In December 2019, Disney's Riviera Resort opened, transporting guests to the European Riviera with its breathtaking architecture and decor. Naturally, we could hardly wait to see what the dining options would be like! Now that the doors have opened, we hopped over to Disney's Riviera Resort on an important mission to try out Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera.
Topolino's Terrace hosts both breakfast and dinner in a gorgeous setting with frogtastic views from its rooftop spot (which we'll get into below). But we frogs were extra excited to try out the all-new character dining experience, Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and Friends, where Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy transform into artists, complete with charming outfits. The artsy theme sparks tons of creativity, as seen with the detailed dinnerware and toadally inspired breakfast choices. From an elegant atmosphere reminiscent of the grandeur of Europe, to fun character interactions, read on for our complete review of Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and Friends.
Overview of Topolino’s Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera
Topolino’s Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera is Disney's Riviera Resort's signature table-service restaurant, inspired by the cliffside restaurants along the European Riviera. “Topolino” is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse, who makes a special appearance during the brand-new character breakfast.
If you're staying at a Disney Resort hotel in the area, such as Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, you're in for a special treat! Disney's Riviera Resort is on Disney's Skyliner transportation line, giving guests an extra magical way to glide into the resort via a character-inspired gondola. Disney's Riviera Resort is also available by bus, and has parking available for mealtime guests.
Once you arrive at Disney's Riviera Resort, from the main lobby, walk down the hallway next to Le Petit Café. Then, take the East Wing elevators to the 10th floor. (Note that you cannot access the restaurant from the West Wing elevators.) As soon as you step out of the elevator, you'll arrive at the entrance of Topolino’s Terrace. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Mickey design in the restaurant’s signage! (Not really a hidden Mickey, but fun for the tadpoles to spot nonetheless!) The check-in desk sits at the center as you walk in. While you wait to be seated, take a peek at the pasta, cheese and wine on display in the restaurant’s lobby area.
The dining room itself is warm and open, letting that natural Florida sunshine pour in from the gallery of windows, showcasing stunning views of the lagoon around the resort and neighboring Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. You can even spot The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Epcot-area resorts in the distance. If you time it just right, dinner at Topolino’s Terrace would provide frogtastic views of the nighttime spectaculars at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot!
It’s highly recommended that you make an advance dining reservation for breakfast and/or dinner at Topolino’s Terrace through your My Disney Experience account. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance.
Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and Friends at Topolino’s Terrace
We love character dining experiences, and Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and Friends was no exception. Character dining gives us the opportunity to fuel up (in the air-conditioning!), but also allows Tad and Lily to meet characters while doing so (meaningful multitasking for the win!). The interactions, and the time spent with their faves, are toadally what memories are made of (and I would be lying if I said I didn't get misty a time or two at watching the magic come to life through their eyes!).
This new character breakfast creates a backstory that falls perfectly in line with the overall theming of Disney’s Riviera Resort. Mickey Mouse and friends have traveled to the European Riviera to study different forms of art. Mickey learns how to paint, Minnie writes poetry, Donald aspires to be a sculptor and Daisy expresses herself through dance. The chic costumes, which are exclusive to this character dining experience at Topolino’s Terrace, reflect their individual crafts. Mickey rocks a paint-splattered smock, Minnie shines in a dress that showcases her written work, Donald sports a clay-covered apron and Daisy dazzles in a pink tutu! They even carry around a paintbrush, a pen and notebook and a chisel in their pockets. After all, you never know when inspiration will strike! What a fun way to spark the tadpoles' interest in the arts.
Breakfast starts with juice or coffee and assorted pastries — chocolate-chip muffins, croissants, Epi bread and seasonal danishes — along with honey butter, house-made jam and chocolate-hazelnut spread for your entire frog family to share. The pastries arrive in a small paint bucket on a tray that resembles an art palette, and the butter knife looks like a paintbrush! Specialty espresso drinks and alcoholic beverages are available for an additional cost.
