Our DisneySide Breakfast for Lunch
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We are big Disney fans in our house and have been to Disney a number of times. When I was given the chance to apply to host a DisneySide @Home Celebration, I knew it was a perfect fit for our family.
When I was selected to hold a DisneySide party, after picking a theme (Game Day), my next task was to select a menu. As frequent Walt Disney World visitors, planning our dining is always a big part of our trip planning so I wanted to incorporate park food into our party. We have our favorite restaurants that we like to eat at and a few signature dishes that come to mind. However, in thinking about a meal that would be kid-friendly and accommodate food preferences, I immediately thought of breakfast for lunch. While we will eat some breakfasts in our room, we do enjoy the Disney character buffets. Park Tip: Did you know that most breakfast restaurants in the park open one hour before regular park opening hours? With an early morning reservation at Crystal Palace or the Castle, you can walk down a nearly empty Main Street and get a great picture with the Castle in the background. (The picture below was taken the week before Easter, a very crowded time of year)
|On Our Way to Crystal Palace for Breakfast|
One item that my daughter always looks for at breakfast buffets is breakfast pizza (even though she doesn’t like eggs). Ok, I admit I always take a slice or two even if it’s on the “Kids Buffet” section. When I found a Disney Breakfast Pizza recipe on Pinterest, I knew that had to be one of our dishes. I was very pleased with who the pizza turned out and will definitely be making it again (actually I already have). I like that I can customize the toppings…trade out bacon for sausage crumbles or add vegetables.
|Our breakfast pizza|
I also came across an idea for French Toast Lollipops that were cut out using a cookie cutter. Since my party pack included the Wilton Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter Set, I decided to make Mickey shaped French Toast. I used my electric griddle to make the French Toast, although in hindsight, I should have made my Puffed French Toast from the Crystal Palace which is one of my personal favorites.
The final breakfast item I selected to make was Mickey Waffles. Mini-Mickey shaped waffles are a staple of most Disney Breakfast buffets. A few years ago my brother’s family had given my Dad a Mickey & Friends Waffle Maker which makes mini waffles shaped like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy. Fortunately, he let me borrow his waffle maker for the party, since it is no longer available at a reasonable price. (I did find these two Mickey Waffle options Classic Mickey Waffle Stick Maker and Classic Mickey Waffle Maker.
The mini-waffles and the cut-out French Toast were the perfect size for the kids to dip in syrup instead of having to help them cut their food. I rounded out the breakfast with fresh fruit – bananas, pineapple, raspberries, etc. I served Orange Juice or milk for the kids to drink and coffee, tea, or OJ/milk for the adults.
Of course, since it was lunch and we are talking Disney Food, no meal is complete without dessert – especially if you are on the dining plan. On our last two trips we were fortunate enough to eat dinner at the new Be Our Guest restaurant. One of their desserts is “The Grey Stuff” mentioned in the Be Our Guest song – “Try the Grey Stuff, it’s delicious, don’t believe me, ask the dishes” – easily one of my favorite lines.
|The Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest|
I was thrilled to find a recipe to make our own grey stuff on Pinterest. As soon as I found the recipe, I knew it was a winner, particularly when I learned it was basically a cookies & cream pudding. The recipe was quite easy to make. Since I was serving to kids, I didn’t take the extra step of piping the grey stuff through a pastry bag for serving.
|My Grey Stuff|
The other dessert that I opted to make was the S’mores Bake from Big Thunder Ranch BBQ in Disneyland. We ate there on our last trip to Disneyland and are returning there on our upcoming trip. However, the main reason that I chose this dessert is that my daughter loves both brownies and s’mores. How could I go wrong on a dessert that combines both.
What are your favorite Disney breakfast foods? What about desserts?