Cape May Café Character Breakfast is located in Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World. Cape May Café serves all-you-care-to-eat buffets at breakfast in a lively, beach-themed restaurant, and it participates in the Disney Dining Plan. It also accepts the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount. Like most character breakfasts, it’s not a good value on the Disney Dining Plan, but it’s not a terrible value, either, especially with kids. Goofy “and friends” (almost always Minnie and Donald) meet and greet guests during this Disney Character Dining experience, which serves a variety of breakfast favorites, including Mickey Waffles, a fresh fruit and yogurt bar, fresh-baked pastries, breakfast pizza, biscuits and gravy, and other options.
We’ve visited Cape May Café a few times, most recently on our honeymoon when we stayed at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. We first began dining here in 2007 out of necessity, because we wanted to do a character meal but couldn’t grab reservations anywhere else. Since, we’ve found that it’s one of the best character meals on property, with great breakfast variety and great costumes for characters we like, without crowds.
Like the rest of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the ambiance and atmosphere at Cape May Café is nice. Pastel-colored umbrellas, beach chairs, and croquette clubs decorate the restaurant. These really set the mood nicely for the meal, although in 2010 some of the window-facing ones appeared a bit sun-faded. Obviously a very minor observation, but for the prices charged, Beach Club should always be in tip-top shape.
Another nice element of the ambiance (in a way) is that Cape May Café is tucked away and often is far less busy than popular locations like Chef Mickey’s. Characters spend more time with guests, there are shorter waits to be seated, and the buffets in general aren’t as busy. At least on the occasions when we’ve gone. During the free dining promotion, it’s probably much busier.
When we first started dining at Cape May Café, the restaurant featured Minnie, Goofy, Chip, and Dale all dressed in very cool swimsuits. At some point around 2009 or 2010, the restaurant switched to Goofy, Minnie, and Donald. Donald’s costume is awesome (possibly the best of the bunch), but it’s disappointing that Disney has cut a character. Perhaps they count Chip & Dale as one single character for some odd reason? Since Cape May Cafe isn’t one of the busier character meals, they still aren’t stretched too thin, but it would be nice to have four characters.
Luckily, the breakfast has remained as excellent-as-ever over the years. Cape May Cafe has quite possibly the most extensive character breakfast menu of all character breakfasts, with 44 items on the menu according to TouringPlans.com. The buffet is divided into a cold bar, hot bar, yogurt bar, and dessert bar. There truly are too many items to name, but some of my favorites include the Biscuits with Home-style Sausage Gravy, Bacon Gruyère Casserole, Mickey Waffles, Breakfast Potatoes, sausage, and bacon. As you can tell, I don’t mess around at Cape May Café–I order mostly meats and other delicious (and unhealthy) hot-items. Let someone else have all the bananas and oatmeal!
At various times, Cape May Café has also offered a breakfast pizza. I don’t want to fixate on this too long, because it’s not always available, but if it is there, make sure to try it. It’s incredible. A genius combination of cheese and egg and “other stuff” that is absolutely not to be missed. I know the description (and even the concept) may sound suspect, but few things in this world beat a good Cape May Cafe breakfast pizza.
The other breakfast items aren’t too shabby, either. There’s the Disney breakfast standby, the Mickey Waffles, along with some other more unique items like the Bacon Casserole and Breakfast Potatoes. These have always been great when we’ve tried them, never cold or “old” tasting, even when we’ve gone on days that Cape May Café hasn’t been overly-busy. I am not too high on breakfast at Disney regardless of where it is, but the options at Cape May Cafe are definitely solid.
Overall, Cape May Café is a great option for breakfast, regardless of whether you have kids. At nearly $30, it’s rather pricey for breakfast (a dinner clambake is a non-character alternative), but this is par for the course with character meals. It’s difficult to ding it too much for the price since it is in line with other locations, but at the same time, we always do find ourselves with a bit of “sticker shock” when we receive the bill, and I think Disney typically does not do breakfast nearly as well as other meals (for comparison’s sake, we typically pay less when we dine at Beaches & Cream for dinner, even when we order decadent ice cream treats–and we usually leave both restaurants about equally full).
Luckily you can eat as much as you want, so make sure to stick around for a while so you get your money’s worth. That said, the food is excellent, the characters are fun, and it’s always nice to head over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort. It’s one of our favorite character breakfasts, above even the breakfasts at Chef Mickey’s, Crystal Palace, and ‘Ohana. If a character breakfast with fab five characters in awesome costumes is what you want, this is the meal for you. Plus, it’s a short walk to Epcot, so you can easily hit the parks after your meal!
What do you think of Cape May Cafe…is it a great, quiet character meal, or is it an inferior experience to the “big” options like Chef Mickey’s and Cinderella’s Royal Table? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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Overall Score 8/10