At Chef Mickey’s you can eat with the Characters for both breakfast and dinner. It is located at Disney’s Contemporary hotel. If you have never experienced this Character Dinner by all means you need to try it. We visit Chef Mickey’s every time we go to Disney because my youngest daughter and my special needs son love it. They get so excited by watching the characters visit every table. They are thrilled to anticipate the arrival of the characters at our table. As I mentioned, Chef Mickey’s Character Dinner or Breakfast is a favorite place for two of my children but the rest of my family does not enjoy it. The buffet is just average compared to some of the other Character restaurants or other Disney restaurants without characters. In the past, we have always ate the breakfast. This past time we tried the dinner. We all agreed that the breakfast is better. Even with being disappointed in the food, I hope all of you see from my pictures how much my younger two children enjoy Chef Mickey’s.
What we really do not like about Chef Mickey’s is how LOUD and Crazy this restaurant can be. Several times we have eaten at Chef Mickey’s and been seated next to a very small, very tired, or over stimulated child. Both times the child literally laid on the floor kicking and screaming while the parent ignored the child. The parent would threaten to take the child out but never did. I am sure the parents did not want the child to miss seeing the Disney characters when they make it to their table. This past time the child even ran all over the room while a parent chased the child screaming his name over and over and over. I am not making this up! It really did happen. While this isn’t Disney’s fault, it does cause the experience to not be as enjoyable.
What would I change about Chef Mickey’s?
If I say something negative about anything, I try to leave ways that might improve the situation. The only tip I could come up with for Chef Mickey’s is to put some T.V.’s on the walls with Disney Movies playing. This might hold younger children’s attention and help keep some of the noise down. I believe kids are on vacation and you want them to have a magical time, but you also want to make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves. Chef Mickey’s may not be the right place for everyone. Disney has great options for dining that will fit different families.
If you are looking for a calm place to eat dinner with the Characters, Chef Mickey’s is not for you. I would highly recommend the Garden Grill at Epcot. If you have small children, Chef Mickey’s is a great place to see the excitement on their faces as they watch the characters. The whole atmosphere, from the brightly colored decor, to the food, to the music and dancing the characters do periodically, makes Chef Mickey’s really geared for smaller children. If you have small kids and want to give Chef Mickey’s a try, I would recommend going there for breakfast. The Mickey shaped waffles are a huge hit! Also, Chef Mickey’s books up extremely quickly, especially for breakfast, so be sure to make a reservation well in advance (probably even 6 months out) if you want a specific date and time.
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