Controversial Dining Change Made at Chef Mickey’s in Disney World

It’s been almost three years since Disney World’s historic COVID-19-related closure and reopening, but things are still slowly getting back to “normal” at the resort.

Mickey at Chef Mickey’s

Within the last few months, we’ve seen more character experiences return to the parks, we’ve seen the reopening of restaurants, and we’ve seen the return of some experiences that had been gone for years. Buffets have also come back to many restaurants. And as of March 1st, that includes Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so let’s head over there and check it out!

Chef Mickey’s is a character dining experience that is open for breakfast and dinner. Previously, meals here were served family style, but as of March 1st, the buffet has returned!

The return of a buffet can be controversial. Some folks absolutely love buffets and the idea of serving their own food from the various selections available. But others are NOT fans of buffets at all, whether that’s due to cleanliness concerns, fears that they’ll miss a chance to see the characters when they get up from the table to get their food, or the challenges that can come with making sure a little kiddo gets their buffet eats without knocking things down. What side are you on?

Chef Mickey’s

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, the buffet is back at Chef Mickey’s so it’s something you’ll have to consider when thinking about booking a reservation here.

First of all, pricing has changed here a bit. Here’s a look at the differences:

  • Breakfast: Previously: $45 per adult and $29 per child — now: $51 per adult and $33 per child
  • Dinner: Previously: $60 per adult and $38 per child — now: $62 per adult and $39 per child

Pluto at Chef Mickey’s

To reach Chef Mickey’s you’ll want to head inside of Disney’s Contemporary Resort…

The Contemporary

…and up to the 4th floor of the resort.

There It Is!

We checked in to our reservation online.


Through that system, you can specify how many guests will be coming, mention any dietary requests, and also note any special events you’re celebrating.

Checking In

Then it was time to get a look at the menu! We stopped by for breakfast and the buffet offerings listed on the menu included biscuits and gravy, waffles, fruits, and more.

Menu Details

When our table was ready, we made our way inside.

Time to Go!

Then it was time to EAT! You’ll grab a plate from the buffet station and start serving yourself!


We spotted various breads and crackers…


…meats and cheeses…

A Little Cheese Anyone?

…fruit and yogurt…

Some Healthy Things in the Mix

…scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, potato barrels…

Which Would You Pick?

…bacon and some more sausage…

More Food!

…a tofu scramble…

Lots to Pick From

…Mickey waffles (of course)…

A Classic

…french toast sticks…

These Look Tasty!

…some meats…


…little pancakes…


…and MORE!

Some Sauces and Toppings

In other words, there’s plenty to pick from!

Inside Chef Mickey’s

We’ll be doing a full review of EVERYTHING we ate here, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. 

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