Why Chef Mickey’s is our Favorite Disney World Character Meal

What’s your favorite character meal at Disney World? There are some great character meals at Walt Disney World.  And it’s truly hard to pick a favorite because they all have their great points.  And everyone has a different opinion on which one is the best.  But if I HAD to pick one, it would be Chef Mickey’s.

Here is why Chef Mickey’s is our Favorite Disney World Character Meal!


1. You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.


Not all character meals have Mickey.  And very few of them have so many characters.  If you or the kiddos are fans of the Fab 5 – this is the only place to meet them ALL.   It saves us from standing in line for some of the characters by seeing so many at one meal.  And we have NEVER caught Pluto in the parks.  So if you have a Pluto fan like my kiddo, this is a great place to see him!

You can meet Mickey at Tusker House (with Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy – no Pluto).  You can meet Mickey and Pluto at Ohana’s at breakfast with Stitch.  You can meet Minnie (but no Mickey) with Goofy and Donald at Cape May.  And of course there are other restaurants that have other characters (Princesses, Pooh & Friends, etc).   But if the Fab 5 is your thing then Chef Mickey’s is your place.


2. It’s outside the parks.


Chef Mickey’s is located in the Contemporary Resort.  You do not have to have a park ticket to dine there.  We were coming home from a non-Disney trip back in February and decided to swing by and see Mickey and Friends at Chef Mickey’s.  It’s on the monorail loop too (the monorail actually goes through the Contemporary) so you can ride the monorail around and visit The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian.  This is great if you want to souvenir shop, collect pressed pennies or pin trade.  And the monorail goes right by the gates of the Magic Kingdom.  You can also get a glimpse of the castle too.

It was sad we didn’t have time for the Magic Kingdom on our “pop-in” trip, but breakfast with Mickey and Friends, riding the monorail and seeing some of the Disney magic was a great time!  (If you ask G what his favorite “rides” are at Disney World – the monorail makes the list!)


Waiting on the Monorail inside the Contemporary.


It’s a great dining option for a non-park day or even a non-Disney trip that puts you in the area.

3. It’s a buffet with lots of food choices including many “kid friendly” options.


This is great if you have picky eaters.  Hubs really liked the food there too.  He was impressed with the choices and variety.  They do breakfast/brunch until dinner time.  We’ve eaten at Breakfast (8am) and Brunch (1pm) and the food was great both times.  Tusker House has great food too but the only thing G would eat was 3 of the 4 things off the “kids buffet” section.  Pretty much the same at 1900 Park Fare’s dinner buffet.  But the items on the Chef Mickey’s buffet were more typical foods and G found much more things on there that he would eat.


4. They have Mickey Waffles.

That’s important to some of us.  :)

I doubt they have Mickey Waffles at dinner but they do at breakfast/brunch.

And while this isn’t all that important, look at these cute little desserts they have!  The Mickey head on top of the cookie is delicious!  It’s like chocolate on top of pudding on top of an oreo!


So does Chef Mickey’s make your favorites list?  Or do you prefer a different restaurant?  Sound off in the comments below!

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