Visited June 2015 (Updated December 2015)
Food: Chef Mickey’s offers American Cuisine during Breakfast, Brunch, and Dinner hours. Our family has only visited Chef Mickey’s during the dinner hours so our review will reflect our dinner experience. Though we have heard their breakfast is quite good.
Before I get into the details of the food understand Chef Mickey’s is really centered around the “Disney Experience” which we will discuss later in this review.
The buffet is actually a very full buffet, divided into several sections for convenience, and offers a lot of options. The salad and fruit options were very fresh and offered everything that I would have expected at any other buffet. This section offered pretty well anything that would be considered a “first course” and compliments the meal well. From this section it flowed very seamlessly to the main course area where most of us had either turkey or sirloin. While it was fairly good, I didn’t feel this was quite on par with other dining stops but felt it was comparable with other Disney buffet experiences. If I could draw comparisons, I thought the Tusker House and Crystal Palace were both better dining experiences in terms of buffet food but no where near the experience so you give and take a little.
If I felt anything really stood out in terms of food it was the desserts. There was so many options and all of them were very beautifully displayed in their own section. Honesty, after having so many speciality desserts thanks to our dining plan and experiences it was nice to see a plethora of options in addition to a good ol’ ice cream machine to make any dessert a la mode.
Lastly, for the kids or the family of picky eaters, there are several options for you too! Corn dogs, chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese, and veggies make for a solid meal when complimented with any of the side options on the buffet.
Atmosphere: Chef Mickey’s atmosphere is second to none in terms of the “Disney Experience” and offers something for everyone from the Disney veteran to the first time visitor.
First, you get the opportunity to visit one of Disney’s Deluxe resorts, Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Not only is this a deluxe resort but Disney’s first on-site resort constructed in Walt Disney World so there’s a lot of history and nostalgia to enjoy. Secondly, it’s a great excuse to catch a monorail ride or even watch the monorails travel through the resort right from your table. Lastly, there are characters everywhere and they interact with everyone (i’ll speak more to this in the “Experience” section.) The characters do musical numbers and make it a point to take into consideration any special occasions. Overall, it’s very “Disney” and any iconic piece of Walt Disney World’s legacy is viewable at any point in time during your dining experience.
Experience: Out of all my Character Dining Experiences, I felt this was our family’s favorite. Not only were the characters great, people were assigned to various sections to ensure each and every character made it to your table. I’m not talking about waiters or other restaurant staff members but people that are there for the sole purpose to take care of the characters and the character experience. Everyone is very nice and seem to understand the intent and purpose of dining at Chef Mickey’s. It’s definitely about a feeling, the characters, and everyone is working hard to make sure your experience is magical. Also, don’t forget to have a Photopass member take a Chef Mickey statue photo in the waiting area while you wait to be seated.
Cost: The cost is pretty reasonable considering the experience. Disney currently lists the experience at the $30.00 to $59.99 price range. For those with the Disney Dining Plan, the experience is valued at a Casual Dining Experience (1 Casual Dining Credit) so anything above a “Quick Service” plan should be good to go!
Bottom Line: For a magical Disney experience with good food and a character experience that is unforgettable, I recommend that any and all Disney goers experience Chef Mickey’s at least once in their lifetime.