Chef Mickey
  • On Mar 22, 2022
    Michelle from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Any idea when Chef Mickey's will operate at full capacity? I have tried getting reservations for the future and had no luck. In the past I have been able to do it with just a little work, but nothing is working lately.

    Hiya, Michelle! Welcome to planDisney

    I have three grandbabies, and no trip to Walt Disney World is complete without a meal at Chef Mickey's. Even at full capacity, it can be challenging to get a dining reservation for this super popular restaurant. There are also a whole bunch of people traveling now - with travel restrictions loosening up, things are especially busy at Disney World.

    There are a couple of things I want to recommend, Michelle. First, if you are already within your 60-day window, just keep checking. People do have to change plans or cancel reservations all the way up to the last minute, and if you can check a couple of times throughout the day, you may find one of those cancellations. I especially feel that checking after 10 at night has given me some success with hard-to-get restaurants.

    If you are not yet within your 60-day window, look for reservations towards the end of your trip. Guests at Disney Resorts Collection hotels not only can begin booking dining reservations 60 days before arrival, but they can book them for up to 10 days of their vacation. If you have the flexibility to pick the end of your trip, that might help a little bit.

    Also, while I know it's not exactly what you were hoping for, you can see many of the same characters at Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT. It's a delicious family-style meal, and we've always had great character interaction.

    I am sending you as much virtual pixie dust as I possibly can, Michelle, and I've got fingers and toes crossed for you. I hope you find your reservation. 

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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