Podcast Episode 62: Snacking At Disney

We know that snacking at Disney is almost a full time job so we’ve broken down the most popular snacks by park for you in a quick, easy format.  This will help you decide what you want fast while you’re touring Disney.  Whether you choose something sweet or something savory, we’ve got you covered!

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Podcast Episode 54: Disney Guilty Pleasures

Are there some Disney related things you think you probably should feel guilty about but you just don’t?  This week the Dole Whipped gang talks about their Disney related guilty pleasures!  From dessert for breakfast, to shopping, we talk about all the things we do that we feel might need to feel guilty about.  We even take a suggestion from a listener!(Thanks, Wade!)

Spoiler alert:  We don’t feel guilty and neither should you!

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Hollywood Studios Breakfast Options

The final parks installment of our breakfast series: Where can you find a good breakfast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Snack/Quick Service

Starring Rolls Cafe Ok, so Starring Rolls Cafe may not have very many strictly “breakfast” foods, but they are open in the morning hours at Hollywood Studios. When else can you eat a giant cupcake for breakfast guilt free? It’s vacation! I’m partial to the Butterfinger cupcake myself. Starring Rolls does also carry other breakfast pastries and some fruit; as well as the most important breakfast staple: coffee.

The Trolley Car Cafe Recently opened, the Trolley Car Cafe is Hollywood Studios Starbucks location. This store carries the usual Starbucks pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee beverages. This Starbucks location also carries some of the same cupcakes as Starring Rolls Cafe! I guess Hollywood Studios really wants you to have cupcakes for breakfast.

Anaheim Produce A snack location, Anaheim Produce carries a few things suitable for breakfast like fruit and trail mix. I’d absolutely go for the cupcakes at the above two locations, but your mileage may vary. 😉

Table Service

Hollywood & Vine Hollywood & Vine is the only table service restaurant at Hollywood Studios to serve breakfast, but it’s a great meal! Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates) and Handy Manny appear at this Disney Junior character meal. This is the only place these 4 characters meet during a meal. The food is fresh and delicious, and includes waffles, breakfast meats, eggs, french toast, potatoes, pastries, cereal, fruit, a burrito bar and a yogurt bar. Hollywood & Vine breakfast is a must do for Disney Junior fans!


Where do you eat breakfast at Hollywood Studios?

Breakfast Options at Animal Kingdom

Part 3 of our breakfast series! Where can you find a good breakfast at Animal Kingdom?

Quick Service

Pizzafari Pizzafari is a great place to use a quick service credit for breakfast at the Animal Kingdom. From a bounty platter featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, potatoes AND a biscuit to a creamy ancient grain hot cereal (oatmeal, quinoa, and barley) with salted caramel crumble there are some interesting choices for your first meal of the day at Animal Kingdom. Pizzafari also has a breakfast burrito and breakfast croissant sandwich on the menu, in addition to other assorted pastries, danish and more.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments The menu at Tamu Tamu refreshments changes often, but it has been known to feature a breakfast flatbread that is delicious! Another major benefit to Tamu Tamu is it’s location: close to Kilimanjaro Safari, making it a perfect place to stop and grab a bite to eat if you have a few minutes to burn before your FastPass+ return time.

Table Service

Rainforest Cafe Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom serves a table service breakfast. From Belgian waffles to steak and eggs the Rainforest Cafe boasts a large menu sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. To make the most of your morning at Animal Kingdom we suggest making a pre-park opening breakfast so when you’re finished eating you’ll be able to enter the park through the Rainforest Cafe’s entrance to the park, which is separate from the main gate!

Tusker House We’ve mentioned many times here at Dole Whipped that Tusker House is a hidden gem at Disney World. With great food and amazing character interaction, Tusker House is the perfect place to have breakfast at the Animal Kingdom! Though there are no character guarantees, Tusker House usually features host Donald Duck as well as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Daisy, all dressed in safari gear! The breakfast buffet consists of typical breakfast fare: Mickey waffles, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pastries, fruit and more.

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In addition to these locations you can also grab a quick snacky breakfast to go at many kiosks around the Animal Kingdom like the Harambe Fruit Market or the soon to be opened Starbucks at Animal Kingdom.

Breakfast Options at Magic Kingdom

A recap of your breakfast options for a morning at Disney’s Magic Kingdom!

