Topolino’s Terrace is the name of the restaurant located on the tenth floor of Disney’s Riviera Resort, the new Disney Vacation Club Tower located adjacent to the Caribbean Beach Resort and conveniently on the Disney Skyliner gondola system.
Topolino’s Terrace serves a sit-down, fixed-price character breakfast with seatings from 7:30am through 11am daily. Dinner, with seatings from 5pm to 9:30pm, is a signature dining experience with prices in line with California Grill or Flying Fish.
The setups and processes at the various character meals vary a little more than you might expect. Some are served family style, like ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Garden Grill at Epcot. Some are straight-up buffets, like Tusker House at Animal Kingdom and Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort. Others, like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot, are a buffet/sit-down hybrid and have a buffet component to start followed by a choice of plated entree. What is officially called “Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends” at Topolino’s Terrace is most similar to the Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno on the BoardWalk.
Like Bon Voyage, first up at Topolino’s is a basket of assorted pastries to share, then we’ll have our choice of a plated entree. Basic coffee, juice, and soft drinks are included in the price, which is $24 for guests ages three to nine, and $41 for anyone ten and over. Here’s the menu:
Additional coffee options, cocktails, and other drinks are available a la carte, and some souvenir items are also advertised at the bottom of the menu.
Topolino’s Terrace is reminiscent of California Grill over at the Contemporary Resort in a number of ways. They’re both rooftop restaurants offering modern interpretations of classic interiors with sweeping panoramic views of the kinetic resort areas that surround them. Here at Topolino’s, we’re celebrating the “textures, colors, carved details, and stonework found in ancient villages along the Riviera.”
Request a window table for the best views from inside the restaurant.
Also like California Grill, the majority of the seats don’t offer much of a tableside view, but it’s always nice to know that something’s out there.
After the meal, anyone can head outside to the terrace.
The views out here are spectacular.
That’s Caribbean Beach Resort in front of us and the Skyliner running off to the right. The resort’s main pool also lies below.
During dinner hours, the terrace is technically open to all.
This area serves as an outdoor cocktail lounge with seating that’s first-come, first-served. We’ll return later to take advantage of that.
Back inside, the restaurant is elegant without being stuffy.
The table settings look classy with the name of the restaurant embroidered on the napkin, the butter knife in the shape of a painter’s brush on top of the bread plate, and the big round coffee mug and saucer. The padded seats are plush and comfortable.
Character meals are obviously informal, so no matter how upscale the surroundings might be, the overall “feel” will remain casual in the morning. We’ll reassess things at dinner in a separate review.
As far as restaurant settings, Topolino’s is certainly the fanciest restaurant where Mickey Mouse will meet you tableside. This room towards the back of the restaurant offers a little more privacy.
I like to schedule my character meals towards the end of the reservation window. As more and more guests leave, the characters typically spend more time with those who are still dining. With Hollywood Studios currently opening at 7am or 8am, you could potentially spend up to three hours there to start the day before traveling over here via the Skyliner for breakfast. Or with a reservation closer to 11am, you could take advantage of a leisurely morning before heading over.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you could also book a 7:30am reservation and then try to finish up and get over to Epcot via the Skyliner for a 9am rope drop at the International Gateway there. Those traveling from resorts or Parks connected by the Skyliner will have the easiest time getting to the Riviera. From the Art of Animation Skyliner station, you could probably be inside Topolino’s in 20 minutes, after being able to enjoy the gondola ride over and the walk into the beautiful resort.
From the Riviera Skyliner station, you’ll exit down the ramp and then walk towards the resort underneath the covered walkway. Keep walking straight through the beautiful Tangled-inspired archway and then take a left towards the resort itself. To get up to Topolino’s, you’ll need to take the east elevators to the top floor. The eastern side is the one with the gift shop, Le Petit Cafe, and Primo Piatto, with the elevator bank just past those locations. Ask one of the many friendly cast members on hand if you need further guidance. It’s pretty easy.
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy meet tableside, each in an outfit that’s exclusive to Topolino’s Terrace.
Mickey is an artist who may be trying to paint his own clothes rather than the canvas.
