• On Jul 7, 2018
    Marcos from NJ 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.

    Hi. I do not have a Disney Dining Plan. We are going to Disney in July and reserved a table at Chef’s Mickey. Will we need to purchase a dining plan in order to eat at Chef Mickey’s. Or are we able to pay out of pocket?

    Hello Marcos, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with a great planning question.

    Congratulations on scoring a reservation for one of my favorite Character meals. Chef Mickey’s is my favorite for several reasons. Not only do you get to interact with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy, commonly referred to as the “Fab 5.” But the food is absolutely scrumptious. There are a number of picky eaters in my travel party and the buffet at Chef Mickey’s has something to satisfy every palette. I also love the fact, that you do not have to stand in line to meet the Characters. So don’t forget to bring your autograph books and your camera because you will not want to miss capturing the magical one-on-one time with Mickey and his gang when they visit your table. Keep in mind that Characters scheduled to appear may be subject to change.

    You are not required to have a Disney Dining Plan to enjoy a meal at Chef Mickey’s or any of the other hundreds of restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort. You can either pay out-of-pocket or if you are a guest staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you can charge your meals back to your room. The Disney Dining Plan is one option for Disney Resort Hotel guests to save money on their dining costs depending on which plan option is best for them. I would highly recommend that you make reservations for any other table service restaurants that you would like to enjoy. Enjoy your wonderful trip!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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