When you vacation at Disney World, there tends to be a lot of rushing around with Disney dining, especially for breakfast. If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle, or if you don’t love the idea of breakfast (especially super early ones), you might want to add a mid-morning brunch to your plans. Brunch is really popular right now and there are quite a few new and exciting brunch menus at Disney World restaurants.
Here are a few picks for delicious and leisurely brunches to consider for your next visit.
Disney World Dining for Brunch
Rise ‘n Shine Brunch at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs
The newest Disney brunch option, Rise ‘n Shine Brunch at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, is also one of the most popular! Here you’ll find a Southern-style brunch every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Menu items are available a la carte and include fried chicken and house-made sugar doughnuts, shrimp & grits, short rib hash and an open-faced biscuit topped with Chef Art’s famous fried chicken, 2 over-easy eggs, pimento cheese and pecan-smoked bacon smothered in sawmill gravy and served with a choice of side. You can also enjoy cocktails like white peach sangria, mimosas with fresh-squeezed juices and several options for Bloody Marys with all the fixins’.
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Rollicking Raglan Brunch at Raglan Road at Disney Springs
This brunch is not new, but it is a long-time favorite for lots of folks. The Rollicking Raglan Brunch offers authentic Irish music, food and live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Food is served a la carte here as well and includes Full Irish Breakfast, Pancakes Diaspora with crème fraiche, maple syrup and berry compote, and Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes, to name a few. If you prefer more of a lunch, the slow-roasted Guinness-glazed Rack of Heaven baby back ribs, Lobster Club and famous Shepherd’s Pie are some of the most popular dishes. Specialty cocktails like their house made Bloody Mary, Strawberry Fields Mimosa and Grapefruit & T (variation on the classic G & T) and more are available, too. Note: The live entertainment starts at 12pm.
Sunday Gospel Brunch at House of Blues at Disney Springs
The Sunday Gospel Brunch is an all-you-can-eat traditional Southern-style buffet that takes place in the Music Hall at House of Blues on the West Side at Disney Springs at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM most Sundays. It’s a world-famous, one-of-a-kind experience that puts the spotlight on local talent with traditional and contemporary Gospel songs. You are welcomed to sing, dance, wave your napkin, stomp your feet or sit back and take it all in. The buffet includes such culinary delights as chicken jambalaya and BBQ chicken, as well as scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bread pudding and made-to-order omelets. Plus, there’s carving stations, fried catfish, peel and eat shrimp, chicken & waffles, honey baked ham, roast beef and more. This joyful celebration requires an admission ticket to join in the festivities, so make sure you book in advance.
Brunch at the Top at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
California Grill is known for its nighttime and fireworks views since it’s situated on the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but the view is just a spectacular in the daytime as it overlooks Magic Kingdom and the surrounding area! And speaking of spectacular, the spread at this brunch is something really special. The experience starts with house-made breakfast pastries delivered to your table along with house-made jam and orange blossom honey butter. Then, you can head over to the show kitchen where you’ll be able to interact with the world-class chefs in the open kitchen. The buffet you’ll find there includes plentiful charcuterie and cheeses, sushi, pastries, Greek yogurt parfaits, salads, and classics like grits and pancakes. After that, you choose from a menu for your next course that will be delivered to your table. There are too many to list, but some items include Pan-Fried Buttermilk Organic Chicken Cutlet with Haricots Verts, Toasted Almonds, Frisée, Beurre Noisette; Shrimp and Grits, Gulf White Shrimp with Tillamook Cheddar Grits, Spicy Tomato Broth, Espellette-Spiced Tomato Ragout; and Poached Lobster Benedict with Butter-Poached Tail, Two Soft-Poached Eggs, Honey Ham, Yuzu Hollandaise, Marble Potato Hash! Wow!
For drinks, there’s an over-the-top Bloody Mary Bar as well as cocktails and craft brews, as well as a signature brunch cocktail and faux “mimosas” for kids. To conclude, share sweet mini-desserts, macarons and chocolate truffles while enjoying the beautiful skyline out the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Brunch at the top is offered on Sundays 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and at the time of this writing, the cost is $80, $48 ages 3 to 11.
Maria & Enzo’s at Disney Springs
Another new brunch offering at Disney Springs can be found at Maria & Enzo’s. This restaurant is modeled to look like a renovated airline terminal and serves Italian-style dishes. Their brunch starts with buffet of starters that include salumi & cheese, antipasti, pizza, yogurt and assorted pastries. You then select an entrée like French Toast, Steak ‘Eggs, Poached Hen Egg & Quinoa Kale Salad or others. A variety of desserts including a chocolate fountain with many accompaniments are also included. If you aren’t interested in the Prix-Fixe menu, you can order items from the menu including salads, pasta or entrees like swordfish, steak or chicken parm. The prix-fixe affair is $35 per adult and children under 10 dine for free with purchase of an adult meal. Otherwise it’s $15 per child (ages 3-9). For the ultimate indulgence, you can add on endless mimosas and bellinis for just $15 more.
Paddlefish at Disney Springs
Formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, Paddlefish invites you to come aboard and enjoy classic brunch favorites on Sundays 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM. There’s a small menu that includes Crab & Asparagus Benedict or a mouthwatering Monte Cristo as well as a unique dish called The King Meets the Captain (Peanut Butter and Banana-stuffed French Toast crusted with everyone’s favorite Breakfast Cereal, fresh Berry Compote) and more. You can pair these items with a glass of the Southern Sangria, a house favorite or other cocktails from the bar. The beautiful views across Village Lake add to the charm of a relaxing brunch here at Paddlefish.
Trail’s End at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Some of these restaurants have very elegant atmosphere and menu items. If you prefer a laid back, down home meal, Trail’s End offers a brunch that you should definitely check out. Brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday at Trail’s End Restaurant 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM. This is a buffet feast fit for the Frontier that includes Mickey & Belgian waffles with topping, Carving station with smoked bacon & glazed ham, Omelets and eggs made to order, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, cheese grits, cold foods like fruit, shrimp, smoked salmon & salads. We would be remiss if we did not mention Pulled Pork Benedict, which is a crowd favorite. Plus, an entire island dedicated to dessert! Getting there can be a little tricky; it’s easiest by bus from Wilderness Lodge or by boat from Magic Kingdom.
As you can see, there are quite a few options for brunch at Walt Disney World! Which one(s) seem most appealing to you?
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