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  • On Jan 30, 2016
    Miranda from IA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have reservations for dinner for a group of 10 at Chef Mickeys at 7:55. Will there be enough time for us to enjoy our dinner and make it back to Magic Kingdom before the fireworks that are scheduled to begin at 10:00?

    Hi Miranda,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. Dinner at Chef Mickey's is so much fun! Meeting Disney characters dressed up in their chef gear is really a good time. I also love the setting of this restaurant at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and especially hearing the monorail whoosh by as it heads through the tower.

    I think that the timeline to have dinner at Chef Mickey's at 7:55 p.m. and then be back and ready to see Wishes Nighttime Spectacular in Magic Kingdom at 10:00 p.m. is just too tight. Your dinner will include having a photo taken, and I am sure that you will want to see each of the characters and eat at a leisurely pace. By the time you do this, my guess is that you would be ready to leave Disney's Contemporary Resort around 9:00 p.m. at the earliest, but more likely 9:30 p.m. The good news is that it is only about a five to ten minute walk to get to Magic Kingdom from Disney's Contemporary Resort, which will almost always be faster than taking the monorail. Even so, by the time you get to the Magic Kingdom, through the bag check and into the park, and into a place to see the fireworks, I think that you will just be too pressed for time. Also, by the time you get to Magic Kingdom, most other guests will have found places to watch the fireworks, making getting up Main Street U.S.A. and finding a good spot difficult.

    I suggest that if you can, move your Chef Mickey's reservation back about an hour - I would start it at 7:000 p.m. at the latest. Alternately, you could chose another night to see Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Miranda! Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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