Disney World’s newest resort – the Riviera – is home to a brand new signature dining restaurant called Topolino’s Terrace, that serves up fancy food at night and character meals for breakfast. While my overall impression of the hotel was pretty meh, I thoroughly enjoyed Breakfast a la Art. The restaurant is beautiful – and so are the views – but the fantastic character interactions we had really made it stand out. Keep on reading for my full Topolino’s Terrace character breakfast review, including photos and tips.
Topolino’s Terrace atmosphere
The restaurant is very modern and sleek, mostly dominated by dramatic chandeliers that I think people will either love or hate. There’s not much middle ground on these. I think they’re interesting, though they don’t scream France or Italy to me. It’s also worth noting that they sell Topolino’s Terrace souvenirs – mainly stuffed animals of the 4 characters who meet there in their special Riviera artist outfits – at the entrance, which seems a little out of place. They’re also featured on the menu. No word on whether they’re served on a plate if you order one.
The outdoor roof deck is fantastic and you can see Epcot and Hollywood Studios easily, as well as the Riviera’s grounds and Caribbean Beach. We’d popped into the hotel the day before when we took the Skyliner for a spin on a break from Epcot, but we’d only seen the pool closest to the lobby, so it was nice to spot the other one with its waterslide. This was the chilliest day we had there, so we didn’t linger too long on the roof, but you’ll definitely want to check it out before you leave the restaurant.
Characters at Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast a la Art
Topolino is the Italian name for Mickey Mouse, so it’s no surprise that you’ll be seeing him here. In addition to him, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy make the rounds at Breakfast a la Art. Each is dressed in an outfit inspired by the Riviera’s history of artistic inspiration. If you’re not familiar with Disney character breakfasts, what makes them great is that you can hang out at your table and they come to you. No need to wait in line for a photo and autographs. Character coordinators make sure everyone gets a visit from each character and one stopped by our table as we were finishing up to double check that we’d gotten to meet everyone.
Daisy is a ballerina.
Donald is a sculptor. He was our absolute favorite. We’d just gotten engaged a few days before and were wearing special ears indicating that. When he saw that, he pointed at Daisy and made a “no” gesture. I responded, “She was just here. She knows,” and he threw his head back in despair and turned around, walked a few feet away, and bent over with his head in his hands. It was hilarious.
Mickey is – you’ll never guess – a painter. A painter who does not take very good care of his brushes. We’ve been painting our new house and I just wanted to take them to the washtub and save them haha.
Minnie is a poet. We guessed novelist when we first saw her, but her introduction later on when she returned from a break specified poetry. When she saw our ears, she asked how long we’d been together. Then she counted out 9 + 1 on her fingers and pointed at Mickey indicating that she’d been waiting on him for 91 years. Poor girl.
In addition to their individual table meet and greets, the characters periodically do a little dance around the restaurant. The song was stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
Food at Topolino’s Terrace character breakfast
Your meal starts with POG juice – a special blend of passion fruit, orange, guava. You can also get regular coffee and soft drinks as part of your meal. We went with Diet Cokes because you’re allowed to have pop for breakfast on vacation and neither one of us likes coffee. You can also get specialty coffees and cocktails like mimosas for an additional charge.
Breakfast a la Art begins with a gorgeous presentation of pastries in a paint bucket with jam, honey butter, and chocolate hazelnut spread (think Nutella) in little cups that look like a painter’s palette. These were by far my favorite part of the meal (which should surprise absolutely no one who knows me). The croissant was flaky and delicious with the honey butter – and the paintbrush shaped butter knife was adorable. The chocolate chip muffins were good, but nothing to write home about. My favorite was the flaky, sweet apple-honey danish (The menu lists seasonal danishes, so the flavors will likely rotate – I hope whatever they switch to in the future is just as tasty for you!) that I could’ve eaten a whole dozen of. I didn’t love the epi bread that so many other Topolino’s Terrace reviews rave about, because it was very dry and the points were so sharp I was pretty sure they were going to cut my mouth.
Like the other newer character dining restaurants at Disney World, Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast a la Art is prix fixe for plated dinners. Each person gets to select a meal off of the menu, and all are the same cost. Current selections range from waffles to steak. Check the official website for a full menu. It’s very French inspired, which is a cuisine I’ve never fallen in love with, so I honestly struggled a bit to find an entrée I really wanted. The one that sounded best to me was the two eggs and meat dish, but I didn’t want to spend $40+ on a meal I could get at a diner for $4 so I went a little fancier.
