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.
Our Experience at Chef Mickey’s
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.
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.
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?