My husband and were in desperate need of a night out so we decided to make a date night at Chef Mickey’s. We had been to Chef Mickey’s for breakfast and wanted to experience the dinner menu. My opinion regarding character dining is that you are paying for the character interactions rather than amazing food. I do have to say that were a couple food stars along the buffet though.
The salad bar is small, but most of the dishes were good.
There is a small buffet section just for kids, though I liked a couple of those dishes as well. The kids section had corn dog nuggets, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, pasta with sauce, corn, and a couple other items. I really liked the corn dog nuggets.
Overall the meal was good, but the character interactions were amazing and I will remember them for a lifetime!
Top Tips for Chef Mickey’s
- It is best to make a reservation. We made our reservation a day before, but late August is not a busy season. I heard another family request a table and then only had about an hour wait. You do need a credit card on file when making a reservation, but it does not get charged unless you fail to cancel.
- When making a reservation, be sure to mention if you are celebrating a birthday or other special occasion. The little girl in the table over from us got an adorable birthday card from the characters. You never know what magic they can have in store for you (not guaranteed).
- Have an autograph book ready. Characters do sign autographs during character meals. You can buy official autograph books ahead of time.
- Have some character interaction ideas ready. The characters are great to play with. At Chef Mickey’s the characters are dressed like chef’s. My husband asked Goofy if he was allowed to use the knifes. I complimented Minnie on her nut stuffing (a short from Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas). Sometimes the characters will lead the interaction, but it is always good to have some ideas on hand.
- Remember to budget for tipping. Tipping is not included in the Disney Dining plan. Our server was awesome and since we were recovering from the Florida heat, I was very impressed with how often refills were brought out.
- Budget enough time for the character interaction. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to meet all the characters. They go around to each table one at a time. No need to feel rushed. My husband and I made our reservation for 8pm and were able to catch the Monorail back to the Magic Kingdom to catch Celebrate the Magic and Wishes afterward.
- Have Fun! The food is good, the character interactions are memorable, the view is amazing, and you also get to party while you dine!
Service: Table-Service, Buffet
Location: Contemporary Resort
Disney Dining Plan: Yes, 1 table service credit
Price: $30 to $59.99 per adult—is it worth it? YES
What has been your most memorable experience at Chef Mickey’s?