Happy Saturday, Disney Friends! Let’s talk character dining today! When our kids were little, Chef Mickey’s was a must-do for every visit to Walt Disney World and I’ve recommended this fun chance to meet the Fab Five many times over the years. Nick’s opinion of Chef Mickey’s is a little different than mine. I welcome all views and opinions here and now you can hear about Chef Mickey’s from someone who prefers to enjoy his character dining experiences elsewhere. What I want to know is this – How about YOU? Are you a fan of Chef Mickey’s or do you favor a different restaurant?
Chef Mickey’s Character Dining Review
I’ve eaten at Chef Mickey’s twice in the last several years. Once with our Godson, Flynn, back in 2009, and just a couple of months ago with our friends Kandi and John and their kids Jazzlyn and Grayson.
I’m going to just come out and say it. It’s my least favorite buffet in Walt Disney World.
It’s not bad, but I have some issues.
Let’s look at the good first. The Fab Five, Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy, are here, and that is truly awesome!
They come around often and spend quality time with each table. Periodically, there is even an opportunity for kids and adults to cut loose with the characters!
The not so great?
The layout of the restaurant, which is located in the Contemporary Resort, is just odd.
Somehow, both times we’ve eaten here, we have been put up in an upper corner. This past time, it was a very dark corner.
There really shouldn’t be any dark corners in a character buffet, in my opinion.
Then, there is the food. It’s not bad, I just don’t feel it’s on par with other Disney buffets, with the exception of the desserts.
There are a variety of salads and a soup du jour, as well as sushi and pick and peel shrimp.
There is Mac and Cheese, Chicken nuggets, pasta and meatballs.
Some of the better items were the small individual dishes, such as the Braised Beef. The Lemon Pepper Chicken was pretty good also.
There are a few other seafood selections as well as BBQ ribs.
The carving station included turkey and beef.
I can see why this would be a top priority for kids with the Fab Five, but I don’t recommend this buffet when there are so many other better character dining options, such as Crystal Palace and Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at the Garden Grill.
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