“Who’s the leader of the club, that’s made for you and me! M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!” Everyone knows that song! Most families that visit Disney World want to see this popular Disney character. You can see Mickey Mouse at the Disney Theme Parks, but you will wait in long lines or get pictures with a few hundred of your new friends. My favorite way to see Mickey Mouse is at a Character Dining experience, like Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
This restaurant is located inside the Concourse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, while the Disney Characters come to your table. You will see Chef Mickey himself for pictures and autographs. You may also see Goofy, Pluto, Donald, or Minnie Mouse; all decked out in their chef attire. It is a special moment when your favorite Disney Characters come up to your table to spend quality time with your family. Some of my most cherished memories with my family is during Character Dining experiences.
Your experience at Chef Mickey’s kicks off at the hostess stand. While you wait to be seated, you can watch the monorails go through the resort. This is always super fun for the whole family! Kids of all ages will be mesmerized as the monorails go right through the middle of the resort. When you are called to be seated, you head over to a photo opportunity in front of a Chef Mickey backdrop. This is always a fun way to get a picture of the whole family to remember your dining experience. You are then whisked off to your table.
Chef Mickey’s is an open air restaurant in the Concourse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The restaurant is bright with views of the monorail line and glass windows to the ceiling of the resort. There are lots of pictures and accessories of Mickey Mouse shapes and colors throughout the restaurant. Right in the middle of the restaurant is a huge pole with a Chef Mickey statue at the very top. The tables are scattered throughout the restaurant with several buffet areas to eliminate wait times in serving lines.
You can enjoy breakfast or dinner at Chef Mickey’s. We enjoyed dinner with our family at Chef Mickey’s. This Character Dining experience is an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet with salads, entrees, and desserts. You also get unlimited tea, soda, or coffee beverages. For dinner, you can try the salad bar with salads and various soups. Chef Mickey’s has a carving board station with Prime Rib, carved beef or oven roasted turkey. The Chefs also prepare other entrees on the buffet including Oven Roasted Chicken with Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Mango BBQ Pork Ribs, Roasted Turkey Pot Pie, Chicken Florentine, Baked Salmon Filet, Orecchiette Pasta with Vegetables and Goat Cheese, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Mickey Cheese Ravioli, red beans and rice, green beans with mushroom sauce, broccoli with cheese sauce, and orange-glazed carrots.
The kids can enjoy a special buffet, just for them. This buffet includes macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, and chicken tenders. Save room for dessert! Chef Mickey’s has a Sundae Bar with toppings and an all-you-can-eat Dessert Buffet. The desserts include Rice Krispy Treats, Peach Cobbler, Mickey Mousse Dome, cupcakes, brownies, pudding, melons, and fruit.
Chef Mickey’s is a popular restaurant for dinner. You can also dine with these characters for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Advanced Dining Reservations are highly recommended, because this restaurant does book up prior to arrival. You can call your travel agent expert or call 407-WDW-DINE to make your reservation.
Enjoy my favorite Chef Mickey treat called the Mickey Mousse Dome, right from home!
Meet the Head Cheese at Chef Mickeyʼs
- 2 cups chilled heavy cream
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 package of gelatin, bloomed
- 7 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped
Garnish: Two Chocolate Coins and Oreo Cookies
Preparation: Heat 3/4 cup cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan until hot. Whisk> together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a metal bowl until combined well, then add hot cream and gelatin in a slow stream, whisking until combined. Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until it registers 160°F on thermometer. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in a glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power 3 to 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Whisk custard into chocolate until smooth, then cool. Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Whisk one fourth of cream into chocolate custard to lighten, then fold in remaining cream gently but thoroughly. Spoon mousse into small cups and let set then at the Oreo cookie. Once completely set add the two chocolate coins to the top.