Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is like the biggest picnic you’ve ever been to, complete with a loud and lively country western band, all you can eat American favorites, and cowboys showing off with rope tricks, leading line dances, and playing games with everyone!
Even Mickey and the gang want to get in on all the fun! Every family looks forward to the summertime, when barbeques and picnics take over our evenings and weekends. It’s even better at Walt Disney World.
Since this is a dinner show and character dance party, you will be able to interact with characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip, and Dale, but only on the dance floor. The characters do not make rounds to visit each table like at most character dining locations – you have to go to them.
This is backyard BBQ picnic to the extreme! Long picnic tables fill the room, and wooden crates decorate the open air pavilion. Red, white, and blue swagging and an American Flag hung over the stage at the front of the dance floor, and characters decked out in cowboy outfits or BBQ chef attire add to the country western theme.
Hours and Location
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is a seasonal experience. Shows are on Thursday and Saturday nights from March – December at 6:30-8:00pm.
This dinner show is located in the Outdoor Pavilion at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, making it easiest to get to from the Magic Kingdom or if you’re staying at on of the Magic Kingdom area resorts (or if, as Dad always suggests, you have a car at Walt Disney World).
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ features classic American barbeque fare with all the fixin’s – and the best part is it’s all-you-can-eat!
Salads and Sides Garden Salad, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Cornbread, Corn on the Cob, Cowboy Beans
BBQ Items Smoked BBQ Chicken BBQ Pork Ribs, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers
Desserts Watermelon, Ice Cream Bars, Itzakadoozie Bars, Strawberry Bars
While it’s less expensive than the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review, this is still one of the most expensive dinner shows at Walt Disney World. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted, but it will cost you 2 Table Service credits per person to dine here. Out of pocket, expect to pay $54.99 for guests age 10 and up, and $31.99 for kids.
Reservations are required and can be made 180 days in advance (including full payment). You can cancel your reservation up to 48 hours in advance with a full refund.
Here’s some fun stuff about …
- Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is the only buffet at Disney World which includes beer and wine (for guests 21 years of age and older) in the price of the meal.
- You can arrive at Fort Wilderness by boat, bus, or car!
- Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground was named after the fort on Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland.
Dad’s Bottom Line
While it’s pricey for barbeque fare, this is a great experience for families – especially ones with smaller children! The atmosphere allows kids to get involved dancing and cheering, so you don’t have to worry about their excitement disturbing other guests. Another plus: you know your kids will love the food and get their fill – all while getting to dance with some of their favorite characters!