Universal Dining: Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

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Character meals are a large part of the Walt Disney World experience. Some of our favorites include Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tusker House, and Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus. While character dining may be ubiquitous at Disney, it is not as prevalent at the Universal Orlando Resort. Today we are going to look at one of the character meals you can experience at Universal, and it takes place every Saturday at one of our favorite hotels in Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

For first-time visitors to the Royal Pacific, there are multiple signs located throughout the lobby directing guests towards the Tahitian dining room, the former home to Emerils Tchoup Tchop. Whether you take the elevators or stairs, you’ll find signage directing you where to go.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Check-in area. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Upon arriving at the check-in kiosk, guests will receive their seating assignment before being directed to their first photo-op: Gru and Stuart the Minion, with a Despicable Me-inspired backdrop.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Like the best Disney characters, both Gru and Stuart have a lot of fun with guests.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)

The Tahitian dining room is gorgeous inside.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by @FelipeWWoHP)

There is an abundance of silly Minion theming throughout the restaurant, enhanced by a lively soundtrack of Minion-esque dance music playing in the background.

Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)

After being escorted to your table, guests are released to visit the buffet to eat all you desire. There are two buffet lines featuring a sweet and savory assortment of fruits, eggs, breakfast potatoes, meats, pancakes, sweet rolls, bagels, and cereals. Servers by the tables are ready to serve orange juice, chocolate milk, water, and coffee. They were very attentive, keeping mugs and cups constantly refreshed.

“Mom’s choice” items at Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Breakfast potatoes and sausage. (photo by Brandon Glover)
“Bacon’s the best. Even the frying of bacon sounds like applause.” – Jim Gaffigan. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Pancakes. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Hot syrup and bottles of Tabasco sauce. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me cereal station. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Assorted cereals. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Gluten-free options are available. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Mini muffins. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Assorted bagels. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Bread for toast. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by @FelipeWWoHP)
Despicable Me Character Breakfast. (photo by Brandon Glover)

If you’ve partaken in any Disney character dining experience, you will be accustomed to characters visiting each table around the dining room for photos. That same system is in place here, with three sets of characters roaming throughout the meal. Gru and Stuart are paired together, just like on their welcome photo-op. Then sisters Margo, Edith, and Agnes visit each table as a group. Kevin the Minion was also making the rounds as a solo act. The characters were very playful, engaging in dancing games or playing tricks on each other.

Despicable Me character fun. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Gru and Stuart. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Playing to the camera. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Kevin. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Margo, Edith, and Agnes. (photo by Brandon Glover)
The girls have a lot of fun playing around with each other. (photo by Brandon Glover)
More character fun. (photo by @FelipeWWoHP)
Edith. (photo by Brandon Glover)
Gru interacts with his daughters. (photo by Brandon Glover)

OVERALL THOUGHTS: The Despicable Me Character Breakfast was a blast. It’s really amazing how well these characters can interact with families, especially kids. The service by the Team Members was top notch. For those not staying on-site at Universal, be sure to have the server validate your parking. This will give you free Self Parking or bring Valet down to just $5.

Cost: $34.99 for adults, $20.99 for children aged 3-9. Annual pass discounts are available.

When: Every Saturday at the Royal Pacific Resort. Seatings are at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.

To make a reservation, CLICK HERE or go to LoewsCharacterBreakfast.tix.com

Special thanks to Brandon Glover, MBA candidate, @DisDug, and FelipeWWoHP for their assistance with this photo review.

3 thoughts on “Universal Dining: Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

  • March 4, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    The characters look great, but the meal looks not much better than the free breakfast at Embassy Suites. At $35, it doesn’t look like it compares very well to the cheaper 1900 Park Fare breakfast at WDW.

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    • March 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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      Which Embassy Suites? That’s a heckuva spread! If an Embassy Suites has that level of food I’d love to hear where. Thanks in advance! May need to make note for the next trip down.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Kids love Minions. Dads love bacon. My pre-K son loved Gru and my 4th grader loved the “gurils” (as Gru would say) . I haven’t had a bad meal at this resort in the many years we have been going. This was no exception. The fun is contagious and we were free to board the fantastic water taxi afterwards and head right into the parks. An A+ experience at a hotel and a park that was something we all will remember for a long time. Barely had room for butterbeer later. (But We did manage with a little help from the kids ) Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys fun things in fun places.

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