Our family has been making yearly trips to Disneyland for over 8 years now and we have used research and trial and error to figure out the best places to eat at Disneyland (we’ve also found some places to avoid). When it comes to vacations I love to plan and I will even plan where we will eat most days. I do this for a couple of reasons, I want to make sure we are eating at a place that has good food and I want to avoid the “I don’t know where do you want to eat” that everyone seems to say when we ask. We have 7 people in our family so that is a lot of indecision.
Before our trips I read Disney message boards, check reviews and prices to find the best places to eat. I’ve compiled this list of 10 of the best places we have found to eat breakfast at Disneyland (lunch, dinner & snacks are coming too). You will find these locations in the parks, at the hotels and in Downtown Disney. Enjoy!
Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland hotel) – Goofy’s Kitchen is a character breakfast and is ridiculously expensive. How is that for a selling point? While the character meals are expensive I also think it’s worth every penny (at least once). There is a buffet which should please absolutely everyone in your family. The characters will come around to your table and visit with you while you eat. It’s great fun! Many of the character meals we have enjoyed have been because we booked our trip through Costco Travel and it included a character meal for each person.
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland hotel) – Steakhouse 55 is located right next door to Goofy’s Kitchen, so while everyone is waiting in the long line to eat with characters you can enjoy a great breakfast without the crowd. This is one of our favorite places for a sit down breakfast. The service here is top notch.
Tangaroa Terrace (Disneyland hotel) – The Disneyland hotel has lots of great options when it comes to breakfast and if you are looking for something quick and delicious this is the place. The Tangaroa Terrace is the most inexpensive option at the Disneyland hotel and a most of the menu item have a twist on the classics to give them an “island flavor” to them.
Plaza Inn (Disneyland) – Plaza Inn is another character meal and while we generally like to plan our character meals for days we aren’t in the park I had to give this one a try. We loved the cast of characters and the food is great. Plus, you can’t beat the atmosphere since you are right there at the end of main street.
Carnation Cafe (Disneyland) – There is something special about eating breakfast right there on Main Street! There are some great selections here that should pleases everyone in your party like the All-American breakfast or Apple-Granola Pancakes.
River Belle Terrace (Disneyland) – Lots of places service Mickey Mouse waffles, but this is the one place you can find Mickey Mouse pancakes! We recommend trying the Cinnamon Roll French Toast or my husbands favorite Country-style Biscuits n’ Gravy.
White Water Snacks (Grand Californian hotel) – This is a great place to pick up a quick breakfast. They offer breakfast burritos, buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, Mickey waffles and more. For those that like something smaller they also offer croissants and pastries. You will find something for everyone in the family. Plus, the prices are reasonable too.
Flo’s V8 Cafe (Disney California Adventure) – I plan on making a lists of the 10 best places for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I am pretty sure Flo’s V8 Cafe will make the list for every meal . It’s one of our faves for sure! They don’t have an extensive breakfast menu, but what they do have is good. Give the Brioche French Toast with Salted Caramel Sauce and Bananas a try!
Earl of Sandwich (Downtown Disney) – I am thrilled that Earl of Sandwich is now at Disneyland (we have loved it at Disney World). Breakfast here is inexpensive, tasty and quick. You can grab something and eat it on your way to the parks (especially if you are staying at the Disneyland Hotel, you will walk right past it). Choose from hot egg sandwiches, omelets or yogurt parfaits. When we have a big lunch or dinner planned we really like to start our day here with a smaller breakfast.
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express (Downtown Disney) – It’s totally okay to start your day with Beignets (French-style donuts dusted with powdered sugar) for breakfast and this is the place to do it! If you prefer a more traditional breakfast they have several options too. Seriously, just go for the Beignets!
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I was provided (2) one-day Park Hoppers to help facilitate my list. My opinions and love for Disney (and it’s food) are honest and true.