One of the oldest tricks in the tourist book is to get up early and hit the theme parks as they are opening for the day in an effort to beat the crowds and the heat. Some resorts, like Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, even offer early admission times for select hotel guests and special pass holders to get an extra hour to explore the attractions before the general public arrives. However, starting the day that early doesn’t leave a ton of time to grab breakfast before you get to the parks, and not every dining location is open for morning dining. Use this guide to locate the best places to enjoy the most important meal of the day at each local theme park!
With the exception of a few counter-service locations offering grab-and-go coffee and pastry options for an early morning at Universal Orlando, the only place to sit down for breakfast at the resort is in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is one of the only areas in the park open to guests who have early park entry.
Universal Studios Florida
There is a Starbucks, serving up all of its standard menu offerings, located in the New York section of Universal Studios. In Springfield (home of The Simpsons) on the other side of the park, you can stop by Lard Lad Doughnuts and choose from an array of freshly made donuts.
In the Wizarding World, the Leaky Cauldron restaurant in Hogsmeade is open for breakfast daily. The menu features several English breakfast staples such as an egg, leek, and mushroom pasty or a traditional English breakfast of fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, and potatoes. Other morning meal options include pancakes with bacon and sausage, apple oatmeal flan with yogurt, and a traditional American breakfast of scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage with a croissant. The traditional English and American breakfast as well as the pancake meal can all be ordered as a smaller kids’ portion as well.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
At Islands of Adventure, there are three different places for breakfast on the go just inside the park at the Port of Entry. You can grab a coffee from Starbucks or stop at Cinnabon for a classic cinnabon, caramel pecan rolls, and cinnamon stix. At the Croissant Moon Bakery you can choose from a variety of danishes, croissants, muffins, cereals, and chocolate croissants along with coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Over in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can sit down to breakfast at Three Broomsticks in Diagon Alley. Go for the full Harry Potter experience and try a traditional English breakfast made up of fresh scrambled eggs, sausage links, black pudding, English bacon, baked beans, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms and breakfast potatoes. Other menu options include a continental breakfast of fruit and croissants, a pancake breakfast with bacon and sausage, porridge, or a traditional American breakfast with scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon and sausage. In addition to your standard coffee, tea and juice, you can opt for the Wizarding World favorite Pumpkin Juice!
SeaWorld Orlando has a much smaller selection of restaurants overall in comparison to the other major theme parks, so it’s probably not too much of a surprise that there isn’t much to choose from for breakfast here. After entering the park you’ll first come across Cypress Bakery, where you can grab a muffin or bagel to take on the go as you adventure through the park. The bakery is also home to a Starbucks counter, which serves the usual menu of coffee, tea, and other beverages. For a more traditional sit-down breakfast, continue on to Seafire Grill. for a buffet of continental style breakfast options like croissants, danishes, muffins, fresh fruit and cereals. Standard beverage offerings such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, apple and orange juice are all available as well.
Walt Disney World
Because Walt Disney World Resort has four complete theme parks on its property, it has the largest variety of dining locations. Guests can start the day with a delicious breakfast at a variety of quick service and table service restaurants.
Quite a few restaurants at Magic Kingdom are typically open for breakfast. Due to the current modified operation schedules across Walt Disney World, the selection is more limited than usual. However, you’ll still be able to find delicious breakfast offerings in the park.
The Crystal Palace
At The Crystal Palace, Winnie the Pooh and his friends stop by to share a breakfast buffet with guests! Offerings at the Main Street U.S.A. restaurant include:
- Scrambled Egg and Omelette Station
- Pancakes and Waffles
- Freshly Baked Pastries
- Breakfast Meats and Potatoes
- Seasonal Fresh Fruits
- Assorted Kellogs Cereals
Diners who are 21 and older can also add specialty cocktails to their breakfast order. The Crystal Palace serves a variety of wines and beer along with:
- Mimosa ($11): Domain Ste. Michelle with Orange Juice
- House-made White Sangria ($11): Kunde Sauvignon Blanc with Pineapple Juice and Fruit
To grab a bite and continue through the park, you can stop at one of Fantasyland’s quick-service restaurants. Gaston’s Tavern offers sweet treats like warm cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit.
