Chef Mickey’s is THE iconic character dining experience at Walt Disney World. Everybody should do it, ONCE.
We are not going to bury the lede on this one. Chef Mickey’s is an average buffet at breakfast. The characters do not get to spend a lot of time with most guests. And it’s expensive for what you get. Once you cross this off your must-do list it will likely never make your list again.
At a Glance
Best spot to meet the Fab 5 all at once. Servers will ensure you see every character. There are more dessert options than most breakfast buffets. Quick walk to Magic Kingdom.
Reservations book quickly and the restaurant will be crowded. You do not get a lot of time with the characters. The food is below-average for Disney. You will likely be rushed out.
To reach Chef Mickey’s you must travel to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. If you are already staying on the monorail line or are visiting Epcot for the day, then it is always a treat to ride the monorail into Contemporary. Otherwise, parking at the Contemporary resort is free if you have a reservation for Chef Mickey’s. The guards at the gate will scan your MagicBand to confirm prior to letting you park.
The Contemporary has a confusing layout, so be sure to follow the signs and ask a Cast Member if you need help. Once you arrive you will check in at the Chef Mickey’s hostess stand. There likely will be a line to get to the check in desk. You will also likely wait until a table is available, regardless of your reservation and arrival time. There is a PhotoPass opportunity to take up a little of your wait time, but the props are nothing special.
As you are led to your table you will be shown the buffet line. Your server will explain the buffet process and the character arrivals, as well as ask the normal questions about drinks, allergies, and Disney Dining Plan participants.
From there, you and your party are mostly left to your own devices. The servers are attentive, and the characters will come by on a preset schedule. Once all five characters have visited do not be surprised if you immediately receive your bill.
We will stop being negative for a second to remind you of the real reason you are here. It’s faces like this one, holding the cupcake, when they are so excited to see Minnie that they just can’t stand it!
Arguably the biggest draw for Chef Mickey’s is the fact that you get to meet the original Fab 5 all in one sitting. The chefs outfits that the characters wear are cute and relatively close to their normal outfit. As we mentioned above, one of the biggest negatives about Chef Mickey’s is that you rarely get to spend a lot of time with the characters. Everyone at your table can get a hug, autograph, and picture. After that they will not be sticking around for further conversation. A second visit from any character is also highly unlikely.
The Fab 5 that you will meet at Chef Mickey’s consists of:
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Donald Duck
- Western Scramble
- Chef’s Hash
- Warm Mickey Waffles (try them with chocolate sauce!)
You can ask for alcohol but they really don’t advertise it, even for guests with Disney Dining Plan. No real house specialty drinks, so maybe get a Mimosa?
The Tofu Scramble with Spinach and the Smoked Salmon are going to be your best options on the healthy side. Otherwise, you are in a standard American buffet. Food is usually clearly marked, and you should work with Cast Members on other dietary needs.
Let’s be honest. You are not here for the food. There is nothing explicitly bad about the food options, but there is also nothing particularly redeeming. The dessert section is nice, but that is not enough to warrant an extra star on the rating.
Go to Chef Mickey’s once in your life. If this is the only Walt Disney World trip you are taking in the foreseeable future, then add Chef Mickey’s to your must-do list if you have the time and money. If you have kids, try to take them to Chef Mickey’s before they get bored of the classic costumed characters.
The best way to characterize Chef Mickey’s is like this: Chef Mickey’s is an expensive Character Meet & Greet that just so happens to feed you while you wait. There is nothing wrong with that so long as you understand that ahead of time.
If you want more info, check out this quick YouTube review of brunch at Chef Mickey’s from TheTimTracker. Their brunch menu is slightly different from the breakfast menu, but otherwise the experience is the same.