Touring Plans and Breakfast – You Can Do Both

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A few weeks back, I wrote about my diverging interests in early morning touring and the desire to have a fulfilling breakfast while on vacation.  At Walt Disney World, those two things tend to work in opposition to each other, which makes grabbing breakfast very difficult.  So, on a recent trip, I took a look at ways to meld the two, specifically at the Studios. 

Where's the coffee?

The Studios is, in my opinion, the park that it is most essential to arrive at early.  With Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror and Rock N’ Roller Coaster all among the rides that can fill up quickly, the first few moments at the Studios can be crucial.  Now add the all new Star Tours to the mix, and the Studios becomes an early morning madhouse.  

The Studios touring plans confirm this.  The majority of plans that presume you want to ride all attractions have guests start at Toy Story Mania for Fastpasses, then over to Rock N’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror before moving over into the Echo Lake area for Star Tours, with either the Great Movie Ride or Voyage of the Little Mermaid in between.  So how do you meld that with your desire to have a quick breakfast? 

The menu at Fairfax Fare for breakfast

Let’s start at the beginning.  The touring plans  will call for an arrival at the Studios 30 minutes before the park opens, which will typically be around 8:30 a.m.  On most days the Studios will allow guests into the park and hold them at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.  If that happens, one option is to grab something just inside the gates, next to Oscar’s Service Station.  The stand is so new that it doesn’t have a name yet, but look for the “Ice Cool” signs and you’ll find coffee, pastries and more. 

The first step on the touring plan is to head to Toy Story Mania for Fastpasses.  There’s nothing really in Pixar Place that is going to help you out if you’re hungry.  However, the next step is to head down Sunset Boulevard.  There you have a couple of options.  Fairfax Fare offers breakfast, including egg sandwiches on an English muffin.  They’re nothing special, but if you’re looking for protein, that’s your best option.  Also, outside of the Tower of Terror exit, there is a stand featuring coffee and pastries.  

Coffee stand at the exit of Tower of Terror

But let’s say you did have an early breakfast at your hotel, maybe some cereal or something, and you get hungry after all of this.  If you want to grab a mid-morning coffee and snack, your best bet is one of two options that will keep you on the touring plan.  As you leave Sunset Boulevard, Starring Rolls is directly on your right.  There you can get all kinds of pastries or even a cupcake.  

If you’re headed over to Voyage of the Little Mermaid next, take the time to go to the end of Mickey Avenue, and grab something from the Writer’s Stop.  I could write a whole review of that place, but they have real coffee, short lines and a comfortable seating area.   You could grab what you need and head on back to the queue line for Mermaid without too much fuss. 

Pastries on display at Writer's Stop

So, you can see that there is a way to combine your breakfast nosh with a commando touring plan.  I must admit, I wasn’t sure if that was possible.  However, on my recent trip, I did this by having a sandwich from Fairfax Fare then a late morning snack from Starring Rolls.  I have to note as well that all of the places listed except for Fairfax Fare serve real coffee, not Nescafe as most other Disney quick service stands do. 

What about you?  How would you combine a touring plan morning with the need to grab breakfast?

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Posted on June 20, 2011

3 Responses to “Touring Plans and Breakfast – You Can Do Both”

  • by OurDailyGruel on July 3, 2011, at 3:01 pm EST

    I wonder if it is food safe to consume a refrigerated sandwich purchased the night before from resort counter service or Earl of Sandwich. Sometimes even getting breakfast might take too long if the counter service at the resort is crowded.