by Jana Fischer
When will dates open up for Chef Mickey’s reservations for 2013?
Photo by Michael Kappel
Dad’s Open For Business Answer
Sometimes I get questions that are so far in the future I can’t answer with full confidence. But don’t worry, in your case I have all the confidence in the world. That’s because 2013 reservation dates for Chef Mickey’s are already open! Well, sort of…
You see, Walt Disney World has a pretty great reservation system. You can book advanced dining reservations online or by phone, you can swap dates and times if your plans change and availability allows, you can even cancel your reservations without penalty as long as you do so at least 24 hours in advance. And you can start booking 180 days in advance of your trip, which in your case could be good or bad.
Since I don’t know when you’re planning your visit to the most magical place on earth, let’s look at two scenarios. If you’re going after the 180 day mark (since this is October, we’re looking at April), you’ll be fine. Mark your calendar at the 180 day mark and make your reservation that day. If you’re headed to Walt Disney World before April, there’s no time to lose! Make your reservation today!
Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular character buffets at Walt Disney World. It offers a great breakfast and a wonderful dinner, and while it can be a little pricey, it can certainly be worth it. You get a chance to sit back and enjoy a leisurely meal, even fussy kids get their fill because they can eat as much as they want of whatever they want, and you get some time with the characters without having to stand in line. Heaven.
At this particular buffet, you’ll get to meet several characters, usually Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. Plus you’re always guaranteed to see the mouse himself – Chef Mickey! And since it’s located in the Contemporary Resort, it’s easily accessible to all Walt Disney World Guests by taking the monorail or even a short stroll from the Magic Kingdom!
At breakfast, expect to pay around $30 for adults and $17 for kids (plus gratuity). Coffee, tea, and juice are served along with a veritable smorgasbord of traditional breakfast items like fruit, cereal, pastries, pancakes, waffles, French toast, eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. There are a few specialties too like blintzes, veggie lasagne, and breakfast pizza.
The price goes up at dinner, to around $45 for adults and $22 for kids, which includes non-specialty, non-alcoholic beverages. At dinner you’ll find a wide variety of American classics: soup, salads, BBQ ribs, roasted chicken, salmon, pasta, veggies, potatoes, rice, a carving station and kid favorites like pizza, chicken tenders and mac ‘n cheese. Don’t forget to save room for the dessert table and sundae bar!
Chef Mickey’s is on the Disney Dining Plan, and is a great bang for your buck as far as Table Service credits go. Just don’t forget to book a reservation in advance!!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Jana, you’re in for a great meal at Chef Mickey’s, but don’t delay on making that reservation – tables fill up fast!