High atop the towers of Disney’s Riviera Resort lies a restaurant that will transport you to the shores of France and Italy. Dine in elegance whether surrounded by the lush interior or gazing over Disney World from the outdoor terrace. Prepare yourself for fine dining the Disney way, whether breakfast or dinner, at Topolino’s Terrace!
The first thing you will notice when your family enters the restaurant is a glass case packed with cured meats and homemade pasta. It’s a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come! The décor inside the restaurant is all in rich golds, oranges, and wood colors. Chandeliers throughout reach down from the ceiling with thin tendrils and soft light. Many of the tables are situated around long booths and intimate half-booths. The main feature is the ready availability of natural light through the vast windows that surround the entire room. These windows afford a stellar view of the resort and its surrounding area. If you prefer to gaze inward, the large expo-style kitchen allows you to watch the meal prep in action including the massive wood-fired grill.
If you’ve ever won at Disney Trivia Night, you probably already know that Topolino is what Italians call our dear friend Mickey Mouse. This understated call-out to the Leader of the Club makes the character breakfast experience here a little more tongue-in-cheek. The Riviera distinguishes itself from most other character breakfasts with prix fixe menu dining options instead of the standard buffet. If you’re sitting and waiting for that breakfast to come, your family has more time to enjoy Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy as they roam the dining room, dressed in their artistic finest.
The Breakfast à la Art menu holds multiple options for the kids of the family. All diners receive a heap of pastries and bread served inside a paint cup. This plus the dipping sauces served in an artist’s palette is worth the price of admission on their own! Scrambled eggs or fruit and yogurt are staples of a good breakfast. If you want the more artistic option, opt for the Mickey Waffle Dippers. These tasty variations on the traditional theme are served on an artist’s palette with three dipping sauces. With any of the childrens’ entrees, you can choose to include savory roasted potatoes, sausage, bacon, or a fruit cup.
If the adults can resist the waffle dippers, there are a few options that will be well worth your self-control. You could start with similar scrambled eggs but with the added benefits of wild mushrooms, spinach, sausage, and tomatoes. Oh, and both the eggs and sausage are plant-based, but it’s likely you won’t even notice the difference. If you crave the real thing, opt for the Quiche Gruyere. Baked to perfection with Disney-made pancetta, roasted potatoes, and greens, you will feel like you woke up in France. A hearty serving of smoked salmon atop a bagel with onions, cream cheese, and capers might be a tasty way to start your day. For those still jealous of their kids’ Mickey Waffles, you can purchase the sour cream waffle entrée served with apples, orange-maple syrup, and your choice of breakfast meat.
Drinks abound with your morning meal! Warm up with a French Press full of the Riviera Resort’s own blend of Joffrey’s coffee. You can purchase espresso, lattes, mochas, or cappuccinos, of course. If the adults need a little extra kick to their morning, a few morning cocktails are available.
Dinner is an altogether different experience. As the sun sets, the dining room’s many, large windows afford an amazing view around the resort. Settle in for the evening with a few starters like a selection of olives or cheeses. You could also opt for a beet or romaine salad if you don’t feel like sharing. If you prefer filling up with bread, your meals come with a hearty basket and multiple types of olive oil for dipping.
The entrée menu changes with some frequency. You could enjoy a completely different meal on every trip! The Filet Mignon seems like a solid constant choice with its truffled mashed potatoes and mushroom purée. The menu often features a braised lamb shank with polenta and charred carrots and a tomahawk chop with lemon jus, potatoes, and onions. Seafood choices include the King Salmon with artichoke risotto and Sole Meunière with sea beans. The Tarbais Bean Cassoulet is a vegetarian dish packed with beans, root vegetables, mushrooms, and plant-based sausage.
No fine French-Italian restaurant would dare post a menu without pasta options! Fettuccine comes with a variety of shellfish and squid with a lemony pesto sauce. Linguini Scampi delivers on the promises of a classic dish with shrimp, garlic sauce, and botarga, a salted fish roe. Wrapping up the pasta possibilities, the Bucatini features tomatoes, basil, chiles, and pecorino toscano cheese.
Kids don’t have quite as many choices, but you are likely to find something everybody can enjoy. They can get in on the appetizer course with soup or salad starters. Rigatoni with tomato sauce ensures kids can enjoy some pasta too. There is also a beef filet and a grilled chicken breast option. All kids meals come with sides like carrots, fruit salad, potatoes, and gelato and drinks like milk, juice or water.
Topolino’s Terrace offers a variety of drinks to enjoy during your meal. The Strawberry-Cucumber Spritzer is a non-alcoholic refresher. Coffee drinks like cappuccinos and espresso are present as is an elegant press pot of coffee. Several cocktails take a modern European flair like the Modern Fashioned with rye whisky and rum or the Midi Spritz, a take on the classic Aperol Spritz. Wines take the to the fore during dinner. Ask your server for recommendations from Topolino’s extensive collection of French and Italian wines. You’re sure to find the perfect companion for your meal!
Fans of the sweeter things might consider passing on that last piece of bread to leave some room for dessert. The rich chocolate cake is filled with caramel and covered with raspberries. A Pistachio Mousse takes a bit of chocolate cake and combines it with said mousse and lemon curd. For variety, try out the Fruits of the Forest. This dessert combines hibiscus cake, black currant mousse, and blueberry sorbet with a stunning presentation on the plate.
If all of this talk of breakfast and dinner is making you hungry, get yourself a reservation. Topolino’s Terrance is a Signature Dining location and dinner typically requires a dress code that excludes tank tops, swimwear, and the like. Meals are definitely pricier here, compared to other locations, but the experience at breakfast or dinner is definitely worth it.
Reservations are encouraged and can be obtained using your My Disney Experience app or from your travel planner. The Riviera Resort is easily accessed via the Disney Skyliner outside Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. Your family can also board bus transport destined for the resort outside any of Walt Disney World’s parks.
Take some time on your next trip to visit Topolino’s Terrace! The Riviera Resort is an easy resort to reach and the view from atop the building is stellar. Every meal here is worth the trip and the cost. See you all there real soon!