Breakfast with Goofy and the Gang–WITHOUT 90 Day Ressies!

Alessandra Zinicola Lopez Character Dining, Foodies, Resort Hotels, Special Events Leave a Comment

The kids want to meet Mickey and you want to make it special, but it can be difficult to reserve a character breakfast if you don’t seize your opportunity early enough. There is a more easily accessible, lesser-known way to dine with Mickey and friends: through his pal, Goofy.

Located in the Four Season’s Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (within Disney’s Golden Oak community), members of the Disney gang hang out for breakfast at Ravello two to three times a week!  That’s right, our favorite Maog hosts the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals every Thursday and Saturday morning from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  And while reservations are naturally recommended, you and your children can often be seated fairly quickly as a walk-in group.
The setting is modern and elegant.  Even Goofy and his friends are dressed for brunch in pastel tennis attire. It’s buffet-style dining, but don’t let that dissuade you from partaking; this is probably one of the cleanest, most high-end buffets you’ve ever seen.  Despite the luxurious surroundings and fanciness, this is primarily designed for your children’s enjoyment.  It’s going to cost you $46.00 per adult and $24.00 per child (3 – 12 years), but as you will see, you might find that it is quite worth the expense.
Sure, you’re not at Ohana or 1900 Park Fare, but in many ways, this is even better.  Upon arriving in Golden Oak, you get to see the beautiful homes and community that Disney has built, and you get to experience something new! The food is not the same Disney food you get at the parks and other resorts; it’s different, and it’s wonderful.  Once seated, your drink orders are taken. Beyond coffee, tea, milk (soy and almond milk are available), and mimosas, they also have an amazing fresh juice bar where you can combine the nectar of your favorite nature’s candy to your specification.
If you have a small child, you might want to take the opportunity, after ordering drinks, to grab a small plate of kid-friendly food.  We chose scrambled eggs, a croissant, an individual box of Cheerios, a pancake, and half of an Uncrustable. Our toddler was happy and occupied while we took the time to browse the buffet.
The omelet station might catch your eye, but if you don’t want to wait, their scrambled eggs are super yummy.  The fruits and other cold options might draw you in and, if so, the salmon is highly recommended as are the grapefruit brulee sections.  Or maybe you’re interested in the pastry spread? The Nutella-filled donut holes are to die for.  Don’t forget the hot items though: turkey, egg, and cheese sliders, plus warm mini cinnamon buns.
As you consume your delectable meal, Goofy and his pals make the rounds to visit with you and your little ones. And not just once; we had three rounds of visiting although we were there less than an hour.  This meant lots of character interaction as our toddler really getting to know Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.
There is also a moment when everyone is invited to celebrate with the characters by taking their napkins and waving them in circles in the air.  Everyone gets in on the opportunity for some playfulness, even the adults! Another highlight was the professional photographer, who takes your photo with the characters, and–get this–you get this digital souvenir at no extra cost! What a great perk, especially if you forgot to bring your own photo or camera–or just want a family photo with you, the usual photo-taker, actually in one of the pictures.
Everything was excellent, from the service, to the food, to the time the characters spent with the children.  Our toddler got to play peek-a-boo with Mickey, compared fingers with Minnie (he has five fingers but Minnie has only four), and was kissed and high-fived by Goofy.  He hugged and took photos with all the characters, who interacted with the adults as well.  It was much more time than we usually got at a character dining experiences.  You too might want to check out the Four Seasons’ take on Disney character dining, and if you do, there’s a chance you might see this little guy there, as we plan to go back as often as we can!
About the Author
Alessandra Zinicola Lopez

Alessandra Zinicola Lopez

Bringing you a bounty of insider knowledge on all things Disney, Alessandra has lived in the Orlando area for over 10 years and has had the pleasure of previously working for The Walt Disney Company in several different roles. Alessandra is an award-winning writer, graphic designer, and photographer and as a wife, mother, and perpetual graduate student, she shares over 30 years of WDW experience. Alessandra is a member of the SCBWI: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and holds degrees in Psychology, Marketing, and Professional Writing.

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