Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even more so for the family arriving at Disneyland first thing in the morning, ready for a day of rides and adventure. And so why not start out the day with a traditional super-magical Mickey Mouse pancake in Frontierland?

Aunt Jemima Ad
An Aunt Jemima at Disneyland Ad from 1955

In 1955, it was called Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House and was one of the few restaurants that served breakfast in the park’s first year of operation. Aunt Jemima herself would greet guests and pose for pictures outside while guests were treated to a yummy assortment of pancakes, eggs, bacon and juice inside.

It became Aunt Jemima’s Kitchen in 1962, the Magnolia Tree Terrace from 1970-1971, and most recently the River Belle Terrace, but no matter the name, one thing always remained the same–Guests were served a delicious breakfast of pancakes by the scenic Rivers of America.

Aunt Jemima's Pancake House at Disneyland in 1955
Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House at Disneyland in 1955 (Image from

There was nothing like starting out your day in the pleasant southern plantation atmosphere of this sparkling restaurant. You could enjoy your meal inside, or relax under the umbrella-topped tables on the terrace overlooking the River, where the Mark Twain and the Columbia would come sailing by. In the early 1970s, Mickey was added to the menu in pancake form.

Aunt Jemima with Disneyland Guests in the 1950s
Aunt Jemima with Disneyland Guests in the 1950s

Most recently, the breakfast was moved around the corner to the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. There guests can still watch the chefs make each Mickey Mouse hotcake to order as it was over forty years ago. Each is completed with blueberry eyes, a maraschino cherry nose and a pineapple smile. Add some butter and maple syrup for a perfect breakfast, Disney-style. 

River Belle Terrace Today
River Belle Terrace at Disneyland Today

Since not everyone always makes it to Disneyland in time for breakfast, we thought we’d offer the famous Mickey Mouse pancake recipe here, direct from Disneyland to you.

The Original Mickey Mouse Pancake
The Original Mickey Mouse Pancake

Mickey Mouse Pancakes


Pancake Batter
2 Blueberries
1 Maraschino Cherry
1 Pineapple Slice
Powdered Sugar
Maple Syrup

Take a generous helping of butter (about one or two tablespoons should be enough) and place it in a wide pan or skillet. Warm the pan over medium heat until the butter melts. Be sure to spread the butter around the pan so that the bottom is evenly-coated.

When the pan is hot enough that a drop of water will sizzle and “dance” as soon as it touches the pan, gather a little batter in a cup or spoon and pour it onto the pan. About 1/4 cup of batter will be enough for a medium-sized pancake. Pour the batter in a single pile and let it gradually widen into a flat circle, keeping room for Mickey’s ears on the sides. 

Drop two more pancakes about an inch away from the head and let them spread out so that they just touch the first one. These are Mickey Mouse’s famous ears! They should be a little smaller and just touch the head, but they shouldn’t touch each other.

Now the hard part. Slide the spatula under the center of the head. If your spatula is wide enough, try to support the ears as well. In a single, confident motion of the wrist, lift the pancake, turn it, and drop it face-down in the pan again. If you lose an ear when you flip, let it keep cooking on its own. Just before you serve the pancake, move it next to the head again. Drop a small amount of fresh batter between the two and let it cook for an extra minute or so. This can work like “glue” to stick the ear back to the head.

Once the pancake is fully cooked, remove from the pan. Decorate with blueberry eyes, the maraschino cherry nose and pineapple slice smile. Finish off with powdered sugar on the ears and serve with butter and syrup.

Although we don’t have a Mickey Mouse Pancake print yet, you can enjoy one of our other “Mouse Food” custom prints to add a little Disney Magic to your kitchen or bar.

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