Alternatives to Popular Dining at Disney

Is your favorite restaurant booked up at Walt Disney World? We have all been there! But here I will give you some alternatives to some of the more popular restaurants at Walt Disney World.

Cinderella’s Royal Table instead try Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. You aren’t eating above the Magic Kingdom, but it is still a castle with a chance to meet some princesses!


Cinderella’s Royal Table instead try 1900 Park Fare for dinner. Here you will have a great dinner plus meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the stepmother and stepsisters. The character interaction is fantastic and fun, plus you are still a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom. Here is our review.

Be Our Guest instead try Chefs de France. This is a grown up version of Be Our Guest with fantastic French food and you will be able to get right in. There is no Beast here but the atmosphere is lovely.


Le Cellier Steakhouse instead try Yachtsman Steakhouse. Located in the Yacht Club you will find a similar menu without entering a park. Check out Jamie’s review.

Chef Mickey’s instead try Garden Grill. Garden Grill has Mickey, Pluto, Chip, and Dale in this slowly rotating restaurant in The Land Pavilion in Epcot. The food is served family style in a much more laid back atmosphere. Read a review here.

Chef Mickey’s instead try Tusker House. Another great character meal with Mickey and friends located in Animal Kingdom. This menu is more adventurous with a neat atmosphere. With it being inside a park it can get your early entrance to be closer to the attractions.

If you have a favorite alternative dining experience share it with us!




Cape May Cafe Breakfast

Quick Facts
Location: Beach Club Resort, Epcot Resort Area
Hours: 7:30-11 a.m.
Characters: Minnie, Donald, Goofy (characters are always subject to change)
Dining Plan: 1 credit

This is one of my family’s favorite character meals. We have eaten here four times and each time is consistently delicious! The Cape May Cafe is made to look like a beach-style restaurant and they certainly pull it off! My favorite decorative element are the umbrellas along the side of the restaurant, it really ties the theming together.

All of the food is available through a central buffet. There are two identical sides of hot offerings so the line moves through quickly.


  • Selection of cold cuts and cheeses and salmon
  • Scrambled Eggs: Plain and chorizo and cheddar
  • Frittatas
  • Mickey waffles
  • Sausage Links
  • Bacon
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Hand-carved ham
  • Assorted cold cereals
  • Breads and bagels
  • Fruit salad
  • Yogurt bar
  • Cheddar grits
  • Biscuits and sausage gravy
  • Hot apple quinoa cereal
  • Assorted pastries
  • Salad and vegetables

Gluten-free Options
This is one of my favorite gluten-free breakfasts. There is so much on the buffet that is gluten-free: meats, cheeses, eggs, frittatas, fruit and vegetables, and my favorite: cheddar grits!! The chef will also bring you gluten-free Mickey waffles and a gluten-free doughnut. This is different than the other doughnuts served on property and it’s worth the trip.

Minnie, Goofy, and Donald are the usual hosts here and they are all in the beach gear ready for a day in the sun and sand! We have always enjoyed the interaction here and the  characters will often come around twice.

How to Get Here:
This meal is at the Beach Club and is the most out of the way character meal. If you have a car you will be able to drive over and park at the Beach Club. We have also taken a taxi directly there from our hotel, it costs between $10-$15 from most WDW resorts.
I think it’s worth the extra hassle and here are some ways to get here utilizing Disney transportation:

  • Schedule a 11:00 breakfast and go to Epcot from park opening until 10:45. At that time exit from the International Gateway in World Showcase and walk to the Beach Club from there. It’s a 5-10 minute walk.
  • Take a bus to Hollywood Studios and either walk (about 20-25 minutes) or take a Friendship Boat from there to the Beach Club. The boat will take about 20-25 minutes as well so you would need to allow for some extra time.

In Conclusion
I go out of my way to go to this character breakfast for the high quality food and the genuine experiences the characters give my son. It’s far more laid back than the loud and hectic Chef Mickey’s.