We recently discovered a new experience at the Walt Disney World Resort — the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals at Ravello, located at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort. Many guests are unaware that there is a Four Seasons on Disney property, hidden away within the Golden Oak community southeast of the Magic Kingdom. Golden Oak is an exclusive private residential community consisting of multimillion dollar homes that offer special Disney perks such as annual passes included in the purchase price. Just driving through the front gate of this community to get to the restaurant was an experience. We couldn’t believe how gorgeous the homes were and that was just the beginning of our adventure.
Upon arriving at the Four Seasons, we opted to pull directly up to the front door and valet park. At the end of our meal, we were able to validate our ticket at the restaurant for a total cost of $5 plus tip. The attendant gave us directions to the restaurant, which is located on the level below the main lobby. The lobby itself was quite beautiful, with crystal chandeliers, tasteful artwork, and fresh flowers everywhere. After a short walk to admire the hotel, we found and took the elevators down to Ravello.
We checked in with the hostess and were asked to wait for a few minutes as they prepared our table. You would never have guessed that this is a location that houses a character meal. It is elegant and tastefully decorated, there was nothing “childlike” about the restaurant. Part of this is due to the fact that the character breakfast is an exclusive event. It is only offered Thursday and Saturday mornings — the rest of the time, the restaurant provides traditional service. We strongly recommend making reservations as they can be hard to come by. You can book them through Disneyworld.com but, as an added tip, you can also book through opentable.com (which offers a wider selection of time slots).
We were shown to a corner booth that was set with modern plates, glasses, and utensils. In lieu of a tablecloth, there were placemats under each place setting. Our server came over to introduce himself and offer us drinks. Ravello offers all the standard breakfast beverages such as milk, coffee, and tea; but, if it’s juice you are looking for, you can help yourself to a juice bar. It features fresh grapefruit, apple, and cranberry juices, but the standout is a house specialty — fresh (nonalcoholic) limoncello. It was similar to lemonade, but slightly sweeter, and very refreshing.
In addition to the juice bar, Ravello offers all the traditional breakfast fare: waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, and potatoes. There was also a create your own omelet bar (with some unique choices like asparagus and pepper jack cheese) and a large selection of freshly made pastries. There was also a selection of cured meats, cheeses, and fresh smoked salmon. An assortment of fresh fruit, a create your own yogurt parfait bar (complete with granola, dried fruit, and nuts), and boxed cereals rounded out the choices.
While Ravello doesn’t offer as much of a selection as other buffets, it was far superior due to the smaller quantities of food that the staff replaced frequently. Everything was always fresh and tastefully presented (especially the pastries, which were mostly in baskets).
The real stars of this breakfast visit your table! Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy made the rounds to stop for photos, autographs, and playtime at each table. The restaurant is intimate and features indoor and outdoor seating which allowed the characters to visit guests multiple times. We saw each character at least three times.
Goofy was accompanied by a Photopass photographer for professional pictures of the whole family which are available on a Photopass card linked to the resort, but not to the rest of your Walt Disney World pictures. Our server kindly offered to take our pictures with the other characters. Another unique feature is that the characters are dressed in casual “country club attire.” There is a palate of pastel colors featuring plaid shorts for Mickey and a scarf around the neck for Minnie, who also sported a special sunglasses “bow” on top of her head! The characters were fantastic and the interaction was top notch. We have dined at many of Disney’s character meals in the past, but not one such as this where the characters interacted with us multiple times for an extended period.
All in all, this was a delightful character meal. We truly enjoyed our food, service, and experience; and we plan to return in the future. The price is similar to Chef Mickey’s; however, the interaction and food are definitely superior. Don’t miss out on enjoying this “hidden gem”!Tweet
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