I scheduled our ADR for first thing in the morning - 8 a.m. on a day with a 9 a.m. park opening and no extra magic hours. If you're considering an in-park breakfast, this is the best way to go! Get in an hour early so you can be in the park before it opens and still not have to wait in lines when you're done!
It's almost a misnomer to call this Donald's breakfast. As of now, he is only found outside of the restaurant taking pictures while his pals are the ones who actually visit with you while you eat. There is a photo pass photographer there ready to go to take a picture of you with Donald before your breakfast that they'll happily show and offer you for the
Back to the breakfast - being some of the first inside the restaurant, the food was fresh and really good. They even had Krispy Kreme donuts that day! I made Adam take some pictures for me when he took his turn on the buffet... but I can't seem to find them. Again!! Our pictures from this past trip are so disorganized, I apologize! But, basically - this buffet has all your standards and a few with an African twist.
Check out the Disney Food Blog's review for some great pictures of the unique offerings!
Immediately as you are seating, you served what they call "Jungle Juice." Not quite what I had in college, but it was delicious! Noah rarely ever gets juice, but we let him enjoy some that morning! I made sure to try the 'signature' foods - Mealie Pap, which is a version of oatmeal/porridge and the Beef Bobotie. The Mealie Pap isn't for me but the beef bobotie was interesting in a good way. My husband wasn't a huge fan - it's a South African beef pie, so definitely different than my normal breakfast foods, but I enjoyed it! I actually had seconds!
They have the standard Mickey Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, pastries, and anything else you could imagine for a breakfast.
But, for me, this breakfast wasn't just about the food or even the fantastic character interactions. It was about the dance. We were done eating and getting ready to leave when we heard mention of a dance - and within a few minutes, Noah's favorite of the morning, Goofy, walked into our room along with some cast members carrying musical instruments (mostly shakers) and invited all the children in the room up for a parade!
We coerced Noah to the front, and he picked up a shaker and joined in with a huge smile on his face! Music plays in the entire restaurant and Goofy leads the children around to music singing "Jambo, Jambo" weaving their way around the tables.
Overall even compared to the great experience we had at the Hollywood 'n Vine last June, I would absolutely recommend this one and eat here again. Now, this is also a character meal for lunch and the waitress told me she personally prefers the lunch food, so I'll be excited to experience that again on a future trip.