Minnie is a poet who is potentially trying to sell you some of the work that’s displayed on her dress. It would probably be awkward if you asked to read one.
Fabulous shoes, though.
Donald is a sculptor.
With quite the hat.
Daisy is a ballerina.
The character interaction was great with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy dropping by the table a couple of times during our meal and making sure that we got to take as many pictures and collect as many autographs as we could have possibly wanted.
Every 45 minutes or so, the characters take some time to parade around the room, giving everyone another opportunity to see them and take pictures.
The characters also make their way into the restaurant from out in the lobby to a loud, boisterous pre-recorded announcement each and every time. That seemed to get a little tedious with an announcement every three minutes that a character was coming back out again. I wouldn’t be surprised if the frequency of those announcements was reduced since my visit.
The souvenir plush characters are wearing outfits similar to those that they don at the restaurant. Mickey is pretty close.
Minnie is a little farther off with the dress. My crochet skills are above average, but I’m not sure I could get 20-30 poems on there.
Daisy is just about on-target.
As is Donald. Luckily, he’s caught pre-powder here. These are $22 each.
A $20 activity book is also offered.
The ears are $30. All of this is also available at the gift shop on the main lobby level.
Onto the meal, breakfast begins with a basket of pastries served up in a bucket of paint.
With Honey Butter, Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse, and House-made Strawberry Jam.
Chocolate-Chip Muffins, Croissants, Epi Bread, and a Seasonal Danish are inside.
Epi Bread is meant to look like a stalk of wheat, with the idea that each person will tear a piece off of the crusty, rustic loaf. I suppose that’s where the various spreads are supposed to come into play. It doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense to dip an Apple Danish into Nutella or a Chocolate Chip Muffin in Strawberry Jam. But you can if you want. A gluten-free version of the paint bucket is offered with a cinnamon and sugar doughnut, white chocolate-dipped doughnut, a plain roll, and a chocolate chip muffin. Other accommodations can likely be made and they’ll bring you more of whatever pastry you’d like throughout the meal.
Overall, the pastries are just fine if you’re looking for something to nibble on in between the characters and food arriving, but it’s probably not going to factor highly into whether or not you choose to visit Topolino’s for breakfast.
The drink menu is about what you would expect to see before 11am with a variety of drinks featuring sparkling elements, along with a Bloody Mary.
For $14, the “Riviera Bloody Mary – Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka and Spicy Bloody Mary Mix” wasn’t particularly inspired.
But it’s made up of two quality ingredients. I’ve actually started using Le Citron Vodka in my Bloody Marys at home because the citrus notes help balance out the rich, savory flavors of the tomato juice and spices so much better than your typical rubbing-alcohol-flavored vodka. The garnishes aren’t much to write home about with just a sad little olive, a third of a slice of bacon, and a scrap of cheese. The drink also ended up getting watered down pretty quickly. But it’s on the menu if you want it.
The $13 “Classic Bellini – Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore, Peach Juice, Raspberry Purée” impressed on quality. The drink was light and refreshing with real ingredients, rather than some of the artificial syrups you often see used in these sorts of drinks.
Simple, but effective.
And the Seasonal Mimosa, in this case with Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut and Pomegranate with the strawberry garnish.
It was light and refreshing and arrived with the same elderflower-and-citrus-infused ice cube that comes with the Floral Mimosa or Bellini. In any case, the floral, citrus flavor helps balance out some of the sugar in the fruit juice, while keeping the drink nice and cold throughout the breakfast.
I’m fairly certain that the servers and support staff are contractually-obligated to pretend like their delivery of POG juice is akin to the Second Coming. The mixture of passion fruit, orange, and guava juices should be familiar if you’ve ever eaten breakfast at ‘Ohana…or Boma…or Tusker House…or Garden Grill…or 1900 Park Fare…to name a few.
French Press Coffee is available for one for $6 or for two for $9. Ours didn’t come out tasting great, but it may have been due more to user error than anything. Our Riviera Blend basically came out as thick black water with little flavor outside of burnt chocolate and tar. You’ll likely have better luck, but the regular Joffrey’s coffee is also included in the cost of the meal without needing to fork over the extra six-bucks-plus.
A reminder of your other coffee options.
