Honest Review: Cape May Café Breakfast Without Characters or Buffet

in Food, Walt Disney World


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Cape May Café, located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, is a popular dining restaurant that offers Guests a variety of food for both breakfast and dinner.

Prior to the pandemic, Cape May Café was a buffet — for both breakfast and dinner — but for breakfast only, Guests had the opportunity to dine with Disney pals including Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. The best part was, these Disney characters were dressed in their beach attire, making for great photo opportunities!

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However, now as Disney continues to operate amidst the ongoing pandemic, Cape May Café, which recently reopened, is now serving meals family-style rather than buffet-style. Additionally, there is currently no characters meeting at breakfast.

Recently, I had the opportunity to dine at Cape May Café for breakfast, and here are my thoughts on if this breakfast offering is worth it without the buffet or characters!

We recently wrote a review of dinner at Cape May Café as well, which you can check out here.

Cape May Café Family-Style Breakfast

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For the new family-style breakfast, Guests can expect a variety of food, including pastries and spreads, fruit, Mickey Waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and more.

The menu is listed outside of the restaurant in the lobby, this way Guests know what is being served before sitting down!

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Once seated, your server will hand you a drink menu as well, which showcases three different alcoholic beverages for those of you who are over 21 years of age. First, the Cape May Cafe Sunrise, which consists of vodka, orange juice, and grenadine. The second option is a classic Bloody Mary, which if you have never had one, is made with vodka, tomato juice, and spices.

And lastly, a Canella Blood Orange Mimosa Cocktail, which is the one I opted for!

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The Canella Blood Orange Mimosa Cocktail (pictured above) consists of sparkling wine and the juice and pulp of blood oranges. Overall, it was a bit heavy on the juices itself but very flavorful. I just wish it was a bit more bubbly!

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Moving onto the food itself, Guests are first brought out an assortment of pastries and spreads. My personal favorite was the Lobster Tail, which is a layered, crispy pastry filled with pastry cream. I dipped this in the chocolate-hazelnut spread and I was in heaven — Absolutely delicious!

All of the house-made pastries were extremely fresh and flavorful, and the spreads went so well with each pastry. Honestly, this was probably my favorite part of the entire breakfast.

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Next up, our server brought us fruit. We noticed that the menu listed yogurt parfaits, but we weren’t sure if you had to ask for them or if they would be brought out next.

We decided to wait a bit, but the next thing we knew the main portion of the meal was at our table. We never brought up the missing yogurt parfaits as we felt we already had way too much food in front of us, but we did notice the table next to us get them, and they were decently portioned! Though I did not have the chance to taste them, they looked delicious.

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Our server brought us out two main platters. The first consisted of eggs, tater tots, bacon, sausage, and a potato hash (which you can see in the photo above).

The eggs were delicious, but there was nothing extremely special about them. They tasted just like the eggs you can get anywhere else on property. I, personally, do not eat meat, but my fiancé tried the bacon and sausage and said the same thing. It was good, but nothing special.

For those of you who are plant-based, you can opt for the plant-based platter instead. I did try this (though I did not take a picture of the food), and I have to say the plant-based sausage was one of my favorites on property.

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The second platter that was brought to our table consisted of french toast, pancakes, and Mickey Waffles. Honestly, the french toast nor the pancakes were our favorite. We couldn’t even finish one piece each.

The waffles, on the other hand, were fresh and delicious. I actually spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread on them instead of using maple syrup, and it made for a unique meal!

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All in all, I’m not going to lie, I did miss the characters. I feel like the meal we had was just an average breakfast, but if the characters were there, it would have made for a different experience. The pastries were absolutely phenomenal, and I could have made an entire meal out of those alone, but if I had the option — I would choose Topolino’s Terrace over Cape May Café.

Cape May Café at Walt Disney World

The current description of Cape May Café reads:

The all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style breakfast is a great way to fuel up for a day of fun and adventure at Walt Disney World Resort. Indulge in popular items like Assorted House-Made Pastries, including “Lobster Tail”—layered, crispy pastry filled with pastry cream—Omelets, Slow-Roasted Beef Hash, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Waffles.

Or enjoy the feeling of escaping to an oceanside town in New England while you savor a delectable dinner. On the menu are House-Made Parker Rolls and Corn Bread, Seasonal Harvest Salad, the Seafood Boil, the Turf Platter and Assorted House-Made Desserts. The Seafood Boil boasts a variety of fresh seafood, including shrimp and clams, and the Turf Platter features steak and chicken. Available for an additional fee are Alaskan Snow Crab Legs (per pound) and Whole Lobster.

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Have you had the chance to dine at Cape May Café since it reopened? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

If you want to visit Disney World on your next vacation and try Cape May Café, start planning your trip today!

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