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Why You Should Eat at Disney’s Topolino’s Terrace – A Review

by Jamie Rumph

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Rivera – Disney’s newest signature restaurant that is a  Character Dining location by morning and Signature Dining experience by evening opened recently at Disney’s Rivera Resort.  This is my NEW favorite Character dining experience!  I promise you won’t want to miss it.  

Topolinos Terrace Disney's Rivera Resort at Disney World character dining

Dinner is just as great at Topolino’s but in my mind when you can add the characters with a plated signature food experience, rather than your typical character dining buffet, it one-ups everything else!

Let’s get started exploring all that Topolino’s Terrace has to offer!

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Rivera 

Topolino’s = Mickey in Italian. 

And this right there was an immediate reason for me to love it!

Disney’s Rivera Resort is inspired by Walt and Lilian Disney’s Grand Tour of Europe in 1935.  Throughout the resort, you’ll find photographs from their travels which is a really fun addition to the decor especially if you love the legacy of Disney. 

The resorts nod to classic Disney inspiration with transitional furnishings and decor is warm and welcoming the moment you walk into the resort.

Disney's Rivera Resort lobby and check in

Topolions Terrace is located on the rooftop of Disney’s Rivera Resort with views of Hollywood Studios and Epcot in the background.  Guests will enjoy Disney’s Skyliner whizzing by and enjoy the bustle of resort life below.

View's from the rooftop restaurant Topolino's at Disney's Rivera Resort

The outdoor terrace has seating for dining guests only with a private bar and the perfect view of the Florida sunset.

What You Need to Know About Topolino’s Terrace:

Disney’s Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Rivera is a table service restaurant at Disney’s Rivera Resort.  

Reservations are suggested and can be made on the My Disney Experience app beginning at 180 days prior to arrival.

Topolino’s Terrace is open daily for breakfast and dinner only.

  • Breakfast 7:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Dinner 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm 
  • Character dining offered during breakfast hours only

Tips for getting a reservation at Topolino’s Terrace:

  • Reservations can be made 180 days prior to arrival on your My Disney Experience app or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 
  • Disney’s preferred method of making reservations is on the My Disney Experience app.  Call centers do not have availability outside of what is shown on My Disney Experience.
  • If you’re unable to find a reservation check again each day within 2 weeks prior to your arrival.  Many times cancellations will become available as guests finalize their travel plans.

Where is Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Rivera? 

Topolino’s Terrace is located on the rooftop of Disney’s Rivera Resort in the Epcot Resort area.

How to Get to Disney’s Rivera Resort – Topolino’s Terrace

There are many ways to get to Disney’s Rivera Resort from all over Disney World.

Disney's Rivera Resort Skyliner Station

Traveling From Disney’s Theme Parks:

Traveling from the Magic Kingdom or the Animal Kingdom:

  • Guests traveling from the Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom can take a bus to Disney’s Rivera Resort.

Traveling from Hollywood Studios or Epcot:

  • Guests traveling from Hollywood Studios or Epcot can use Disney’s Skyliner or bus to Disney’s Rivera Resort.

Note:

  • Buses from Disney’s Skyliner Resorts such as Disney’s Rivera Resort and Skyliner Parks  (Hollywood Studios and Epcot) have limited daily runs to the resorts.  The fastest mode of transportation is via Disney’s Skyliner or Ride Share service.
  • Disney’s Skyliner access from Epcot is on the backside of the park outside the World Showcase.  Guests arriving at Epcot via bus or monorail will not be able to access the Skyliner without a valid park ticket.

Traveling From your Disney Resort:

Traveling from Pop Century and Art of Animation:

  • Disney’s Rivera Resort is easily accessible by the Disney Skyliner from Pop Century and Art of Animation

Traveling from Caribbean Beach Resort:

  • Guests staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort can take a 5 to 10-minute walk to Rivera Resort.

Traveling from other Disney Resorts:

  • If guests are traveling from another resort and do not want to utilize a ride share service they will need to take any available mode of transportation to the nearest park and then transfer buses to get to Disney’s Rivera Resort.

Ride Share Service:

  • Guests traveling from all on-property resort locations can use a ride share service such as Uber/Lyft or Disney’s Minnie Van Service to get to Disney’s Rivera Resort.

Note: 

  • Guests who require car seats should opt for Disney’s Minnie Van Service which can be accessed via the Lyft app when you’re on Disney property.

Traveling From Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Wide World of Sports

  • Guests traveling from Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney’s Wide World of Sports will take a bus to Disney’s Rivera Resort.

A look inside Topolino’s Terrace

In my opinion, the decor of Topolinos Terrace is nice but nothing that takes your breath away.  It’s the views from the top that accomplish that. 

