Making restaurant reservations in the parks, especially those with character dining is difficult at best. But outside the parks and just a short journey to the resorts you can find lesser known, but equally satisfying places to enjoy a meal. Everyone runs to the Plaza Inn or Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel, but a quiet place to start a busy day is right next door at Steakhouse 55. There are a number of these “hidden gems” at Walt Disney World, so if you’re having trouble making reservations for Crystal Palace, Hollywood & Vine, Garden Grill, or Tusker House, don’t fret. Put on your detective hat and discover a new place that’s off the beaten path.
Recently, we found a new favorite place for breakfast. Just a short walk from inside the World Showcase in Epcot is the Cape May Café inside the Beach Club Resort. (Not to be mistaken for the Caribbean Beach Club Resort). Join Minnie Mouse and a few of her friends at Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast. Here is a fun character dining experience with a full buffet for breakfast or dinner. Imagine almost every mouth-watering item available on this buffet. You can start with a custom omelet or scrambled eggs, a wide selection of fresh fruit, breads & rolls, ham, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, and more. Oh, and don’t forget the iconic Mickey Waffles! Although we haven’t tried it yet, dinner looks to be equally satisfying. The menu sports a seafood lineup that appears unrivaled.
While enjoying all this fabulous food, you will be visited by Minnie, Goofy, Daisy and Donald. Like all character dining experiences, you can interact with them and pose with them for photos. The hard part is finding someone to take your picture!
But character dining does come at a price. Unfortunately, Minnie doesn’t work for cheese. At these experiences you will find the price higher than for a similar breakfast without the characters. This is about the experience and even if you are traveling on a strict budget, it’s worth it to splurge for one character meal during your visit to a Disney park. The photos and memories will last a lifetime, and how do you put a price on that?