Chef Mickeys : Let me tell you why it is the worst Character meal on property!

Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort; Why you should spend your money elsewhere in WDW!

There is no denying it – going to Walt Disney World is expensive. First there are flights and then accommodation. On top of that, park tickets, stroller rental, Minnie ears, autograph books, Princess dresses, memory maker, plushie’s and then you still need to pay to eat!  For a regular family, the cost can be thousands of dollars. We can easily spend upwards of $5000 on a Disney vacation and that’s just for two of us. That is why it is so important when we add on extra costs to our vacation we need to be sure we are getting good value for money.

One of the most popular experiences we add onto our already expensive vacation are character meals. As the name suggests these are dining options where you get your food and you get to meet characters at the same time. However, all character meals are not created equal.

If you are planning on booking a character meal, and I recommend you do, Chef Mickey’s may be on your radar. Unfortunately, our experience at Chef Mickey’s leaves me feeling like this meal was the biggest waste of money ever.

Read on to see our experience of Chef Mickey’s and where we recommend you spend those hard earned dollars instead.

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Our Experience at Chef Mickey’s

Food

The food here at Chef Mickey’s is okay. Lots of the standard Disney breakfast buffet items available. The Mickey waffles are the best thing about the food. A Disney breakfast is not complete without Mickey waffles.

Due to the time we ate, we were technically having brunch. That means we also had a choice of lunch items. There was a good range and a good mix of breakfast/lunch items. However there were no real stand out items – everything was just okay.

Characters

This was really the most disappointing part of the meal. If you do any research into Walt Disney World, you will learn the great lengths Disney go towards character integrity. It is hugely important to them. Chef Mickey’s failed on more than one front here. Firstly the costumes were really old. When you gave Mickey and the gang a cuddle you could feel how threadbare and thin the costumes were. It made it really obvious that these were costumes.

Secondly, I saw skin. I am not stupid, I know there is a person in there but this was so disappointing. Maybe if the costumes weren’t in such poor condition the slip wouldn’t have happened.

The last poor thing about the character’s here is the little amount of time they spend with each family. Its literally a picture, autograph and away. Minnie didn’t even give me time to stand up, she just wanted the picture taken so she could move on.

 

The cost

For some reason, that I just cant work out, Chef Mickeys is the most expensive character buffet on property. Cinderella’s Royal Table is the most expensive character meal on property and I get the logic in that – its in the castle!

Chef Mickey’s is really poor value for money. Our breakfast for two, with gratuity, was over $100. You read that right, $100! I cant even bring myself to look at the cost of dinner.

The food was okay, the restaurant was loud and stuff and the characters were just okay – overall it was just okay. No-one should be paying $50 a head for breakfast for an experience that is just okay. Especially not when there are better experiences available that cost a less.

Where you should spend you money instead

Character Meals can be totally amazing and are something I would recommend to any visitor interested in meeting characters. They are suitable for all – couples, solo travellers and family’s. However I dont think anyone should be spending their hard earned money at Chef Mickeys when so many other great character meals exist.

Try Garden Grill or Tusker House

My number one character meal of all time is Garden Grill. This is for lots of reasons. Number one, the restaurant is small. That means the characters all spend a fair bit of time with each family and on most of my visits to Garden Grill, I have seen almost everybody twice.  The food here is also the best of all character meals – that cinnamon bun at breakfast! Yummy!

Another great meal that is much better value is Tusker House. This is a large restaurant, just like Chef Mickeys but it doesn’t feel like that. The seating areas are in separate rooms which greatly reduces the noise levels and makes the experience feel much more private. There are also some food items unique to Tusker House.

Both of these options have a lower price point and are better value for money.

Let me know what your favourite character meals are and if there are any you would never eat at again?

 

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11 Comments

  1. September 3, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I only wish I would have seen this post a month ago!!
    I knew Chef Mickey would be one of our largest expenses since our family was a group of 8 adults and 6 children, having saved and planned for 2 years for this trip, but I was in total shock of our bill WITH gratuity added in automatically. $517.00 to be exact and you’re right as far as choices just being you everyday buffet choices, other than the Mickey waffles.
    A few characters, NOT, including Mickey and Minnie “Came past our table” that we flagged down!
    After being there about an hour and a half and kids will only sit so long, they had gotten up with their parents to walk around and as Gramma & Grampa were settling the bill with waitress, she asked “aren’t the kids gonna wait for the characters to come over”?! How long were we supposed to sit there?!
    Totally agree…spend your money elsewhere in the park!!