The Friar’s Nook
Breakfast is back at the Friar’s Nook from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM daily. Originally debuting in December 2019, the breakfast menu was temporarily removed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the following offerings are back at the Fantasyland quick service location:
- Breakfast Sandwich ($8.79): Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar served on a Multigrain Croissant with Potato Barrels
- Sausage and Gravy Tots ($5.49): Side of Potato Barrels topped with Sausage Gravy
- Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts ($4.99): Doughnut Holes covered in Cinnamon Sugar
At Sleepy Hollow you’ll find delicious baked creations, perfect for starting the day with a sweet treat. Breakfast entrees include:
- Mickey Waffle with Powdered Sugar ($6.79): Topped with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries
- Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich ($8.29): Served with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
- Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar ($7.99): Served with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
EPCOT’s dining locations have been slowly reopening to the public over the past few months. Due to this, many locations that normally serve breakfast are only serving limited menus.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
You can sit down to breakfast at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall with Disney Princesses in Norway. The buffet-style dining experience offers up breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Along with the classics, you can enjoy a Norwegian smorgasbord made up of
- Roasted Turkey
- Smoked Pork Loin
- Dilled Salmon Gravlax
- Muenster Cheese
- Peppered Mackerel
- Jarlsberg Cheese
- Gjetost Cheese
Garnishes for the authentic dishes include strawberry preserves, gherkins, tomatoes, oil cured olives and salted butter.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Much like Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios normally has multiple restaurants open for breakfast. Because of the temporary changes with hours and operation, menus have been modified.
Woody’s Lunch Box
Breakfast is back at Woody’s Lunch Box during the busy holiday season. It’s unclear whether it’s back for good or just for the holidays. For now, the following offerings are available from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM daily.
- Breakfast Bowl ($8.79): Potato Barrels smothered in Smoked Brisket Country Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, and Green Onions
- Kids’ Breakfast Bowl ($5.49): A smaller portion of the Breakfast Bowl served with a Cuties Mandarin, Potato Barrels, and a beverage
- BBQ Brisket Melt ($12.99): Shredded Smoked Brisket, Pickles, and Tangy BBQ Sauce with Cheddar and Monterey Jack on Grilled Sourdough
- Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich ($8.99): Melted Provolone, Cheddar, and American Cheeses on Grilled Sourdough. Plant-based Cheddar Grilled Cheese also available.
- Smoked Turkey Sandwich ($9.99): Smoked Turkey Breast, Lettuce, and Tomato with Dijonnaise spread on Sunflower Multigrain
- “Totchos” ($8.99): Potato Barrels with Beef and Bean Chili, Shredded Cheese, and signature Queso topped with Tomatoes, Corn Chips, and Sour Cream. Plant-based variation also available.
- Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart ($4.29): Pastry stuffed with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread, coated with Maple Fondant and Candied Bacon
- Raspberry Lunch Box Tart ($4.29): Pastry stuffed with Raspberry Marmalade, coated with Strawberry Fondant and Crispy Pearls
- Lemon-Blueberry Lunch Box Tart ($4.29): Pastry with Lemon Filling and Blueberry Frosting
Rosie’s All-American Cafe
Rosie’s All American Cafe has recently added breakfast to the menu. The quick service restaurant now offers a few delicious new items, including:
- Smashed Avocado Toast and Egg ($9.99): Seasoned Avocado, Oven-roasted Egg, and Seasonal Dressed Greens on Crostini
- Mexican Corn Chilaquiles and Eggs ($9.49): Fresh Corn, Black Beans, Caramelized Onions, Poblano Peppers, and Chorizo with Ranchero Sauce, House-fried Tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Avocado, and Queso Fresco topped with Scrambled Eggs and Cilantro Cream
- Fried Chicken and Cinnamon-Sugar French Doughnut ($8.99): Crispy Chicken Strips with Sweet Potato Bites, Cinnamon-Sugar French Doughnuts, and Maple Glaze
- Cocina Breakfast ($9.49): Fresh Corn, Black Beans, Caramelized Onions, Poblano Peppers with Ranchero Sauce, House-fried Tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Avocado, and Plant-based “Eggs”.
