View Full Version : Breakfast with the biggest "wow" factor
03-09-2004, 12:29 PM
Visiting Disney again with my brother and his family ( first timers ) this Summer:hyper: As we have the UK Ten day World pass we all get a Character Breakfast included.Last time I went we had ours at H&V which was OK, but this time - as it's down to me to organise - :eek: - I'd love to take us to somewhere that makes everyone go "Wow!, good choice!"
Which Character Breakfast made you go Wow! ?
p.s. as there are nine of us in total will it be a problem getting a PS?:crowded:
03-09-2004, 12:38 PM
03-09-2004, 12:55 PM
Crystal Palace in the MK.
03-09-2004, 01:11 PM
I was going to say Chef Mickey's or Crystal Palace, too!!!!
K and K's Mommy
03-09-2004, 03:06 PM
We loved Crystal Palace last year, but then again, my kids love Pooh! If everyone is more into Mickey, you would be best to choose Chef Mickey's. Then again, if you have a lot of princesses you might want to try for the castle. Regardless, since you have a big party, I would call for a PS 90 days out in order to get the time you want.
03-09-2004, 03:18 PM
Cape May at the Beach Club.
03-09-2004, 03:21 PM
We really love 1900 Park Faire. :earsgirl:
03-09-2004, 03:54 PM
1900 Park Faire for the food (the best of the character breakfasts imho!! Characters that were there included Mary Poppins, Mad Hatter, Pooh, Eeyore and Alice in Wonderland.
Crystal Palace is a classic. Food is good and characters are Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet.
Chef Mickeys, I wasnt impressed. But you do get to see Mickey!
I would pick 1900 Park Faire. Little kids would love the characters and adults would love the food and the luxury of being in the Grand Floridian!
Hard decision for you!!
Wishing everyone a "magical" day!:wave:
03-09-2004, 05:28 PM
Another 1900 Park Fare fan,
03-09-2004, 06:07 PM
DH and I did breakfast at Chef Mickey's on our honeymoon and I was not impressed. We were seated in a section entirely comprised of Japanese tourists who had a ton of cameras. Each person must have had a photo taken with each camera and then group photos were taken.
The food was ok, and our character interaction was minimal.
This trip we're trying Crystal Palace.
03-09-2004, 06:33 PM
For us CRT, my princess loves eating in the castle with her royal peers. princess:
We also love Chef Mickeys, though,
03-09-2004, 08:07 PM
I choose CRT. Doesn't get much more "WOW", then dining in a castle, that is unless you are English royalty, and have your own castle to dine in everyday.
Have a great trip.
03-09-2004, 08:39 PM
we loved the castle. nothing beats eating in the castle,but it depends what charecters your kids like. mickey & pooh or princesses
03-09-2004, 09:09 PM
Crystal Palace for lunch was better than Chef Mickey for breakfast. Never done the opposites, though. Can tell you to not bother with the Fairytale Princess Breakfast at Norway in Epcot unless you have an under 12 year old who doesn't care about food and just wants to meet a variety of face character princesses. The food at The Fairytale Princess Breakfast was not so great. The food at Chef Mickeys for breakfast was a little better, but nothing to write home about. If lunch is any indication, and you want Poo characters, then Crystal Palace is best bet as far a food goes. All the characters at each place were attentative and pleasant and it is just a matter of taste as to which you prefer for the character experience.
03-10-2004, 09:02 AM
Keep in mind you are not doing character meals for the food, but to meet specific characters, and I don't think you'll be disappointed (I'm trying to say if you're looking for a good meal for b'fast, don't bother with a character meal;) ). Since you do get one included, decide which characters you would most like to see and decide which meal might be most convenient. Most of the deluxe resorts have character meals on site, so one might be right in your hotel or nearby.
My kids really loved Chef Mickey's for the napkin dance and Mickey (we had dinner, not b'fast) and Cinderella's Royal Table for the atmosphere and princesses (we also saw Aladdin that day which was a real treat). Nothing like dining in the castle. If you don't do the b'fast there, make time for lunch or dinner.
1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian--hands down, no question. The buffet selection/omelette station is the best we've had on property at WDW for breakfast. The surroundings are sumptuous and the characters very interactive. The Madhatter played a "pictionary"-like game--drawing WDW landmarks while the audience tried to guess. If you win, you get to draw. It was quite fun even though we aren't real artistic in our family.
The grounds at GF are lovely to stroll through after breakfast to catch the boat to MK. Of course, there's the monorail as well.
Our family of four really enjoys our visits to 1900 Park Fare. :tongue:
03-10-2004, 09:26 AM
Thanks for all your posts! We already had in mind that we would do CRT ( if we can get in! princess: ) or Chef Mickeys, but it's great to hear your experiences in some of the other restaurants, and now I'm not so sure! - I guess I'll have to put it to the vote with the rest of the family.
