As we searched through the different Character Dining Experiences making the decision to visit Chef Mickey’s was easy, as Mickey is our son’s favorite Disney character. To ensure that we got an advance reservation for the day we wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom I called 90-Days in prior to our scheduled arrival. To my surprise there was not a lot of availability open for the breakfast experience and our choice were limited to 7:50 am or 7:00 am. Knowing that the Magic Kingdom opened at 9:00 am, we thought that the later table would be in our best interest. This would allow us the opportunity to spend a hour with the characters during breakfast and still enter the park when it opened.
On the morning of October 17, 2005, we got the kids up a little early so we could have breakfast with Mickey. The restaurant is located inside the Contemporary Resort on the fourth floor. When we arrived there was only one other family in front of us, but the restaurant was already packed with people. While we waited for our table a Disney photographer took a family photo of us and directed us to the line in which we could meet Goofy. Goofy was the only character who was not visiting the tables, instead he stayed in the center of the restaurant so you could visit him.
We knew this was going to be a great experience when we walked past a handful of characters and saw that our table was right next to a window that overlooked the Magic Kingdom. Chip was the first character to join us at the table and he was more than happy to spend a couple minutes with the kids before posing for a couple photos and signing their autograph books. No sooner did Chip leave the table and Minnie surprised us with a visit. This was our daughter’s first trip to Disney and she has never met Minnie before and seeing her face light up as Minnie approached the table was priceless.
We dined on a bountiful breakfast buffet ($17.99 for Adults, $9.99 for Children ages 3-9) of three different omelets, bacon, sausage, hash, pancakes and waffles in the shape of Mickey himself. While we ate our breakfast Pluto, Mickey and Dale visited our table and what made their visits memorable, was the attention that they showed the kids rather than just signing their books and walking away.
We left Chef Mickey’s at 8:58 am with our belly’s full and having seen each character at least twice. Other than a great meal and a superb character experience, the one thing that convinced me this was the place to have breakfast, was the line to get in: that now had more than thirty people waiting in it.