Honest Review: Cape May Café Breakfast without Characters or Buffet

The Cape May Café, located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, is a popular restaurant that offers guests a variety of dishes for breakfast and dinner.

Before the pandemic, the Cape May Café was a buffet — for breakfast and dinner — but for breakfast only, guests had the option of dining with Disney friends, including Minnie, Donald and Goofy. The best part was that these Disney characters were dressed in their beachwear, which made for some great photo opportunities!

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However, now that Disney continues to operate amid the ongoing pandemic, the Cape May Café, which recently reopened, is now serving family-style meals rather than buffet-style. Also, there are currently no characters that meet at breakfast.

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

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

Cape May Cafe Family Breakfast

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For the new family breakfast, guests can expect a variety of items including pastries and spreads, fruit, Mickey waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, and more.

The menu is posted outside the restaurant in the lobby, that way customers know what’s being served before they sit down!

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Once seated, your server will also hand you a drink menu, which features three different alcoholic beverages for those of you over 21. First up is the Cape May Cafe Sunrise, which features vodka, orange juice, and grenadine. The second option is a classic Bloody Mary, which, if you’ve never had one, is made with vodka, tomato juice, and spices.

And finally, a Canella Blood Orange Mimosa Cocktail, that’s the one I chose!

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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 themselves but very tasty. I just wish it was a little more bubbly!

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Moving on to the food itself, guests first take out an assortment of pastries and spreads. My favorite was the Lobster Tail, which is a crispy layered batter filled with pastry cream. I dipped it in the chocolate hazelnut spread and was over the moon – Absolutely delicious!

All the homemade pastries were extremely fresh and tasty, and the spreads went so well with each pastry. Honestly, that was probably my favorite part of the whole breakfast.

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Then our server brought us fruit. We noticed the menu mentioned yogurt parfaits, but weren’t sure if you had to ask for them or if they would be brought out afterwards.

We decided to wait a bit, but the next thing we knew was that the main part 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 noticed the table next to us was getting them, and they were well proportioned! Although I didn’t get a chance to taste them, they looked delicious.

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Our server brought us two main platters. The first was eggs, tater tots, bacon, sausages and hash browns (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 find elsewhere on the property. I personally don’t eat meat, but my fiancé tried the bacon and sausage and said the same. It was good, but nothing special.

For those of you who are herbal, you can opt for the herbal tray instead. I tried this (although I didn’t take a photo of the food), and I have to say the plant-based sausage was one of my favorites on the property.

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The second platter that was brought to our table was French toast, pancakes and Mickey waffles. Honestly the French toast nor the pancakes were our favorites. 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 it instead of using maple syrup, and it made for a unique meal!

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Overall, I’m not going to lie, I missed 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 them, but if I had the chance, I would choose Topolino’s Terrace over Cape May Café.

Cape May Cafe at Walt Disney World

The current description of Cape May Café reads as follows:

The all-you-can-eat family 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 homemade pastries, including ‘lobster tail’ – a crispy layered pastry filled with pastry cream – omelettes, slow roasted beef hash and, of course, Mickey and Minnie waffles .

Or enjoy the feeling of getting away from it all in a coastal New England town while enjoying a delicious dinner. On the menu are homemade Parker rolls and cornbread, seasonal harvest salad, seafood boil, grass platter and assorted homemade desserts. The Seafood Boil offers a variety of fresh seafood, including shrimp and clams, and the Turf Platter offers steak and chicken. Alaskan snow crab legs (per pound) and whole lobster are available for an additional charge.

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Have you had the chance to dine at the 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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