In addition to staying at Disney World’s Caribbean Beach Resort I also manage to snag a reservation at Chef Mickey’s for their character breakfast! This is a dining experience that has been on my bucket list for quite some time but I could never seem to snag a reservation. Fate seemed to be on my side because I manage to book a breakfast reservation two days before our planned staycation. Below is my honest Chef Mickey’s Character Breakfast Review!
Reservation & Pricing
A table at Chef Mickey’s is not typically a easy reservation to obtain. You can book Disney dining reservations 60 days out from your planned date but you’ll need a Disney account to do so. Disney’s reservation system has recently changed and you can now see all available times to dine. Reservations do require a card to hold your dining time but you’re not charged unless you cancel or miss your reservation.
Breakfast is $51 per adult and $33 for children. Dinner is $62 per adult and $39 per child. All prices mentioned are before taxes and gratuity. Ages 3-9 are considered children. The price of your meal does include unlimited fountain drink, coffee, or tea.
Location & Food
Chef Mickey’s is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Depending on which resort you’re staying at, you can get there by bus or monorail. If you’re not looking to use Disney’s modes of transportation you can always use your own personal vehicle. Parking is free. Once you arrive to the resort you’ll head to the fourth floor where your breakfast buffet awaits! If you have the My Disney Experience app you can check in up to 20 minutes before your reservation. They will text or notify you on the app when you are able to be seated.
As for the food you can find their menu here. I will say I wasn’t wowed by the food but I wasn’t disappointed either. They had plenty for adults and children to enjoy. I enjoy the mickey mouse waffles, salmon, brisket, and corned beef hash the most. Their banana bread pudding was also really good too!
Characters & Experience
If I am being honest, I did not choose Chef Mickey for the food. I chose to eat here for the characters and the experience. I have no complaints when it came to the meeting the characters. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto all make appearances! They not only appear but will come to your table and spend a few moments interacting with you. All characters are more than willing to take pictures with you!
The Contemporary Resort has a soft spot in my heart and is a bucket list place for me to stay one day. Even if you aren’t able to stay at the resort it is a fun place to explore and take the monorail. Depending on where you’re sitting you can see the monorail pass through the resort above the restaurant which is fun to do. The restaurant is casual and colorful so don’t worry about your little ones being on their best behavior.
Final Verdict: 4.5/5
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Chef Mickey’s! It was better than waiting in line to meet them in the parks. I definitely prefer this to paying for a lightning lane or Genie+. Character dining is also a more relaxed way for children who are hesitant to meet and interact with characters to do so. My daughter was very reserved when the characters came to meet her. Nonetheless all characters made the best of it. I think it’s a lot easier for a child to have a character approach them rather than a child approach a character.
This was a nice, relaxed, and casual character dining experience. It is a great way to start your day before heading into the Magic Kingdom or end your day in the Magic Kingdom. Yes it is expensive for a buffet. However in some cases, by the time you buy one plate of Mickey Waffles and a drink at some restaurants you could have paid for all you can eat at the buffet and met Mickey! Plus any child not yet three eats free.
Hope you enjoyed my Chef Mickey’s Character Breakfast Review!