Ale & Compass Restaurant Breakfast Review

Two years ago we enjoyed a wonderful buffet breakfast at this restaurant when it was Captain’s Grille.  It is one of the more cost effective options for the Epcot Candlelight Processional dining package during the holiday season. Now it has been re-imagined into a more quiet & luxurious feeling restaurant and the breakfast menu has changed from a full buffet to an entree and optional continental buffet.


Location: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
breakfast 7:30am – 11:00am
lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm
dinner 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Dining Style:  Table service with an optional continental buffet for breakfast
Dining Plan:  1 table service credit
Atmosphere: Warm, quite and inviting
* all information subject to change
My review of this experience:  3.5 out of 5 stars
Read through for details on why I have given this review for this experience


Since we had the Candlelight Processional Dining Package during this visit, we selected the Buffet option which included the continental breakfast buffet as well as our choice of one entree. 

Review from my Experience
The Ale & Compass was our Candlelight Processional Dining package reservation.  The Candlelight Processional package allowed us to have guaranteed seats at the show with John Stamos as the narrator.  We have been wanting to try the Ale & Compass since the redesign and it was the most cost effective option as well.
Our reservation was for 10:55am and we checked-in at the podium 11:00am.  We were told that they were running a little behind & that they would text my cell phone when our table was ready.  We were okay with the wait because there are so many beautiful holiday decorations to look at in the resort.
I got a text around 11:35am & were promptly seated in a comfortable booth table & handed menus.  Our server did not arrive to acknowledge us for about 15 minutes & left after explaining our choices.  When he returned to take our order he told us to help ourselves to the continental buffet since it was included in our dining package.
When we visited the buffet, we found that they had limited amounts of food left.  The grapes were gone & there was only one cinnamon roll left.  Soon our food was delivered and we were told that the buffet was closing for lunch and we should go back one more time if we wanted to.  There was even less selection at that point.
– The Breakfast Flatbread was a very large portion, but I found it to be a little rich & oily in texture.  I may just be spoiled by the pizza at Via Napoli.
– The steak on the open-faced skirt steak sandwich was slightly tough; I prefer my steak to be very tender.
– The salted caramel-apple french toast was good comfort food and my family approved of the taste.
– The dark chocolate waffles were probably the favorite for our family topped with the rich cream and a side of bacon.

To their credit, when we mentioned that the cinnamon rolls were gone & they told us that they would not be making more, the manager overheard & did go to the Ale & Compass Market & bring some extra large cinnamon rolls from outside of the restaurant.  This is much more typical of the Disney service that we are spoiled by.

One of my favorite parts of the meal was my London Strand Earl Gray Twinings Tea.  I really enjoyed the beautiful flavors offered with my meal.  If purchased at the Twinings Tea store in the Epcot UK Pavilion, the cost of this tea is about $1.00 a bag.

I know that I may be slightly harsh in my review, but Disney has set the bar so high with their food that I now tend to expect excellence when my meal totals $180.00 for four adults.

What I would change for next time
If we take advantage of this low priced meal for the Candlelight Processional again, I will make a reservation for an earlier time.  I think that our experience could have been improved if we had not missed out on the delicious offerings at the continental buffet because we were seated so late.

Additional Information
I have to add that I did really like the redesigned bench seating at the back of the restaurant.  There is now a space behind the benches to set your park bags & other things.  This is very convenient & leaves more room on the benches to sit.

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant: 4 Things to know + New Breakfast

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Hollywood Studios is one of my family’s favorite restaurants in Hollywood Studios.  The atmosphere is unlike any other as you are seated in a classic 1950’s car table while you watch black and white movie clips from movies like Godzilla.  This table service restaurant is a must-see and is on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Lets start with 4 tips and end with the news of breakfast being served.

1.  Dine while watching old time movies:  As you are guided to your car table by a your car-hop, take in the details of this one-of-a-kind restaurant.  There are stars shining overhead as the car lights glow.  Watch old movies that are enjoyable & entertaining, but are only clips and you will see the same clips more than once if you eat slow enough.


2.  Request a Car automo-booth:  Some table are just tables with regular chairs around them & a booth on one side of the car.  The preferred tables have 3 bench seats, with tables in front of each seat for your food.  Each bench seat can fit 2, so only 6 people will fit in a single car automo-booth.  If you are a party of 4, you may pick up some hitchhikers along the way…  By requesting one of these popular car booths, your weight may be slightly longer.


