Magical Blogorail ~ Favorite Character Dining

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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we share our favorite restaurants with character dining.

Character dining at Disney World (or Disneyland) offers such a great chance to meet some characters and snap those favorite souvenir photos, without having to stand in lines and consume valuable park time.  Some are a bit more chaotic than others.    Most serve a buffet style meal.   But each certainly has their own flair – oftentimes featuring fun and unique, themed costumes.

Personally, our favorite character dining experience has been at the infamous Chef Mickey’s!

Disney World Character Dining ~ Chef Mickey’s

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys sign
First, we love it’s location – right inside the Contemporary Resort.  This is such a great spot to catch the breakfast buffet, and then ride the monorail to the Magic Kingdom for the day!

That’s exactly what we did on one rainy January morning, and we all had an awesome time.

The food was really good, and the visit to our table of  the characters was timed so that we were left with some “just dining” time to actually eat our food.

The characters were fantastic, displayed so much personality, and spent a nice amount of time interacting with us before moving on.


Minnie Mouse at Chef Mickeys Signing Autograph 2

Chef Mickey’s can be hard to get reservations for, but with the classic characters who appear here and being so fun to interact with… it’s definitely worth trying to get in.    Food wise, the breakfast seems to get more favorable reviews than dinner.    We loved the breakfast, there were plenty of options we all enjoyed.

The bright colors and displays make for a festive atmosphere.  What kid would not get excited about a buffet that looked like this?

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys buffet

And of course, it’s really all about the characters.  There are wings of the Chef Mickey’s restaurant, with the characters roving together in a group – visiting one wing at a time.  I liked this approach, since it gave you some down time to eat.  And once the characters do head towards your wing, then the party begins!

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys 1

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys 2

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys 3

Goofy and Donald hung out with us quite awhile, even firing up a game of footsie that they got my daughter involved in…

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys 4

It was so much fun!  We felt like the characters spend a nice amount of time with us, displaying their personalities and goofing around.

I love how it’s nestled inside the Contemporary, with lots of natural light streaming in from the pretty central windows.  Here’s the view looking down at Chef Mickey’s…

Disney Character Dining Chef Mickeys inside Contemporary

If you are debating about which character dining experience to include during your next Disney trip, and can get an advance dining reservation (ADR) time for Chef Mickey’s… I highly recommend it!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A World View.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Colorado Mountain Mom (You are here)

2nd Stop ~ A World View

3rd Stop ~ Growing Up Disney

4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney

Final Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay

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About COMtnMom

Hi, I'm Tami! Writer, Influencer, and mom of two who loves travel, the outdoors, staying active, photography, reading books, and eating desserts. We are pretty much always planning our next trip to Disney World.


  1. It looks like you guys had a great time! We’ve never tried Chef Mickey’s but we’re going on a big family trip next year and it’s at the top of our to do list. 🙂

  2. We enjoy Chef Mickey’s as well, our son is bugging about staying at the Contemporary on our next trip so if he wins I bet Chef Mickey’s will be in the plans. I love the desserts 🙂

  3. Sounds like a great time!

  4. We used to go to Chef Mickey’s all the time, but haven’t been in a while. I think it’s time we go back. I love it when they swing the napkins!

  5. This is one of the only character meals that we have NOT done yet. So, it’s on the list for our next trip (we’ll try dinner though).

  6. I have always wanted to do Chef Mickey’s!! Looks like so much fun!! Another addition to my Disney Bucket List!!

  7. it’s been too long since I’ve eaten here! I need to try it again!

  8. Chef Mickey’s is my kids favorite!

  9. Chef Mickey’s is so much fun! Thanks for sharing your family’s story.

  10. We always say we’re going to Chef Mickey and for one reason or another, it never happens. But you have convinced me that it’s a definite ADR next trip. Thanks.


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