Chef Mickey’s

As far as character dining experiences go, Chef Mickey’s can’t be beat!  You’ll find Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, just a short monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom.  You can have breakfast or dinner here, both meals are buffet style.  Before you are seated, you are led to a Mickey Mouse in full chef gear to pose for a picture.  This can be added to your Photopass card, and a castmember will be around to your table sometime during your meal to offer you a photo package.  In your photo package, you get one 5×7 picture as well as some 4×6 prints.  It’s a great souvenir!  Also, when you enjoy a meal at Chef Mickey’s, you’re guaranteed an autograph and picture with each of the Fab Five!  This will save you time in line to meet characters at the parks.

For breakfast, you’ll find fresh fruit, pastries, and of course classics like Mickey Waffles.  For dinner, there is seafood, chicken, salad, soups, pasta, and an amazing dessert section!  Of course the best part of Chef Mickey’s is the character experience.  As you help yourself to the buffet, the “Fab Five” make their way from table to table to visit with your family.  Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck will sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Some things to keep in mind when dining at Chef Mickey’s:

  • You need advanced dining reservations and this will count as one TS credit per person on your Disney Dining Plan.
  • Have your autograph book and pen ready for autographs to save time.  There is a cast member traveling with each character to make sure everyone is respectful of others’ time.
  • It’s a fun touch to wear your favorite character tee shirt or Mickey ears during your meal.
  • This is a very kid friendly experience.  The atmosphere is lively and energetic, and every so often the characters and cast members perform a musical number-and guests are encouraged to wave their white napkins.  Such fun!
  • Chef Mickey’s is a fun place to find Hidden Mickey’s.

Overall, we give Chef Mickey’s an “A”!


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  • Sarah Parish Mccoy

    Chef Mickeys is a really fun experience for the entire family. We were there at dinner, a party of 4 with 3 adults and 1 child. One adult is diabetic and found plenty of options to satisfy. It was really nice too because my 3 yr old was never a big eater until she was starving to the point of tears, so I could say “eat 2 bites of this for Minnie!” and she would hurry up and cram it in there while Minnie watched. We try to be courteous to others by not hanging on the characters so that they can continue on. TIP FOR OTHER PARENTS: Please keep your kids in their seats and waiting for the characters to come to them. Its very upsetting for other children who HAVE been patiently waiting, when a group of kids runs over and tries to take over the character that was visiting them. If kids stay in their seats and wait, the characters can rotate much faster throughout the restaurant and get back again for a second or third visit.

  • Ivon_DiclajiasDisneyDreams

    I absolutely love Chef Mickey’s! We went multiple times during our Spring Vacation in May a couple years back and our wait wasn’t very long at all. We had ADR’s the first 2 times and waited about 5 to 10 min’s to be seated and the last time we went was right after we checked out of the resort the last day of our vacation and we went up to the podium and asked the hostess if there was anyway possible we can wait to be seated, explained that we were going home after breakfast and simply wanted to leave with Chef Mickey’s being our last stop because we loved it so much and it was our favorite restaurant…. The hostess explained it would probably be a long wait, that she couldn’t really promise anything, but that she would try her best….. After a 20 min wait, no joke! She got us in and we loved it just the same if not more than the very 1st time we went. <3 The food was delicious! The entertainment with the characters, singing 'Come Celebrate' and the napkin twirling was just memorable.. I love the character experiences.. On that vacation we got all the character's autographs and pictures with no fuss at the character dining experiences we had and didn't have to stop and worry about getting in line at the parks.. I totally recommend it! But I will advise.. Chef Mickey's get booked up quick. I got lucky getting seated with no ADR that day, but I recommend doing an ADR and way in advance of your trip because it's a popular one.

  • bamabecky

    5 stars may not be enough for Chef Mickey. I love the convince of not having to wait on characters. I love the food, and I love the unsanitary birds flying around that come in through the monorail hole. I do not love that it gets booked at 180days.

  • Theresajean

    My family and I loved Chef Mickey’s only complaint was our reservation was for 9:30 and we did not get our table until about 10:30 and by then we were straving but too tired to eat and it was our last night, so we could not even make it to Magical Hours. Food was good and characters were awesome.

  • Shea

    It is very loud in Chef Mickey’s. The food is fine…not outstanding but a decent meal and the character interaction is great.

  • damagsmonkey

    My hubby and I had the breakfast buffet at Chef Mickey’s while we were dating. It was one of the most fun character dining experiences I’ve ever had. The food is wonderful and the characters are so playful and fun! My hubby likes to tease Chip and Dale and call them the wrong names (Chip gets very upset), it always makes for a fun time! Highly recommend eating here!

  • Dana Russell Schroeder

    This is a must every single trip. I just love getting to see all the fab 5 while we eat wonderful food. Mickey waffles for my hubby and daughter and french toast for me!!!!

  • Emily D

    Visited Chef Mickey last year for the first time in many years. What a pleasant surprise! During our first visit we were under enthused by the food offerings and the chaotic atomsphere. After having a much better dining experience, we hope to make this a regular part of our dining plan.

  • kaitlin

    My family always went to Chef Mickeys every time we went to Disney. Even as we got older we loved it! My husband and I are going there this september for our honeymoon. I can’t wait to show him everything I Love about disney!

  • Kimberly Martin

    Love Chef Mickey’s for dinner. Last time we went (Feb. of 2012) it was my sisters birthday and my little 4 year old nephew’s first trip to WDW. They did very well celebrating both of them for us. If you but the photo package…keep the ticket they give you because you can add it to your Disney Photopass.

  • Audrey M

    Chef Mickeys is a great place for kids of all ages. I have been there with my sister several times now and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. The foods are fresh and cycled out fairly quickly. When the characters come out, they spend quality time at each table. Nothing is ever rushed. We went for my sister’s Bday one year and the characters made a special point of hugging and spending time with her. Great fun. Pricey but well worth it.

  • Ashley Nikole

    My favorite thing about this place is the character experience we had. The food was alright for the price. It was my son’s birthday and we ended up having him chasing minnie mouse and donald duck around the restaraunt because they kept running off with his presents. It was a blast.

  • Tracy

    We love going to Chef Mickeys for “brunch” We book the latest breakfast possible and since there is no lunch we slowly get the place and characters to ourselves! My daughter loves all the extra attention.

  • Adrienne

    Great fun for everyone!