- Kids’ Scrambled Eggs and Sweet Potato Bites ($6.99): Served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or DASANI Water
For a quick cup of coffee on the go, hit the Trolley Car Cafe. This is where you’ll find your Starbucks including coffee, espresso, tea, smoothies, frappuccinos, and seasonal items.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to quite a few quick-service breakfast spots and coffee carts.
Tamu Tamu Refreshments
At Tamu Tamu Refreshments, you can now enjoy breakfast from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM daily. New menu offerings include:
- Guava and Cream Cheese Danish ($3.99)
- Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit ($6.99)
- African Coffee ($11)
- Chocolate Twist ($3.99)
- Honey Pistachio Croissant ($3.99)
- Colossal Mickey Cinnamon Roll ($7.49)
- Croissant ($3.49)
Isle of Java
At Isle of Java in Discovery Island, you’ll find grab and go breakfast options. Along with your morning coffee, you can choose from the following menu items:
- Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit ($6.99): Also available without Sausage
- Tiger Tail Chocolate Twist ($4.99)
- Elephant Ear Pastry ($5.99)
- Danish ($3.99)
- Muffin ($3.99)
Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery
Located in Africa, Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery also serves assorted muffins and danishes. Along with a variety of coffee, espresso, and cappuccino drinks, the full breakfast menu includes:
- Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit ($6.99)
- Spinach and Feta Quiche ($6.49)
- Danish ($3.99): Chocolate Twist, Cheese and Guava, or Cheese
- Croissant ($3.49)
- Colossal Cinnamon Roll ($7.49)
- Elephant Ear Pastry ($5.99)
- Pistachio Honey Croissant ($3.99)
- Fresh Fruit Cup ($3.99)
- Assorted Muffins ($3.49)
- Dannon Greek Yogurt ($3.19)
In Pandora – The World of Avatar, Pongu Pongu offers a few breakfast entrees. These meals perfect for early morning park guests looking for a smaller breakfast. You can order a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit ($6.99), French toast sticks ($6.29), or Pongu Lumpia ($3.29). The unique spring roll is filled with pineapple cream cheese.
Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
Over in the park’s Asia area, stop by Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes. The quick-service dining location where you’ll find handheld meals you can eat on your trek throughout the park.
- Breakfast Bowl ($10.99): Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese, Breakfast Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions
- Egg White English Muffin ($9.49): Egg Whites, American Cheese, and Tomato on an English Muffin served with Hash Brown Bites
- Breakfast Bowl ($11.49): Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar Cheese, Breakfast Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions with a choice of Bacon or Sausage
- Sausage and Egg English Muffin ($10.99): Eggs, American Cheese, and Sausage on an English Muffin served with Hash Brown bites
- Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad ($7.99)
- Hash Brown Bites ($4.99)
- Yogurt Parfait ($7.99): Lowfat Yogurt and Strawberry Compote with Granola
- Kids’ Pancake and Sausage Stick ($8.99)
- Kids’ French Toast ($8.99)
Tusker House Restaurant (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
Character breakfast takes place at Tusker House Restaurant in Africa. The dining experience features appearances from characters like Safari Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Mickey. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $42 per adult and $27 per child. The menu is a mix of classic breakfast and traditional African offerings including:
- Breakfast Breads, Cinnamon Rolls, and Croissants
- Bacon and Sausage
- Simba and Nala Waffles
- Morning Frittata
- Banana Bread Pudding
- Scrambled Eggs
- Breakfast Potatoes
- Assorted Breakfast Cereals
- Beef Bobotie
- Fruit Chutneys
- Coffee, Tea, Milk, Assorted Juices, and Jungle Juice
Now that you know where to find the best breakfast, it’s time to rise & shine and hit the parks!