Dinner at Chef Mickey’s
I have only been going to Walt Disney World since 2010. Gary and I were married on October 8th of that year, and 10/10/10 was the date I first stepped onto Disney property. We checked into Pop Century, went straight to Magic Kingdom (where my first ride was Stitch’s Great Escape!) and had dinner that night at Chef Mickey’s.
And it took us almost 9 years to return! Why? Well we like to try new places (I know, I know, so what’s with always going to Boma and ‘Ohana then?) and Chef Mickey’s is pricey. Since our most recent trip was all about getting a good value because we were on the dining plan, we decided to finally go back to Chef Mickey’s.
But first, let’s go down memory lane. Here we are on our honeymoon!
Aww, so young(er). And here I thought this was probably a one and done trip for me!
Chef Mickey’s is a character buffet restaurant located inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Contemporary is the fancy resort to the right of Magic Kingdom that the monorail glides through. It’s actually a nice walk from the Magic Kingdom if you want to visit a resort for dinner on your MK day. It’s also one of the harder reservations to get because you get the pleasure of meeting the Fab 5 during your meal – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald. Get up early 180 days before your trip to make your dining reservation – or have me do it when you make me your agent!
Let’s check out the buffet.
Of course this isn’t all that is included in the buffet. It was hard to get photos with so many people around. (Believe me, this buffet was packed even after 9pm.) The Walt Disney World website lists the options for the buffet as:
- Seasonal salad selection
- Charcuterie Board
- Poached Shrimp Cocktail
- Fruit Salad
- Chef’s Carving Station
- Chef’s Daily Soup and Pasta Selections
- Buttered Chicken
- Seasonal vegetables
- Glazed Salmon
- Assorted breads
- Pot Stickers
- Pot Roast
- Seafood Paella
- Smashed Potatoes
- Mickey Macaroni & Cheese
- Steamed Broccoli
- Tater Bite Potatoes
- Chicken Nuggets
- Mickey Mousse Domes
- Cheesecake Tarts
- Seasonal Bread Pudding
- Create Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Station
That’s a pretty extensive menu, and Gary and I both agreed that it seemed like a larger selection than when we ate here in 2010.
Most Disney restaurants will work with special diets. (Except Garden Grove at the Swan Resort – please stay away if you have a special diet. They treated me awful there.) I have been a vegetarian going on 27 years, and I asked our server if there was an alternative main dish that was vegetarian or vegan. I’m used to eating sides at buffets, which is nice, but it’s also fun for me to have other options once in a while. Our server suggested that the chef could make me a pasta dish. At this point I hadn’t even gotten to the buffet to check it out, so I told her that sounded great. A few minutes later the chef came out and said she would make me a veggie pasta dish.
She brought out this ginormous plate just for me.
She mentioned there was a pasta dish on the buffet I could have eaten, but when I finally went up to look it seemed it all had seafood in it. I was glad she made this for me as this was the majority of what I ate. I left full and happy.
With the dining plan we also got alcoholic drinks.
This is Gary’s Blue Glowtini, and I got the Magical Star Cocktail. Both were $13.75, but included with the 1 credit we each used for the dining plan.
So now the characters.
There’s a whole lotta like the above video happening when you dine at Chef Mickey’s. Just make sure you don’t have any food in your napkin when you start wildly shaking it above your head.
The characters each come around to your table to snap a photo and sign an autograph. A handler will come around to verify that you have met all 5 characters before you leave. Gary was at the buffet when it seemed like all the characters were suddenly in our section. After a few texts of “Minnie’s here!” he came back and we got our photos.
Gary thought the character interaction seemed rushed. I would agree. We’re two adults, so it was mostly ‘say hi, hug, snap a photo, say bye’. We’ve gone to other character meals where it was more engaging (Garden Grill at Epcot comes to mind). Still it was nice to get 5 character photos in the span of an hour or so.
Chef Mickey’s is split into separate dining areas, so the characters switch off in each section. Like I mentioned, a cast member will make sure you’ve met everybody before you leave.
We were on the dining plan, so this meal was 1 credit each. Here’s how it looks if you pay out of pocket though.
Yep. It’s a lot of money. This is for 2 people. Most people who dine at Chef Mickey’s have a few kids along. Moral of this story? Be on the dining plan and use a full service credit. It’ll save time in the parks from meeting these characters (unless you’re like us and like to collect character photos with them in various outfits), you get a fairly good meal, and you get to sit in the AC for an hour and a half. Win!