Adults have their choice of one of these nine entrees.
First up, we have the “Spiced Sausage Hash – Poached Hen Egg, English Muffin, Potatoes, Pearl Onions, Choron Sauce, Fines Herbes.”
Rich, hearty, and surprisingly spicy, the Sausage Hash is my second favorite entree here. The creamy Poached Hen Egg combines with the Choron Sauce, which is consists of a rich bernaise base with the addition of tomato and what is probably a little bit of tarragon. It makes for a warm, comforting bite with so much of the crispy potatoes, sausage, and bacon underneath. The toasted English Muffin serves as a nice base for all of the stuff. Anyone who enjoys a good hash should enjoy this.
Next up, we have the “Sour Cream Waffles – Roasted Apples, Chantilly, Orange-Maple Syrup, choice of Smoked Bacon, Ham, Sausage, or Plant-based Sausage.”
Here we have three sections of Waffle served up with a plant-based Beyond Sausage. The Waffles were fluffy and fresh with a nice crispness around the edges. The little bit of tang from the sour cream helps cut some of the richness from the Chantilly Cream, while still allowing the vanilla and almond to show through. The freshly-roasted apples add a burst of cinnamon and sugar and the raspberries add a refreshing quality as well. The orange juice in the syrup packs a zesty citrus punch against the sweet caramelized flavor of the maple syrup, making for a lot of different sweet flavor combination possibilities. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into the presentation and execution of the dish.
The “Croissant au Jambon – Ham, Brie, Béchamel, Field Greens, Lemon Vinaigrette” is up next.
The crispy, fresh Croissant is absolutely packed with high-quality slices of ham and layers of melted Brie. Disney again mixes the buttery richness of the Béchamel sauce with the zesty quality of the lemony vinaigrette to create a dish that isn’t nearly as heavy and overbearing as you might expect. Considering what it is, it’s almost “light” with the airy croissant providing a nice crispy base for another rich and hearty dish.
Those looking for the most “value” are probably keying in on the “Wood-fired Butchers Steak – Polenta, Pomodoraccio Tomatoes, Roasted Onions, Wild Mushroom Conserva, Watercress,” considering steak is typically the most expensive entree on an a la carte Disney menu, potentially with the exception of a seafood dish.
And I have good news. It’s a sizable portion of tender, juicy steak, here cooked to a surprisingly-perfect medium rare.
The accompaniments are surprisingly elevated. The soft, juicy Pomodoraccio Tomatoes burst with a sun-dried, herb-y flavor. The Roasted Onions are sweet and crisp along with a couple slices of fresh watercress. The Wild Mushroom Conserva adds a light, earthy element on top of the steak, while the creamy polenta does a nice job of soaking up all of the flavors while adding a little bit of a sweet component on its own. Even if you’re the type of person who is going to push just about everything off of the meat itself, I think you’ll still be satisfied by the quality of the cut and the richness of the flavor. It tasted better than any of the steaks that I’ve ordered at California Grill brunch, for comparison. That’s high praise given the current $95/person cost of Sunday brunch over at the Contemporary.
Kids enjoy their own menu.
For $24, kids between the ages of three and nine can select from the Scrambled Egg, Fruit and Yogurt, Plant-based Scrambled Eggs, or Mickey Waffle Dippers as their entree. Two selections can be made from the list of sides, which include Roasted Potatoes, Seed Granola, Fruit Cup, Plant-based Sausage, Bacon, and Sausage.
The kids can also color.
Match the tool to the artist.
And write the name of their vlog on this sticker.
Is Topolino’s Terrace the Right Character Meal for You?
The cost for Topolino’s Terrace breakfast might “feel” high, but it’s actually in line with other character meals. Above is what’s on the menu at Garden Grill in the Land Pavilion at Epcot, where the price of the family-style breakfast is the same as Topolino’s. You can pull up my review of that meal here. Buffets like Crystal Palace, Tusker House, Hollywood & Vine, and more also cost the same money. Chef Mickey’s breakfast is actually $8 more per adult and $5 more per child. So if you’re looking at a character meal with Mickey and friends or similar characters, then the Topolino’s Terrace price is what you’re going to pay, at a minimum. You can pull up a list of all of the various Disney fixed price meals, with their exact prices, in this post.
