Epcot has some of the best dining experiences in Walt Disney World. With everything from a quick snack to fine dining, there really is something for everyone to enjoy in Epcot.
But where can you get the best breakfast in Epcot?
Let’s look at all the different options so that you can find the best breakfast at Epcot for you and your family.
Breakfast Locations in Epcot
Obviously, not everyone’s idea of breakfast is the same.
Some want cinnamon rolls and coffee on the go, others want to dine with Princesses. Epcot offers these options and everything in between.
Broadly there are three options for having breakfast at Epcot:
- Table Service Dining in Epcot
- Quick Service Dining in Epcot
- Options within walking distance of Epcot
Breakfast at Epcot right now (October 2021) is rather different from what it used to be.
Epcot park’s opening hours used to be 9 am until 9 pm.
For a long time after the re-opening, Epcot didn’t open until 11 am. Not exactly the greatest time for breakfast!
However, at the moment, and until we hear otherwise, Epcot opens at 10 am and closes at 10 pm.
Therefore the need for breakfast in Epcot is definitely for those who are tending more towards brunch!
However, there are still some great places to eat when the park opens.
And I am sure that one day soon we will all be lining up at Epcot to get in at 9 am again.
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Table Service Dining for Breakfast in Epcot
There are two choices for table service dining in Epcot for breakfast.
- Garden Grill Restaurant
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Well, unfortunately right now there is only one, as the Princess Storybook Dining is not available at the moment.
And really it is difficult even to count Garden Grill as this is not open for breakfast at the time of writing either. It is serving lunch from 11.30 onwards so perhaps we can call that brunch?
However, I am sure that both these options will open up again soon which is why I am still including them in this guide to breakfast at Epcot.
When these restaurants are open for breakfast the added benefit of a reservation is that you can get into Epcot before the park opens. Reservations were taken from 8 am when the park opened at 9 am.
Garden Grill Restaurant Breakfast in Epcot
This is the restaurant that as soon as the kids see it they want to dine there. Why? Because it is a revolving restaurant!
Located in the Land Pavilion in Future World this is certainly a character dining experience with a unique perspective. Well, lots of perspective as your view changes as you eat.
It is situated right above the Living With the Land attraction so you get a look into there as you move around!
Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale are the characters who will entertain you whilst you eat. One thing I like about this restaurant is that you always seem to get a good amount of interaction time with the characters. Of course, it isn’t what it used to be, in these times of social distancing, but it’s still good.
All the food is served “family style”. What this means is that it is brought to the table on platters. If you want more your servers are always happy to bring out more.
When Breakfast was served at Garden Grill the family-style meal was:
Seasonal Fresh Fruits, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake with Warm Vanilla Icing, Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage Links, Hash Brown Potato Barrels, and Mickey Waffles with Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Drizzle.
The cost was $41 for adults and $24 for children aged 3 to 9.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall hosted the very popular Princess Storybook Dining.
This restaurant was one of the very best ways of meeting the Disney Princesses.
Even though Akershus is located in the Norway Pavilion, do not expect to see Anna and Elsa in the restaurant. They aren’t there.
Make sure you prepare your little Princesses for this, otherwise they may, quite reasonably, expect that your favorite Frozen characters might be inside the Royal Banquet Hall, but unfortunately they aren’t.
Some of the meal is brought to the table and there was also a Norwegian Smorgasbord buffet table.
Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Potato Casserole were brought to the table.
The Smorgasbord Buffet had:
- Roasted Turkey
- Smoked Pork Loin
- Peppered Mackerel
- Dilled Salmon Gravalax
- Jarlsberg Cheese
- Muenster Cheese
- Gjetost Cheese
The Disney Princess Storybook Breakfast was priced at $53 for adults and $34 for children aged 3 to 9.
This is definitely a place to bring the young ones when it reopens. The interaction with the Princesses is really one of the best in Disney World.
Many would say that it is a better option than Cinderella’s Royal Table for meeting the Princesses. Hopefully, it will open again soon!
Quick Service Dining in Epcot
There are some exceptional options for breakfast if you want a quick service meal in Epcot.
Most guests will enter via the main Epcot entrance with the iconic Spaceship Earth ride dominating the landscape.
If you need a quick breakfast stop whilst you are in Epcot Future World there are some good options:
- Sunshine Seasons
- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
- Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
- Traveler’s Cafe
Epcot Breakfast at Sunshine Seasons
This is one of my favorite Quick Service dining places in Epcot. Sunshine Seasons is open from when the park opens.
You will find this food mall in the Land Pavilion of Future World. It is conveniently located near Soarin’ and Living with the Land.
I remember when this first opened – it was such a welcome addition to Epcot dining as it had healthy options and even some vegan items!
That opening day now seems a long time ago, but you can still get healthy choices here very easily. That is if can walk past the croissants.
There is a lot of seating available. It can get pretty busy here, particularly towards mid-day, but you can usually find a place to sit.
