To cut to the chase, I didn’t think very highly of Chef Mickey’s at all. A lot of people recommended it to me, so I worked it into our schedule, but I was not at all impressed with the venue, the service, or the food. In fact, this is one of those times where I’d say McDonald’s is a better option for breakfast. But, getting to go inside the Contemporary Resort (one of the monorail resorts) was nice, so at least there’s that benefit!
Chef Mickey’s is a character meal and a buffet. Please try to be mindful of where the characters are at all times, because if you get up at the wrong time, you will miss one of them and have to wait an hour for them to come back around to your section.
To go over the characters first, there were five total that you could meet:
The costumes are really cute, but it’s not really a huge selling point to me. If they signed the autograph books as Chef Mickey, Matradee Donald, etc, I would be more impressed, because then my kids would be collecting exclusive signatures, but, alas, they are identical to the signatures anywhere else in the park. I also think they could have done a lot more with Minnie’s costume. Give her at least a cutesy diner outfit if she’s going to play a waitress.
Not only are these characters very easy to find in basically any part of the Disney Parks, but when they come to your table, they made me feel very rushed. Each character spent two minutes or less with us. It was basically a wave, a huge for whoever wanted one, a photo, and a wave goodbye. Then they hurried off to check the next table off their list.
I also would have liked to see at least one or two exclusive characters in there – something to give you an incentive to meet these characters as a meal. As it stands now, they are all over Disney World, and usually the wait time is not that bad. Would a Pete, Clarabelle, or Dr. Von Drake been too much to ask for? They aren’t so popular or recognized, I know, but one of the five could have been a unique character.
To the plus column, the characters were back-to-back, so we only had to stay at the table for about 10 minutes to check them all off our list.
On to the food, it was pretty terrible. Other than the pancakes, which were being made in front of you at the buffet, all of the food was stone cold, whether it was supposed to be or not. The bacon tasted like it had been wrapped in ice – and I saw people constantly changing out the trays, so I don’t believe it was sitting out for a long time. Either the warmers were broken, or the cooks were really bad at getting their food out in a timely manner. Either way, I believe that hot meals should be hot, not frozen.
Disney also has this belief that everyone wants to eat nasty, runny eggs that aren’t fully cooked. I know some people love their eggs like that, but myself and many other people do not want to eat liquid chickens. But it saves precious minutes of cooking time per batch of eggs, so that’s what we get…
There was a decent variety of items on the buffet, but breakfast food is all very, very cheap stuff in general, so, for the prices they charge, I expect it to at least be good. I mean, have the cooks use some flavors and spices instead of serving bland, cold food. The fruit was even tasteless, so there were no real redeeming qualities about this buffet. Judging by the menu, lunch and dinner may be a much better meal, but I was not happy with breakfast by any stretch of the imagination.