REVIEW: Trail’s End Begins Weekend Brunch, Is It Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Beginning May 21st, Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness began offering a weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 7:30AM until 2:00PM. This brunch features the usual breakfast buffet plus some additions. Here’s the menu as Disney announced it:

  • Hot Foods
    • Scrambled Eggs
    • Bacon
    • Sausage
    • Hash brown potatoes
    • Canadian Bacon Benedict
    • Pasta (Veg-pesto)
    • Mix Vegetables
    • Fried Chicken
    • Baked Mac and Cheese
    • Mash Potatoes and Gravy
  • Omelets to order
    • Diced Ham
    • Andouille
    • Bacon
    • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Diced Onion
    • Diced Peppers
    • Roasted Mushrooms
    • Pull Pork or Brisket
    • Chili
    • Salsa
  • Eggs to order
    • Over easy
    • medium
    • hard
    • Sunny side up
    • Poached
  • Mickey and Belgian Waffles – with various warm toppings:
    • Blueberry Compote
    • Banana Fosters
    • Maple
    • Praline Sauce
    • Whipped Cream
  • Dessert Island
    • French Toast Bread Pudding
    • Assorted Pastries (4 different Kinds)
    • Red Velvet Cake -Cookies (2 different kinds)
    • Apple Cobbler
    • Corn Muffins
  • Fresh Fruit
    • Watermelon
    • Melon
    • Strawberries
    • Citrus Wedges
  • Breakfast Cold items offered from 7:30am to 11:00am
    • Smoke Salmon
    • Sliced Cheddar Cheese
    • Sliced Salami
    • Slice Ham
    • Yogurt (Strawberry)
  • Items introduced at 11:00am
    • Shrimp
    • Caesar Salad
    • Cole Slaw
    • Potato Salad
    • Mix Green Salad (with 3 dressings)
  • Soup Station:
    • Chili
    • Grits

The buffet price is $23.00 for adults and $13.00 for children and all usual discounts will be accepted for this brunch offering.

Given the overwhelming positive response we received when I first posted about the new menu, I knew we had to go and check it out. I was already a HUGE fan of the Trail’s End dinner buffet for both the quality of food and very reasonable pricing, but I had never done breakfast here even though it comes highly recommended. My problem with Trail’s End lies solely in location. If I’m looking to just go out to dinner, I’m really OK with investing a fair amount of travel time to get here via the internal bus system at Fort Wilderness. If I’m going to Magic Kingdom, The Wave breakfast is usually my option for the proximity to the park and the breakfast buffet which I would place on the same plateau, if not even higher, than Trail’s End. In the end, it’s really just a convenience thing, nothing against the quality of the buffet.

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My only real complaint overall has to be the shrimp. First of all, you have to peel them, secondly, peeling them only means you are about to eat pretty much the foulest tasting shrimp on planet earth. I’d rather they just remove this from the buffet rather than replace it with another item. They are that bad.

Other than that, I was upset there was only corn muffins and not corn bread. I know this is probably just about the most childish complaint you can have, but I think the cornbread tastes slightly better than it does in muffin form.

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The breakfast pizza was a solid option, fun and delicious

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Fried chicken at 9am? OF COURSE I WANT SOME!

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They serve the “Jungle Juice” here now, under the term specialty moonshine. Nice to have it offered here.

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My significant other chose to have a pretty plate…

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This was my first plate…

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You will have to ask if you want an omelette as there is no station and the server may not even mention it. We ended up getting an omelette with the famous chili in it and it was pretty spectacular.

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In review, I think I would prefer to take advantage of this brunch buffet over going during the week for just breakfast or dinner buffets. It’s a nice mix of items, the price is good (slightly more than breakfast of course), and I’m as big a fan of the brunch as I am of the dinner service. Trail’s End brunch is definitely worth your time and money, if you can spare it.

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • Looks great, but $23 per adult is still over the top expensive when you consider I have 3 adults to feed. Think we’ll stick with in-room toaster waffles, fruit and coffee.

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