Chef Mickey’s Review
Picture it: you’re on the monorail from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, swooping in towards the Grand Canyon Station in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You get off of the train and you can smell one of Disney’s distinctive buffets. You hear the happy chatter of people having a great time, punctuated with breaks into song. All that is because Chef Mickey’s is right below the monorail concourse.
Like a lot of other Disney restaurants, Chef Mickey’s offers tasty, modern American food. The decor is bright and fun, definitely Disney. The main draw here, however, is character dining.
Character dining is always a favorite experience at Disney. Everybody loves getting up close and personal with Mickey and the gang. Chef Mickey’s is one of the few restaurants where you get to meet everybody in the “Fab Five”: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. And between mingling with guests, the Fab Five perform songs and dances that are sure to entertain the whole family. Really, the character dining experience at Chef Mickey’s is hard to beat.
Chef Mickey’s Experience
Open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, Chef Mickey’s is available for every meal of the day. While it opens at 7:30 along with the rest of Disney’s restaurants that offer breakfast, it only closes for fifteen minutes between breakfast and brunch, and for two and a half hours between brunch and dinner. However, even though this restaurant is open almost all day, it is one of the hardest reservations to get at Disney. While reservations are not required, it is unlikely that there are ever open tables at this restaurant. To get a table, reserve as early as possible; this would be a good restaurant to book 180 days in advance if you are staying at a Disney resort.
As far as expense goes, at between $35 to $60 per adult, this is a pricier Disney restaurant. However, this restaurant does accept some Disney Dining Plans. Each meal is equivalent to one entitlement for both the 2017 Dining Plan and the 2017 Deluxe Dining Plan. So, while the reservation might be hard to get, Chef Mickey’s is actually a pretty good deal for those on a plan.
Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s is a buffet-style meal with options for just about everybody. Starting at 7:00, guests can choose from a wide variety of breakfast foods. First plates include smoked salmon, seasonal cut fruit, and quinoa salad. There is also hot food on offer, featuring bacon, frittata, and cheesy potato casserole. Minnie’s Sweets and Treats are on offer, including Minnie’s muffins and Krispy Kreme donut holes. For vegans and those who cannot eat eggs, there is even a tofu scramble available. On top of all that, there is a selection of food for little Mouseketeers, including tater tots and Mickey waffles. This menu has everything that a Disney breakfast menu should have.
At 11:30, the buffet shifts into brunch mode. Refreshingly, brunch offerings are not just breakfast foods served at lunch time. Chef Mickey’s brunch menu includes exciting new dishes, like a fall vegetable succotash and baked salmon. There are also old favorites available, like the classic Disney yogurt bar. The dessert table features Mickey Mousse Domes and a sundae bar with a variety of different toppings.
Dinner service begins at 5:00 PM sharp at Chef Mickey’s. The dinner menu has a lot of Disney favorites, like peel-and-eat shrimp and a carving station. However, there are a lot of options at this buffet, including two kinds of ribs and even eggplant Parmesan. And if you didn’t get to sample it at brunch, the sundae bar makes an encore on the dessert table.
Chef Mickey’s also offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails to go along with a meal. Grownups can enjoy a refined Moscow Mule or a spicy Habanero Lime Margarita while kids and non-drinkers can try a specialty lemonade or coconut water elixir. A fancy cocktail goes well with the fun character dining experience and the tasty food.
In conclusion, Chef Mickey’s is one of the most sought-after reservations at Walt Disney World. While it is always busy, it is just one monorail stop from the Magic Kingdom, has great food, and is one of the few Disney eateries where you can meet Mickey and the whole gang. No wonder Chef Mickey’s is so popular.
Related: You can meet Pooh and the gang at the Crystal Palace!