If you’re on this site, I assume that you are a devotee of our touring plans. I know that I’ve been a lover of the plans and maximizing my park time for a long time, even before I started writing for the site. There’s only one drawback to the plans that I can see, and that’s the need to get up early and be at the park right away.
I can understand that, but as someone who loves breakfast, it causes a conundrum. How can I grab a great breakfast somewhere in the parks, and keep going? I was pondering this question this week when planning my upcoming trip. Here’s the options I came up with in each park.
If you are looking for protein in your breakfast, you’re out of luck here. You are probably going to have to settle for coffee or tea and pastry, but you’ll have one good option for the pastry and one for the coffee.
A trick I’ve pulled many times is to head straight to Expedition Everest, then over to Kusafiri Bakery in Africa for a quick cup of coffee and either a cherry turnover or muffin. It’s on the way to the Kiliminjaro Safaris, the next step on the plan, and the pastries are great.
The only other real option in Animal Kingdom for a quick breakfast is Royal Anandapur Tea Company, which has much better coffee. The pastries there are not quite as good as at Kusafiri, since they’re the stock muffin and danish combo you find everywhere else at Disney World, but in a pinch, it will do.
Same as Animal Kingdom, if you are looking for a grab and go breakfast, you have a few great options for pastry and coffee, but that about covers it. The best of these has to be Starring Rolls, right at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. The world famous Butterfinger cupcake is indeed worth it, but the muffins and other items here are worth snagging on your way back from Tower of Terror to Star Tours 2.
Another good option that’s a little off the touring plan path is the Writer’s Stop, right off of New York Street near the Sci Fi Dine In. The fabulous thing to eat here is the carrot cake cookie with a cup of coffee. It’s heaven. But if you’re a strict breakfast traditionalist, there are also great muffins and danish.
Even quicker is the coffee cart right outside the Tower of Terror exit, where you can grab some Nescafe and a muffin very quickly. I don’t recommend it, though, because the other two places are better options. In a pinch, though, it will do.
There is a definite dearth of options in Epcot, simply because Future World is the only part of the park open. Per the touring plan, though, you are headed to the Land to either ride or Fastpass Soarin’, so your best bet is to get breakfast at Sunshine Seasons. The food court style eatery in the Land has eggs, bacon, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches as well as pastries. It’s a fabulous option for you to grab something.
Other than that, your only choice seems to be the coffee cart near Universe of Energy, which offers similar choices to the Tower of Terror cart. However, it’s not usually crowded, and would be right near Mission Space and Test Trck.
There is one choice here – the Main Street Bakery. The ham and cheese croissant there is only matched by the fabulous cinnamon roll. These are not grab and go foods, but they are quick. The issue is that the place is usually crawling by the first few minutes the park is open. If you can spare the time, though, it’s so worth it.
In looking at this information, it struck me that Disney doesn’t have more grab and go breakfast options in the parks. With a large number of Americans used to a fast food breakfast, it seems odd that there is not a biscuit, breakfast sandwich or other such option offered in a large number of locations. It seems like a lost revenue opportunity to me. But until Disney wises up, these are your best choices for a quick breakfast in the parks.
What about you? Where do you like to grab a quick breakfast in the parks?