Chef Mickey’s is one of the most classic Disney character meals you can experience on a Walt Disney World vacation. It is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and is one of those character dining locations that has it all. It has a buffet of food that everyone will like, a fun atmosphere with the monorail running through, and your classic Fab Five characters! Today, I want to share our experience at Chef Mickey’s with you!
Chef Mickey’s is a great dining location for an arrival night experience, a non park day, or a break from the Magic Kingdom. To get to Chef Mickey’s, if you are NOT staying at a monorail resort, you need to take a bus to the Magic Kingdom. From there, you can walk to the Contemporary, or take a monorail ride. If you are on the monorail, you can take it right over to the Contemporary via the Resort Monorail Line. Also, a boat runs from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge over to the Contemporary.
Chef Mickey’s serves breakfast, brunch, and dinner. I think this is very convenient, and gives your family a lot of time options to enjoy this experience. With this variety of times available, it is pretty easy to work Chef Mickey’s into your plans. My first choice, as far as working it into plans, is to book it on a non park day. I am a huge fan of character dining on arrival night, a down day, or departure morning. I think it adds a little bit of Disney to your trip when you don’t have park plans. AND, it doesn’t interfere with park touring, as character dining can be time consuming.
The one thing about Chef Mickey’s, is it is very busy. And by busy, I mean there is a lot to look at and a lot going on. Not only are the characters visiting your table, but also you are in the middle of the Contemporary, so you have the sites and sounds of the monorail swishing through, the napkin twirling experience at Chef Mickey’s, and it is popular. So I would not consider it one of the quieter, more relaxed dining experiences.
Chef Mickey’s is a great experience if you have a large group of people, and if you want to see the classic Disney characters. You will see the “Fab Five” here….this includes Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. You are not necessarily here to have the BEST food on Disney property. Instead, the character interaction and experience are the prime motivation for having a meal at this location.
After your meal at Chef Mickey’s, it is a great time to explore the other monorail resorts. Take a trip around the loop, stop at each one, and check them out! Chef Mickey’s also is a great way to have a break from the Magic Kingdom, without going back to your Walt Disney World Resort. It is a quick trip over to the Contemporary, and then relax with a good meal, then back to finish the day at Magic Kingdom.
Overall, I recommend Chef Mickey’s to cover a lot of aspects of the “must dos” on a Walt Disney World vacation. Character dining, seeing the classic characters, a break from the park, and a meal everyone in your family will enjoy!
Chef Mickey’s has a soft spot in my heart….it was our first ever Walt Disney World character dining experience! We enjoyed this on our arrival night, and it made a GREAT start to our trip. Have you enjoyed Chef Mickey’s? If not, is it on your list for your next Disney trip?