Character Breakfast Buffet at Makahiki at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii: Our Restaurant Review

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You can eat inside or out by the koi pool.

We were able to score breakfast buffet reservations at the Makahiki restaurant at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

Restaurant Tip:  Reservations are difficult to get at Makahiki year-round.  Make your dining reservations as soon as you book your hotel stay.

**This is the only place to meet Mickey and Minnie at the resort.**

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Really pretty wall murals.

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Entertaining characters.

Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands

Start the day with a buffet breakfast, live entertainment, and visits with your favorite Disney Characters!

The Breakfast Buffet Menu

Enjoy a selection of family favorites, including pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French toast, island fruits, traditional Asian offerings, house-baked pastries, daily specialties and a build-your-own omelet station.

Entertainment

Throughout your meal, enjoy enchanting experiences like:

Some of your favorite Disney Characters— dropping in for photos, fun interactions and a few very special surprises your family will never forget

Island-inspired touches, like a ukulele performance by Aunty.

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Aunty entertaining the guests.

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Close-up of the restaurant’s signature Dolphin Banana. (See the goldfish in his “mouth”???)

Disney Character Breakfast:  Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki 

Hours:  7:00 AM – 11:00AM

Price:  Adults $41.00, Keiki (Ages 3 to 9) $21.00, gratuity not included

Review Date: August 2019

Restaurant Rating:  5 Stars

aulani menuaulani menu1Continental Breakfast Items

Fresh Fruit Juice, Sliced Island Fruits

Assorted Yogurts, Almond Granola

Breakfast Pastries, Bagels, English Muffins, Assorted Breads, Bread Pudding

Butter, Jam, Honey, Compotes

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Pastry and muffin station.

Western Entrees

Oatmeal with fresh berries

Scrambled Eggs, Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Fluffy Egg White and Vegetable Frittata

Grilled Mahi Mahi, Smoked Salmon

Pork Sausage, Pineapple-Glazed Ham, Chicken Sausage, Deli Meats and Cheese

Bacon, Turkey Bacon, Kalua Pork Hash, Portuguese Sausage

Aulani Potatoes, Hash Browns, Grits, Loco Moco

Pancakes, Mickey Waffles, French Toast

Chinese/Japanese Entrees

Fresh Fruit Juices, Soy Milk

Grilled and Seared Island Fish, Tamago

Soba Noodle Salad, Waipoli Field Greens

Miso Soup

Fried Rice, Steamed Rice

Nishime

Pickled Vegetables

Congee with condiments

Omelet Station

Made-to-Order Omelets

Keiki (Kids) Corner

Fruit, Yogurt, Granola, Breakfast Pastries

Mickey Waffles, Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Tater Tots
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Some Breakfast Buffet photos:

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Caroline’s breakfast: Mickey Waffles with fresh pineapple!

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My new hubby, Mitch, wanted to try the Eggs Benedict. They were delicious!

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Minnie stopping by our table while we were eating. Our hair flowers match!

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We met Goofy too!

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Aulani’s Mickey and Minnie in their Polynesian surfer costumes.

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Character breakfast with Mickey…a wonderful chance to meet him without waiting in meet and greet lines!

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Meeting Mickey Mouse! Hang 10 surfer dude!

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January 2020: New Aulani Wishable. She’s adorable!!!

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The shaved ice at Aulani is delicious!! Mitch had 1 – or 2! – every day!

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Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

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November 9, 2019: New Aulani merchandise has been released. So cute!

January 2020:  The new Aulani Spirit Jersey in Potion Purple, $75.00

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Front

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Back

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Aulani Wishables.

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January 20, 2020: Meet CookieAnn! CookieAnn, Duffy’s creative, food-loving friend, has arrived on Oʻahu bringing her recipe for friendship to Aulani. 🙂

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Two Disney Sisters in Hawaii

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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December 25, 2019: Minnie wearing her new holiday costume this week:

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We love Minnie’s new holiday costume!

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Pretty Aloha hat.

Stitch purse

Stitch purse.

Stitch purse.

Having Breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café

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It’s a very pretty cafe!

We were lucky to get last minute reservations for 3 for breakfast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café.

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Having breakfast with Christian!

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It all looks so good! Breakfast is the best meal that the café serves.

Disney's Grand Floridian Cafe

Huge Mickey Waffle, warmed maple syrup, scrambled eggs and bacon, and a cup of strong coffee. I am ready for the day! ❤

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❤ Having breakfast with my favorite guys. ❤

We were lucky that Christian had the day off and was able to join us.  (Fun fact: Disney cast members get a 40% breakfast meal discount at Disney’s Grand Floridian Café.)

It’s a very pretty restaurant and the breakfast food is all very good.

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Eggs Benedict are Mitch’s favorite breakfast!  A Flight of Eggs Benedict: A tasting of Grand Floridian Cafes’ Three-signature Eggs Benedict served with Marinated Tomato Salad, $19.

