• On Apr 28, 2012
    Carter from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I made reservations at Chef Mickey at 8:55PM. I've read some negative reviews about the restaurant and now I'm indecisve if I should cancel my reservation to save money or keep it. Is Chef Mickey worth the money and the experience for two adults?

    Hi there, Carter!

    Like everything, restaurant preference is quite subjective. Third party sites like provide hundreds of user reviews of restaurants all over Walt Disney World, and you can get a good sense of what people in your travel situation think of Chef Mickey's.

    The food is fine. It's actually pretty good. But yes, it's a buffet, so small eaters might feel that they aren't getting value for the dollar. Alternately, lots of people opt to do a late breakfast/early lunch and save the dinner for the mail meal. Again, a matter of personal discretion.

    In addition to being a buffet, it's a character buffet. The Fab Five - Mickey, Minnie, Donald. Goofy, Pluto -  circulate throughout the room, greeting people, posing for photos, and signing autographs. While this appeals to a wide variety of Disney fans, it definitely skews younger. Chef Mickeys, even at 8:55 PM, is not going to be a quiet, reserved place. If you and your dining partner are comfortable with some "spirit" while you indulge, then you ought to be fine, but if you're looking for a more adult-oriented or traditional atmosphere, Chef Mickey's is likely not going to be a good fit.

    While I would not presume to make the decision for you, I would encourage you to consider the pros and cons of a late character buffet meal. Reviews should be simply a starting point as you proceed through your planning process.

    If I can be of any further assistance (including suggesting different types of dining), please stop back by!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.

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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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