Walt Disney World announced today that a character breakfast will come to Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, starting in late Spring 2017. The breakfast will feature princesses and princes, and while the exact lineup is not yet know, it’s expected to include Rapunzel and Flynn (who alone would make this popular due to his ‘rareness’) from Tangled as well as characters from The Little Mermaid.
It’ll be interesting if the experience does include an equal balance of princes and princesses, as this could potentially give it more appeal to families with both boys and girls. Although there’s certainly nothing wrong with taking boys to a “princess meal” the practical reality is that many girls prefer princesses; and boys prefer princes…or talking cars.
This could be a chance for Walt Disney World to test the waters of more diverse royalty meals to see what kind of cross-appeal they have. The source movies most certainly appeal to all kids, regardless of gender, so including a wider range of characters from those films would ostensibly make sense.
Personally, I’d love to see fur characters included as well, since I find it super-awkward to meet a human character who can talk back to me. And who doesn’t want to meet Max (Prince Eric’s Old English Sheepdog)?! I’d do a ~$40 breakfast just for that, and I’m not even kidding.
Speaking of price…while details have not yet been announced, it’s safe to expect this to be either a buffet or a fixed price, prix fixe breakfast rather than the current a la carte menu at Trattoria al Forno. It’s also safe to expect the average cost of breakfast to double or triple in the process. It’s currently possible to do a <$20 breakfast at Trattoria al Forno–we’d expect the price to jump to around $40 per adult.
While Trattoria al Forno has become a popular ‘hidden gem’ breakfast spot for some Walt Disney World guests, it’s still not all that popular. By contrast, other character breakfasts around Walt Disney World, including those in the hotels, are coveted Advance Dining Reservations, some of which still need to be booked months in advance.
This will be a nice counterpart to Cape May Cafe (a fun breakfast that we really enjoy) on the character dining front, and will still leave (the seriously underrated) Captain’s Grille as a suitable non-character breakfast option. We probably won’t make it a priority to dine at this new princess and princess meal due to the cost (unless Max is added!), but it’s nonetheless nice to see Walt Disney World addressing the demand for character meals.
From that perspective, we can see the rationale for the change here. It’s probably a justifiable move for the majority of Walt Disney World guests, even if it does mean removing a non-character breakfast option and a price increase. We remain hopeful that Walt Disney World will continue tweaking the Crescent Lake dining situation, as there is no adequate counter service/food court among the three Disney resort hotels in this area. (Until then, we guess we’ll just be “forced” to eat cupcakes from BoardWalk Bakery for breakfast…) We expect more details to be released about this new character breakfast at Walt Disney World in the next few weeks, and we will update if/when that occurs. In the meantime, what do you think of this news?