I recently stayed at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace hotel, a Disney Springs hotel, for a girls staycation. Girls weekends at Disney are one of my favorite ways to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. We typically stay on property but wanted to try out something different this time. I’ve stayed at a lot of Disney resorts including all moderate and value with a few deluxe splurges in the mix but very few hotels that surround the Disney World area. Staying at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace hotel wasn’t what I expected and was a bit of a learning curve for this seasoned Disney resort goer.
I hands down prefer a Disney resort over anything else, but I had such a great time at their Letterpress Cafe I couldn’t wait to share all about it! I would recommend putting the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace Letterpress Cafe on your “places to visit near Disney” list.
The Atmosphere at Letterpress Cafe
The Letterpress Cafe has a very chill, comfy, cozy, book nook vibe to it, making it a great place to sit in before meals are served. There’s a cute lounge area with complimentary coffee and the decor is fun. You’ll see letters hanging, board game letters in jars, letter boards, and letter signage all over the lounge and restaurant area. Imagine if Belle wanted a modern book nook with a slight hipster vibe to it and you’re sitting at Letterpress Cafe at Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace hotel.
Let me back up just a bit. We booked this hotel to try out something new and be near Disney Springs. This celebration was my birthday celebration and a girls only trip that gave us the option to enjoy the Disney Springs nightlife and this hotel is within walking distance of the Springs. I wouldn’t stay at this resort again because I prefer the perks of staying at a Disney resort property, but I would go back to enjoy Letterpress Cafe any time! The vibe and green and the white color scape is relaxing, making it a unique dining experience for sure.
Disney Characters at Letterpress Cafe
I’ll chat about the delicious food but there’s a very special treat at Letterpress Cafe every Sunday morning. Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Pluto visit! Yep, you read that correctly, a few of our favorite characters stop by each table during the Sunday morning breakfast. They call it the Sunday Disney Character Breakfast and it runs from 7 am to 11:30 am. Reservations are not required but recommended. We did not have reservations and waited about 10 minutes to be seated for the breakfast at about 8 am. Minnie Mouse made it to our table within minutes of being seated and it felt like you were dining inside the Magic Kingdom when she came by to say hello. She’s a favorite of mine and dining with any Disney character within arms reach is always a magical experience regardless of where you are.
The Letterpress Cafe offers a lounge to relax at, breakfast including the special character dining experience on Sundays, lunch, and cocktail specials in the evening. Be sure to call or stop by to see what times they are offering services as they can change. We spotted a sign out front of the lounge. This is what prompted us to have breakfast there along with afternoon coffee with a water view.
The Food at Letterpress Cafe
The breakfast buffet looked stunning and it was such a fresh fun arrangement. There is a couple of different stations to choose from. I was happy to see some designed just for the kids to enjoy, such as a yogurt bar. We opted for something on the menu. However, our waiter still invited us to try the buffet where we sampled some fruit and bacon, of course.
I enjoyed the bourbon buttered pancakes layered with bourbon molasses butter, syrup, and pecans. It was very sweet but so good! My bestie enjoyed the Banana Nutella French toast layered with Nutella, toasted bananas and drizzled with syrup. Each meal was under $20 and the serving size was so large we could have easily shared one dish.
The buffet is $25 and all prices include the character meeting during the Sunday morning event. What a deal, right? The omelets looked fantastic and that’s next on my list. I know my boys would love this Sunday character dining experience and the buffet and I hope to get them there this spring.
What is your favorite breakfast and character dining on or near Disney property? Did you know that surrounding hotels offer character dining experiences and that you don’t have to enter the theme parks to experience character fun? My mouth is watering looking at these dishes again and I’m eager to book another dining reservation there asap. If you’re in the area I recommend stopping by Letterpress Cafe to check it out and enjoy the unique atmosphere. It’s a great spot to enjoy coffee, read a book, or just soak in the view while sitting around the street from Disney Springs.
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I’m a toddler boy mom that has a passion for Florida living and all things Disney! As a Florida native and self proclaimed Disney staycation pro, I look forward to guiding you through the magic.