A Socially-Distanced Character Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace
For our third trip to Walt Disney World during these pandemic times, we finally got to experience a socially distanced character meal, while also being our first time having breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
As Covid restrictions start to relax at Walt Disney World and across the country, these versions of character meals may soon be a thing of the past. But until then, let’s see what it’s like to have breakfast with the characters.
To backtrack, in “normal” times (as we all call it now), at character meals you always got to be up close and personal with the characters.
Here is Gary with Snow White at Storybook Dining at Artist Point. Ah, the good ol’ days.
Now you see signs like this, at Disney’s Riviera Resort for breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace:
Which is understandable, they don’t want kids (or adults, for that matter) running up to the characters during their parade. But they also want you to remain seated whenever the characters are around.
So what is the parade? Well I happened to make a little video of it!
Basically the parade route is where they will walk for guests to snap photos later. And yes, you must remain seated. We were seated at a 2-seater with this view, as seen in the video. Behind us (to my right) were tables with families of 5+. So for us having a 2-top, it gave us a really great view of the characters.
Who do you get to see? Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy!
And this is what you can expect in getting photos with the characters.
The seat that Gary is in now was my seat and where I filmed the parade video. When I noticed that the characters were only posing for photos in this location (and not behind Gary’s original seat, facing the other way), we started switching seats in order to get photos with Gary in them. I noticed a lot of people doing group selfies as well.
So… what about the food? Take a gander of the menu here. Entrees include quiche, waffles, steak, plant-based eggs, and a fruit plate.
To start, you get POG (passion/orange/guava) juice, but feel free to have them bring you the beverage of your choice. We both enjoyed the juice.
I specifically asked our server if we could order as much as we wanted, and she answered “of course.” The menu here is not a typical all-you-can-eat as they are all listed as separate entrees. Just feel free to order what you want. The table across from us thought you had to finish one plate before you could order a second, but nope.
I ordered the sour cream waffles and the fruit plate. Gary ordered the steak with a side of sour cream waffles. My three waffles were on a larger plate, while Gary received two waffles on a smaller plate.
I also chose plant-based sausage on the side. I thought these waffles were really good! There were soft, and I enjoyed the flavor of the whipped cream on top (was that a hint of orange?). I only managed to eat two of them, but so so good.
The fruit plate was pretty good. I am not a fan of yogurt, so that was left untouched.
Gary said the butcher’s steak was great. He added a side of ham and bacon. A big, filling portion.
Our server gave us both a card featuring the characters on the front with their autographs printed on the back. Very cute! We’re going to frame them.
So, what was the damage? We did get 10% off for being annual passholders.
When we were finished we went out on the observation deck. We were headed home directly after this, so this was bittersweet.
We’ve been here before for dinner, so we knew what to expect, but the view from up here is just stunning. You can see so much of Disney property and it was fun to see the Skyliner flying above Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
So, overall what did we think? I would give breakfast here an A. Yes, you won’t get a hug from Mickey, and he won’t personally autograph anything for you, but this is the closest you will get to the characters right now. Plan your seat accordingly to get the best photo for you group. Order as much food as you want. Go out to see the view before you leave. Enjoy!
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