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This summer I visited Walt Disney World with my family. Despite the global pandemic I still really wanted to have a character meal. The only character meal available on property this summer (without a park ticket) was Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends at Topolino‘s Terrace. We loved our breakfast at Topolino’s and I’m excited to share my review with you.
Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends at Topolino’s Terrace Review
Where is Topolino‘s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera Restaurant?
Topolino‘s Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera is a signature table service restaurant on the 10th floor of the newest Walt Disney World property, Disney’s Riviera Resort. Topolino‘s Terrace is open for Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends from 7:30am to 11:15am, and Dinner with a View from five to nine in the evening.
Since Topolino’s Terrace is located ten floors high above Walt Disney World, and Topolino’s is outfitted with huge windows, this restaurant offers amazing views of the whole property.
Disney’s Riviera Resort is now so easy to access via the Disney Skyliner. On this two day trip to Walt Disney World we stayed at the Pop Century and it was super easy to pop on over to the Riviera!
P.S. “Topolino” is the name of Mickey Mouse in Italian, keeping with the French/Italian Riviera theme of Disney’s Riviera Resort
Getting a Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends Reservation
I’m not gonna lie even amid the 2020 global pandemic this was a hard reservation to score. I initially made a Topolino‘s Terrace reservation for the week of August 4, but sadly I had to cancel that one as my Orlando travel plans got pushed back by about 10 days.
But, luckily, for the week that I was actually going to be in Orlando I had flexible travel plans. So, every day I went on My Disney Experience to try to find a morning in which Topolino‘s Terrace was available for two or three guests. Yes, I figured little man could take it or leave it with the character brunch, so I just wanted to get whatever table size was available!
After a few tries, luckily a reservation for three guests became available on Tuesday, August 11. Brunch reservations end at 11:15 AM, so I was excited to score a 10:55 AM time slot. I also figured that since this was the end of service the restaurant would be less crowded. This was our first time doing indoor dining during the pandemic.
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NOTE: Normally Walt Disney World dining reservations open 180 in advance. Since the re-opening of Walt Disney World, that window has been shortened to 60 days. Be sure check current advanced dining reservation windows. It’s always best to plan your dining well in advance, although with the fluid nature of 2020, you might be able to score a last minute reservation, as I did.
ALSO NOTE: The Character Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace is one table service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. The character meal is only available during breakfast. In the summer of 2020, Disney Dining Plans have been suspended but hopefully that will change. In my opinion, Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends would be a great use of your one table service credit.
Menu for Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends at Topolino’s Terrace
The Topolino’s Terrace brunch is a pre-fix, which means you pay one price and pick one entree. You also get beverages, sides and bread service (keep reading for more food details).
At the time of this writing in August 2020, children ages 3 to 9 cost $27 for breakfast, and adults cost $42. Remember adults mean anyone age 10 or older. Sadly, my son who is 11 was charged as an adult. But I will preface this entire review by saying the Topolino’s Terrace brunch was expensive, but worth the cost.
Breakfast ala Art will start with bread service. On the day of our visit, bread service consisted of plain croissants, chocolate chip muffins, and a maple Danish. For my son I asked for some plain toast. Our bread service was accompanied by strawberry jam and butter. I do know that most Disney dining outlets are running on a limited menu due to limited capacity because of the pandemic and from what I have read, in more “normal” times, there are more options in the Breakfast ala Art bread service.
At Breakfast ala Art with Mickey & Friends, you are served beverages of your choice. We all ordered a POG juice which I highly recommend. I believe the only places you can order POG juice outside of Disney’s Aulani is at the Polynesian Resort.
We loved having POG juice on our 2016 Hawaii trip! It is made of papaya, orange, and guava juices. It’s truly amazing and one not to be missed.
I also ordered some coffee and the server gave me an entire pot. Clearly, they know the parents at Disney need their coffee! Plus I love the Joffrey’s coffee served on property!
Kids have several new items to choose from and both of mine went for Mickey dippers. Mickey dippers are the Mickey waffles you all know and love presented on a little stick with dipping sauces. For my daughter, who is 8 and ordered off the kids’ menu, she received two Mickey Dippers. For my eleven year old son, who was being charged as an adult, received four Mickey dippers.
Both meals came with a choice of side. My daughter opted for bacon and little man got fruit. You could also get plant based sausage (or meat sausage) or roasted potatoes as your side.
Other kids’ menu selections include fruit/yogurt or scrambled eggs, again with sides.
For the adults, there is a choice of just egg mushroom scramble, which is their vegan breakfast option, sour cream waffles, quiche, eggs, smoked salmon or fruit plate.
Each entree comes with a choice of side. I love that they have a plant-based sausage option which is of course what I picked.
Because I eat eggs at home every day, I figured I would try something different at Topolino’s so I opted for the sour cream waffles. This dish came with an amazing orange infused syrup that has me salivating as I think about it!
I just love Disney food!
Characters at Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends
Breakfast aka Art with Mickey and Friends is a character meal. Characters are always subject to change, but expect to see Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck in outfits unique to this resort! PS If you have sailed on a Disney Cruise, some details of Breakfast ala Art will look familiar!
We dined at Topolino’s Terrace in the summer of 2020 amid the global pandemic, so unfortunately, we could only see the characters from a distance.
On the day of our visit, guests were seated, and the characters came around as they usually do, and you could wave to them and blow kisses. I managed to capture some awkward selfies with the characters!
The characters also put on a little show in the center of the restaurant.
Yeah, it was a bummer we could not hug and take proper photos with the characters (like we did at Chef Mickey brunch a few years ago) BUT if you are visiting Walt Disney World during the pandemic, this is probably the closest you are going to get to characters, even if you visit the parks.
Plus, it was still fun to be at a character meal!
Is Breakfast ala Art with Mickey and Friends worth the cost?
Hands down worth every cent! Yes, it was a little pricy (especially now that little man, who eats like a bird) is a full price Disney adult. But definitely worth the cost.
I would definitely suggest doing what we did – do a later reservation (again, ours was at 10:55) on a non-park day. As “brunch” this meal was essentially our breakfast AND lunch. We did have a small something when we woke up, but after this meal, we did not eat again until our dinner at Disney Springs.
The food was amazing, the coffee and POG juice were top notch and you cannot beat the views from the top of Disney’s Riviera Resort.
I highly recommend this character meal (pandemic or hopefully, not) just be sure to reserve early and enjoy your meal!
Have you been to Topolino’s Terrace? Did you love the character brunch? What is your favorite place to dine at Walt Disney World?