We’ve all had those mornings where we are rushing so much to get into Disneyland for rope drop or to maximize Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour that we don’t take time for a proper breakfast. After the Frog Family has burned through the adrenaline rush, we find it’s time to refuel to keep our energy up and our frog legs hoppin’! The good news is that you can enjoy breakfast inside the parks. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and investing in a good breakfast at Disneyland parks can mean saving money on a lot of snacks later in the day. There are a number of restaurant choices available in the parks to meet every budget. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat on the go, or are looking for table service or even character breakfast, it’s all available inside the parks. If you have sprung out of bed early to take advantage of Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours, you might find your crew slowing down and needing a nice breakfast to carry them through the rest of the day by mid-morning. With lunch still a ways off, it’s nice that there are several options for breakfast at Disneyland's parks. Sometimes it is hard to get froglets to eat early in the morning when they are excited to go to the park, but once they build up an appetite by hopping around, they can sit down and clean their plates.
Where to Eat Breakfast at Disneyland Park
Some people need to sit down and eat a hearty breakfast, while others need to get moving first with a little snack and then eat a few hours later. Whatever your needs, Disneyland has got you covered.
Disneyland Breakfast Quick Service Options
If you are looking for a quick bite on-the-go, Market House on Main Street U.S.A. has your Starbucks, as well as breakfast sandwiches and wraps. If your breakfast budget is in the $5.00 range, this is the least expensive option for in-park breakfast sandwiches, wraps, pastries and more in the morning. Click here for some other snacks to eat under $5 to get you through the rest of the day!
In terms of quick service restaurants serving full breakfasts, you have three choices. They are all priced similarly, with entrees from about $6.00 to $10.00. Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, Red Rose Taverne and Galactic Grill all offer breakfast foods in the morning. Oh it’s a Jolly Holiday for breakfast lovers and people who may be hungry in the morning, but not necessarily lovers of breakfast food. Yes, you can get your Jolly Holiday combo of grilled cheese, but you can also find quiche, egg and bacon croissants and fruit. They have many tasty muffins and cinnamon rolls, as well. It’s a great place to grab a quick, reasonably-priced bite. At Galactic Grill, you can fill up with a breakfast burrito, loaded breakfast sandwich, French toast sticks or get the tadpoles a breakfast slider.
Over in Fantasyland, be their guest at the Red Rose Taverne with some creative and traditional breakfast foods. This is the place to start your day with Mickey pancakes and breakfast platters or with a twist on tradition with garden vegetable hash with scrambled eggs, a breakfast flatbread with house-cured salmon or a breakfast sandwich. It’s food with French flair, but served up quickly so you can hop to it. If you are really in a hurry to eat and move on, all of these quick service locations offer Disneyland Mobile Ordering Service so that you can have your food hot and ready when you arrive.
Disneyland Breakfast Table Service Options
In terms of table service restaurants offering breakfast at Disneyland park, you have two options. You do not have to venture very far into the park before coming to the Carnation Café in the middle of Main Street U.S.A. They serve “All-American Breakfast,” Mickey-shaped waffles with strawberry topping, country-fried steak and eggs, frittatas, eggs Benedict, oatmeal and apple granola pancakes. You can eat while you people-watch the crowds streaming into the park for the day. The food is a little fancier and the prices a little steeper than the other options ($9.00 to $15.00 for entrées). You might be able to walk in, but reservations are recommended.
Over at the edge of the Rivers of America, River Belle Terrace serves some of the most interesting breakfasts we’ve seen — and we mean that in the best way possible! Yes, you can still get your Mickey-shaped pancake, but you can also step out of your breakfast box and enjoy the short rib skillet, a southern fried bone-in pork chop or Becky Thatcher’s fried green tomatoes. If you have a sweet tooth, try the southern sweet skillet monkey bread. You can dine in the calm, southern dining room in casual elegance or sit outside in the fresh air across from the river’s edge and people-watch. Even though it is a table service restaurant, we’ve found service to be quick, giving this the perfect blend of a relaxing meal with an accelerated pace so we don’t have to sweat about whether we can make our next FASTPASS reservation window.
Finally, you have the character breakfast. The Minnie and Friends Character breakfast is at the Plaza Inn. Advance reservations are highly recommended, and Disney hotel guests have preferred reservation access. Breakfast is served buffet style and includes cereals, made-to-order omelets, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, Mickey waffles, biscuits and gravy, French toast, muffins, Danishes and croissants. You can meet several characters who come greet you at your table while you eat. This is the priciest in-park breakfast option, ranging from $35.00 to $59.99, but getting to spend all that time with some popular favorite and rare characters is priceless. If you have early reservations, be sure to allow plenty of time to get through security and the park entrance so you don’t miss your reservation! Bring your dining reservation confirmation with you. There is a separate entrance for Character Dining before the park opens.
Where to Eat Breakfast at Disney California Adventure
Over at California Adventure, there are fewer breakfast choices, but you can find cinnamon rolls, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, wraps, baked goods and Starbucks coffee at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. In Hollywoodland, Schmoozies has fruit smoothies and coffees to-go, as well (sometimes doughnuts, too)!
In Cars Land, Flo’s V8 Café, one of our favorite quick service restaurants, offers you diner breakfasts from $5.50 to $9.50 per entrée. With offerings such as brioche French toast (with salted caramel sauce and bananas!), chicken tamales with scrambled eggs, waffles for kids and the American breakfast with eggs, potatoes, bacon and a biscuit, you can drive in to fill your tank before or after the big race at Radiator Springs Racers (make a pit stop to get your FASTPASSes nextdoor to Flo’s before pulling in for breakfast)!
Breakfast is usually served until 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. If you forget which restaurants are serving breakfast, you can check the boards at the main information kiosks in each park. They post breakfast information along with the ride times so that you can plan your park day accordingly.
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