by Beth Keating
October 8, 2020
Just in time for the holiday season, Chef Mickey will be back in the kitchen, preparing breakfast for guests at his namesake restaurant. Beginning December 16, the gang will be whipping up some all new – and tasty looking entrées – at Chef Mickey’s restaurant.
Formerly a character buffet, the meal will now be a sit-down event, and cast members will bring all-you-care-to-eat dishes to your table, serving family style. There will be traditional breakfast favorites, but the exciting news is that Disney, perhaps inspired by the recent success of the changed menu at Hollywood Studios’ “Hollywood & Vine Minnie’s Halloween Dine,” is offering up several new specialty plates at Chef Mickey’s.
Guest will be able to enjoy Mickey’s “Celebration” Pancake, featuring whipped cream, celebration sprinkles, and shimmering pixie dust; “Loaded” Potato-Cheese Casserole topped with smoked bacon crumbles and chives; or Goofy’s Banana Bread French Toast, a banana bread baked in orange-scented French toast batter, and topped with Espresso-mascarpone cream, toasted bananas and chocolate crumbles.
Chef Mickey’s new character appearances will be in keeping with the current safely-distanced format seen throughout other locations. Mickey and friends will still make guest appearances, but they will not stop at your table for individual autographs and hugs. They’ll be there to smile, wave and interact as they parade through the restaurant, dressed in their chef’s best.
As was previously the case at Hollywood & Vine, the food at the buffet at Chef Mickey’s often took a back seat to the character interactions. Chef Mickey’s, located in the cavernous atrium of the Contemporary Resort, with the monorail gliding by overhead, was/is sort of a rite of passage and must-do for many Disney guests. But it was undeniably loud with its soaring, open ceilings, and the atmosphere was sometimes raucous. Periodic napkin waving and singing with the characters would break out throughout the meal, and you’d have to keep a close eye on where the characters were in the room so you wouldn’t be up at the buffet when Mickey or Minnie showed up at your table. You didn’t want to miss your chance at those iconic photos with the Fab 5 – that’s why you were paying premium prices at Chef Mickey’s, after all.
Over at Hollywood & Vine, the new tableside service with its upgraded entrées has gotten rave reviews from recent guests since its reopening. Hopefully, Chef Mickey’s will experience the same boost with its new menu. (Will Goofy’s Banana Bread French Toast become a cult favorite like Kona Café’s Tonga Toast?)
Reservations for Chef Mickey’s Family Feast character breakfast will begin October 17. Disney Resort hotel guests can make reservations up to 60 days in advance (plus the length of their stay - up to 10 days.) The cost is $42 per adult and $27 per child, plus tax and gratuity.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.