For a full Tour of Disney’s Rivera Resort and Topolino’s Terrace please visit my Instagram Stories until I can return to Topolino’s Terrance to take a few more pictures.  Truly, I think video tours are much better anyway!

Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant is upscale and well designed.  I truly love the lighting but its the floor to ceiling windows that do the talking.  You will want to request a window table upon arrival as long as you don’t mind heights.

Make sure you arrive early for dinner to enjoy drinks on the outdoor terrace or in the lounge next to the dining room.  When we visited we ate in the lounge due to us not having a reservation and the dining room being full.  The full menu is served in the lounge.Topolino's Terrace outside at Disney's Rivera Resort

If you are not able to make a dinner reservation and can easily check lounge availability, this could be an option.  However, I would not rely on this.  The lounge is small and will fill quickly. 

Topolino’s Breakfast A La’ Art with Mickey and Friends – Character Dining Experience 

Let’s review the breakfast menu and character dining experience at Topolinos first.  If you’re only interested in the dinner menu, scroll on down for the review on it. 

Character dining happens daily from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.

Characters You May See Topolio’s Terrace

Dining with characters is one of my favorite experiences at Disney World.  At Topolino’s Terrace you’ll have the pleasure of meeting:

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Daisy Duck
  • Donald Duck.

It should be noted that the only character guaranteed to be at a character meal is the one who’s name is on the dining experience.  In this instance, “Topolino’s Breakfast a la’ Art with Mickey and Friends”.   Therefore you’re guaranteed a Mickey appearance.  But generally speaking, you’ll also meet Minnie, Donald, and Daisy as well in their artful outfits!

Mickey Mouse at Topolino's Chracter breakfast Disney's Rivera Resort

Character dining at Disney World is part of THE Disney experience.  You should absolutely have at least one character dining meal each visit. 

Most character meals include all you can eat buffets.  There are only a handful of character dining experiences at Disney World that include a menu and a plated meal.  Topolino’s breakfast is the newest of them. 

Minnie Mouse at Topolinos Character Breakfast Disney's Rivera Resort

Daisy Duck at Topolino's Character Breakfast Disney's Rivera Resort

Donald Duck at Topolino's Character Breakfast Disneys Rivera Resort

The others for reference are Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest, dinner only, in the Magic Kingdom, and Storybook Dining at Wilderness Lodge, dinner only, and Trattoria al Forno, breakfast only.

Personally I prefer a menu and plated meal over a buffet-style meal any day.  

Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast Menu

I was immediately wowed by what the breakfast menu offered and the amount of food that was served.  It’s a definite favorite.

My regular menu picture has disappeared and with Disney World currently closed, I’m not able to get a picture quickly.  I will update it once Disney World is opened.  The items offered are the same on the regular dining menu.

Breakfast allergy friendly menu at Topolino's Rivera Resort

Allergy-Friendly Menu for Breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace

These Shared Pastries are delivered to each table upon arrival.

Shared Pastries at Topolino's Character Breakfast

Shared Pastries at Topolino’s Character Breakfast

Disney’s gluten-free pastries are always yummy!  It was no different at Topolino’s Terrace

Allergy-Friendly pastries at Topolino's Terrace Character Breakfast

Allergy-Friendly pastries and Bloody Mary at Topolino’s Terrace Character BreakfastMom enjoyed this Croissant and said it was 100% worth all of the calories! lol

Croissant au Jambon at Topolino's Terrace Character Breakfast

Croissant au Jambon at Topolino’s Terrace

I opted for the Wood-fired Butchers Steak and was not disappointed.  The polenta that accompanies it was out of this world!

Wood-fired Butchers Steak at Topolino's Character Breakfast Disney's Rivera Resort

Wood-fired Butchers Steak at Topolino’s Terrace

We will for sure be back to try additional menu items although it will be hard to not order these again!

Kids Breakfast Menu

When I dined at Topolinos Breakfast A La Art with Mickey & Friends we didn’t have the girls with us.  Sad for them.  Less expensive for me!  But I did grab a few pictures of the menu for those of you that will have your kids with you.

All most all of Disney World’s dining locations have kid-friendly items on the menu regardless of what the restaurant-style is.  This makes it easy for Mom and Dad to eat like foodies while the kids can stick to their chicken nuggets and mac n cheese.

Kids Menu at Topolino's Breakfast A La Art with Mickey and Friends Disney's Rivera Resort

The kid’s menus always have plenty of activities for them to do while they wait on their food.

Kids Menu at Topolino's Breakfast A La Art with Mickey and Friends Disney's Rivera ResortKids Menu at Topolino's Breakfast A La Art with Mickey and Friends Disney's Rivera ResortKids Menu at Topolino's Breakfast A La Art with Mickey and Friends Disney's Rivera Resort

Topolino’s Terrace Breakfast Gluten-Free Menu Options

Disney World allergy menus are a little different than most locations.  If the item note reads “FOR” and the allergy listed, that means it’s safe to consume if you have that food allergy.