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Christian’s huge Mickey Waffle topped with fried chicken and warmed maple syrup.  $20 Delicious!

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My Grand Breakfast, $16

The cafe is very pretty and inviting, especially in the morning with the sunlight streaming in through the windows.  (Our reservation was at 10am.)

It’s done in all pinks and creams, with lovely views of the Grand Floridian blooming rose garden outside.

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Look at all the windows!  You almost need sunglasses to eat here in the morning!

View of the rose gardens outside.

Lovely views of the Grand Floridian’s rose garden outside.

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Grand Floridian Cafe

Welcome!

Elegant, yet unpretentious, the Grand Floridian Cafe is a delightful restaurant. The Victorian motif features lovely florals and muted tones. A wall of windows overlooks the courtyard and landscaped rose gardens of the Grand Floridian Resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Café

Grand Floridian Cafe Breakfast Menu, April 2019

Entrees

American – Two eggs served with biscuits, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes and a choice of juice, $16

Sirloin Steak and Eggs – Breakfast potatoes, two eggs your way in Béarnaise sauce, $20

Fruit Plate – with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt and granola, $9

Smoked Salmon – with tomatoes, onions, capers, cream cheese and toasted bagel, $11

Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs on a toasted English Muffin, Canadian bacon, and Key Lime hollandaise sauce served with asparagus and broiled tomato au gratin, $15

Lobster Eggs Benedict – Two poached eggs, lobster hash, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce, $20

Ham and Cheese Omelet – served with breakfast potatoes, $13

Frittata – Egg whites, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, basil and fresh fruit, $12

Seasonal Pancakes – Seasonally-inspired with house-made butter with choice of bacon or sausage, $14

Mickey Waffle – malted or multigrain waffle served with bacon or sausage, $15

Buttermilk Pancakes – served with bacon or sausage; strawberry, blueberry or bananas add $3.50, $14

My French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.

Brioche French Toast with bacon and warmed syrup.  $16

Vanilla-laced French Toast – Brioche bread dipped in vanilla-flavored egg batter served with bacon or sausage, $16 [I’ve had this.  Highly Recommended!] 

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Fruit plate (vegan), $9

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Mickey Waffle, $15

Side Dishes

Ham, Bacon or Sausage, $5

Turkey Sausage or Canadian Bacon, $5

Fruit-flavored Yogurt, $5

Greek Yogurt – with orange blossom honey, $4

Cottage Cheese, $4

Pastry Selections, $6

Danish or Croissant, $4

Bagel and Cream Cheese, $4

Steel-cut Oatmeal – served with raisins and brown sugar, $8

Beverages

Grand Blend Press Pot Coffee, $8

Coffee, $3.79

Espresso, $3.99

Cappuccino or Latte – Flavored with Chocolate, Caramel or Vanilla – add $.50; $ 5.50

Juices, $3.99

Specialty Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Disney Character Punch – Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney character clip-on light, $8.00

Mega Berry Smoothie – raspberry puree and nonfat yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries Go Mega, $6.00

Raspberry Colada – blend of creamy colada and pureed raspberries, $5.50

Tropical Splash – refreshing surprise of blended strawberries and orange juice, $6.00

All-natural Lemonade – topped with a Wildberry Foam, $5.49

Frozen Cappuccinos – chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut or caramel, $5.50

Specialty Cocktails (alcoholic)

Grand Colada – a tropical blend of Myer’s Rum, Coconut, and Pineapple, topped with Blue Curacao, $12

Florida Sunshine – Peach Schnapps, Chambord, Skyy Vodka, and a splash of orange and cranberry juices, $12.50

Key West – a frozen blend of pureed strawberries and orange juice, laced with rum, $11.25

Grand Mimosa – Champagne, orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier, $11.50

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The Grand Floridian Cafe planning pin

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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The Pepper Market food court at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Welcome to the Pepper Market!

Welcome to the Pepper Market!

The Pepper Market is themed after a south-of-the-border outdoor marketplace with 7 serving stations serving American and Mexican food.

Self service counters

Self service counters

We ate breakfast there both mornings while staying at the Coronado Springs resort last weekend.

Dining room seats 400.

Dining room seats 400.

It’s huge (seats 400) and airy, very colorful and bright, especially in the morning.  The chairs, umbrellas, signs and artifacts on the walls all ooze with cheerful colors.

There are a lot of breakfast yummy options: Mickey Waffles, pancakes, French toast, eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, and fresh bakery items if you don’t want a huge meal.

My Mickey Waffle with toppings.

My Mickey Waffle with toppings.

