Chef Mickey’s Review – Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Reviews of Chef Mickey's - Disney's Contemporary Resort Enjoy the fun and excitement of meeting Mickey and his pals during your feast as the monorail quietly whisks by overhead. 


Visit The Mouse for Less Chef Mickey’s Menu

Cuisine: American

Service Type: Character Dining

Price Range: $$ ($15 to $35.99 per person)

Meals Served: Breakfast & Dinner Buffets

Location: Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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17 Replies to “Chef Mickey’s Review – Disney’s Contemporary Resort”

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    We had dinner here , food was horrible not a lot of choices which made it very over priced. Felt like we were rushed in and out service wasn’t that good. Characters rushed from table to table . Once they came to a table they would skip you the next time. It was by far our worst experience for character dinning and we did 5 different ones on our trip. Will not go back for dinner . I heard breakfast is better but I’m not sure .

  1. The breakfast was great. Excellent for kids and adults. We love the character breakfast! Food was better here than the Crystal Palace Breakfast. The breakfast pizza is to die for! The staff is helpful and prompt!

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    Okay for Couples: I can think of better places for a couple.

    Be Sure to Try: Turkey sausage potato casserole, Pluto’s cheese blintz, Mickey waffles

    General tips: If you can, ask for a seat by the window that overlooks the lake. It’s a great view!

    have the dining plan because you get so much food for lunch and dinner you need a lot of time in between.

    Extra Comment: My kids loved dancing with the characters! Lots of super character interaction!

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    Okay for Children: It’s great for kids of all ages. We went with a group of 14 ranging in age from 4 to 49 and everyone had a great time.

    Okay for Couples: I can think of better places for a couple.

    Be Sure to Try: Parmesean mashed potatoes, beef, desserts

    General tips:If you are making reservations for a large group and want to be at one table make sure you tell them that. We made reservations at 3 different restaurants for our group of 14 and each time the put us at 2 separate tables.

    The Mouse For Less Tip: I would suggest making dinner reservations later in the evening, especially if you have the dining plan because you get so much food for lunch and dinner you need a lot of time in between.

    Extra Comment: We found the easiest way to get there was to take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and then take the monorail to the Contemporary.

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    Be Sure to Try: it was all the usual breakfast foods. The ‘Mickey’ waffles were not very good.

    General tips: We had reservations for 9:30. Left AS Sports at 8:30 and got there at 9:28. Have to take a bus to Epcot, monorail to TTC then to Contemporary. Buses & Monorails were REALLY busy!

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    Okay for Couples: There are areas where you could sit and not be in the middle of all of the activity, so maybe.

    Be Sure to Try: The parmesan mashed potatoes, the desserts, everything here is good.

    General tips: Definitely make sure you have an ADR because this place gets very crowded. There are two identical buffet lines. The one that faces the back of the restaurant tends to be less crowded. As you enter the restaurant, they take your picture and then present you with a photo package while you are eating. You do not have to buy it.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Reasonable as part of the DDP, there is a lot of variety and it’s a fun atmosphere–definitely worth the money.

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    Okay for Children: Yes, absolutely yes!! The kids get started in the waiting area and then once we get to sit at the table they are so excited!!

    Okay for Couples: Yes, it is nice to have the characters interact with the parents and not just the children.

    Be Sure to Try: I loved the biscuits with gravy on top and the mickey mouse waffles!!

    General tips: I took the tip from others and booked the latest breakfast I could so it isn’t so hectic. It worked.

    TheMouseForLess tips: This is eat until you drop no limit

    Extra Comments: I liked that the cm came to ask us if we were visited by all the characters and when we mentioned not by minnie he brought her over and she stayed for a while!!

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    We have done dinner here in the past and also really enjoy it but this time did breakfast….another variety buffet….enjoy the food and it was a nice place. Lots of Characters….Donald, Minnie, Mickey, Pluto and Goofy. Lots of fun and exciting…

    we did have a bad Pluto who took the picture really fast and kinda ran off….so I had to get someone to bring him back to sign my son’t book. Other then that we had a great experience.

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    Be Sure to Try: THE BREAD PUDDING!! BEST ON PROPERTY!!!

    General tips: If you don’t like your table, don’t accept it. They wanted to sit us in the back next to the kitchen door – I was like – um, I don’t think so.

    TheMouseForLess tips: See if they will take your picture in front of the plate with your camera instead of buying theirs.

    Extra Comments: Best character interaction on property!

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    Be Sure to Try: he salmon and brocoli were wonderful. My fav desert was the little mickey mouse hats! I wished we could have purchased some for the trip home.

    General tips: Be sure to make a ressie. We had a 6:00pm ressie. We arrived early and were seated at 5:15 or so.

    Extra Comments: Service was great.