For example, “Two-Eggs-Any Style” says “For Gluten/Wheat, Fish/Shellfish, Peanut/Tree Nut, and Soy Allergies”.  This means if you have one of these food allergies, like Gluten for me, that item is “FOR” you.  You are safe to consume it.  It took me a while to get used to this style of allergy menu.

If there is an item you’d really like to try but it’s not listed as one you can have, check with your wait staff who will check with the Chef.  Many times your requests can be met with small modifications.

Allergy Friendly Menu at Topolino's Terrace Character Breakfast

Allergy-Friendly Menu at Topolino’s Terrace Character Breakfast

Dinner at Topolino’s Terrace

Dinner at Topolino’s Terrace is a Signature Meal and therefore requires 2 table service credits on the dining plan.  Signature Meal simply means a more upscale dining experience.  Mickey and friends are not at Topolino’s Terrace for dinner.

Cocktails

Begin your evening with cocktails either in the lounge at the front of the dining room or outside on the Terrace.  Guests without a dinner reservation will not be able to access the Terrace.

Cocktails at Topolino's Terrace

French Rose and Modern Old Fashioned at Topolino’s Terrace

Topolino's Terrace Cocktail and Beverage Menu at Disney's Rivera Resort

Topolino’s Terrace Dinner Menu

Topolino's Terrace Dinner Menu at Disney's Rivera Resort

I am a huge steak lover and almost always opt for the Filet Mignon if it’s available.  Partly because I’m gluten-free and don’t’ eat much pasta but mostly because I LOVE a restaurant filet with a great sauce!  This did NOT disappoint.

Filet MIgnon at Topolino's Terrace Disney's Rivera Resort

Filet Mignon with Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Forest Mushroom Puree

Jeremy and I shared a meal this evening so there isn’t more to share picture wise.  If we had added an appetizer to the meal it would have been enough food.  We were fine because we’d eaten earlier but in typical circumstances, appetizer, entree, and dessert are great for a small meal.

Topolino’s Terrace Dinner Gluten-Free Menu Options

The allergy-friendly menu at Topolino’s Terrace is very robust and has a lot to offer.  As you saw above, I opted for the Filet Mignon that was gluten-free without modifications.  The menu items that don’t have to be modified to be gluten-free are often times my favorite because they’re served as the Chef intended them to be.

Allergy Friendly Menu Gluten Free at Topolino's Terrace Disney's Rivera Resort

 

Gluten-Free Dessert

The Dessert Menu at Topolino’s Terrace is not very extensive, to begin with, and the options for gluten-free dessert options are even more minimal.  I always hope for chocolate or something cake-like on the dessert menu and Topolino’s Terrace did not have an option like that for me.

Gluten Free dessert menu at Topolino's Terrace

I selected the Pistachio Mousse which was the only gluten-free dessert option.  The dessert is beautifully presented but didn’t make my favorites list.  It was not bad but I don’t’ need to order it again in the future.

Next time I’ll have dessert elsewhere.  That is one of the great things about Disney World.  You can easily dine at multiple places for each course of your meal.

From Rivera Resort we could hop on the Disney Skyliner and head to the Boardwalk area where we could have ice cream at Ample Hills Creamery or something from the Boardwalk Bakery!

Even better if you have a park ticket you could wander the Epcot World Showcase and eat desserts “around the world” before catching the evening fireworks.

If you prefer a more laid back evening, order from the menu and enjoy the fireworks from the outdoor terrace.

Gluten Free dessert at Topolino's Terrace

Pistachio Mousse at Topolino’s Terrace

Disney Dining Plan

Disney Dining Plans are accepted at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Rivera.

  • Breakfast/Brunch – 1 Table Service Credit per person
  • Dinner – Signature Dining – 2 Table Service Credits per person
  • Gratuities are NOT included in the dining plan.

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Rivera Take-Aways

I loved the views and food from the rooftop of Disney’s Rivera Resort and Topolino’s.  I’m anxious to get to eat there again for dinner and be able to enjoy an evening on the terrace for drinks and fireworks.  

The food at both breakfast and dinner was to die for good and between the two I don’t think I could pick a better meal.  I thoroughly enjoy the character dining experience and therefore probably loved breakfast more but it’s strictly related to characters and not the food.  Mickey and friends dressed in their European artsy costumes are a fun addition to their massive closet of costumes!  

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2 comments

Amber April 25, 2020 - 10:08 am

You forgot one other plated dining character meal: breakfast at Trattorio at the Boardwalk!

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Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumph April 27, 2020 - 6:40 pm

Thank you!!! All fixed!

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