    • Lisa
      September 13, 2017 / 11:44 am

      So sorry that you were disappointed by your meal. It is a shame because I do honestly believe Chef Mickeys is not a true reflection of the quality of the rest of the character meals on property

  2. Holly
    September 4, 2017 / 2:33 am

    I haven’t been to Chef Mickey’s and I’m not anxious to give it a try just because of the noisy echo chamber that is the Contemporary Resort. I don’t feel like I would enjoy this experience at all. I’ve never had a character meal at WDW that I felt was a bad experience, but we did have to ask the handler to help us at 1900 Park Fare breakfast because characters had skipped our party of 2 adults and I think that CRT is way overrated. We did, however, have a TERRIBLE breakfast experience at Surf’s Up at PCH Grill inside the Paradise Pier Resort at Disneyland. The food was terrible quality and poor selection, the inattentive server tried to rush us out the door after 25 minutes and meeting two of the four characters, and the photopass photographer flat out refused to get me the code to link our photos to our Disneyland App and insisted that I go to a photo center to retrieve the photos. (I had just had a photopass photographer give me the code that I needed at a character meal the day before, so I know it can be done.) We had a $30 experience with an $80 price tag.

  3. Barbara Kottmeier
    September 4, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    We used to love Chef Mickey’s but it has gone downhill. Just one example – they used to have the most delicious hash brown casserole. I could have eaten only that and would have been happy. They changed the recipe and the last time couple of times we went there it had fake liquid cheese instead of real cheese. Also, the characters don’t spend much time with the kids. It’s just a quick photo and gone. We didn’t even ask for autographs, so thought they’d at least give us the time autographs would have taken. I’m going in January and am trying to figure out where to have breakfast.

  4. Danielle
    September 13, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    We’ve been to Chef Mickeys on several occasions. The first time was good. Then they started going down hill. But my nephew liked it so we bit our tongue. This last time my daughter had a “freak out” and got sick down the stairway to the bathroom. As a cast member, I felt embarrassed and no one was around to help. We will definitely not eat there again for a while if ever.

    I still enjoy Crystal Palace and Tusker House. We will try Akerhaus in Norway for breakfast (as we eat there every trip since we’ve been bringing the girls but again lunch wasn’t anything spectacular. It’s a lunch/dinner menu VS a lunch and a dinner menu. Very disappointing.)

  5. Breed7
    September 13, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    Ah, yes. A “mommy blog” review (meaning it was written by a marginally educated female who thinks she’s a writer). No second visit to see if the experience was unique. Just off-the-cuff judgment based on pre-biased personal opinion. Oh, what’s that? You say I’m doing it to you? Well, sweetie, if you can dish it out, you can learn to take it.

    Of course, you won’t have the courage to let this comment be viewed by anyone, because mommies like you are all the same.

    Blogging is not a career.

    Writing unprofessional anecdotes does not make you a reviewer.

    Having children does not make you an expert in anything.

    Maybe if you had paid more attention in school, you’d have a real career now. As it is, you come across as a tattooed refugee from a trailer park. Don’t like being told that? Then don’t write things that the public can see, honey.

    • Lisa
      September 13, 2017 / 11:25 pm

      Well guess you underestimated me, because here is your comment for all too see.

      Let me start by saying I am not a ‘mommy blogger’. I dont even have children. Secondly blogging is not my career and I never claimed it was. I actually have a really great career but I choose not to share those details on my blog.
      An establishment does not deserve a second visit when there are so many places I can have a great experience every time I visit. Why should I pay $100 to risk having a rubbish meal again?

      • Robin
        September 13, 2017 / 11:49 pm

        Only one person who looks bad here, and it’s not the ‘mommy blogger’. Name calling a woman make you feel a big man? Wonder if overcompensating for something small? Hmmm…

        • Hayley
          September 14, 2017 / 7:06 am

          Breed7? More like Inbreed7 coming out with comments like that. How about letting us see what you look like so we can tear you down as well?

  6. Shari
    September 14, 2017 / 8:41 am

    I love Ohana! The food is great and we are big Stitch fans. Plus the restaurant is lovely and relaxed. I’ve only done Chef Mickey’s once and I did not enjoy it.

  7. Peg P
    September 23, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    We love Chef Mickeys! While the food at dinner isn’t anything to write home about (actually I’ve yet to eat at any Disney restaurant that has that), the breakfast isn’t that bad. The absolute worst character meal we’ve eaten at was in Hollywood Studios at Hollywood & Vine. It’s pretty bad when my granddaughter wouldn’t eat the eggs because “they tasted funny.” How hard is it to screw up scrambled eggs?

    But I’ve never found any of those issues at Chef Mickeys. The characters don’t just pop in and run off. They spend a fair amount of time at the tables. We’ve never gone and not had every character stop at the table. And, for the record, I’ve never seen “skin.”

    We’ve done the Ohana character meal and didn’t care for it. We’ve never gone back. We didn’t get to see all the characters and the food, while not necessarily bad, is what they bring you, not necessarily what you might like. I HATE wasting food and try to teach my granddaughter not to waste food. Hard lesson to teach when several restaurants (like Ohana, Garden Grill, The Diamond Horseshoe, and Liberty Tree Tavern) bring a platter of food that you really have no say over. Such a waste.

    But that’s okay if most don’t care for Chef Mickeys after reading this! It’s a really difficult reservation to get, so that will make it easier to get them now. Yay! We go to Chef Mickey’s every year when we go to WDW. I won’t mind if it’s not as crowded and packed as it always is.

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