The Plaza Restaurant in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is known to be somewhat of a hidden gem in the Disney dining world. Serving simple, reasonably priced food for many years at lunch and dinner, the restaurant has also been serving breakfast since early November 2018. One of the aims of my most recent trip to Walt Disney World was to try restaurants I hadn’t visited before. Based on this I made a 7.55am reservation for the first morning of my trip.
If you’ve visited Magic Kingdom before its likely you already know where the restaurant is. It can be found at the end of Main Street USA on the right hand side, coincidentally next door to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlour. If you’re a Disneyland Paris fan its located in a similar location to Victoria’s Restaurant/milkshake/waffle/crazy expensive pastry cafe.
I arrived at Magic Kingdom around 7.30am in advance of my reservation – jet lag has it’s benefits sometimes. While the park lets guests onto Main Street USA at around 7.45am these days (even with a 9am rope drop) having a reservation allows you to enter the park slightly before other guests. I checked in bang on my reservation time and had my favourite quirk of Disney restaurants – when they hand you a pager that immediately buzzes.
When I entered the restaurant I was immediately struck by how pretty it is inside. Obviously it has certain similarities to the Plaza Gardens restaurant in Disneyland Paris, and I’m guessing also to the Plaza Inn at Disneyland, but it was a beautiful small space and felt incredibly inviting and quaint. The server arrived very promptly and took my drink order. There are several alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on offer (see below) but in the end I just went for a Diet Coke.
The food menu is condensed but has a nice mixture of “safe” dishes and other more interesting stuff.
I’d heard really good things about the lobster eggs benedict and the steak and eggs, but in the end I just couldn’t resist a Disney breakfast greatest hits and went for the All-American Classic Breakfast Platter. This also came with two Mickey waffles which is curiously missing from the description above. The menu above was taken from the Disney website on the day I write this blog (2nd December) but I hope its just a mistake and they haven’t actually removed the Mickey waffles from the dish.
I waited around ten minutes or so before breakfast was delivered to the table.
It came with a small cup of maple syrup but obviously I requested more. Can’t get enough of that maple syrup.
The breakfast was a mixture of highs and lows. On the lower side of the scale was the eggs. If you’ve had Disney scrambled eggs at a buffet or quick service restaurant you know exactly what to expect here. I’ve always heard Disney used powdered eggs and based on these I wouldn’t be surprised. They were fine but a bit bland and just felt like filler on the plate.
It won’t be a surprise to discover that my favourite part of the dish was the Mickey waffles. Fluffy, not chewy, tasty even without syrup, these were fantastic. If you’ve had one before though you knew that already. These are the high point of any Disney breakfast, maybe with the exception of the pancakes at Kona Cafe.
The portion was also huge, and from seeing the plates going to the tables around me this seems to be the case for all the breakfasts they serve here. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have a lunch reservation planned at one of the other Magic Kingdom restaurants. This easily kept me full until well into the afternoon.
My meal ended up lasting around 40 minutes and after annual pass discount my total bill was around $20 with tax and tip. When you consider the other options around Magic Kingdom at this time of day this is incredibly good value for the setting and the quality/quantity of food.
There are some relative disadvantages here when compared to eating somewhere like Be Our Guest which offers a more themed dining area and rope drop advantage for the rides in Fantasyland. The food is so much better at Plaza vs. Be Our Guest though. It is also not a character dining experience like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace. On the other hand it is less than half the price of either of these.
Plaza Breakfast is perfect for those who are looking for a filling, tasty breakfast to start the day but are not desperate to rope drop Seven Dwarfs Mine Train/Peter Pan or dine with characters. I made it out in plenty of time for the opening ceremony and managed to rope drop Jingle Cruise and Big Thunder Mountain with minimal (<5 minutes) wait times at each. If you are on the Regular Disney Dining Plan or Deluxe Disney Dining Plan this meal costs one credit. Due to the relative low cost of the meals though I would not recommend using a dining credit unless you have some to burn.