Brunchin’ at the Top

View from the 15th Floor of the California Grill

It’s no secret that my favorite thing to do at Disney (or anywhere for that matter) is to eat.

If you’ve never been to the California Grill, you’ll immediately feel like royalty when you check in with the hostess on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort. From there, an attendant will assist you in your private elevator up to the 15th floor where the California Grill is located.

Upon arrival on the 15th floor, we were immediately offered the signature cocktail. It was champagne with blueberry boba.

I had one, or two, or six. My champagne was refilled like it was water so I lost count.

The house-made Charcuterie was by far everyone’s favorite item. Some of the best Charcuterie and homemade pickles I’ve ever had for that matter. Halfway through my first plate I realized that I hadn’t taken a photo, so please enjoy my half-eaten Charcuterie. It still looks amazing. haha!

Look at the deliciousness. Take me back.

In addition to the all you can eat buffet, (which includes way more than just the Charcuterie), you will also be able to pick an entree. I shared the Shakshuka and the Steak and Eggs. Everything was delicious and perfect.

Desserts were a variety of pastries and chocolates for the table.

One of the chocolates was “ponzu” flavored. It was surprising and I loved it. Everything felt extravagantly delicious in the best way and nothing was overly sweet. Beautifully presented.

Do you think they made this hidden Mickey on purpose?

If you are interested in booking this make sure to set your alarm. It’s widely popular which means you’ll need to call on the 180-day mark. This brunch is in the $90 range before tax and tip. You can get an AP discount and tables in wonderland, last we checked.

It’s a hefty price tag but when you include all the food, champagne, and overall experience I find this a STEAL. For a fun bonus, you can always save your receipt from brunch and come back for Happily Ever After fireworks viewing later that day! I should also note, valet parking for brunch is complementary.

I’m a huge character meal fan and I would pick this brunch over any character meal. It might be my favorite meal ever at Disney World. Does this mean I’m growing up now?

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My top 5 places to eat at Disney without an ADR.

Eating around Disney World is one of my favorite activities. I love trying new places and of course, frequenting my favorites.

From time to time I find myself on last minute Disney trips or occasionally changing plans and, without an ADR (advance dining reservation). Since I’ve become somewhat of a “by the seat of my pants” planner recently, I found some places that have been hidden gems. I’ve been able to make reservations within a few hours or even walked in on some occasions. That being said, I do recommend grabbing the reservation if you see it on your My Disney Experience App.

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First up is my favorite last minute character breakfast to snag is the Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club resort. Why I love this: It’s a bit more laid back than the popular Chef Mickey’s or 1900 Park Fare. The buffet has much of the usual offerings, breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, Mickey waffles, fresh fruit etc. Some all time favorites like Minnie, Goofy and Donald are looking extra adorable in their beach wear. After breakfast you can simply walk over to Epcot or Hollywood Studios to start your day.

If you are looking for a breakfast buffet with more unique food options my second recommendation is Boma– Flavors of Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Not only is Animal Kingdom Lodge simple breathtaking in the morning, but breakfast at Boma is always something I can reserve with little advanced notice. Don’t skip out on the French Toast Bread Pudding, Fresh Fruit, Hand carved Ham and the POG juice (passion, orange and guava)! After breakfast you can view the animals before heading to your next plan for the day.

I don’t usually have a sit down lunch because much of the prices and menus are the same for both lunch and dinner. I’d prefer to enjoy a nice long dinner but on occasion when I don’t want to brave the quick service crowds, I head to 50s Prime time cafe. The 1950s theming is amazing and the food is sure to please everyone. Get the “Sampling of Mom’s Favorites”, if you can’t make up your mind. You’ll enjoy the friendly antics of the servers. Whatever you do, keep your elbows off the table!

Dinner is by far the best meal, in my opinion. For a fine dining last minute ADR, Narcoosee’s is top notch. Not only is the food delicious and elegant, the atmosphere and views from the restaurant are incredible.… Read the rest