Now, let’s talk about the main breakfast course! You have several entrées to choose from (we know, it’s hard to pick just one). Here’s a full list of the options:
- Quiche Gruyère - house-made pancetta, roasted potatoes, field greens, lemon vinaigrette
- Spiced Sausage Hash - poached hen egg, english muffin, potatoes, pearl onions, choron sauce, fines herbes
- Two Eggs - Any Style - roasted potatoes, choice of smoked bacon, ham, sausage or plant-based sausage
- Wild Mushroom Scramble - spinach, plant-based eggs, plant-based sausage, tomatoes
- Sour Cream Waffles - topped with roasted apples, chantilly, orange-maple syrup and choice of smoked bacon, ham, sausage or plant-based sausage
- Croissant au Jambon - ham, Brie, Bechamel, field greens, lemon vinaigrette
- Smoked Salmon - everything bagel, tomato, red onion, cream cheese, capers
- Wood-fired Butcher's Steak - polenta, pomodoraccio tomatoes, roasted onions, wild mushroom conserva, watercress
- Fruit Plate - seasonal fruits, honey yogurt, seed granola, toasted sunflower butter
Leap decided on the quiche, which is one of the more popular breakfast options. He agreed that it's a worthy top dish. I tried the sour cream waffles, which had a slightly crispy exterior and a thick, fluffy interior — striking a perfect balance! For the toppings, raspberries, roasted apples and the orange-maple syrup brought out a nice blend of fruity flavors. Tad, an always-hungry tween, got the simple yet filling Two Eggs entrée. Lily, who ordered from the kids' menu (and got a cute sticker!), stuck with her favorite Mickey waffles. Tadpoles can choose from one entrée (scrambled eggs, fruit and yogurt or Mickey waffles) and two sides (roasted potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup or seed granola). We thought that the themed starters, paired with traditional breakfast offerings for the main course, was the right mix for kiddos, encouraging them to try something new and fun, while also offering familiar favorites.
The breakfast costs $29 per child (ages 3-9) and $42 per adult. While you can get more bang (well, in this case, food) for your buck at some of the other character breakfast buffets that have similar prices, Breakfast à la Art is worth the splurge, especially if you care more about the character interactions than the food. (Can you really put a price on Daisy in a tutu?!)
And it's not just the intricate theming and delicious food. The character interactions at Breakfast à la Art with Mickey and Friends were top-notch. Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy took their time when they individually stopped by our table to greet us. They all posed for lots of photos and gave us big hugs! Daisy even showed off her best pirouette. About once an hour, music will play, and they dance around the dining room to celebrate any special occasions, making it a fun choice for birthday boys and girls. Be sure to watch the way that the characters interact with one another too. At one point, Mickey and Donald were making silly faces at each other across the room! But eventually, they embraced in a big hug right in front of our table.
If you want a cute memento of this dining experience, character plush toys of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy dressed in their artsy outfits are available to purchase.
Dinner at Topolino’s Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera
While we opted for breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy in their adorable artists' garb, guests can also indulge in fine dining during the evening hours at Topolino’s Terrace. Fresh seafood and meat dishes, hand-crafted pasta and desserts are inspired by French and Italian flavors. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., making the later hours ideal for fireworks viewing.
Guests can begin with antipasto plates, including gnocchi, marinated olives and burrata and ricotta cheeses. Salads, escargot and pumpkin ravioli make up the rest of the starters on the menu. If you want pasta, you can choose from herb fettuccine, linguine scampi, rigatoni and cucatini. The seafood and meat dishes include bouillabaisse, tomahawk veal chop, braised lamb shank, filet mignon and more. Top dinner off with a dessert, such as apple tarte tatin, profiteroles, warm Valrhona chocolate cake or pistachio mousse. A kids' menu is available for the tadpoles. Similar to breakfast, kids can choose an entrée (rigatoni, chicken breast, petit beef filet, salmon, sustainable fish or linguine with sautéed shrimp) and two sides (roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad or gelato).
There is also a wide selection of espresso drinks, mocktails, cocktails, wine, beer, hard cider and sparkling water at dinner. For a full list, view the dinner menu on Disney’s website. Bon appétit, or buon appetito, frog friends!
Are you drooling yet? Let us know in the comments below if you're planning to visit Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy during breakfast at Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. Or, instead, will you be watching fireworks from the rooftop after indulging in fine Italian and French cuisine?