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Updated: April 2019

When I asked my daughter where she wanted to eat during our last Disney trip, she didn’t even hesitate when she said, “Chef Mickey’s!”  We had been one other time, but she was only two years old.  Since she had seen the pictures of that trip over and over, she knew what to expect.  When she was two, she was really unsure about the characters, but now, she is a pro when it comes to meeting them.  Jeff and I thought, hey, why not? Let’s go!

This place is pretty popular, so I highly recommend reservations.  I make my reservations as soon as the window opens at 180 days.  I easily got a reservation booking that early.  I also got the time I was hoping for.  Chef Mickey’s closes in the afternoon, so you can book at or near 5:00 p.m. and be part of the first seating for dinner.  That is exactly what we did.  We also are afternoon nap people, so we venture back out when it is time for dinner.  After dinner, we head back to a park and start touring again as the sun begins to go down.  This is survival in the summer.

Chef Mickey’s is at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  For this stay, we rented points at Bay Lake Tower, Disney’s Vacation Club resort that is affiliated with the Contemporary.  It was nice to just walk across the sky bridge from Bay Lake Tower to the Contemporary to have dinner.

Chef Mickey’s: The Restaurant

As you walk into the atrium from the sky bridge, you pass by some shops as you walk to the other end of the main building where the restaurant is.  As you pass by The Contempo Cafe, the Contemporary’s quick service restaurant, you”ll see this:

Chef Mickey's Walt Disney World

When we arrived, we were handed a buzzer.  Since we were in the first seating, it wasn’t long before ours went off.  Before we were seated, we took a picture with a Chef Mickey sculpture.  Since we didn’t buy Memory Maker, we don’t have this picture.  But they do ask everyone to take one, and it is uploaded to your account through your magic band.

We were seated at an upper-level table on the far right of the restaurant.  It was near the start of one of the buffet lines.  Our server grabbed our drink order and told us that the characters would be arriving soon.  He also stated that characters would meet guests at a few rows of tables before us.  That was our cue to get some food!

Chef Mickey’s: The Food

Yes, it’s a buffet, but as far as buffets go, it’s pretty good.  I know a lot of people criticize the food here, but we like it.  It’s not gourmet, but it’s not bad either. You can read more about the menu here.  They have some of the traditional buffet staples, like a carving station.

Carving station at Chef Mickey's

But they also have some other items like potstickers and this clam dish.

Buffet at Chef Mickey's

One of my favorites was the macaroni and cheese with lobster.  The mashed potatoes with parmesan were yummy, too.

Chef Mickey's Buffet They also have plenty of choices for the younger kids or your picky husband.

Children's buffet at Chef Mickey's

Don’t forget dessert!

Dessert at Chef Mickey's

Or maybe ice cream is more your style.  Have your fill of toppings!

Ice cream topppings bar at Chef Mickey's

And don’t forget these!  Aren’t they cute?

Dessert at Chef Mickey's

Chef Mickey’s:  The Characters

We filled our plates and made our way back to the table.  Our drinks were ready for us. It wasn’t long before we had a visitor.  We had our autograph book out and we were ready.Chef Mickey's Minnie Mouse at the Contemporary at Walt Disney World

We had other visitors.

Chef Mickey's Donald Duck at the Contemporary at Walt Disney World

(Since this is Kristin’s favorite restaurant on property, we eat here every trip. Here is a picture with Donald from a more recent visit.)

Including Goofy being…well…goofy.

Kristin’s favorite of the Fab Five came by next.  (I’ve included a picture from a more recent visit here.)

Pluto at Chef Mickey's

We did have to wait a little bit for Mickey to come around.  He had his own handler, and people seem to want to take more pictures with him, so it takes him awhile.  He was worth the wait!

Chef Mickey's Mickey Mouse

After Mickey came by, we were ready for the check.  We had a night at Animal Kingdom planned.  You can see that Kristin is ready for animals by checking out her outfit.  We had a fun time with good food.  In fact, I’ve asked Kristin where she wants to eat on our next trip, and she says she wants to eat at Chef Mickey’s again.  I promise she knows that there are other restaurants at Disney.  I figure as long as she wants to, we’ll schedule a dinner here.

Read about some of our other Disney dining adventures!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

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    • Stacey Reply

      We like the food. I know some people complain about it. I checked out your blog and subscribed. I also checked out your social media. It looks like you guys have a great time at Disney!

  1. Love Disney posts! We haven’t done Chef Micky’s yet, but we have done a character breakfast at Animal Kingdom – it was so much fun!! Hope you guys had a blast!

    • Stacey Reply

      We did have fun! We are planning to go back in 2018, and my daughter wants to go again!

    • Stacey Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! Disney is one of our happy places.

  2. My hubby loves Chef Mickey’s too, it has such a fun atmosphere! Have you tried Ohana’s for dinner yet? That’s our favorite Disney dinner buffet!

    • Stacey Reply

      Yes, I love Ohanna! I will write about that sometime. I’m afraid my plain-eating companions didn’t like it as much as I did, though. But I could probably convince them to go again sometime. Maybe for breakfast next time.

  3. We LOVE disney and will have to try this restaurant someday- it sounds amazing! thanksf or the tips!

    • Stacey Reply

      It gets mixed reviews, but we really like it. It’s perfect for picky eaters!

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