Chef Mickey Review

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Last weekend, baby girl and I took a much-needed break to some warm weather. We spent five days in Orlando, Florida with my cousin and her three kids!

Now when people think Orlando, naturally, they think of Disney World. And believe me, Disney World is amazing! And tiring! And expensive! So on this trip we took a mellower jaunt to the Greatest Place on Earth – a character meal at Chef Mickey!

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Chef Mickey Review

If you don’t have time, or you don’t want to spend a full day at Disney, booking a character meal is a great activity that will let you have a great Disney experience – and a decent meal. Of course, if you are in the throws of a longer WDW vacation, a character meal is always fun to include on your agenda as well. In a setting like a character meal, you always get a more personal experience with your favorite Disney characters!

This is an especially great tip with babies and toddlers. When little man was about 10 months, and again when baby girl was almost a year, we traveled to Orlando and only did a character meal. When the kids were a little older, we spent three whole days at Disney, and did eat at the 1900 Park Fare, Winnie the Pooh & Alice In Wonderland character breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

 

This time we opted for Chef Mickey at the Contemporary Resort.

 

We booked Chef Mickey because this meal has the most iconic Disney characters – Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy and Donald Duck! I booked through the Disney Dining Reservations site. I already had a full profile set up from our 2015 trip to WDW. I booked a few weeks out, but I recommend booking your character meals as early as possible. As a non-resort guest, you may book up to 180 days prior to dining.

Chef Mickey is an all you care to eat, self service, buffet. Servers bring you coffee, water and non-alcoholic beverages. Characters circle the dining room, coming to your table to take photos and give hugs! Every 10 minutes or so, the characters dance around, waving their napkins and getting the crowd excited.

Review of Chef Mickey character brunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. mommatogo.com

We had planned for breakfast with Chef Mickey, but the earliest reservation on a Sunday in January (for six people) was at 1:05pm. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am until 11:15 am, at which time they switch the buffet offerings to brunch. Brunch is a hybrid of breakfast foods (eggs, Mickey waffles, pancakes) and lunch foods (cold salads, chicken nuggets, tator tots, tofu scramble etc.). See the full menu HERE. Brunch is served until 2:30 and then dinner from 5:00 until 9:30.

Review of Chef Mickey character brunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. mommatogo.com

Personally, I would recommend the breakfast buffet over the brunch, if you can get the reservation. I think the food was better for breakfast, and the cost is the same. We paid $40 for each adult, and $22 per child over the age of 2. Our baby cousin, age 10 months was free. Since we had a party of 6 or more, an 18% gratuity was added to our bill.

Baby girl said the Chef Mickey lunch was her favorite Orlando adventure. I loved seeing the smile on the kid’s faces each time the characters came around! The food was good, the tofu scramble was really tasty and the cheesy potatoes were amazing! I also had some really tasty chocolate mousse dessert. The kids had Mickey waffles, chicken nuggets and of course, ice cream!

Review of Chef Mickey character brunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. mommatogo.com

After eating, we took a ride around the resort on the Monorail. It’s free, and there is a station right in the Contemporary Resort. The train goes in a big circle, stopping at the Transportation Station, the Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian Hotel and Magic Kingdom. With little kids, they were so excited about what they were doing, they didn’t even realize they weren’t actually in the theme parks!

Review of Chef Mickey character brunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. mommatogo.com

We had a fun afternoon at Chef Mickey and Disney. I leave you with two important pro-tips:

  • Brunch ends at 2:30. Our reservation was for 1:05 and we arrived right on time. We had to wait a few minutes to be seated. When we sat, we took our time waiting for characters, checking out the buffet, and going to the bathroom. BUT we then realized they do start taking the food away at 2:30 – and we were there to eat our money’s worth! So if your reservation is on the later side, don’t dilly-dally. Eat first!
  • When driving to The Contemporary Resort, you come to a toll booth (there is a fee to park at the Magic Kingdom and the resorts) but if you tell the guard you are going to a character meal, they do not make you pay to park. Same as you enter the Contemporary Resort self-park.
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What is your favorite Disney character meal? Any other pro-tips to share?

