Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Mar 23, 2022
    Jenny from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How long is usually the wait to eat at Chef Mickey if we don’t have reservations?

    Welcome to planDisney, Jenny!

    Dining at Chef Mickey's is such a fun experience!  Enjoying a delicious family-style feast while having the opportunity to see the Big Cheese himself makes this a very popular dining location.

    It's really hard to say how long the wait can be without a reservation.  It really just depends on the time of day and the size of your party.  I would encourage you to keep checking for available reservations in the days leading up to your visit.  Other Guests' plans change all the time, and it is certainly possible you might be able to score a reservation.  I have found that oftentimes reservations become available the day prior, as other Guests cancel any unneeded reservations to avoid a cancellation fee.

    Another great trick is to try the walk-up waitlist feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app.  From the home screen of the app, use the plus button at the bottom to select "Check Dining Availability".  Enter your party size, then select the current date, and choose "Now".  If you see a message indicating that the walk-up list is currently unavailable to join, the current wait is likely at least an hour.  If that is the case, you might be able to join the list by speaking to a Cast Member at the host stand.  You can also use that same feature in the app to search for available reservations on a future date or even the same day -- just choose a meal period (for example "Breakfast" or "Dinner") instead of "Now".  As of this writing, I was able to use the app to find a dinner reservation for Chef Mickey's for tonight.

    You might also be interested in Breakfast a la Art with Mickey & Friends at Topolino's Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera.  The food here is fantastic!  In my opinion, one of the top breakfasts anywhere in Walt Disney World.  Literally, the top -- the views from this rooftop restaurant are amazing!

    Fingers crossed that you'll be able to get the reservation you are looking for!  Please stop by and see us again if you have any additional questions.  Enjoy your visit!

    Anne Marie
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