On a recent live show of WDW Today, the podcast I contribute to, a listener called in and asked about the best breakfast options in the parks, specifically Disney's Hollywood Studios. I rattled off the usual answer of Starring Rolls bakery, some breakfast options at ABC Commissary and the breakfast offerings at Hollywood & Vine. The caller retorted that he wanted a real breakfast and did not care for the Playhouse Disney theme that Hollywood & Vine has in the morning and complained the other places didn't offer anything that would constitute as a real breakfast. So this beckons the question if he has a point.
Breakfast in all of the theme parks is kind of lacking. There's always some quick service offers where you can get something quick that can fit between two pieces of bread and the Studios is no different. I think this has to go back to something Imagineers purposefully instituted in that breakfast seems to have been purposefully overlooked. There are plenty of good lunch and dinner options in the parks and I think this discrepancy between lunch, dinner and breakfast is purposefully done. Think about it, when are the most amount of people in the parks? The answer is in the afternoon and evening. The parks only open at 9am and most breakfast options at restaurants end by 11am or so. Therefore, investing a lot of money and time into a two hour meal period doesn't seem smart of an idea. At least, that's how it seems.
The reality is I think breakfast options have a place and there should be more done for the parks. In Disney World, many attractions and restaurants fall under the "if you build it, they will come" strategy and I think more breakfast options only serve to drive more guests into the parks during the morning. As much as it pains me to suggest this, the fact is if Disney offered a Princess meal anywhere, a wild hoard of guests desperate to get their daughters into a princess meal that is booked up at Norway or Cinderella's Royal Table will descend upon the park. Since I'm not a fan of the princess genre, I think a solid breakfast meal would be a smart option.
The restaurant that comes to mind for a great breakfast meal would be 50's Prime Time Cafe. Disney could add a menu consistent with classic diner breakfast options such as towering plates of pancakes, fresh scrambled eggs, omelets, waffles and other classic American breakfast fare. It would fit in perfectly with the theme of the 50's Prime Time Cafe and the whole Prime Time theme of being overbearing servers who could insist guests drink their milk and eat up their food to have their strength for the day. Basically breakfast at the 50's Prime Time Cafe would be reminiscent of this classic scene from the film Pleasantville.
So going back to the caller who brought up the topic, I agree there really isn't much to speak of in terms of breakfast at the Studios and more ought to be done. I think the overlooking of breakfast generally among the Imagineers should be changed since there is demand to warrant bringing breakfast into the Studios on par with the offerings that one can find for lunch or dinner.