Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Chef Mickey’s is a Disney World tradition for many families. Typically, this restaurant offers buffet-style dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — complete with appearances from Mickey and friends! But, what changes can you expect in the reopened Chef Mickey’s? Let’s take a look!
The biggest change you will notice upon entering Chef Mickey’s is that it is not offering character dining at this time. Though we’ve surprisingly spotted characters at table service restaurants (hellooo, Beast at Be Our Guest!!!), the only announced character meals as of now are Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort, The Garden Grill at Epcot, and Ravello at Four Seasons.
Beyond characters, another staple of Chef Mickey’s is the all-you-care-to-eat breakfast buffet, featuring all the scrambled eggs, bacon, and Mickey Waffles you could ever dream of.
While the buffet is still there, guests are not allowed to go up to the service station and get food. Instead, once you are seated, your server brings you a tray of food.
For your initial batch of food, you don’t pick what is brought to you — you just get a little bit of everything. We were served breads, fresh fruit, mini yogurt parfait, smoked salmon, cold cuts, pickles, cheeses, sausage links, bacon, kielbasa, Mickey waffles, potato-cheese casserole, ham, mini pancakes, French toast sticks, and tater bites.
Don’t want that smoked salmon? On a low carb diet and don’t want to chow down on bread? Well, you get it anyway! Luckily, you can always bring your leftovers home to a salmon-lover in a to-go box.
Of course, one of the BEST parts of any buffet is getting as much food as you want! That’s still the case at Chef Mickey’s. It’s just you’re not the one going up to grab another scoop of scrambled eggs. You just ask your server for whatever you want, and they’ll be the ones to go back up to the serving station and get another round of food for you.
When we dined there, our servers were VERY attentive. They even brought us another round of eggs after the ones at our table had been sitting there a while, so we could enjoy some hot ones!
The other big change at Chef Mickey’s? The crowds. Typically, this Monorail loop is one of Disney’s most popular dining spots for a pre-park day breakfast. But when we dined there (admittedly, toward the end of breakfast service), there were very few fellow diners.
Despite the lack of characters, breakfast at Chef Mickey’s is still a GREAT option for breakfast and is currently accepting reservations. The cost is $25 per adult and $14 for children ages 3-9. As more buffets open around Walt Disney World, we’ll continue to keep you updated on how they operate!
Would you still dine at Chef Mickey’s with these changes in place? Let us know in the comments!