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Review: Chef Mickey’s: Contemporary Resort

Who knew that Mickey and his friends are such excellent cooks?

Chef Mickey’s, located on the Contemporary Resort’s main concourse, is a family-friendly restaurant that will satisfy the character dreams and hungry stomachs of everyone at the table.  Chef Mickey’s offers two character dining experiences—breakfast and dinner.  Breakfast is served from 7:00am – 11:30pm and dinner is served from 5:00pm – 9:30pm.  My family had a reservation for 11:20, so I was happy to call it brunch

The first thing my kids and I did was scope out the buffet.  Whether you like a hot a cold breakfast, I recommend making room for a little of both.  Chef Mickey’s offers so many choices you really should think about your favorite items because there is no way you can have everything (unless, of course, you have a huge appetite).  You can select from traditional hot breakfast items such as bacon and sausage, eggs, French toast , waffles, pancakes, grits, biscuits and country gravy, hash, breakfast potatoes, oatmeal, and more.  There are also plenty of cold breakfast items like cereal, fresh fruit, bagels, quick breads, donuts, croissants, and even krispy rice treats.  (See, I told you that you couldn’t eat it all.)

Although I let my kids visit the buffet as many times as they liked as long as they weren’t wasteful, I decided on three plates myself.  I first enjoyed the hot breakfast items, skipping the fruit, banana bread, and bagels since those are foods I keep at home.  My first trip yielded a spinach and ham quiche that was tasty despite a less-than-flakey crust, a cheesy hash brown casserole that I fell in love with, and scrambled eggs topped “my way.”  Chef Mickey’s offers a scrambled egg bar in place of an omelet station where you can top your scrambled eggs with ham, mushrooms, peppers, cheese sauce, country gravy, and other ingredients.

For my second plate, I tried some of the cold items.  The chocolate croissant was a perfectly sized rich piece.  I thoroughly enjoyed the light crepe and moist cheese filling of the blintz I decorated with blueberry topping.  (And, I took a second small helping of those cheesy hash browns.)

My “dessert plate” was the famous Mickey waffles.  My children had been devouring them with serious moans of pleasure.  And they are right—these are some tasty little waffles (and common to the character breakfasts throughout Walt Disney World).  These child-friendly sized waffles have the perfect texture, slightly crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside with a delicate flavor of vanilla.  My son Ryan had the most to say about them: “If you do not eat these waffles you will die unhappy.  Compliments to the chef.  It’s so good!!”  I did treat my Mickey waffles as a dessert.  I found them to be scrumptious drizzled with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.  It was a tough call going with the chocolate when caramel sauce, cherry and blueberry toppings were also available.

Chef Mickey’s received an average of 4.5 stars out of 5 from my crew.  As a parent, I give it high marks too.

F.A.S.T. Review

Food – Yummy!  The buffet has something for everyone’s breakfast tastes.  All of it is well prepared and delicious.  I suggest you pace yourself for maximum enjoyment.  Be sure to try the Mickey waffles.

Atmosphere – An open restaurant, meaning there is no ceiling.  This makes for wonderful views of the monorails that speed overhead, one level up from where you are seated.  You can also appreciate the tile mural at the heart of the concourse that was part of the original design of the hotel.

Service – Efficient and friendly in keeping with all Disney dining experiences.  Because Chef Mickey’s is very popular, the cast members are looking to move you along with brisk service, but they don’t rush your meal and make sure you have seen all the characters.

My server, Barb, even coached us on when to hit the buffet so we wouldn’t miss our turn with Mickey and his gang’s visits.

Tips – Upon entering the restaurant, you get your picture taken in front of a Chef Mickey display by the Disney Photo Pass cast members.  At some point during your meal. They will approach you with a photo package you can by for $29.95 (!!).

Considering you are spending nicely for this meal, skip the package and, when you initially get your picture taken, ask if you can pose your kids in front of the Mickey display.  They always say yes and you get a family photo for a fraction of the cost.

The DisDining Mama Says – Chef Mickey’s received Disney Magazine’s  Reader’s Choice Award in 2004 for Best Overall Walt Disney World Resort Restaurant for Kids.  Given that, be sure to make a reservation well in advance of your trip if possible.  Chef Mickey’s is an excellent choice to guarantee you will get pictures with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Pluto and Goofy.  Don’t forget to bring an autograph book and pen!

About MichelleJ

Michelle Johnston began her love affair with Disney at 2 years old on her first visit. She grew up to help the Walt Disney Company develop the Disney Institute Resort, a learning & discovery vacation resort no longer in operation. She served on the pre-launch team as a Research & Development Coordinator with a focus on program development There she created over 100 experiential youth and adult programs in the Culinary Arts, Environment, and Design Arts tracks. Michelle then progressed to the world of ideation, helping Fortune 500 companies create new consumer products and marketing communications. She is owns Word of Mouth: Writing, Editing , Resumes & Business Marketing providing freelance services and is also the co-author of Welcome to Grandparenting and the 109 Ways eBook series. To this day, Michelle maintains her passion for all things Disney, especially Walt Disney World and its wide array of eating experiences.