 

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Check out this video of our trip to Chef Mickey, courtesy of BeatCreative Marketing

 

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42 Comments

  1. We haven’t been to Disney as a family yet. We are waiting until our kids are a little older. This restaurant would be a hit with all of our boys. We would totally do the buffett if we are ever able to do this.

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    1. harmskills Author

      i agree, our first disney trip the kids were 3.5 and 6. good age, but we still had to deal with strollers, naps and little one being too small for some rides. plus waiting an hour for some rides were hard!

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  2. It seems a bit pricey for brunch/ lunch but its Disney so I guess its about right. We spent a week there a few years ago and soent more than our week.in Paris a few weeks later. But its a nice memory we’ll always have.

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  3. Great post Harm! It was a great experience and worth the price. Yes it is pricey but the one-on-one interaction with the characters and the memories with all the photos and video we captured was worth it! The food was good too! Especially the dessert bar! Take advantage of 2nds and 3rds!

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  4. What a great review! It looks like such a fun place to have a meal and enjoy a “Disney” experience, if you don’t want to go all out. I haven’t been to America, and never even knew the character meals existed! Will definitely keep an eye on this if we ever go over with our little one! #humpdayhype

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  5. Zoe

    Thats a great tip about getting the Disney experience without having to enter the parks!
    Chef Mickey’s is always a fun place for a meal, though I agree with you on the fact that Breakfast is better than Brunch! 1900 Park fare is a lot of fun when the kids get to the age that they may want to meet face characters too!
    We specialise in Planning Disney trips and so love reading about peoples experiences!

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  6. We really love to eat at Chef Mickey’s! In fact, we really love any character meal. My daughter seems to like this one the best, though. It’s the one she always asks for when we start planning a trip! I see your daughter loves it, too! This is a great review of your experience!

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  7. Such a great concept to have character meals like that – I have to admit even as an adult I’m still a huge Disney fan and going to chef mickeys has been added to my list, the big kid inside me is screaming out for the pancakes haha

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  8. We want to do a character meal at Chef Mickey. The classic characters are my favorite so we will probably do this on our next visit to WDW. We only started doing the character meals on our last trip to Disneyland and now we’re hooked. The princess breakfast at Ariel’s Grotto is pretty fun.

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  9. I am a Disney FREAK! Being from Orlando we had season passes for a year and before that we tacked onto my parents Silver pass for Disney contractors. This was the first year in a long time that I haven’t been to the parks at least once and my heart misses it! Maybe we will have to give this a go!! I have actually never done Chef Mickeys, though I have thought about it every time the monorail passes through the Contemporary. Thanks for all the great tips!!

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  10. Amy

    Looks like you guys had a blast! I remember going to something similar (not sure if it’s the same restaurant or not) when I was younger with my parents. It’s a great childhood memory of mine, and I’m sure it will be for your little girl, too! I would honestly love this now as an adult, too…I’m still a huge Disney fan.

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  11. Great review! We went to Chef Mickey’s a really long time ago, and my oldest, who was 5 at the time, hid under the table when characters came around :). We need to make it back with my 4 year old, because I suspect he’d be a lot braver!

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  12. Great Review. It sounds like a fun day without having to visit the parks.We ate dinner at Chef Mickey’s for the first time during our last trip. We had avoided it before thinking it was more for kids, but we tagged along with friends who wanted to eat there and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was good. I especially loved unlimited rice crispy treats and Minnie Mouse gave me extra hugs. #WeekendWanderlust

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  13. This is a great idea. I have friends who add a character meal to their trip to the park. But, I have not though about the possibility of doing the meal bu itself. It is less of a time and money compromise. #WeekendWanderlust

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