Time to ‘fess up: I’d never tried one of the breakfast sandwiches at Main Street Bakery… or at any of the other Disney Starbucks locations.
It’s not so much that the options aren’t appealing, but I could get the same thing three minutes away from my own home at the Starbucks down the street. And about three minutes down the road from there at the next one. And about four minutes from… well, you get the idea ;).
But, no matter what your thoughts are on the availability of Starbucks at the parks, it’s here to stay. And as such, Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches are a part of the Disney dining scene, so it’s time we grab one for review here on the DFB.
Participants on the Disney Dining Plan might be especially interested to know that the Breakfast Sandwiches are available on the plan as part of one Quick Service meal entitlement, which also includes your choice of beverage.
While I picked up my breakfast sandwich at Main Street Bakery (Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks location), the same offerings are available at the other in-park Starbucks as well: The Trolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios, and Epcot’s Fountain View.
Choices include a Ham and Swiss Croissant, a Bacon and Gouda Sandwich, a Sausage and Cheddar Biscuit, and a Spinach, Feta, and Cage-free Egg White Wrap.
I went with the Bacon and Gouda Artisan Breakfast Sandwich because … well, ‘cuz, bacon. Also, the roll looked most appetizing to me of the bread choices.
Since there is no
seating at the Main Street Bakery as it stands today, anything you order is given to you in to-go fashion. I took my sandwich to the Tomorrowland Terrace area. The restaurant service itself is only open on peak crowd days, so if you catch it on a regular day, the scene often looks like this:
I mentioned not having tried any of these breakfast sandwiches in the parks before. I’ve actually never had one at any Starbucks, preferring pastries, so before we dig in, I’d like to share the lesson I learned: the bag says, “CAUTION: VERY HOT!!” because it’s VERY. HOT.
With that out of the way, let’s check out the sandwich.
I’ll start with the good: my instincts were correct on the bread, which I really did enjoy. It was pleasantly soft with just a bit of crunch from the outer crust. Also, I was really pleased with the gouda cheese — not just because it’s tasty, but also the sheer amount of it. You can see it spilling over the sides before you even dig in.
What was less pleasing: I found the bacon to be limp instead of crispy (which isn’t really an uncommon occurrence in any breakfast sandwich, but worth noting). Also, the portion size itself seemed fairly small. Now, due to the hearty helping of egg inside it was still plenty filling, but it’s here where I find myself “Disney spoiled.”
Basically, if there is one thing that can rarely be argued against with Disney original food, it’s portion size. Like I said, I had plenty to eat. It’s just difficult not to compare it with something like the Nutella Waffle Sandwich or Ham and Cheese Omelet Waffle Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow, which are downright gigantic (though at about 2 bucks more a pop). Add to that the uniqueness of those sandwiches… well, I’m ultimately giving the edge to those selections.
That said, there simply aren’t a ton of counter service breakfast options available at Magic Kingdom, and those at Main Street Bakery do fill a need if you’re not one to start the day with a sweet treat (not that’s there’s anything wrong with having a Dole Whip for breakast… not by a long shot!). So dedicated rope-droppers looking to grab some breakfast may be well served by this option (though, be warned: the first-thing-in-the-morning coffee lines will likely be in full effect).
All in all, though, I think I’ve reached the conclusion that a breakfast sandwich and coffee combo is not an altogether bad way to start your day in the Magic Kingdom: pleasantly full, caffeinated, and ready to tackle Space, Thunder, or Splash Mountain… or maybe join the line-up to greet Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall. No matter which of those feats you choose, you’re gonna need some nourishment, and this is just one more option to get in the most important meal of the day at Magic Kingdom!
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