03-10-2004, 09:27 AM
I disagree with a previous poster about not being able to get good food at a character meal. We really love the breakfast at Crystal Palace. I love seeing Tigger, but my husband is concerned with that. He LOVES the Breakfast Lasagna there - give it a try! :)
We also tried Chef Mickey's last trip for breakfast & really enjoyed the food here, too. Crystal Palace remains our favorite for breakfast though.
We will be trying Cape May's breakfast this year due to such high recommendations - & we love their dinner. :)
HTH! ::MickeyMo ::MinnieMo
03-10-2004, 11:58 AM
Just to warn you there are only certain character meals included with the UK 10 day voucher
iirc they are 1900 Park Fare, Cape May, Ohana, Chef Mickey's & Restaurantosaurus. CRT is definitely NOT included :(
I have a full list of the non-character breakfasts included if you want them
Happy planning :bounce:
03-10-2004, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the update TraceyL :)
After discussions with the family we may take in a couple of Character breakfasts anyway as there is so much to choose from!!!
Could you let me know the full list so that at least we know what's included with the ticket?
03-10-2004, 12:27 PM
By far my favorite breakfast. In addition to it being Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto I loved the food. Its buffet style. The atmosphere is very fun and the waitstaff is a complete riot. Lots of gadgets and knicknacs to see as well. If you eat early enough you wander out and can jump on Triceratops spin and Primevil whirl before the crowds too.
03-10-2004, 01:27 PM
Just had my list from TraceyL via PM - Thanks!:tongue:
A word of caution if you are travelling from the UK with the ten day World Pass - if you are making PS's for a character breakfast make sure that the venue you want is included on the list! I won't see my tickets untill a week or two prior to departure, but intend to make 60 day PS's.
K and K's Mommy
03-10-2004, 07:26 PM
Mark, they have actually changed the PS window to 90 days prior. So if you want the castle, definitely call 90 days before your date. Have fun!
03-10-2004, 07:44 PM
Since you are restricted to those choices I would definitely go for 1900 Park Fare. You won't be disappointed. The food is very good, atmosphere can't be beat and it has a wide variety of characters. Thus far I have seen Alice and the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, and Pooh and friends.
Good Luck deciding. Have a wonderful trip
03-10-2004, 10:13 PM
1900 Park Fare is my fave... I LOVE MARY POPPINS!!!!!!!!
I don't remember anything about the food, LOL, because I was too focused on the characters. =)
03-11-2004, 04:43 PM
Crystal Palace and Cape May Cafe are both good choices. If you like Pooh and co. then Crystal Palace is the choice, plus you are already in the park and can immeadiately begin wandering.
Also if you want a castle and you can't get in to Cinderella's, we tried the princess breakfast in Norway last time. Food was typical family-style breakfast but if you have kids that want to see the princesses then it is definitely a good choice.
03-12-2004, 07:51 AM
Wow, there seems to be ALOT of choices! I'm not the OP, but I had a similar question.
Are all these restuarants "buffet" style? We did Chef Mickey's for our Honeymoon and last Dec. we did CRT. And, we...really didn't like the food at either one. Ironically, we had a much longer wait at Chef Mickey's then at CRT. We had PS both times.
1900 Park Fare sounds good right now. Is it a "family style buffet" like CRT or reg. buffet like Chef Mickey's? Thanks!:teeth: :wave2:
03-12-2004, 02:22 PM
Get the earliest PS you can...makes all the difference.
You get to enter the park ahead of the rope drop. The buffet was amazing--everyone in our party of six (ages 3-67) loved the food and the character interaction. I have never seen so many great breakfast choices, and everything was at the right temperature--the hot stuff was HOT and the cold stuff was COLD (I'm picky that way).
It was so laid back and our server Billy was delightful and entertaining. We met Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. Would definitely do this one again.
03-13-2004, 02:31 AM
I have to say Cinderellas Royal Table if you can get it or if not Chef Mickey's which just makes you feel 100% like your in disney magic!!:earseek:
03-13-2004, 02:44 PM
1900 Park Fare. The food is a notch above other WDW buffets. Besides, being from the UK you must see Mary and Alice:earsboy:
03-18-2004, 04:07 AM
Hi - and thanks for all your suggestions! :) I'll let you know which ones we picked soon
03-18-2004, 04:41 AM
The Princess Story Book breakfast at Norway is pretty good. The princesses take lots of time with the kids and pose for a lot of pictures. But I would have to say the best Character breakfast we had been to was at 1900 Park Fare. The food was good, and plentiful, and there were plenty of characters to keep the kids, and adults, occupied.
03-18-2004, 02:58 PM
Another vote for 1900 Park Faire. The GF is something else.
03-18-2004, 02:59 PM
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