If you want to have your order ready to pick up you can use Moblie Order. This means you can order through the Disney App, pay online, and have your breakfast ready for you when you arrive.
I am a huge fan of Mobile Order as it saves so much time.
Sunshine Seasons can get pretty loud. The location which is at the lower level of the Pavilion has an acoustic which doesn’t lend itself to a quiet breakfast!
Here you will find a wide selection of breakfast items. This is a food court with plenty of choices.
Perfect for families where everyone wants something different. Whether you have a sweet tooth or want a power breakfast, there is something for you here.
- Bakery Items
- Ovenight Oats
- Cooked Breakfast Items
- French Toast
The Breakfast Platter has Eggs, Potatoes, Bacon, Sausage, and French Toast for $11.79
The Breakfast Power Wrap has wild rice, sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado, and tofu for $8.79
Oatmeal is a good start to the day and a bargain at $2.79. You even get raisins as a free topping.
The Breakfast Panini has Eggs, bacon, roast pork, and cheese served with a side for $8.49
A Bagel with Cream Cheese is $2.99
These are just a few of the Epcot breakfast items available in Sunshine Seasons. You are sure to find something even for the pickiest of eaters here.
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
The Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is located in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase.
I overlooked this hidden gem for so many years before finally going inside. I was so glad I did!
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe is a good place for breakfast at Epcot if you are riding Frozen Ever After, or are just starting your journey around World Showcase. Turn left as you arrive from Future World. Norway is just past Mexico.
Kringla is housed in a quaint Norwegian chalet. The interior is cozy and full of nice decorative touches. It even has a fireplace – wonderful for that Florida summer!
There is a good amount of seating located out at the back of Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.
Many people rave about the School Bread and I can see why.
However, this sweet bread roll with a custard-type filling is not for me as it is topped with coconut.
One of my favorites is Verden’s Besste Kake. It’s a close call between that and the Eplekake.
Whilst it’s not exactly the healthiest choice for breakfast you will certainly enjoy the selection of Norwegian delicacies.
Don’t expect too much from the coffee and you won’t be disappointed! Have it if you really need a caffeine hit, otherwise give it a miss.
Traveler’s Cafe (or Starbucks as it is more accurately known) is located close to the Canada Pavilion in Epcot World Showcase.
This can be a good place to grab a quick breakfast sandwich or snack before you tackle Epcot.
- Sausage, Cheddar and Egg Breakfast Sandwich $5.29
- Doubke Smoked Bacon, Cheddar and Egg Sandwich $6.29
- Spinach, Feta Cage Free Eg White Breakfast Wrap $5.79
- Assorted Pastries
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie
What could be a better start to the morning at Epcot than breakfast in a French Cafe?
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is a favorite at any time of day but is a great place to enjoy breakfast at Epcot.
This delightful French cafe is located in the France Pavilion – a short walk from the World Showcase entrance to the park.
If you are arriving from that direction it is a sensible move to turn to the right and walk over the bridge towards the Eifel Tower. You can’t miss it!
Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is located at the back of the France Pavilion. It can get very crowded and the lines can be long.
There are displays and lines on either side of the cafe. It can be slightly overwhelming to choose from all the delicious-looking cakes and pastries.
Pick some things to share if you can’t make up your mind!
Here is a selection of what is available in this Quick Service location:
- Croissant $2.95
- Pain au Chocolat $3.80
- Beignet $4.95
- Croque Monsieur $9.25
- Quiche Lorraine $7
- Eggs, Cheese and Bacon Croissant $8.25
- Croissant Jambon Fromage $6.95
There is a reasonably sized seating area in the back of the cafe. This is attached to the French store so it offers inside seating.
This is a great place to escape the heat and get into some air conditioning! There is also a small amount of outdoor seating available.
Restaurants Serving Breakfast Close to Epcot
The other option, which gives you even more choice, is to have breakfast outside of Epcot in the Boardwalk Area.
This is within very easy walking distance to Epcot and here you will have a wider choice of restaurants and Walt Disney World Hotel dining.
- Trattoria al Forno
- Cape May Cafe
- Ale and Compass Restaurant
Trattoria al Forno
This is an excellent way to start the day. You can have breakfast at Trattoria al Forno and then walk to the World Showcase entrance of Epcot.
This used to be one of my top recommendations for a character breakfast. The Bon Voyage Breakfast was a great character meal!
However, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel, and Prince Eric are no longer at Trattoria al Forno.
Hopefully, they will return one day because they really did make all the difference to this restaurant.
Without them, it is just, well, a bit average.
The location is good if you want a table service cooked breakfast before you go to Epcot in the morning. Service tends to be pleasant but slow, and the food is mostly just OK.
Here is a selection of the breakfast menu items:
- Oak-grilled Steak and Eggs $21
- Buttermilk Pancakes $15
- Sunrise Breakfast Pizza $14
- Tiramisu-style French Toast $16
- Caprese Omelet $16
- Al Forno Egg $15
- Poached Eggs $13
- Two Eggs your Way $15
- Avocado Toast $12
- Florentine Frittata $16
- Steel-cut Oatmeal $7
- Mickey Waffle $5
Cape May Cafe
Cape May is located inside the Disney Beach Club Resort Hotel.
