What attraction do you always run to first at Disney and why? I spent a lot of time thinking about this, since for attractions it depends on what park. It also depends on when we're visiting and who is with us, so in the end, there are many attractions I'll try to catch a fast pass or early ride on.
Then I remembered about the real first thing we do on our visits, on nearly every vacation. It's breakfast at the Main Street Bakery. And its not just the wonderful selections and the aroma of fresh basked pastries. It's the consistency of the menu, which welcomes us back every visit. But mostly the memory of a special gift that made me a hero to my wife one day. That's always a good thing.
First the hero story. On a visit to WDW several years ago, we were in the Main Street Bakery for our opening day breakfast and my wife selected the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin. Mary Ann is a muffin aficionado to be sure, and actually bakes a wide variety of gourmet muffins for herself every week. She exclaimed that she loves these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins and looks forward to having them during her Disney visits.
Main Street Bakery Counter
Photo by Disney On Wheels
So like any good husband, I stored this bit of wife happiness in my memory (I can never remember what she hints at for Christmas, but I did remember this muffin.). Fast forward many months and a friend of mine tells me that she and her family is going to Disney World. So I said, do you think you could do me a favor? And I then explain the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin and how nice it would be if they could buy me a half dozen and ship them to me overnight.
I never took a picture of the Muffins, so these
scrumptious Chocolate Croissants will have to do.
Now, I'll do a lot of things for my friends when I'm on a Disney trip, but buying, packing and shipping fresh muffins via overnight mail is not something I've ever done in the past. Well, I can't thank my friend and her husband enough, because that is exactly what they did. This box of Chocolate Chocolate Chip muffins from the Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom shows up at my doorstep. I can smell them through the packaging. Immediately, I drive over to Mary Ann's office and drop this box on her desk and smile.
I'm a happy man because my wife is a happy lady. It's baked goods as pixie dust for a Disney magical moment 1,000 miles from Orlando. So of course, I want to relive that feeling every visit, so the Main Street Bakery is nearly always our first stop on our Disney vacation.
As a counter-service dining option in the Magic Kingdom, there are more than pastries on the menu. In fact, you will be able to find a variety of sandwiches, the difference being they are all pre-packaged. Another nice feature are items for people with special diets such as gluten-free foods, but as you know, Disney is very accommodating for persons with various nutrition requirements. [The selection is not like Downtown's Baby Cakes, but you'll get your energy fix.]
So from a snack point of view, or to have a sweet-cake breakfast what should you try. As you can tell, my wife is into muffins, especially Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and there are many other fresh baked choices to select from every day. I'm into croissants, just plain at times but the chocolate croissant is just yummy. Of course, I've stopped by in the afternoon (usually on the way out) for an ice cream sandwich (giant cookie filled with lots of ice cream) and the cinnamon roll is just overwhelming, especially if you ask for extra frosting.
Here are some web site links with a ton of really delicious photos to drool over from the Main Street Bakery.
A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World