Day 11: Easy Like Sunday Morning / H&H@TP 2017

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Bloody Mary Bar

As well as the complimentary mimosa, you can also order wine by the glass, and cocktails – including Bloody Mary (all for an additional cost)

The Bloody Mary Bar, was impressive, and you end up with a glassful of brunch in itself!

Along with your choice of vodka and hot sauce you can also choose from a selection (5) of condiments which included huge shrimp, pickled vegetables, cheese, olives, bacon, and chorizo, all skewered and stuck into a celery stick.

Prices at the time depended on the vodka choice:

  • Absolut Peppar – $15
  • Belvedere  – $16
  • Belvedere Bloody Mary – $17
Bloody Mary Bar - Shrimp
Bloody Mary Bar – Shrimp
Bloody Mary Bar - Condiments
Bloody Mary Bar – Condiments
Bloody Mary Bar - Condiments
Bloody Mary Bar - Condiments
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Brunch is meant to be savoured and enjoyed – and taken slowly, and I can’t say that we felt we had to rush through. If you get a later reservation, you’ll probably be safe knowing that they are not waiting to turn the table again, so can take things at a leisurely pace.

At $80 per adult, you want to make sure you get that value from your brunch! But be careful not to fill up too much on the buffet, as you do have your entrée to come! And then there is dessert too – but you can ask to get that packed up to-go, which we had to do as we were way too full!





I have heard that you can select more than one entrée if you want to – so if you have room – go for it – there are some fantastic choices!

Entrée Selection

Some of the items available on the menu will change seasonally – however, you will likely find brunch staples like Steak and Eggs; Chef’s Omlette; Pancakes; and Eggs Benedict all year round.

On the menu when we dined, in addition to our choices below, there was: Blueberry Pancakes; Vanilla Bean French Toast; Carrot Cake Pancakes; Buttermilk Pancakes; Shrimp & Grits; and Shakshuka (which is a Middle Eastern egg dish).

There was also a choice of different omlettes (which looks like they will change too) and they all sound delicious. They are made with three eggs, and come with potato hash.

  • GardenHerb Crème Fraîche, Tomatoes, Spinach, Baby Squash, Mushrooms, Midnight Moon Cheese.
  • SpanishRomesco Sauce, Chorizo, Piquillo Pepper, Red ONion, Manchego Cheese.
  • AlsaceHanger Steak, Green Garlic Pistou, Gruyere Cheese, Tomato, Crispy Potato
  • LobsterHerb Crème Fraîche, Divina Tomatoes, Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese
Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict

Me: Eggs Benedict – Two Soft-poached Eggs, Toasted English Muffin, Orange-Honey Ham, Classic Hollandaise. Additionally available with Butter Poached Maine Lobster or Smoked Salmon.

Since the additional lobster or smoked salmon is included with this dish, and not an upcharge, I of course ordered the luxurious lobster on my Eggs Benedict! I really enjoyed my dish – what’s not to love about all of the ingredients?

Eggs Benedict with Lobster

Him: Crispy Fried Chicken Thigh – Korean Style Sweet and Spicy Sauce, House-made KimChi, Cilantro

Unfortunately, this was not a hit. Steve said it was way too spicy, and the chicken was really fatty. He was so disappointed, and wished he’d ordered something else instead.

Crispy Fried Chicken Thigh
Crispy Fried Chicken Thigh
Grilled Hanger Steak
Grilled Hanger Steak

The Boy: Grilled Hanger Steak – Two Eggs any style, Chimichurri, Marble Potato Hash, Charred Red Onion

This was the obvious choice for my steak-loving son! I had this myself back on our 2016 trip and I can confirm it is a great dish.

Grilled Hanger Steak
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Brunch Dessert Plate

As if all that wasn’t enough, brunch ends with a plate of desserts which are brought to your table. As I mentioned earlier, we were a bit too stuffed to manage it, so we had everything packed up in a box to take home with us.

There were some similar items to our last visit – a selection of chocolates, macarons, and chocolate bark – and a couple of new ones too: thumbprint cookies and little sponge cakes.

Brunch Dessert Plate
Brunch Dessert Plate
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Brunch at the Top is available on the Disney Dining Plan for 2 Credits per person. You can also use your Tables in Wonderland card, there are AP and DVC discounts too.

Brunch at the Top – California Grill » Contemporary Resort

Bill: $240 + Tax: $12.48 + Tip: $43.20 = $295.68
TiW Discount: $48


Total Paid: $247.68

After paying our bill, we headed outside to take a look at the view, which is spectacular – you can see for miles around! (If you’ve only visited California Grill in the evening when its dark, you do not get the opportunity to see what an amazing view it is.)

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Wilderness Lodge, with Swan & Dolphin in the distance
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle
Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle
Ferry Dock & Monorail
Ferry Dock & Monorail
Cinderella Castle - view from California Grill
Cinderella Castle

We got to California Grill for around 11am, and by the time we left it was coming up for 2pm – we certainly had a easy Sunday morning! We quickly popped back home at Poly to drop off our desserts, and then headed back out to visit Disney Springs.

I don’t have a whole lot to tell you about what we did here – a spot of shopping and having a look around was the main thing – so here are some photos and not many words!

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Christmas Wreath at Disney Springs
Amphicar Launch
Amphicar Launch at The Boathouse
Metal Snowmen outside The Boathouse
Metal Snowmen outside The Boathouse
Dinosaur Bones outside T-Rex Cafe
Dinosaur Bones outside T-Rex Cafe
LEGO Sea Serpent
LEGO Sea Serpent

I love visiting Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers when we go to Disney Springs. I love looking at all the crystal and glassware, and watching the glassblowing demonstrations. We’ve never actually bought anything from the store itself, but there is a stall that sells small items at Magic Kingdom where I bought a little glass slipper from a few years ago.

I am pretty sure that these awesome glass pumpkins were out of my budget, which is why they remained on the shelf, and not on mine back at home!

Glass Pumpkins at Arribas Bros
Glass Pumpkins at Arribas Bros
Glass Pumpkin at Arribas Bros
Glass Pumpkin at Arribas Bros
Glass Balls at Arribas Bros

Another favourite spot is of mine is Marketplace Co-Op which is a collection of smaller boutiques selling clothing, make-up, artwork, homeware, and more.

The next few pictures are of things I wish that I had bought, but for whatever reason at the time, didn’t – probably the price!

The Nightmare Before Christmas Artwork
The Nightmare Before Christmas Artwork
Jack & Sally Statue
Jack & Sally Statue
Jack Skellington sitting on a pumpkin figurine
Jack Skellington sitting on a pumpkin figurine
Enchanted Tiki Room Dress
Enchanted Tiki Room Dress
Orange Bird Necklace
Orange Bird Necklace
Orange Bird Ears
Orange Bird Ears
Sleeping Beauty Artwork
Sleeping Beauty Artwork
Giant Stitch Plush
Giant Stitch Plush

We stopped by Candy Cauldron and bought a poison apple cake pop and some other snacks to take home as gifts; and then drove back to Poly where we hopped into the pool for bit.

Poison Apple Cake Pop
Poison Apple Cake Pop
Poison Apple Cake Pop
Poison Apple Cake Pop

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