And here’s a list of potential character meals for comparison:
- Tusker House: Mickey, Donald, Daisy, Goofy in safari gear.
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: Belle, in her yellow gown, joins diners for a picture before they’re seated. Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, and Snow White usually greet tableside
- Garden Grill: Mickey, Pluto, Chip, Dale in farming apparel
- Hollywood & Vine (breakfast only): Sofia, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Goofy
Hollywood & Vine (lunch and dinner): Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy in seasonal costumes
- Be Our Guest Restaurant (dinner only): While not a “character meal” per se, guests have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Beast after the meal
- Cinderella’s Royal Table: Pictures with Cinderella before the meal, with Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, and Snow White usually meeting tableside.
- Crystal Palace: Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet
- 1900 Park Fare Breakfast at Grand Floridian: Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh
- 1900 Park Fare Dinner at Grand Floridian: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, Fairy Godmother
- Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge: Snow White, Evil Queen, Dopey, and Grumpy
- Cape May Café at Beach Club Resort (breakfast only): Goofy, Minnie, Daisy, and Donald in beach outfits
- Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort: Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy in culinary outfits
- ’Ohana at the Polynesian (breakfast only): Mickey, Pluto, Lilo, and Stitch in Hawaiian outfits
- Topolino’s Terrace—Flavors of the Riviera at the Riviera Resort (breakfast only): Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy
- Trattoria al Forno (breakfast only) on the BoardWalk: Rapunzel, Flynn, Ariel, Eric
When deciding on a character meal, you may first want to figure out who you’d like to meet. Mickey and Minnie don’t show up together as often as you might be expecting. It’s just Mickey at ‘Ohana and Garden Grill, while Minnie meets without Mickey at Cape May Cafe breakfast. Chef Mickey’s remains the only character meal on property where you can meet the Fab 5, including Pluto, at one meal.
Next, you’ll want to decide on your preferred atmosphere. While Topolino’s is casual, it’s still the nicest restaurant and probably the quietest character meal that I’ve ever experienced, even with the character arrival announcements and the occasional song. Hollywood & Vine and Chef Mickey’s are much more raucous affairs. ‘Ohana, Tusker House, and Cape May Cafe are typically somewhere in between. With a couple of excitable kids who are prone to jumping on the seats and banging their silverware against the knees of the people seated next to them, one of those options may be a better fit. Of course, you’ll be just fine at Topolino’s as well. Without kids in tow, Topolino’s Terrace and Garden Grill are my favorite character meals. Topolino’s brings some glamour, while Garden Grill’s circular setup adds some privacy and what “feels” like a more intimate experience with each character.
You’ll also want to decide on whether you prefer quantity or quality as far as the food is concerned. Everything served at Topolino’s is going to taste better, bite for bite, than just about anything you’d be able to grab at one of the character buffets. But you’ll also be more limited in what you can pile up on your plate. Theoretically at Topolino’s, you can order as much food as you like for the same per-person cost, but considering the size of most of the entrees, most people probably aren’t looking to do that. You could reasonably attach a Fruit Plate entree for the table to share, or potentially ask for bigger sides of bacon and sausage. The Smoked Salmon with the Everything Bagel could also be shared as more of a cold appetizer to the main course.
Convenience and what else you’ve got going on that day will also come into play when deciding on a character meal. While nothing at Garden Grill will touch the quality of Topolino’s Butcher Steak, eating at Epcot means not having to leave the Park for the sake of a meal, and it may put you in a better position to enjoy Soarin’ Around the World first thing in the morning. If you’re staying at a Skyliner resort, or transferring from Epcot or Hollywood Studios, then you’ll have a relatively easy time getting over to the Riviera. But there is still the cost of your time, particularly on a shorter vacation. Those who like to spend some time exploring new resorts will enjoy their visit the most. Le Petit Cafe on the lobby level is a particularly precious stop for dessert and/or a cocktail. Make sure you check out the seating area behind it.
Overall, Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends fills a little bit of a niche at Walt Disney World, offering an upscale meal in an elegant setting with four of Disney’s most popular characters. I think you’ll enjoy it.