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Old 06-13-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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What breakfast buffet to choose?

I need to make one breakfast character buffet ADR for our Dec. trip. What is your favorite and why? We would like a place with an omlet station and home fries.
I am usually against table service breakfast because I feel we are better off with a bowl of cereal in the morning to start the day. The past 2 years we did one just for the experience. We have done Chef Mickeys and 1900 Park Fare. Neither was really that great but the interaction was nice. I won't repeat 1900 park fare but will consider anything else.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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We love the Crystal Palace. Great food - omelet station but not sure on home fries.....can't remember....there are plenty of sites that give the menus for all the Disney restaurants.

Fun characters - Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger.

And elbow room - not as cramped as 1900 Park Fare.

Give it a whirl.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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We are on the QSDP. Just paying OP for a couple of TS breakfast. Dh choose Cp. I picked H&V but it was mostly for the character there more than the food.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:54 AM   #4
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Food alright at askerhaus

But my dd lves seeing the princesses..esp., thrilled when she saw mulan!
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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We are on the DDP so cost isn't an issue. Crystal palace seems like a good choice. Is it much better than Chef Mickey's?
Not interested in the family style breakfasts because we have too many picky eaters in our group. Makes more sense to have a large selection.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:17 AM   #6
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I also loved Crystal Palace. Food is great, and character interaction is great. But, I have to say, nothing beats Boma for me. I've eaten there for breakfast 3 times (this trip will be number 4). I love the food, and I also love that animal sightseeing is just a short walk away
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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We are on the DDP so cost isn't an issue. Crystal palace seems like a good choice. Is it much better than Chef Mickey's?
Not interested in the family style breakfasts because we have too many picky eaters in our group. Makes more sense to have a large selection.
I have not been to Chef Mickey's yet (2013!). We just love the food and ambience of the CP and those particular characters. Huge breakfast buffet and quality was quite good. Everything from biscuits and gravy (yum!) to waffles to fruit to omelets to bacon, etc. Plus, an early breakfast time will get you into the park early. Was really neat to walk down mainstreet and snap a photo with no one around.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:43 AM   #8
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My family would vote for Donald's Safari Breakfast at TH in AK. The food was excellent. My DH has much love for their cinnamon rolls. (It's been 4 months and he still talks about them!) I can't remember if there is an egg/omelet station though, but I'm sure the latest menus will say. My kids really enjoyed the character interaction. My daughter was so excited to see Daisy!
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #9
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Another vote for Donald's Breakfast Safari in AK. It is a family favourite. The food is excellent and we have always had good character interaction.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #10
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Crystal Palace is OK, the food was good overall but I'd pick Chef Mickey's. I have to say that the "Pooh Clan" are not my favorite characters, so that may make me biased.

To me though, nothing is better than the "Fab 5" walking around in the CR while I'm eating. Plus you can see the monorails go by which in and of itself is AMAZING! I also liked the food much better @ CM's.

Chef Mickey's will also be a harder ADR to get, so if you do go that route, (or with any character buffet really) do it asap. Enjoy!
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #11
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I would pick Boma and then Donalds Safari Breakfast. But if characters are a must then Donalds.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:53 PM   #12
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I'll put my vote in for Donald's Breakfast Safari. There is such a wide variety of choices for breakfast, great character interaction and I love the location. Come out from breakfast in the morning and jump right on Kilamanjaros Safari.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:37 PM   #13
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Another vote for Donald's Breakfast Safari in AK. It is a family favourite. The food is excellent and we have always had good character interaction.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:38 PM   #14
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We love Crystal Palace...everything about it. At first, since we aren't huge Pooh fans, we thought we'd just go for the pretty setting and decent buffet, but it's become such a family favorite of ours. The character interaction is, hand's down, one of the best we've had. Most characters came around twice (stopped twice, I should say) and after that we just sort of waved as they passed by so they could spend more time with those guests they hadn't seen yet. The restaurant is beautiful and we really like the french toast puffs. Man, I drool just thinking about the french toast!!!

We have done Donald's breakfast only once, when it was still at Restaurantosaurus, but are planning on going in October again. It was great last time, hoping for more of the same. I and my DD liked the princess breakfast at Askerhus in Epcot. Though the whole process was a bit rushed, the food was good and the inside of the castle was gorgeous. Plus, Belle greets her guests before you eat and my DD being a huge Belle fan, well, it was magical for her! DH thought the family style eggs/meat was not enough food and even though they advertise it as an all you can eat meal, it wasn't very easy to request more food. The cold buffet that accompanies it was good, but again, my DH loves his breakfast food and this just wasn't enough for him.

Used to like Chef Mickey's, but since we pay OOP the price has really gotten out of control for our family of 4. I feel it's gone down hill in recent years and am disappointed at how rushed the character interactions have been. Not to mention your $30 photo package is of you with a Mickey STATUE!!! We may go back some time, but are wanting to try out some other options.

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Old 04-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #15
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Our Ratings of The Wave (Breakfast Buffet): (rev 1/6/2013)
. . . food price value: B
. . . food quality: B
. . . food quantity per serving: A
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: B
. . . eatery atmosphere: C
. . . eatery convenience: B
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE: This is a new location for a breakfast buffet. The buffet has
significantly increased its variety, and now is very much worth the visit.
At just under $20 per adult, it is extremely reasonable for a WDW
buffet. For breakfast, it's probably the best-kept dining secret.
it has Mickey waffles and delicious sweet potato pancakes. They use
local fresh fruit and vegetables. For those with a smaller appetite, one
can do the usual ala carte breakfast menu.
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