Quick Service/Snack

Main Street Bakery/Starbucks: With a wide variety of options in a great location, Starbucks/Main Street bakery is a good place to stop and grab a bite on your way into the park. The lines here can get quite long, but you know exactly what you’re getting: good coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches!

Gaston’s Tavern: Gaston’s has a very limited breakfast “menu” (two items, really) Gaston’s might not seem worth the trek, but they are! Giant cinnamon rolls and delicious chocolate croissants are featured at Gaston’s, and they make for a mouthwatering and quick breakfast, as the line at Gaston’s is smaller than most other breakfast places in the Magic Kingdom

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Sleepy Hollow: My personal favorite. The waffles served here are something special. Breakfast options include the Nutella and fresh fruit waffle (served all day) and a breakfast-only waffle; featuring prosciutto, cheese, egg and tomato. You can also pick up an iced coffee at Sleepy Hollow and make for a complete breakfast! In my opinion it is not a trip to Disney World without a visit to Sleepy Hollow for at least one waffle sandwich.

Be Our Guest: While technically a quick service restaurant for breakfast (and lunch) Be Our Guest does require reservations 180 days in advance. Breakfast is a little pricy for a non-character meal at $19.99 per adult and $11.99 per child but the menu is fairly large (visit here to see!), the food delicious, and the setting stunning.


Table Service Restaurants

Crystal Palace: Featuring characters from Winnie the Pooh, Crystal Palace is a reasonably priced character meal around $25-30 per adult. Breakfast is served buffet style and also has an omelet station. Read Dana’s review here for more details!

Cinderella’s Royal Table: One of the most expensive meals on Disney property at $55-60 per adult, or 2 dining plan credits, Cinderella’s Royal Table is still what many would consider a not-to-miss meal and experience. At Cinderella’s Royal Table you’re truly spoiled by amazing food in an unbeatable location. Character interaction with Disney princesses is top notch and really could there be anything better than actually dining inside Cinderella’s castle? I think not!

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Kona Cafe Breakfast Review

As a big fan of the Polynesian resort, I’ll look for any excuse to visit when I’m not staying there. During my last trip, my excuse was Kona Cafe for breakfast, prior to a day at Typhoon Lagoon! I’d heard a lot of good things about Kona, but had always opted for ‘Ohana, another favorite for breakfast at the Poly. Being that this trip was just my husband and I, and he’s not really ‘into’ character meals we decided to hit up Kona instead.

The menu at Kona grabbed my attention right away. I’m not a huge breakfast person but there were so many things that I could see myself ordering. It was hard having so many delicious options to choose from.

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The first part of our order, though, was a no brainer. The first thing that had caught my husband’s eye on the menu was the 100% Kona Coffee French Press Pot. As a coffee aficionado he was very excited to see a French Press option on the menu, since this is how he makes his coffee at home, and the coffee options at Disney World had always underwhelmed him. A little pricey at $7.99 per pot (2 cups) he decided it was a worthwhile splurge.

As for myself, I chose the famous Lilikoi juice. Lilikoi juice is the same as POG juice at ‘Ohana and Jungle Juice at Tusker House: a mix of Orange, Passion Fruit and Guava juices and it is SO yummy! If you’ve never tried it I suggest a visit to one of the places on the list and ordering for yourself OR, book a club level concierge room at the Polynesian resort, where POG juice is available on tap for guests 24/7!  😉

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On to the meal! While the most popular entree at Kona Cafe is Tonga Toast, it did not appeal to either my husband or myself. I went for the Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes. These pancakes have Macadamia Nut Butter, Pineapple Sauce, and your choice of Ham, Bacon, or Sausage. I went for the bacon. My husband chose the Steak and Eggs: A Char-grilled New York Strip Steak served with Two Eggs, Home-fried Potatoes, and a Biscuit. The pancakes were very good! I’m not a huge fan of macadamia nuts but they worked really well in the butter and with the pineapple topping. The serving size was very large, I didn’t end up being able to finish the pancakes even though I wanted to. My husband enjoyed his steak and eggs but was less impressed overall than I was. He said he still couldn’t complain because he was getting steak for breakfast, but that he might choose something different the next time we dine at Kona. It also didn’t stop him from cleaning his plate!

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Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Kona Cafe and would definitely make a repeat visit in the future, especially if we were staying at the Polynesian. I’d also consider trying Kona for lunch or dinner as their menu for those meals looks very appealing!

Have you dined at Kona before? What did you think?