3.  Try a milkshake:  Be sure not to miss the old fashioned milk shakes served at the Sci-Fi Dine-In the Oreo Cookie is my favorite!  if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can order water to drink & swap your drink for a milkshake & still be able to order dessert with your meal.


4.  Don’t miss dessert:  Even though it is tempting to order a milkshake with your meal & then skip dessert, you must try at least one dessert to share.  I recommend the House-made Sci-fi Candy Bar or the Out-of-this-World Turtle Cheesecake.  These unique desserts look as good as they taste.

For all of you early risers out there  Breakfast is coming!  This is only a test period for breakfast and begins on November 1st 2015 to January 23rd 2016.  Reservations are now open.  If you are going to be in Hollywood Studios during the test time, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try some of their unique breakfast offerings:

  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries

This experience is available for a limited time and is in addition to the regular lunch and dinner offerings. The price for breakfast is $23.99 per adult and $12.99 per child age 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity not included). Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Breakfast Reservations Continue at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom

With the successful test of the fast casual breakfast experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, they have announced this as a permanent offering.

For two meals a day Be Our Guest requires only quick service dining credits and because of this, it is easy to see why Be Our Guest has become such a popular restaurant for breakfast & lunch reservations.  Dinner reservations are also available, but do demand  table service dining credits.


The prix fixe French-inspired breakfast menu includes pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche, and more. Plus, you can indulge in the Croissant Doughnut, a fried doughnut topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Younger Guests can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal.

Breakfast will be served 8-10 a.m. daily. Pricing will be $21.99 plus tax for adults, $13.99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 years. Reservations will be available beginning Aug. 5, 2015 for dates Oct. 4, 2015 and beyond via My Disney Experience, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Advance reservations are encouraged. The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted.

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Garden Grill Restaurant: Reservations for breakfast & lunch now available

Beginning Nov. 8, 2015, you can enjoy Character dining all day long at Garden Grill Restaurant at Walt Disney World® Resort. Served family style and all-you-care-to-enjoy, the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner are inspired by the garden-grown theme of The Land at Epcot®. And while you dine, you can meet popular Disney pals, including Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale, as they revolve around vibrant views from the Living with the Land attraction. (Characters are subject to change).

For breakfast, served from 8-10:30 a.m., you can enjoy favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles and the restaurant’s signature item, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

And at lunch, served from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., you can feast on all-you-care-to-enjoy favorites from the dinner menu, including “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad, char-grilled sliced filet of beef, roasted all-natural sliced turkey breast with freshly-harvested vegetables and scrumptious side dishes.

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast will continue to be available for dinner from 4-8 p.m. daily.

All meals at Garden Grill require one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

The next time you visit Epcot, be sure to add Garden Grill to your list of dining reservations, it is one of our family’s favorites. This fun, rotating restaurant allows you to look down in the Living With The Land attraction while you enjoy your meal and meet the characters.  Don’t forget your autograph books!  🙂

Meeting the characters at Chef Mickeys is always fun, but don't take my word for it. Look at the smiles on the faces of my children.
Meeting the characters at Garden Grill is always fun, but don’t take my word for it. Look at the smiles on the faces of my children when they meet farmer Mickey.

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New test Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom

As most people know, you can now make dining reservations for the quick service, lunch the newest and most popular restaurant in Disney World, Be Our Guest.  Because of the successful launch of the lunch experience, they are now going to be testing a fast casual breakfast offering.  This test will take place from march 20th – June 18th 2015.  During this period, a prix fixe breakfast will be offered from 8am to 10am daily.

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Be Our Guest Restaurant Breakfast Offerings

The meal will be a French-inspired menu including pastries, cured meats and cheeses, eggs Florentine, vegetable quiche.  Not to mention the sweet offerings such as Croissant Doughnuts, fried doughnuts topped with banana caramel sauce, chocolate ganache and whipped cream.  Younger guests can enjoy brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit crepes, as well as cereal and oatmeal.

Reservations begin on March 17th, 2015 for dates March 20th – June 18th 2015 via My Disney Experience, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. The Disney Dining Plans will be accepted.

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