Are Reservations required for the Disney Character Breakfast?
Reservations are not required but during the busiest seasons of the year you might not be able to get in unless you have one. It is always best to go ahead and reserve your place just in case of a crowd.
Is Breakfast Free?
Not under normal booking but the Hilton Buena Vista Palace does offer specials at times that do include breakfast with your stay.
Are there other restaurants nearby?
Yes, there are a bunch of restaurants in Disney Springs which is across the street and easy walking distance. Just about anything you could want.