When Walt Disney World reopened in July of 2020, many of its character meals remained closed as character interactions and buffets simply weren’t possible due to the global situation. However, a number of character meal restaurants have reopened since with socially distanced character meets and modified menus.
And now, one of the most iconic Disney World character meals has joined the ranks! Yes, we’re talking about dinner at Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!
Chef Mickey’s has long been a rite of Disney passage for many visiting Walt Disney World as it features the Fab Five and classic American fare as the Monorail zips overhead.
Pretty much like everything at the Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s is located on the fourth floor of the resort; and at the time of writing, serves breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Since the Contemporary Resort has been around since 1971, Chef Mickey’s was somewhat shoehorned into the resort and it shows.
Still, Disney has made the best of it in creating a separate, designated dining space dominated by bright, bold, colors and Mickey Mouse designs. But guests looking to dine here should expect noise and energy, not quiet and refinement.
Tip: The closest restrooms are downstairs or near the monorail/security entrance.
Due to Chef Mickey’s prior popularity, and the fact that it’s recently returned, advance dining reservations are encouraged. But if you’re already within that 60-day booking window and all the reservations are gone, considering using the TouringPlans Reservation Finder!
Our park reporter Chrissy recently visited Chef Mickey’s for dinner to see what this modified experience is like!
What You Need to Know
Upon arriving, guests have the option of checking in traditionally at the podium outside the restaurant or on the My Disney Experience app.
Also, it’s important to note that Chef Mickey’s is no longer a buffet. Instead, platters of food are brought to your table family style like the skillets at Wilderness Lodge’s Whispering Cayon Cafe and EPCOT’s Garden Grill. However, Chef Mickey’s buffet stations are still there and being utilized as prep centers.
The price for dinner is currently $55 per adult and $36 per child.
Now onto the main entrees!
A platter of brown-sugared carrots, asparagus, Prime Rib with Mushroom Ragoût and roasted onions, and traditional roasted turkey breast with summer succotash and gravy was brought to the table.
The character interactions at Chef Mickey’s were the best Chrissy has had yet! Each character was just delightful, and they all had plenty of room to dance and move around made use of all of it.
They did different things for each table and managed to make everyone feel special and seen. Honestly, she feels it’s way better than the quick table stops pre-closure and is totally fine with this becoming the norm.
When she was first seated at the start of the meal, Chrissy was warned that she wouldn’t be allowed to walk around when the characters were out. However, she was allowed to do selfies with the characters, and they each came up with adorable poses!
So what’s Chrissy’s take? In her estimation, Chef Mickey’s fare is good enough to justify the experience, and the characters are spectacular enough to make this worth the price!
However, Garden Grill has characters and a similar menu that’s actually better. But if the menu is really your main priority, Liberty Tree Tavern is where you want to go as it’s Thanksgiving dinner there all year round.
Are you looking to visit Chef Mickey’s on your vacation? What do you think of this modified dining experience? Let us know in the comments!