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    Okay for Couples: No, I’d imagine a childless couple would get pretty frazzled here

    Be Sure to Try: Minnie’s Breakfast Pizza, fresh made omlettes, biscuits & gravy

    General tips: If arriving by the Monorail from the TTC, allow extra time, the Monorail does it’s loop before going back to the Contemporary

    TheMouseForLess tips: There are photographers here who will take a picture of your group at the table. These do NOT go onto your Photopass and the hefty cost makes them not worth it, IMHO.

    Extra Comments: Great for the kids, it inclues a visit from the Boss, Mickey, as well as Minnie, Goofy, Plutio and Chip & Dale. Be careful at peak eating time, I almost tripped over several zooming kids while bringing my food plate back to the table.

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    Okay for Couples: Yes – we saw many couples dining and enjoying the buffets – and the characers!

    Be Sure to Try: The Mickey Shaped Waffles at breakfast! And the parmesan-garlic-mashed-potatoes at dinner were heavenly!

    General tips: I HIGHLY recommend a reservation. We saw many people turned away because they were booked. And arrive a little eary if possible – we waited about 15 minutes to be seated, but others waited up to 30 minutes to be seated.

    TheMouseForLess tips: This buffet is well-worth the money. You can always skip the portraits that they try to sell to you during dinner. (Before you are seated you are directed to a photographer who takes a portrait and then delivers to your table for viewing and purchasing – I believe the package is about $33). Also, Chef Mickey’s is part of the Dining Plan – so dinner is certainly a savings.

    Extra Comments: Overall a really good buffet – with lots to choose from and something for everyone (even my son, who is an extremely picky eater!). The children’s buffet has your staples for dinner – chicken fingers, mickey-shaped macaroni and cheese, etc. The children’s breakfast buffet has the Mickey-shaped waffles, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits, etc. There is also a cereal station with several varieties at breakfast time – which turns into the ice cream station for dinner. Aside from the waiting time that some people experienced, even with reservations – this is definitely worth a stop. The character interaction is great. The characers all made their way around several times and interacted with all of us. They also have a song that they play where everyone gets involved by waving their napkins in the air. It’s a fun event!

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    Atmosphere: what a blast! Love the entertainment!

    Okay for Couples: Yes, even couples enjoy it. You could request the area off to the side – less character interaction on that side.

    Be Sure to Try: Garlic Parm. Mashed Potatoes! Yummy!

    General tips: MUST do ADRs – saw people turned away constantly!

    TheMouseForLess tips: DDP

    Extra Comments: A great character experience!

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    Okay for Couples: Could be…I wouldn’t pick this for an adults only meal, but that’s just me!

    Be Sure to Try: mashed potatoes (excellent!) and the desserts were wonderful

    General tips: Have your autograph books and cameras ready! This place is very fast paced!

    TheMouseForLess tips: We felt this was a good use of the dining plan. The waitress suggested we order the smoothies for our drink since the buffet comes with a soda. This was the only place that told us that.

    Extra Comments: My kids love eating here…not just for the food but because they love to visit the Contemporary. However, I think the food is much better than it has to be (I mean, most people are there for the experience). My kids are pretty much done with character meals, yet they still want to eat here for the food and location!

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    Okay for Couples: Yes, not romantic but lots of fun. Must love kids.

    Be Sure to Try: Mickey waffles.

    General tips: Watch when you go to refill that the characters are not about to come to your table or you could miss them.

    TheMouseForLess tips: If you want to purchase the pictures they take here but your picture is not a good one ask for a retake.

    Extra Comments: When we went the characters seemed really rushed at this restaurant and only stopped long enough for pictures with our son but not for us adults. This restaurant had the most going on and was very stimulating and loud beware if you have a child with Autism or ADHD and prepare them ahead of time.

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    Okay for Children: Great atmosphere for kids. Buffets are terrific for my picky daughter

    Okay for Couples: Yes, as long as you are not interested in a quiet, private location.

    Be Sure to Try: Mickey Waffles

    General tips: The characters were a lot of fun. Especially Minnie. Also, there were two birthday’s being celebrated and it was fun to watch the CM’s and characters get everyone involved in the celebration.

    TheMouseForLess tips: I can’t say enough about the Dining Plan. We are a family that prefers sitting to eat and character meals. The Dining Plan is the only way to go in this case!

    Extra Comments: I felt pressured to buy the photo’s that were taken on arrival to the restaurant. They weren’t that great. I would have preferred to have a character included.

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    Be Sure to Try: the mash potatoes, the ribs, Mac & cheese, salad bar, dessert bar, heck-EVERYTHING!

    General tips: Make an ADR!

    TheMouseForLess tips: we used our Disney Dining Experience card and saved 20%

    Extra Comments: We always eat here our first night! We eat early and get in the Disney mood and then get to bed EARLY!

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