Located at Disney Contemporary Resort
An All You Care to Eat Character Dinner Buffet
As we got off the elevator and headed to Chef
Mickey’s located on the Fourth Floor Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary
Resort it seemed noticeably more crowded than usual, on this Fourth of
July evening. It had started to rain very hard about 5:30pm and the heavy
downpour had obviously chased a lot of people out of the parks.
We walked over to Chef Mickey’s with our 7:15pm
priority seating in hand and we were faced with a line of twenty or more
close friends of Mickey all waiting for a table. Disney’s clockwork
efficiency made even this line move quickly and much to the cast members
credit allowing our party to be seated within ten minutes of our priority
seating time. Our hostess offered an explanation of the buffet and how the
characters would make their way around the room, as she directed us to a
table near a window overlooking the Magic Kingdom. This is all pretty
typical of a character dining experience at Disney, however Chef Mickey’s
has taken “character dining” a step further.
Beginning with Dale who stood by at the front and
offered a character encounter for the kids who were waiting with their
families to be seated and ending with Goofy who was in charge of the
cupcake bar where kids make their own dessert. In between the encounters
with Dale and Goofy our table was treated to rounds by all the characters,
from Chef Mickey himself to Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Chip & Dale. In
addition there was a Chef Mickey specialty of the house served up called
“celebration”. During this outburst of song and “celebration” all the
characters paraded through the dining area and dinner guests were
encouraged to join in by waving their green cloth napkins in the air to
the beat of the piped in music.
The buffet offerings were extensive including carved
meats, chef’s fresh catch, pastas, several vegetables, soups, salads,
breads and a quite impressive dessert bar. In short we were not
disappointed in our meal, but it’s worth mentioning that the food is not
the draw here. What you are paying for is the character encounter and here
is where this dining experience earns its reputation as a “celebration” of
Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on the Fourth Floor Concourse.
Characters may include Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald for
All you can eat dinner buffet from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
Priority seating recommended.
Cost: Adults - $29.99, Children 3-9 $14.99. Tax and gratuity extra.
Character Dinner Buffet
PREMIUM SALAD BAR AND SOUR DU JOUR
Today's Soup: Low Country Gumbo
ON THE CARVING BOARD
Oven Roast Prime Rib & Grilled Flank Steak
CHEF'S BUFFET SPECIALS OF THE DAY
Roast Pork Loin with Pear Demi Glaze
Baked Chef's Catch with Lemon Dill Butter
Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Wild Rice Medley
Broccoli au Gratin
Fresh Garden Vegetable Medley
Orange Glazed Baby Carrots
Chef Mickey's Macaroni and Cheese
Goofy's Cheese Pizza
Minnie's Mini Hot Dogs
Chip & Dale's Fish Nuggets
SUNDAE AND DESSERT BAR