This week, James and I headed to Rosa Mexicano in Union Square for brunch. Stuffed french toast, eggs with chorizo, white sangria with cucumber, pomegranate martinis, fresh table side guacamole and churros for dessert. It was absolutely delicious and so filling… I could have used a stretcher to get me outside.
Like our conversations inevitably do, we talked about Disney World and wondered why they didn’t offer more of a brunch selection. I loved when they introduced Sunday brunch at Raglan Road and then there’s the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues, but what about ON property?
I realize timing might be a little tricky for brunch because it could interfere with lunch seating but it also means you can sell alcohol a little bit earlier. (Dollar signs, anyone?) Also if you enjoy a meal like brunch at a restaurant, I feel like the possibility of you returning for another meal time is very high the second go round.
See? So many reasons why this would be great for Disney and guests. More money, more options: everyone is happy!
Here are a few brunch locale suggestions I came up with:
La Hacienda in Epcot
Beautiful restaurant that is just screaming for a brunch. It has views, and it would have the guests an opportunity to have an exclusive stroll into World Showcase (because it might not be open yet). Margaritas and mimosas flowing, great food with a Mexican flair… I can picture it now and smell all the delicious food too!
Rose and Crown in United Kingdom in Epcot
Even though this menu isn’t the most impressive, I still like to make reservations here so we can sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere around the lagoon. (I love love having meals outside.) It also helps that there is a side entrance near the BoardWalk resorts. That would make Rose + Crown brunch a great option for those staying in a resort over there too. I’m thinking mostly traditional breakfast and some great beers for brunch options.
The Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios
This one was James’ suggestion. The Brown Derby is a little too fancy and has too stylized of a menu for us to think about visiting it. Brunch might be a nice avenue to get other families inside to check out the sights, and also have the opportunity for more of a vast menu for brunch options. It just seems like a great spot to have a Bloody Mary, some eggs Benedict, and chat about some old-time Hollywood gossip.
This is where I hit a snag: Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. I originally thought The Plaza would be an adorable spot to have a brunch special but… it might be too small and would they serve mimosas there? My suggestion for Animal Kingdom was to build another restaurant: Tusker House has a great character breakfast I wouldn’t want them to touch and Yak + Yeti is really in the heart of the park and might be a pain to get to for early brunchers.
Rainforest Cafe would be so perfect if it wasn’t a Rainforest Cafe but that’s another story for another day.
So what do you think? Many of my friends my age who live in cities like New York, Philly, and Chicago regularly take part in brunch festivities. I really think this would be another way for Disney to attract the young adults and make Walt Disney World more of a draw for that age group too.