This used to be one of my top picks for both breakfast and dinner. When the characters were there and buffet dining was something you, quite frankly. just took it for granted at Disney, this was an excellent choice to dine with your family.
Now the characters are not there and the buffet has been replaced with family-style. And the quality and experience really are just not the same.
So Cape May has gone from being one of the best choices for breakfast at Epcot to one of the worst.
The Breakfast Menu is $25 for adults and $14 for children aged 3 to 9.
All food is served family-style with a choice of:
Assorted House-made Pastries and Spreads
Croissant, Multigrain Croissant, French Rolls, “Lobster Tail” layered Crispy Pastry filled with Pastry Cream, Mini Muffins with Butter, Jelly, and Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread
Yogurt Parfait and Mixed Seasonal Fruit
Plant-based pastries and yogurt parfait are available upon request.
Ham and Cheese, Western, Veggies (Plant-based Egg option available upon request)
Hot Breakfast Platter
Mickey and Minnie Waffles, Seasonal Pancakes, Brioche French Toast, Cage-free Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Crispy Potato Barrels, and Beef Hash (Plant-based version available upon request)
Hopefully, the characters and the buffet both return to Cae May to restore what used to be a fun and high-quality buffet food experience.
Ale and Compass Restaurant
The Ale and Compass Restaurant is located inside Disneys Yacht Club Resort.
It starts serving breakfast at 7 am so plenty of time to enjoy a very leisurely breakfast and then walk to the World Showcase entrance of Epcot for park opening.
Make sure that you have reservations for breakfast ahead of time. Disney World restaurants have been busy for as long as I can remember, and the present situation has not done anything to change that! Always make an Advance Dining Reservation if you possibly can.
The decor, service, and ambiance are all good. You are in the Yacht Club and the idea is that you are dining in a lighthouse. Not sure I quite get this, but it definitely has attractive decor with a subtle nautical theme.
If you are looking for somewhere for breakfast at Epcot that has a Disney theme, this really isn’t it. Ale and Compass is more designed to attract the convention-type crowd than the “I really need Disney with my breakfast” crowd.
Ale and Compass Breakfast Menu
- Chilled Overnight Oats $7
- Sausage $5
- Fresh Fruit $5
- Truffle Fries with Roasted Shallot Mayonnaise $6
- Bacon $5
If you want a restaurant breakfast before spending the day at Epcot, Ale and Compass really is an option that is well worth considering. Particularly if you are staying in one of the Boardwalk or Epcot area resorts.
I particularly like that they have healthy options. The Protein Bowl is a great way to start your day.
The American Breakfast is a good traditional start too. And the price tag of $15 is pretty reasonable so long as you remember you are enjoying breakfast steps away from Epcot.
And the crab cake benedict is just a fabulous start to the day. You are on vacation so enjoy it!
Quick Service Locations Serving Breakfast Close to Epcot
If you don’t want a full-service restaurant breakfast there are some Quick Service options.
The BoardWalk Bakery is a good option for breakfast close to Epcot.
It is easy to pick up a quick breakfast here and then walk to World Showcase. It is open from 7 am.
If you want something filling and reasonably priced (for Disney) an Everything Everything Sandwich is a good choice.
This has Everything Bagel, Cage-free Egg, and Cheddar served with a choice of Whole Fruit for $7.99 this will set you up for all those miles you will walk around Epcot!
The Butter Butter Sandwich has Brioche Bread, Shaved Ham, Scrambled Eggs, and Buttery Fontina Cheese Spread served with choice of Whole Fruit $8.99
There is also a good selection of Pastries and Snacks including:
- Crumb Cake $3.79
- Croissant $3.49
- Muffin Assortment $3.49
- Mickey’s Crisped Rice Treat $4.69
- Pickle in Pouch $1.99
- Banana $2.29
- Mickey Brownie $4.79
- Mixed Fruit Cup $3.99
Beach Club Market Place
If you want a Quick Service breakfast that is within a 5-minute walking distance of Epcot World Showcase Entrance the Beach Club Market Place is definitely somewhere to consider.
- Side of Breakfast Potatoes $4.49
- Side of Pork Sausage $2.99
- Side Bacon $2.99
- Side of Scrambled Eggs $2.99
- Side Biscuits $1.49
I highly recommend Beach Club Market Place if you want a quick and filling breakfast option before you visit Epcot.
The Plant-Based Mickey Waffles are one of my top recommendations for a good value breakfast. If you want a traditional breakfast then the Bounty Platter is also a good value.
The Market at Ale and Compass
If you don’t want a full-service restaurant for breakfast before your visit to Epcot, then the Market at Ale and Compass can be a good option too.
- Potato Barrels $4.49
- Bacon $2.99
- Gourmet Oatmeal $3.49
- Grape Cup or Strawberry Cup $3.99
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