• On Apr 1, 2017
    Jillian from AL 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.

    We are planning our first Disney vacation in June! I've heard Chef Mickeys is a must. Unfortunately everything is booked on the days we will be there until 8:50. Is it worth going then? I want the best experience and don't want to waste money

    Hi Jillian,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing another great question to us! How exciting to be planning your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Yes, Chef Mickey's is a must-do. I suggest that you make the 8:50 p.m. reservation and then keep checking. I have often been able to modify our reservation times as we get closer to our trip. Keep trying up through the week before your trip. People often make last minute changes. Although the food and character experience will still be great at 8:50 p.m., your family might be exhausted!

    I also like to let people know that there is an official Disney Photopass photographer in the waiting area at Chef Mickey's. Your family can take a great photo just before your meal.

    Remember to take your autograph book with a larger pen (these are easier for some characters to grip). 

    If you are not staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, be sure to use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to verify how you can get to Chef Mickey's. From Magic Kingdom, I suggest that you walk, take the Resort Monorail or take a Water Taxi.

    Our girls are 10-years old and we still go to Chef Mickey's. We always have a blast. If you cannot change the reservation time, I suggest that you arrive a little early. They may be able to seat you early.

    I do hope you have a magical first visit!

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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