I ordered the quiche gruyere. It came with seasoned potatoes and a little salad. I thought the flaky crust was absolutely perfect, but I didn’t love the overwhelming flavor of the gruyere cheese all that much. I would’ve much preferred a different kind of cheese instead or an additional vegetable mixed in to give it a little more variety because it mostly just tasted like slightly sour cheese. The potatoes that came with it were pretty tasty though, and were much more to my liking than the quiche.
My fiancé (!) ordered the sour cream waffles. I took a bite of them and loved the fluffy yet crunchy texture. I’m not a big fan of citrus anything so I didn’t love the orange maple syrup, but he loved it. If you don’t mind the orange flavor I’d highly recommend the waffles.
Our waitress also gave us this little dessert to celebrate our engagement. It was super nice of her to do that, and while the cakey part on the top was very bland, I enjoyed the chocolate brownie-like base of mine.
Final thoughts on the Topolino’s Terrace character breakfast
Overall, I’d rank Topolino’s as my second favorite character meal at Disney World. These were by far my favorite character interactions I’ve had at a character meal. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’d absolutely book Breakfast a la Art for your next visit. If you’re after food, I’d go with Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno over Topolino’s. I had the opposite problem there – I had a hard time narrowing my choice down to just one entrée. Luckily, I was part of a big group that morning and got to sample almost the whole menu and it’s legit the best food I’ve had on Disney property.
Breakfast a la Art tips
- If you want to attend Breakfast a la Art, you’ll want to make reservations as far ahead as possible. These require a credit card guarantee, but you’re only charged the $10/per person fee if you don’t show up and don’t cancel more than 24 hours before your reservation. (It’s also a great way to make sure you drag your butt out of bed in the morning for your reservation after a 1 am closing at the Magic Kingdom the night before. If hitting snooze would cost me $20 every day, I’d be on time a lot more often.)
- You can make your reservations on the website or using the Disney World app (check out all the other ways it’ll save you time here!). If you’re staying at a Disney resort or one of the Disney Springs hotels, you can book reservations starting 180 days from the beginning of your hotel stay. Everyone else has to wait until exactly 180 days out, which means on-site guests get a little bit of a leg up. Character meals are always coveted reservations, so book early. If you don’t find a time you want right away, keep trying. Leading up to my most recent trip, I was checking reservations and FastPasses at least half a dozen times a day. You’ll be surprised what pops up as people change their plans and drop time slots.
- The biggest downside of character dining is that those handy PhotoPass photographers and character attendants you’ll find in the parks aren’t around to snap photos of your whole group for you. That means that unless someone at a neighboring table offers to take your picture or your server happens to be right there, it’s hard to get a full group shot, so set your expectations accordingly.
- You can park at the Riviera Resort for free during your reservation. We just had to give the reservation name at security and we were checked off the list and directed to the appropriate lot. Disney policy is that you get three hours free parking at the resorts for dining reservations, so you should also have time to explore the resort a little bit. Check out the tilework on the archway leading to the Skyliner – it’s gorgeous!
- If you’re relying on Disney transportation for your visit, getting to the Riviera is a little more complex. If you have access to the Skyliner you can take that for an easy trip – lucky you. From other hotels, you’ll have to take a bus to a park or Disney Springs and then hop another bus from there to the Riviera. I’d recommend trying for an Epcot or Hollywood Studios bus if you’re connecting via a park as those are the closest to the Riviera. (ie. Don’t hop a Magic Kingdom bus from the All Stars just because it’s the first one to arrive unless you just really enjoy bus travel and the oh-so-scenic Central Florida landscapes.) Plan on being in transit for at least an hour, particularly during busy seasons. You’ll also want to check the bus schedules ahead of time if you have very early reservations. You may also want to consider springing for a Lyft or taxi on the way there to make sure you arrive on time and cut out some of the hassle. After your meal you can take the Skyliner or one of Riviera’s buses to whatever park you’re heading to or connect to a bus back to your resort from one of those locations.
- The restaurant can only be reached via the East Wing elevators, so look for those when you arrive or ask a Cast Member for directions.
- Topolino’s Terrace counts as a table service dining credit for breakfast. If you return for dinner, it’s considered signature dining and will cost two credits per person. There is currently no Annual Pass discount (booooo), but DVC members do get one.
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