Disney World has been reopening things in phases and one area of phased openings has been the dining locations in and around the parks. There are a lot of restaurants that have reopened, but still some remain closed, so the question is when will we get those options back?
Daisy Duck was recently added to the list of characters guests can meet during breakfast at Cape May Cafe. She brings the total number of characters at Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast to four.
This review is from our very first character dining experience. We visited a couple of years ago, when our daughter was two and we weren’t sure how she was going to do with the characters.
Today’s picture of the day is from the Yacht Club/Beach Club.
Time to explore the character dining experience at Cape May Cafe. The characters are only at the breakfast buffet, keep that in mind when planning for the character dining experience. We have not had dinner at Cape May Cafe yet, but we will hopefully be able to experience that on our next trip.
Cape May Cafe is located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and is right off the lobby, very easy to find. The cast members are very helpful and there is usually someone standing outside the lobby door who you can ask for directions. They also have a greeter right inside the lobby, who is very helpful, but the restaurant really is easy to find. When you enter the lobby make sure to take a look around. Disney is very good with details. The chandeliers were pretty impressive.
Once you have been buzzed, check out the theme of the restaurant as you are walking in. The beach theme is pretty fun. They have beach umbrellas as decorations and they have a sand castle in a case that we were lucky enough to sit by. The kids loved looking at this in between eating and meeting characters!
The food offerings are standard for a breakfast buffet at Disney, with a few special things thrown in. There was a Hollandaise sauce that was delicious! They had four cheese scrambled eggs with chorizo, a carving station, the Mickey waffles (of course), cheddar cheese grits, fruit, oatmeal and cereals, pastries,and a lot more. You can see some of the offerings on Disney’s website, Cape May Cafe Breakfast Menu. To be honest, as big as Disney is, they lack when it comes to details on their website. So, the menu is not complete by any means, but it will give you an idea.
While you are eating, the characters will come to your table to visit, one at a time. The characters are dressed in beach attire and they all look pretty cute. The three characters that were there when we visited were Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. They all took their time at the table and made sure to sign all three of the autograph books and take lots of pictures. My friend’s son didn’t want his picture with the characters, so they just signed his book and he was happy with that. Their daughter wanted to have her picture taken with the characters, but she was a little nervous and shy. So when Minnie came around, she sat next to her and just gently held her hand to get her feeling comfortable. We have some pretty cute pictures of this. The characters are so good and so patient with all the kids, that’s reason enough to visit Cape May Cafe!
So, would I recommend Cape May Cafe? Absolutely! The food is good (again standard Disney breakfast buffet with some special items mixed in) and the characters are fantastic with the kids (and adults)! We will definitely have Cape May Cafe on the list of reservations for our next trip and I’m hoping to try dinner there too. The cost is listed as $15 to $29.99. The range in cost probably depends on what time of year you go and child price vs. adult price. If you do eat here, make sure to poke around the resort after. It’s fun to explore all the different Disney hotels!
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First Weekly Tip: Character Dining: Fun and Helpful for First Time Visitors With Little Ones
On our last trip we traveled with another family. It was great because all the kids got along so well, but we were not sure how they would react to the characters. My daughter has always been freaked out by Santa (stranger in a big red suit and white beard…can’t say I blame her) and my friend was not sure how her kids would react.
So, to avoid some major meltdowns and wasted time of waiting in lines to meet characters, we booked breakfast at Cape May Cafe at The Beach Club Resort as a test before we hit the parks. We were all so glad that we did this! My daughter ran up to every single character (Minnie, Donald, and Goofy in beach attire) and gave them a hug. My friend’s son did not want a picture with them (no freak out though) and her daughter was nervous, but let Minnie sit next to her and hold her hand (by the end of the trip she was running up to characters and hugging them).
So, this helped us to see their reactions and we knew that it would be okay to wait in line to meet the characters. My daughter only had one freak out when we met Mike and Sulley, but I can kind of understand that one.
If you are traveling to Disney World and you are not sure how your child will react to the characters, I highly recommend booking a character dining experience before you visit the parks. That way if they do freak out, you can ask the characters to just skip your table and enjoy the rest of your meal. Also, you won’t waste precious park time waiting in line to meet a character only to have your child be afraid of the character.
Plus, the character meals are just fun, even if they have to skip your table. I will say that Minnie was absolutely wonderful with my friend’s daughter, who was clearly nervous. She just sat next to her and gently held her hand for pictures. They are so wonderful and patient with the kids!
So, there you go! The first ever Weekly Tip. If you are nervous about your child’s reaction to the characters, book a character dining experience. It’s worth it! There will be an actual review of Cape May Cafe in another blog.
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