Location:  Coronado Springs – Main Building, El Centro

Food/Dining Type: American, Mexican

Breakfast Hours:  7am – 11am

Breakfast Entrees/Main Courses, June 2015

Biscuits & Gravy – Savory Sausage Gravy over Buttermilk Biscuits with choice of meat and potato – $6.99

Breakfast Frittata – Farm Fresh Eggs whipped with Cream Cheese and fresh Vegetables served by the slice with choice of Meat – $7.99

Buttermilk Pancakes – Three Buttermilk Pancakes with choice of meat and fruit compote – $7.99

Chorizo Hash and Poached Eggs – House made Potato and Chorizo Hash served with 2 poached eggs – $9.99

Cinnamon French Toast – Cinnamon Swirl French Toast with choice of meat – $8.99

Crème Brûlée French Toast – Cinnamon Swirl French Toast in a Vanilla Custard Crème served with choice of meat – $8.99

Grande Fiesta – Scrambled Eggs with Carved Ham, Bacon or Sausage and served with choice of potato – $9.99

Ham and Cheese Omelet – Diced Ham and Shredded Cheddar with home fries or roasted potato wedges – $7.99

Mexican Eggs Benedict Burrito – Whole Grain Tortilla filled with Egg, Ham and Cheese topped with Salsa Verde, and Sauce Choron – $8.99 [Recommended]

Mickey Waffles – 4 Belgium style Mickey Waffles with Fruit Compote and choice of meat – $7.99 [Recommended!!!  Yes please!]

Signature Scramble – Fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Ham, Onions, Peppers, Salsa, and Cheddar Cheese served with choice of meat and potato – $8.99

Southwestern Omelet – Ham, Peppers, Onions and Salsa topped with Cheddar Cheese served with home fries or seasoned potato wedges – $7.99

Veggie Omelet – Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Squash, and Zucchini topped with Cheddar Cheese and Pico de Gallo served with home fries or potato wedges – $7.99

Side Dishes

Assorted Cereals – Individual bowl pack cereals – $1.99

Assorted Cut Fruit – Freshly prepared Fruit Salads and Grapes – $3.99

Assorted Muffins and Danishes – $2.99

Assorted Whole Fruits – Granny Smith Apples, Red Delicious Apples, Florida Oranges and Bananas – $1.29

Bowl of Oatmeal or Grits – Choice of Oatmeal or Grits with all the accompaniments – $2.99

Croissant – $2.99

English Muffin – $1.99

Granola Parfait – Low Fat Yogurt layered with Blueberries, Strawberry Compote, and Granola – $4.29

Toast – $0.99

Beverages

Assorted Fountain Beverages – $2.99

Café Latte – $3.89

Cappuccino – $3.89

Coffee – $2.99

Tea – $2.19

Espresso – $3.39

Double Espresso – $4.69

Flavored Cappuccino – $4.19

Milk, skim, 2% – $1.99

Orange Juice – $2.99

Souvenir Mug with Rapidfill:  unlimited refills on Fountain Beverages, Iced Tea, Coffee, and Tea at Disney restaurants during your stay – $17.99

The bf's cinnamon roll for breakfast.  So good!

The bf’s cinnamon roll for breakfast. So good!

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Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Breakfast at Ohana at the Polynesian Resort

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at 'Ohana

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at ‘Ohana.  (Photo taken before being seated.)

Caroline and I used our 50% dining discount coupon to enjoy a character breakfast with Lilo & Stitch at ‘Ohana at the Great Ceremonial House.

The huge breakfast is served family style on platters, with the Disney characters of Mickey Mouse,  Lilo and Stitch visiting the tables.

We had a great time with the characters!

The food was so delicious!

The food was so delicious!  Sweet breads and fresh fruit.

Yum!

Yum!  Huge serving portions.

Mickey leading a parade of kids.

Mickey leading a parade of kids.

With Lilo.

With Lilo.

She was great!

She was great!

Having fun with Stitch.

Having fun with Stitch.

Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

“Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch”

Polynesian friends invite you to join Mickey for autographs and pictures. A family photo is taken before you are seated. A photographer will bring the photo to your table during the meal for you to purchase if you wish.

Breakfast served 7:30am – 11am

‘All you care to eat’ sweet breads, potatoes, breakfast skillet meals, and fruits are brought table-side by servers.  Mickey waffles brought to you by another server.

The general price ranges for this breakfast meal are as follows:

Adult price range: $22.36-$26.62

Child (ages 3-9) price range: $12.77-$14.90

Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage is included in this price.

Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak seasons vs regular season), and even on the day of the week (weekday vs weekend).

Mickey Waffle

Fruity Pebbles Mickey Waffle!

Breakfasts Menu, April 2015

Seasonal Fruit Bowl for na Keiki

Breakfast Basket of Sweet Breads

The huge breakfast platter for the table includes:

** Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs) – made fresh, hot & delicious

** Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) – island-style potatoes, caramelized onions & scallions

** Pua’a (Pork) – pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon

** Seasonal Fruit

Mickey Waffles – brought tableside by a server with warmed syrup

Beverages:

Unlimited Juice, Milk, Tea, Cocoa, and Coffee – The house juice is a blend of pineapple, orange and guava

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Lunch

Two Disney Sisters