. here we come!

  • Hands down, Carnation Cafe!!

    It’s really nice to not have a character buffet and to sit outside enjoying the California weather… if only it were a little bigger though…because it gets busy!!

  • Every two years, we make it a point to have breakfast at the Plaza Inn. I love the extra special time that we have as a family, eating and meeting the great characters without the rush.

  • We had breakfast at Disney World with the characters in the Magic Kingdom one morning. I had just gone up to the buffet and had a plate full of French Toast with a helping of fresh sausage when who comes up to our table but one of the 3 Little Pigs. I looked at my plate, then looked at him and profoundly apologized. But he was a cool pig and gave us both big hugs. My wife and I laughed about this all morning because this could only have happened at Disney!

  • A long time family favorite is the River Belle Terrace, outside overlooking the River. We kids called one of the waitresses Aunt Jamima back in the 60’s.

  • I have yet to experience a character breakfast, but it sounds like a blast, and a wonderful way to begin the day! In the morning, my family always makes a mad dash to Space Mountain, then stops at the Tomorrowland Terrace to split a few breakfast platters. The price is extremely reasonable, and the food is always delicious. Some bacon, some potatoes, a biscuit, and I’m ready to enjoy the park. And after Space Mountain, I can take a rain check on the coffee. Zooming through the galaxy at death-defying speeds wakes you up.

  • We have always enjoyed the unlimited breakfast buffet at the Storytellers Café inside the Grand Californian Hotel. Characters walk around and greet you. It’s pretty pricey, but the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is sublime, and it’s just a great all-around treat.

  • We have enjoyed Goofy’s Kitchen twice. It’s our favorite! A close second is the breakfast at Carnation Cafe on Main Street and getting to meet Chef Oscar!

    By the way, IF ONLY there was a restaurant that was accessible from outside the park for breakfask, that had a large window into the park. During this time, characters would be ‘passing by’ or ‘working’ to prepare the park for business. It would be a great stage show! Just doing some armchair imagineering… 🙂

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