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May 17, 2005
Dinner is different. There will be some similarities to other buffets, but they will usually offer their own unique food. Chef Mickey's is no exception. The food here is more down-to-earth and kid-friendly than some of the other buffets. Usually two kinds of pasta dishes are served, with two kinds of meats (usually prime rib and ham) and potatoes. There will also be a couple of other dishes that vary, along with a full salad bar and usually two soups. The kid's buffet is also pleasing to the appetite: macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, mini hot dogs, and chicken fingers (they are the ones served in the parks and probably the best value considering you pay almost $7 for three in the parks). There is also a dessert buffet that features several cakes, puddings, cookies, sugar free desserts, and a make-your-own sundae station.
Do not let the price scare you away (children: $9 breakfast/$11 dinner; adults: $17 breakfast/ $26 dinner), as the character buffets are probably the best value at Disney. Not only do you get to dine with and get pictures and autographs from the characters, but you also get an excellent all-you-can-eat buffet (the buffets at Disney probably have the best food and the nicest atmosphere of any buffet in Orlando, and probably Florida). When you consider what you would pay per person at a regular sit-down restaurant in Disney ($15 to $30 for adults and $10 to $20 for children), the buffet really makes sense, and trust me, it will be much more memorable than going to the food court or a regular restaurant in Disney or elsewhere.
As far as Chef Mickey's goes, it is the best character buffet in Disney and the most kid-friendly, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Call 407/WDW-DINE for priority seating (this is not a reservation; it simply reserves your place in line). At Chef Mickey's, priority seating is an absolute must, although it is not required. Call as soon as possible to make arrangements and do not be surprised if the only thing available is at 8or 9pm, because the restaurant is extremely popular.
From journal Poor Showing at Contemporary
October 26, 2004
From journal Disney World 2004
September 6, 2004
From journal Walt Disney World 2004
rock spring, Georgia
April 15, 2004
I have four children: 7, 12, 14, and 15, and each had a blast. The all-you-can-eat food bar is 100 feet long, so you won't go away hungry. Pictures are taken with Chef Mickey as you enter and are ready for purchase before you leave your table.
You can watch the monorail run through the contemporary hotel right above your head as you eat your meal, and then you can get on the monorail to go to Disney Magic Kingdom or any other park at Disney. Your children will love this part. If you get in the monorail line early, go to the very front and ask the attendant if the children can "drive the monorail". Up to four people can ride up front with the monorail driver.
From journal Mickey, Shamu, and Terminator 2
March 1, 2004
The kids enjoyed mingling with Disney characters that walk around the dining area for pictures and autographs. It is a little pricey, but well worth it.
From journal Summer Bay Resort Disney World
Huntington, New York
November 30, 2003
From journal A WEEK WITH MICKEY
Hickory, North Carolina
September 25, 2003
From journal Disney w/ the Kids
by Katy in STL
High Ridge, Missouri
July 28, 2003
From journal 1st trip to Disney World
July 21, 2003
From journal New Smyrna Beach FLa. Family Fun
Cortlandt Manor, New York
June 17, 2003
The food was pretty good (yummy parmesan mashed potatoes), but it was really more about atmosphere -- the music and the characters. Lots of photo ops for sure!
We went the first night of our trip, sort of as a "welcome to Disney" experience.
There was a short wait even with our priority seating, but from the waiting area you can see and hear the characters' antics, so it didn't seem bad at all.
From journal Disney World