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, including tons of quick service and table service restaurants where guests can start the day with a delicious breakfast.
The Plaza restaurant is the newest Magic Kingdom dining location to offer breakfast, temporarily. From now til March 2, 2019 the Main Street U.S.A. spot will serve a variety of options such as lobster benedict, made-to-order omelettes, or an classic all-American breakfast of scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, a Mickey waffle, and a biscuit. Kids can also order Mickey waffles with fruit.
Fantasyland’s Be Our Guest restaurant offers a dining experience fit for royalty with an assortment of French-inspired meals to start the day with, like Croque Madame or vegetable quiche. The heartiest offering is probably the Feast a la Gaston, which comes with scrambled eggs, herb roasted potatoes, applewood smoked bacon, and sausage served with fresh fruit and an assortment of pastries on the side. Other options include an open faced bacon and egg sandwich with brie cheese, scrambled egg whites, or a croissant doughnut. For a lighter choice to share with the table consider the assorted cured meats and cheeses, a platter of alpine smoked ham, serrano ham, sopressata, and cheese with a variety of marmalades and toasted baguette, fresh fruit and pastries. The kids’ menu also has a lot of meals for younger diners to choose from such as crepes filled with yogurt, french toast, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, or cereal, all served with a side of fresh fruit and pastries.
To start your morning at Magic Kingdom off with a character dining experience, plan ahead by making reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table or The Crystal Palace. Your favorite Disney princesses make special tableside appearances each morning at Cinderella’s Royal Table while guests indulge in menu items such as assorted pastries, caramel apple stuffed french toast, baked quiche, shrimp and grits. Other dishes include a traditional breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and potatoes or a healthy choice breakfast of oatmeal with dried fruit and seeds, a poached egg with arugula and tomato, and a multigrain croissant with avocado are available as well. Kids can choose from waffles and turkey sausage, a smaller portion of the traditional breakfast, and assorted cereals.
At The Crystal Palace, Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood stop by to share a breakfast buffet with guests! The offerings include a scrambled egg and omelette station, pancakes and waffles, freshly baked pastries, breakfast meats and potatoes, seasonal fresh fruits, and assorted Kellogs cereals.
To grab a bite and continue through the park, stop at one of three quick service spots: Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland, Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square, and Westward Ho in Frontierland. Gaston’s Tavern offers sweet treats like fruit and cheese, sliced apples and caramel, warm cinnamon rolls, and chocolate croissants. At Sleepy Hollow you’ll find an array of waffle creations including a sweet and spicy chicken waffle sandwich, a breakfast egg and cheese waffle sandwich with ham, a fresh fruit waffle sandwich with hazelnut spread, or a Mickey waffle topped with either strawberries and whipped cream or powdered sugar. Westward Ho serves muffins and croissant breakfast sandwiches. Starbucks lovers can find the full menu of Frappuchinos, smoothies, espressos, seasonal favorites and other standard beverages inside the Main Street Bakery.
At Epcot, you can sit down to breakfast in Norway with beloved princesses like Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and Jasmine. The buffet-style dining experience at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall offers up traditional breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes, as well as a Norwegian smorgasbord of salami, roasted turkey, smoked pork loin, dilled salmon gravlax, muenster cheese, peppered mackarel, jarlsberg cheese, and gjetost cheese. Garnishes for the authentic dishes include strawberry preserves, gherkins, tomatoes, oil cured olives and salted butter.
In Future World guests can dine with Chip, Dale, and other Disney friends at the Garden Grill Restaurant, located in The Land pavilion. The rotating restaurant serves family-style breakfast delights such as Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake, scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, sausage links, fresh seasonal fruit, hash brown potato barrels, and Mickey-shaped waffles with a warm chocolate hazelnut drizzle.
Sunshine Seasons, located downstairs in The Land pavilion, offers a variety of quick service options from fresh breakfast power wraps filled with wild rice, sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado and tofu to traditional platters of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage. breakfast potatoes and cinnamon french toast bread pudding. Health conscious guests can order lighter options like vanilla and flax overnight oats with blueberries and pecans. Assorted pastries such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, cherry turnovers, mocha coffee cake, pumpkin bread, and a variety of muffins and danishes. The traditional breakfast platter also comes in a smaller child’s portion.
You can also find all of your favorite Starbucks offerings at Fountain View in Future World.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Little ones will love starting the day at Hollywood & Vine for a fun buffet style breakfast featuring tons of favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins, Roadster Racer Goofy, Sofia the First, and the newest addition, Vampirina. Buffet stations include breakfast meats and potatoes, pancakes and waffles, fresh baked pastries, made to order omelets, and seasonal fresh fruit.
Woody’s Lunch Box, the all-new quick service restaurant that opened in Toy Story Land this summer, serves up all kinds of breakfast treats! Choose a hearty meal like a breakfast bowl filled with potato barrels covered in smoked brisket gravy with scrambled eggs and grilled onions or a smoked turkey breakfast sandwich with thick sliced turkey breast, melted swiss cheese and scrambled eggs on grilled sourdough bread. Guests with a sweet tooth can opt for a s’mores french toast sandwich, made of custard soaked brioche bread stuffed with marshmallow and chocolate ganache with graham cracker crumbs on top. Lighter fare includes a banana split yogurt parfait with pineapple, strawberries, and banana between layers of vanilla yogurt and honey topped with dark chocolate chips and granola. You can also try one of two different Lunch Box Tarts, only sold at Woody’s Lunch Box. One pastry is filled with raspberry marmalade and topped with strawberry fondant and edible pearls, and the other is has a chocolate hazelnut filling, topped with maple fondant and candied bacon. Most breakfast entrees can be ordered in a smaller portion from the Kids’ Menu.
For a quick cup of coffee on the go, hit the Trolley Car Cafe for all your Starbucks favorites, including coffee, espresso, tea, smoothies, frappuchinos, and seasonal items.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to quite a few quick service breakfast spots and coffee carts including Creature Comforts, which offers all your Starbucks favorites, Isle of Java in Discovery Island where you’ll find danishes, elephant ear pastries, muffins, apple cider donut holes, coffee and juice, and Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery located in Africa, serving assorted muffins and danishes, coffee, espresso, cappuccino, juice, and a hot breakfast wrap filled with egg, sausage, spinach and goat cheese.
In Pandora – The World of Avatar, Pongu Pongu offers a sausage and egg biscuit, french toast sticks and Pongu lumpia (a pineapple cream cheese spring roll) for early morning park guests looking for a smaller breakfast.
Character breakfast takes place at Tusker House Restaurant take place in Africa and features appearances from characters like Safari Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey. The buffet offers item like cinnamon rolls and croissants, bacon and sausage, Mickey waffles, seasonal fruits, banana bread pudding, breakfast potatoes, beef bobotie, and an assortment of cereals.
Over in the park’s Asia area, Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes is a quick service dining location where you can find breakfast burritos and tacos, egg sandwiches, fruit salad, coffee, juice, and other handheld meals you can eat on your trek throughout the park.
There is also a Rainforest Cafe located at the park’s entrance, which opens at 8:30 AM and features a full breakfast menu ranging from omelettes and breakfast sliders to Mexican-style breakfast pizza and a variety of different waffle entrees. The kids’ menu offers waffles, cereal, oatmeal, and cinnamon french toast options.
Now that you know where to find the perfect meal to start the day, it’s time to rise & shine and hit the parks! You can find great discounts on tickets to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, Walt Disney World and so much more on tickets2you.com!